Mezger scores big win in 10-hour
Wanaka mountainbiker John Mezger demolished his opposition at the Deans Bank 10-Hour Race, completing 18 laps of the 10km circuit track to claim the solo title.
Described as organisers as a "quiet achiever’’, Mezger has spent his winter training hard and his early season formed showed as he gradually wore down the field of 26 solo competitors.
Mezger completed his 18 laps in 9:43:42, with second-placed Adam Wilson finishing his 17th lap with just 90 seconds left on the clock.
Milan Brodina of Geraldine was third, completing 16 laps.
Of the 77 teams entered, just eight teams did more laps than Mezger.
Of the 10 teams that also managed to complete 18 laps, just three were faster than Mezger.
Race director Jamie Greenway was thrilled with the conditions, which were windy but dry.
Up to 300 riders arrived – fewer than initially estimated, possibly because of earlier poor forecasts – but Greenway was satisfied with the event.
"We had no majors. One woman has broken a finger and there was a minor prang right in front here (of the officials tent).’’
Bike Wanaka has now held four 10-hour races at Albert Town and Greenway believed the race was now getting "a bit of a reputation’’ on the events calendar.
Pushin’ it: John Mezger powers his way through one of 18 laps on his way to a resounding victory in the Deans Bank 10 Hour race at Albert Town on Sunday.
On the Podium: Sarah Bryant (right) won the open women’s event and
Rachel Beattie was second.