Mezger scores big win in 10-hour

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

Photo: ANDYWOODS

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.

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