Johnston takes out mountain bike series
Guy Johnston has won the under 15 North Island down hill mountain bike series.
The Hauraki Plains College student said he was pretty happy to win the under 15 series ‘‘as I have put a lot of training and effort into it’’.
‘‘It was the last time I would race in the under 15 series, so cool to leave on a high as I now move up to under 17,’’ he said.
The series included five races held around the North Island during December.
Because Guy has celebrated his 15th birthday this year, he now has to race in the under 17 class of the NZDH series, which kicked off in January.
He won the first race held at Fourforty MTB Park at Orere Point, Auckland, last month.
He came fourth in the second race in the series in Rotorua because of a crash.
However, Guy recovered during the remainder of the series, coming in third place overall.
He was also placed fourth overall in the under 17 NZDH national championships at Cardrona last weekend.
Guy said he was pleased with the results in his first time competing in the under 17 class.
He also competed in the Fourforty MTB Park Gravity Enduro race recently, winning the under 17 section, and was placed sixth overall.
His next racing event is at the International Crankworx event in Rotorua this month, which will also include the NZ Secondary Schools competition.
Guy started mountain bike riding at the end of 2016.
He said he loved the atmosphere of racing and the challenge of riding the different downhill mountain bike tracks around the country.
‘‘I also ride motorbikes but find it hard to commit to the school motocross team as mountain biking takes up so much time,’’ he said.
Hauraki Plains College student Guy Johnston has time for a bit of fun over one of the jumps during the downhill mountain bike series.