Otago Cross Country
Mt Aspiring College’s Phoebe Young won her first national road cycling competition in Auckland last Sunday, on her first attempt at top level age group racing. Competing in the 15-year category of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Individual Road Racing Champs, Phoebe won and set a new course record for the individual time trial, then won the criterion. Phoebe was second in the National Duathlon Champs for her age category the weekend before. Central Otago primary school children put in a strong showing at the Otago Cross Country champs in Dunedin on Friday with four first places in eight divisions. Ella Landreth (pictured), of Wanaka Primary School, won the year 6 girls; Keiran Marsh, of Roxburgh Area School, won the year 5 boys; Luca Swale, of Arrowtown School won the year 7 girls and Charlie Marsh, of Millers Flat Primary School, won the year 8 boys. Other placings were: Sarah Gunn, Roxburgh Area School, second year 5 girls; Todd Vermeir, St Josephs Primary School, second year 6 boys; Fiona Murray, Mt Aspiring College, third in year 8 girls; Jack East, Mt Aspiring College, second in year 8 boys.
The Arrowtown School Rippa Rugby team representing Otago at the national champs were lining up against Manawatu in Wellington for the quarter final of the national champs as the Mirror went to press yesterday. On Monday they beat Poverty Bay, West Coast and Waikato and drew with North Harbour. The school has won the right to represent Otago for the past four years. Coach Paul Winders said it had been a massive effort from the team - ‘‘especially as they’ve been awake since 5.30am. ‘‘Awake but not allowed up till 7!’’
Locals in lead
Australia New Zealand Continental Cup (ANC) races held at Coronet Peak ski area over the weekend have seen Piera Hudson, of Wanaka, win the Giant Slalom ANC yellow bib and Adam Barwood (pictured), of Queenstown, win the Slalom ANC yellow bib for the four-stop race series. The yellow bib is awarded to the top performing female and male competitors from the ANC series races held in Australia and New Zealand and allows the holder a top 31 start position on the Europa Cup and NorAm circuit for the northern hemisphere season. Hudson, 18, is the current national champion (Junior and Open) for women’s GS and Slalom. Barwood, who won the national championship title for slalom at Coronet Peak last month, finished seventh in the giant slalom and eighth in the slalom. The final races in the ANC series will be held at Mt Hutt from 13 – 19 September. The National Championship races for Downhill and Super G will be held at the same time.
Endurance Mountain Bike Race
Entries have opened for the Deans Bank 10-hour endurance mountain bike race in Albert Town on October 21. Riders can compete solo or in teams, with the goal to complete as many 11km laps as possible in 10 hours. Classes include solo, teams, junior, school challenge, veteran, men and women, mixed, mixed veteran and single speed solo. More details on bikewanaka.org.nz.