Henry Jaine and Suzie Wood enjoyed the superb conditions and excellent trails in the first round of the Nelson Mountainbike Club’s cross country series at the new Silvan Mountainbike Park in Richmond on Sunday.
Henry and Suzie won their respective men’s and women’s races around the trails, with Henry outsprinting the field at the start to blitz his six laps in a rapid 1hr 19min and Suzie winning the five-lap women’s race in 1hr 21min 53sec.
Under-17 rider Cameron Jones was the next fastest male in the field of 50 riders chasing hard on Henry’s tail. Jake Stow was third and Masters 1 men rider Warren Burgess fourth after battling cramp in the final laps.
Consistancy proved to be Suzie’s strength as she started a little slower than Zoe King, but maintained good momentum as Zoe faded slightly in the final laps. Nina McVicar showed good early season form to win the senior women section ahead of Sharon Davies and Alisia Simkin.
Ari Scott bought his recent top road racing success across to the dirt with some fast laps to win the boys under-15 ahead of Ivan Gordon. The 50+ men’s winner Derek Milne showed he refuses to slow by the impressive speed he maintained to keep Doug Sharland and Mark Jaine at bay.
Brenda Clapp’s all-round biking talent on both climbs and descents gave her the top place in Masters 2 class and third overall.
Round two of this six race series will take place at Sharland’s Creek in the Maitai Valley on September 27.