Nelson riders shine at Oceania champs
A young contingent of Nelson cross country riders achieved some podium-hogging results at the UCI Altherm Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Dunedin last weekend.
Held in rotation between Australia and New Zealand - it was Otago’s turn to host the best Cross Country and Down Hill riders from around Oceania at Signal Hill from 9 - 11 February.
While the heavily-anticipated match-up between NZ representatives Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze drew a large number of spectators to the event, there was double success in the womens age groups with Rebecca Hufflett winning the under-15 title and Zoe Nathan claiming the under-17 honours.
Winning in a time of 40 minutes 43 seconds, Hufflett finished six minutes clear of local hope Rachel Cunningham of Mosgiel.
Nathan, a runner-up in the national championships last year,˘continued˘her rise after suffering from scoliosis which required spinal surgery.˘Her time of 1:02.35 was also six minutes ahead of Ashburton’s Caitlin Titheridge (1:08.31).
In other results, Henry Jaine finished second in the five-lap Under 23 race, just over two minutes slower than the winner, Porirua rider Eden Cruise.
Cameron Jones came fifth in the Under 19 race.
The Dunedin results bode well for the 2018 national championships, scheduled to be held at Cardrona this weekend.
Zoe Nathan in action at the UCI Altherm Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Dunedin.