Matt Scoles of Alexandra tackles the downhill race at the MTBNZ national series race at Cardrona on Saturday. Scoles was third (2:47:1) in the elite men’s event, behind Scottish pro Greg Williamson (2:45:8) and Hawkes Bay rider George Brannigan (2:46:2). The women’s elite downhill race was won by British rider Katy Curd. The competition’s elite cross country race was won by Kate Fluker of Queenstown, while Anton Cooper of North Canterbury won the men’s elite title. Wanaka riders to finish on the podium were Wanaka’s Phoebe Oliver (female under-17 cross country, winner); Melissa Newall (masters female 1 cross country, winner); Janus Staufenberg (male under-17 cross country, second); Julius Staufenberg (male under-15 cross country, winner); Campbell Wright (male under15 cross country, second); Paul Wright (male under-19 cross country, third); Kayla Russell (female under-19 cross country, third). Queenstown rider Reon Boe won the male senior cross country race. The cup was the first in a series of four races leading up to the national championships.
Eye on the ball
Queenstown’s Riki McLachlan only has eyes for his ball during his round robin game against Jose Statham, of Auckland, at the Te Anau Tennis Open in Te Anau last week. Players at the invitational tournament included former junior Wimbledon champion Wesley Whitehouse, of Auckland. More than $20,000 in prize money was up for grabs with Aucklander Rubin Statham overpowering Finn Tearney, of Wellington, for the win. Statham received $8000 while Tearney received $5000. About 550 spectators took to the courtside to watch the games at the event which boosts being the third biggest tennis event in New Zealand. McLachlan and his brother Ben played-off for fifth and sixth place with Riki able to take down his brother in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Arrowtown player Harry James also competed in the competition finishing in seventh. Most players who competed headed to Auckland for the ASB Classic and Heineken Open.