Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Thu 22/Jan/09 2:41pm

The RaboPlus NZ MTB Cup presented by Nature Valley continues this weekend (Jan 24/25) in Levin. The NZ MTB Cup comprises six Cross Country and Six Downhill events (three in each of the North and South Islands) during January and February, wrapping up with the RaboPlus National Mountain bike Championships presented by Nature Valley in Nelson between February 26 and March 1st.

Levin hosts NZCT Round 3 (and final of the North Island Downhill Cup) round of the NZ MTB Downhill Cup on Saturday in the Kohitere Forest, 4km from the centre of town. Some exciting mountain bike race locations around the country are still to come for competitors with Dunedin, Timaru, Coronet Peak, Blenheim, and finally Nelson all hosting events for NZ's mountain bikers in their quest for National competitive and internationally recognised titles.

Sunday's Downhill race has attracted a high number of pre-entries, with a large number of on the day riders also expected to take part. Hosts the Levin Mountain bike Club have the experience to cope with the expected number of competitors, having previously organised successful NZCT National Secondary Schools Mountain bike Championships, and other National level events.

In the Elite Mens competition, a group of Scottish invaders led by Ben Cathro have been racing consistently at the head of the field, and have been setting the pace at the two previous NZ Cup rounds in Rotorua. However, this weekend sees the return to competition of current Oceania Downhill Champion Kieran Bennett (Nelson) who will add to the number of experienced Kiwis wanting to avoid a Scottish clean sweep of podium results so far this summer. World Cup winner and world ranked #7 professional Sam Blenkinsop (Wanganui) will be smarting from his second place to Cathro last weekend, and will be aiming for nothing less than top spot in Levin. Juniors Aari Barrett and Brook MacDonald (both Hawkes Bay) are also competing in the Elite field and are showing consistent form, well amongst the Elite top ten this summer.

The Elite Womens competition follows a similar story - Emmeline Ragot (France) is also competing in NZ this summer, and so far has shown a clean set of wheels to her NZ competition, winning NZ Cup rounds one and two. Harriet Harper (Blenheim) and Gabby Molloy (Rotorua) know that Ragot is setting the standard this year so far, and will be keen to close the gap on the French star, if not best her. One rider scheduled for an appearance but who won't be competing is current National Downhill Champion Sheryl MacLeod (Dunedin), who is recovering from a serious injury, suffered while training.

Additionally to the premier Elite level competition, age group categories from Masters 50+ through to the emerging U15 age groups in their first national events will be just as hotly contested in Levin and at all NZ MTB Cup events. The U19 and U17 races are two to watch for spectators this weekend with 65 pre-entries already registered, and NZ's emerging downhill talent all on hand looking for that perfect run and podium glory.

To access the Levin race venue, head inland from the Levin Post Office on Queen St East for approximately 4km - event village is signposted from the Denton Rd/Gladstone Rd intersection.
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby Camcamera on Sat 24/Jan/09 9:58pm

whens the racing start ?? on Sunday ??
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby VERT on Sat 24/Jan/09 10:23pm

hey cam, check out this page for details http://www.bikenz.org.nz/Article.aspx?ID=3231
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby cruiser on Sun 25/Jan/09 4:35pm

Was a great event, awesome final section to watch as a spectator.

Does anyone know how the Dude is who crashed flying into the tree fullspeed!
Made me ill just seeing it. hope he's ok, went off in an ambo.

sam blenk 1st, Dodzy 2nd
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby YakinAway on Sun 25/Jan/09 8:04pm

any other results up yet?
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby tives on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:04pm

whatd Cathro get?
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby cruiser on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:19pm

tives wrote:whatd Cathro get?


Cathro seeded 1st with a headbutt crash into the barrier right on the finish line

then crashed ( i think) and did a 3:13. winning time 3:01

Jay Barrett first U17

Leacock 1st U19

Harriet Harper only rider in Elite Women.

This is off top of my head, don't quote me on these!
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby tives on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:25pm

cheers for that wouldve been a good race
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby cruiser on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:26pm

here's the results:

NI-DH3-Levin-Results.pdf
NI DH round 3 results
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby Jono on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:36pm

Anyone know what happened to Rita? Looks like there was a bunch of carnage in the womens field...
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby sifter on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:40pm

Master 1 Men: David English, 814, Queersville...

Come on BikeNZ...!!!!
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby Jono on Sun 25/Jan/09 9:46pm

sifter wrote:Master 1 Men: David English, 814, Queersville...

Come on BikeNZ...!!!!


It'll be what he put on his entry form, I suspect.
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby ezybike on Sun 25/Jan/09 10:10pm

It was his brothers idea of a joke when he entered the both of them online.
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby wachtourak on Sun 25/Jan/09 10:17pm

Jono wrote:Anyone know what happened to Rita? Looks like there was a bunch of carnage in the womens field...


Rita had an epic spill on practice day
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Re: Nz Mtb Cup, Downhill In Levin This Weekend

Postby banga on Sun 25/Jan/09 10:19pm

Jono wrote: Looks like there was a bunch of carnage in the womens field...


Not really? all the open girls seemed to be doing just fine, only two elite girls there.
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