John­ston takes out moun­tain bike se­ries

Hauraki Herald - - SPORT - TERESA RAM­SEY

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.

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