Compton rues puncture bad luck at muddy Karapoti Classic
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.
Competitors hit the water at the start of the Karapoti Classic.