Young in sec­ond place at Ro­torua

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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