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Wayne Adams out sprinted Aucklander, Bruce Biddle to win the five mile open cycling race at Kew Bowl in 1969.
The race saw ten riders with one of them being Mike Litolff from Canterbury, who is a New Zealand representative.
Ray Robinson from Invercargill who represented New Zealand in Noumea and top Southland riders Tony Ineson, Bruce Clearwater and Les Booth were all riding.
After three laps Adams and Biddle were ahead by about 50 yards. At the four mile mark Ray Robinson came out from the main bunch and set out to close the gap. Tony Inneson joined Robinson to try to gather in the two front riders but Biddle and Adams were riding strongly and held the lead.
It was a sprint at the finish that saw Adams take it from Biddle.
The crowd were in for some good riding in the 500 metres sprint with the first semi-final between Litolff and Southland junior, Bruce Robinson.
The latter rode fantastically to get within a wheel of the New Zealand representative.
Ray Robinson beat Clearwater in a wheel-to-wheel finish which meant Ray Robinson and Litolff rode off in the final with Litolff won the gruelling match.
Some of the other riders were:
N. Eade, K. Skeggs, D. Adam, K.Rolfe, I Deans, Peterson, Thurlow, Bradley, Paterson, Ferguson, Jackson, Stenton, Johnson.
R. Giles, L. Booth, P. Newbury, B. Sheehan. B. Richardson, G. Jenks.
Women: C. Maxwell, V. Grieg, B. Hazlett, C. Hackett, K.Thurlow.
Reference: Thrilling Five Mile Win to Adams. The Southland Times. January 1969.
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