NZ MTB Cup Round Five – Wellington

Wellington was the host for Round Five, the penultimate round, of the NZ MTB Cup Downhill with all athletes now focussing on the final Cup races this coming weekend in Napier.

The Long Gulley course in Brooklyn has a long pedigree of racing at a national level, and always provides challenging and variable conditions to add to the challenge of one of the fastest and shortest courses on the national circuit. Weather did play its part, but stayed largely settled for both days of practice and competition to give a dry, dusty and fast platform for what turned out to be incredibly close racing across all categories.

The Elite Womens race delivered another win for Lower Hutt’s Sarah Atkin. Fresh off winning the National Championships, Atkin was never threatened on her home course and she posted a race time that had daylight back to the rest of the field.

The Elite Mens race turned up some real surprises, with several visiting international athletes joined the NZ MTB Cup series in Wellington to sharpen up their race fitness before the 2012 World Cup series begins in the middle of March. The Elite Mens field contained riders from nine different countries, giving NZ’s athletes a serious challenge on their home turf.

Fabian Cousine (France) provided the real excitement with a seeding result at number three. Even then, the local crowd weren’t prepared to accept the possibility that a visiting international would win at Long Gulley, but that is exactly the scenario that played out in the afternoon race run. Cousine raced a flawless run to win from NZ MTB Cup leader Brook MacDonald by less than half a second. MacDonald’s 2012 World Cup teammate also nearly got the better of him, but the slimmest of margins, 1/100th of a second, had Markus Pekoll (Austria) back in third spot.

The rest of the Elite Mens podium were two seconds further back, Richard Leacock and Bryn Dickerson were both unable to turn a home track advantage to their benefit, but did more than enough to head the rest of the field.

 Brief Results

Elite Men

1 Fabian Cousine

2 Brook MacDonald

3 Markus Pekoll

4 Richard Leacock

5 Bryn Dickerson

Elite Women

1 Sarah Atkin

2 Adrienne Hooper

3 Veronique Sandler

4 Sophiemarie Bethell

Full results can be found here.

 

Adrien Loren is one of the most stylish riders out there, he's also one of the fastest round a pump track too! We're also very envious of his house, and more i...

1 week ago
3,613 views

Rene Wildhaber and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski found they had a little time before the EWS race in BC last year, so they decided to get off the gird (oh what paradi...

1 week ago
19,203 views

Monday morning? Feeling a bit down about being at work and not on the trails, this should cheer you up, or at least raise your pulse a little bit! Curtis Keene...

1 week ago
99,914 views

Highlights from the first Superenduro of the year at Sestri Levante in the north of Italy last weekend, as race eidts go this one is pretty bad ass, great dron...

6 days ago
32,921 views

Video round up of the Hutchinson UR team at Pietermaritzburg this weekend, there'll be a few of these from the other teams now doubt, and we have a full featur...

2 days ago
11,682 views
Mountain Bike Magazine Online and Free

IMB is a free international online mountain bike magazine that focuses on all aspects of mountain bike. It is published every 2 months and is completely free to read. This free online mountain bike magazine is the most successful online mountain bike magazine of its kind. With readers in over 150 countries round the world it is the only mountain bike magazine to achieve a true global status.

Each free issue of IMB comes packed full of articles about the sport of mountain bike. Regular features include our very popular video technique section with moves for beginners intermediates and experts alike. Add to that a mix of mountain bike news, travel and interviews from around the globe and you have everything you will ever need to keep you up to date with mountain bike.

IMB is the world's number one online mountain bike magazine. IMB is FREE to read and published 6 times a year by Next Element Ltd.

Total Page Flicks 82,556,346
TOP