Six-hour race chal­lenges body and mind

The Leader (Tasman) - - GOLDEN YEARS - PHILLIP ROLLO

Henry Jaine says rid­ing around Rab­bit Is­land for six hours can be as much of a men­tal chal­lenge as it is phys­i­cal.

Par­tic­u­larly when you are com­plet­ing 22 laps of the same course and you are do­ing it alone.

‘‘You just have to keep fu­elled up, keep eat­ing and drink­ing, and once you can see the end of it it’s all right,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s a point you reach when you know you’ve only been rid­ing for two and a half hours but you feel like you’ve been there for­ever.

‘‘But once you get to the end it’s pretty re­ward­ing, es­pe­cially to do it solo.’’

Jaine, who works at Vil­lage Cy­cles, won the solo men’s cat­e­gory at the 6hr Mid Win­ter Break­out moun­tain­bike race at Rab­bit Is­land on Sun­day.

He was only caught by Team Skoda Rac­ing’s Kieran Ham­brook, Finn Black, Daniel Reid and Brad Tilby on the fi­nal lap, the four-per­son team post­ing a time of 5hour 50min 11sec for the 22 laps, 71 sec­onds ahead of Jaine.

‘‘I think I stopped once to get some food but other than that had all my food on me and had a bot­tle on the go, so I never knew how far back they were,’’ he said.

‘‘At one stage I had a re­ally big lead but by the end of it they were

Rain­bow War­riors team-mates Bin Heapy, Katie Gold and Lyn­ley Chis­nall, take a break for lunch.

putting out fresh guys and they pretty much did as fast laps as they did at the start of the day.’’

Although Jaine ac­knowl­edged that the event is aimed at get­ting fam­i­lies ac­tive on their bikes, his mo­ti­va­tion for en­ter­ing was the chal­lenge of rid­ing alone, and get­ting six hours of ‘‘solid rac­ing’’ un­der the belt is the best train­ing he could ask for.

Other win­ners on Sun­day in­cluded solo women; Jacqui Keay, mixed team; Phone Home (Pogo McAu­ley, Todd McAu­ley, Mandy Med­calf-Stephens, Wayne Leighton), par­ent and child; Fo­ord (Ben­jamin Fo­ord, Luke Fo­ord), women’s team; Wild­ings (Jacqui Nathan, Zoe Nathan), cor­po­rate team; Wayne Pool Builder (Wayne Pool, Gisela Pur­cell, Steve Wil­son, Neil Green), cou­ples; Just Friends (Con­nor MacLeod, Yazmin Ship­ley), and ju­nior team; Bad Idea (Ge­off Lart, Kaio Lart, Len­nard Mund, Fin Slack, Joshua Smith-Clare).

PHOTO: LUZ ZUNIGA/FAIR­FAX NZ

Solo men’s win­ner Henry Jaine in ac­tion dur­ing the six hour mid-win­ter break­out at Rab­bit Is­land on Sun­day.

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