Cruise con­trols Kara­poti Clas­sic

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Porirua moun­tain­biker Eden Cruise showed his class this month, when he be­came the youngest win­ner of the Kara­poti Clas­sic.

The 15-year-old from Whitby crossed the fin­ish line in the gru­elling 50 kilo­me­tre event in Up­per Hutt on March 7 in a time of 2h 28min 1s.

He was 45 sec­onds in front of pre-race favourite Matt Waghorn, from Feild­ing.

Cruise im­pressed race or­gan­is­ers and rid­ers much older than him with his smart rid­ing.

‘‘Last year I led early on and ev­ery­one just sat be­hind me and then rode away on the first hill,’’ Cruise said. ‘‘ So this year I de­cided to sit back and let other rid­ers fight out the early stuff.’’

The lead changed sev­eral times in the open­ing stages be­fore Cruise and Welling­ton’s Ed Crossling set­tled at the front.

At the top of the last climb, Cruise was sec­ond but gain­ing ground, when Crossling suf­fered a punc­ture.

Six years ago Cruise made head­lines as Kara­poti’s youngest fin­isher when he rode the full 50km with his fa­ther.

In the past two years he has rid­den faster at Kara­poti than Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list An­ton Cooper did at the same age, and has now won the ti­tle a year younger than Cooper was when he won in 2011.

More than 800 rid­ers from 10 coun­tries took part in the Kara­poti Clas­sic, which had its 30th an­niver­sary this year.

Photo: MARATHONPHOTOS.COM

On his own:

Kara­poti Clas­sic win­ner

Eden Cruise.

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