Comp­ton rues punc­ture bad luck at muddy Kara­poti Clas­sic

Kapi-Mana News - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Jack Comp­ton can count him­self un­lucky not to have locked away an­other Kara­poti Clas­sic ti­tle.

The pro­fes­sional moun­tain­biker, from Whitby, lived up to his favouritism to shoot out of the blocks at the start of the Up­per Hutt event on Fe­bru­ary 18, in which rid­ers had to bat­tle heavy rain and mud.

He took the lead up the fa­mous Devil’s Stair­case in the 32nd run­ning of the race and was look­ing at a com­fort­able win and a bril­liant time, un­til a punc­ture 5km from the fin­ish line.

Aus­tralian Kyle Ward swept past the Porirua rider to take the hon­ours in 2hrs 17min 40secs, which made him the fourth-fastest win­ner in Kara­poti his­tory.

Comp­ton nursed his bike home in 2hrs 19min 01secs.

He still holds the sec­ond-fastest Kara­poti time ever - 2hrs 10min 25secs - when he was vic­to­ri­ous in 2016.

This was more than two min­utes shy of the record time set by Cantabrian An­ton Cooper in 2014, of 2hr 07min 57secs.

Porirua rid­ers were among the plac­ings at Kara­poti, with Ryan Corke, Mar­garet Ley­land, Pippa Thom­son, Miller Buck, Tyler Bur­rows, So­phie Hiswin, Mckay Thom­son and Ciara Green all fin­ish­ing well.

PHOTO: AN­DREW TURNER

Com­peti­tors hit the wa­ter at the start of the Kara­poti Clas­sic.

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