Tough track for mountainbike series

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Henry Jaine had to repel a challenge from Christchurch rider Mathew Waghorn and negotiate deteriorating track conditions before winning race six of the Nelson Mountainbike Club’s cross-country series held in the Codgers Mountainbike Park on Sunday.

The two pacesetters raced clear at the start up Fireball Road before descending at top speed down Firball and Turners tracks to post the only two sub-18 minute laps of the day. Henry eventually managed to shake off Matt and handle a sudden rainstorm and slippery second lap to win the race and series .

Master 1 rider Blenheim’s Sarnim Dean was next to leave the gravel road onto the steep single track ahead of the aggressive riding of Warren Burgess and Jake Stow.

Zoe King, always a good climber, showed a clean pair of cleats to the rest of the women. Sandy Vincent was the second strongest female, closely followed by Brenda Clapp.

Most classes had their own separate battles with Hannah Feely edging out Katie Roddis in senior women. Kiel Boynton relished the change in track conditions to keep clear of Joel Scott to win Masters 1 while Liv Bishop won the under-17 ahead of Emma Bateup.

Derek Milne completed a series clean-sweep to take the Master 3 series while

Warren Algie won the over 60 race and series. Henri Hufflett showed promise to negotiate the challenging course to win the under-15 race although Ari Scott had enough points to win the series.