Young in second place at Rotorua
A Wanaka mountain biker travelled across the country to ride Rotorua’s muddy trails in preparation for next month’s World Championships.
Mt Aspiring College’s Phoebe Young, 17, came second overall in Rotorua’s winter race, competing against ‘‘the big guns’’ on a 26.6km course.
Her time of 1 hour 36 minutes gave her a win in the junior rider category.
She entered the three-day Cyclezone Winter Series as a challenge but also to have fun.
‘‘With the large number of competitors there is always somebody close by that I can race against,’’ she said.
Young was eager to test herself and her new Specialised bike in a race.
‘‘I am not really used to the muddy and slippery trails. Although I find this terrain a little scary, it is good to come up and experience this different situation,’’ she said.
The World Championships would be held in a Cairns rainforest from September 5.
It was the biker’s second year participating in the race with her father, Oliver.
‘‘Originally I had entered the first race of the series last year as I just happened to be up in the area.
‘‘I found it quite cool to catch up with lots of friends in the mountain bike community that attend these races.’’
Queenstown racer Alice Robinson became New Zealand champion in Giant Slalom at Coronet Peak.