Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 16/Mar/10 4:45pm

Australian Invasion!

The UCI Oceania Mountainbike Championships are on this weekend in Dunedin. Six Oceania titles are up for grabs, and a strong contingent of Australian and French Polynesian athletes will be in Dunedin trying to take these titles home.
Australia's travelling contingent of Cross Country racers will stretch New Zealands best multi-lap athletes for sure this weekend. Exceptionally strong in the Elite and Under 23 categories, the Australians won't settle for anything less than front of the field finishes. Lachlan Norris (Barkers Creek), Ben Henderson (Canberra), Adrian Jackson (Hawthorn) and Rowena Fry (South Launceston) lead the Elite charge, while Cal Britten (Bright), Paul van der Ploeg (Melbourne), Rebecca Henderson (Monash) and Therese Rhodes (Adelaide) do the same for the Under 23s. Nine Australian Under 19 athletes are also competing, but will face a dominant and hungry group of New Zealand Juniors led by Blenheim's recently crowned National Champion Richard Anderson. National Elite Champions Mike Northcott (Tokoroa) and Nic Leary (Rotorua) will not back down during their Saturday afternoon race, and will draw on every advantage gained from racing at this venue previously.

Mountainbike Australia (MTBA) are sending a downhill development squad to Oceanias this year together with the National Downhill coach, Chris Clarke and other support staff. Leading the Australian Downhill Team is 19 year old Rhys Willemse (Brisbane), a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand and one of many athletes at this event riding for professional teams in Europe during the World Cup season. Willemse has raced in New Zealand before, and his entertaining riding style and outright pace fits well with his cross-Tasman peers. 17 year old Troy Brosnan (Adelaide) makes his first racing visit to New Zealand for Oceanias, and is touted as one of the most promising Australian Juniors emerging at the moment. However, both Willemse and Brosnan will be up against world class racers, and a field of race hardened Kiwis who will not want to let any title be taken back to Australia after this event. In the Elites Justin Leov (Dunedin) and National Champions Wyn Masters (New Plymouth), and George Brannigan (Hawkes Bay) in the Juniors are racing with finesse this summer, and must be considered favourites for the Mens Downhill titles. Harriet Harper (Blenheim) has some strong Australian competition in the form of Sarsha Huntington (Brisbane), but Harper is race fit and ready to compete this weekend. French Polynesia has also sent its National Champions to Dunedin for this event, and they could well be dark horses come race day - not a lot is known about their pace in a world class field and they could surprise when the dust settles.

Also mixing up the entry lists are seven Australians entered in Friday night's Four Cross event. The new Signal Hill Four Cross course is rated as one of the steepest courses put together for this type of event. Promising to be fast and exciting, the knock-out style four man heats under the Four Cross format always pulls the crowds, with action fast and furious. Ex-Kiwi James Pritchard (now Perth) returns to New Zealand for this event, and will also bring his characteristic loose and huge air jumping style to the Four Cross race. He can expect a tough time from his former New Zealand riding mates however!

This Continental Championship event is the only international level mountainbike event on NZ's calendar this year. In the flagship Cross Country, Downhill and Four Cross disciplines, added incentive for the Oceania athletes is an automatically qualified extra spot at the 2010 World Championships (Canada) for the winners of the Elite categories. All of NZ's top athletes will be competing in Hillclimb, Dual Slalom, Four Cross, Cross Country, Downhill, and Short Track Cross Country disciplines vying for these titles as well as valuable UCI ranking points.


Oceania Championships Events Schedule
Thursday March 18th has the Hillclimb and Dual Slalom events at Signal Hill, Dunedin (event base behind Logan High School) from 12.30pm.
Friday March 19th has Four Cross racing at Signal Hill, Dunedin (event base behind Logan High School) from 4pm.
Saturday March 20th has Cross Country racing at Forrester Park, Bethunes Gulley, Dunedin. Age group categories are on a 10.30am race start, and U19 Juniors and U23/Elite categories on a 2pm race start.

Sunday March 21st has Downhill racing at Signal Hill, Dunedin (event base behind Logan High School). Seeding starts at 11am, with the race run starting at 1.30pm
Sunday March 21st also has Short Track Cross Country racing at the Downhill event base at Signall Hill between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby DH_pinner on Tue 16/Mar/10 6:57pm

Does anyone know if sam hill will be there,keen to get a signiture
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby Mini_Pinner on Tue 16/Mar/10 8:27pm

DH_pinner wrote:Does anyone know if sam hill will be there,keen to get a signiture

What a Grom :lol: But Sam Hill is da man
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby DH_pinner on Tue 16/Mar/10 8:31pm

Mini_Pinner wrote:
DH_pinner wrote:Does anyone know if sam hill will be there,keen to get a signiture

What a Grom :lol: But Sam Hill is da man

um,jordan,im a wee better than u and ure not a grom
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby wuffy on Tue 16/Mar/10 8:45pm

Sam Hill never goes, we're too cool.
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby damstraightdh on Wed 17/Mar/10 8:52am

Your both bloody groms!

I bet neither of you are even going down to Dunedin lol
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby banga on Wed 17/Mar/10 9:18am

wuffy wrote:Sam Hill never goes, we're too cool.


You're awesome at being wrong. He was at oces in 2006, Rotorua.

He's busted anyway so no chance of him turning up this time.
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby MTBChick on Fri 19/Mar/10 7:29am

Nah wrong on both accounts... Sam's staying at my flat




:D
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby SlackBoy on Fri 19/Mar/10 8:47am

MTBChick wrote:Nah wrong on both accounts... Sam's staying at my flat




:D

does being tied up in your dungeon constitute "staying"
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby chainsaw on Sat 20/Mar/10 11:40am

Sam Hill injured his knee out moto training. So doubt very much he will be there. Seems the only top riders will be Wyn and Leov with the young pinners from Aus being Troy Brosnan (Hills teammate with Brendog) and Rhys Willemse who I think is riding for Giant. Apart from that plenty injured and not many "big names".
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby banga on Sat 20/Mar/10 12:03pm

chainsaw wrote:Sam Hill injured his knee out moto training. So doubt very much he will be there. Seems the only top riders will be Wyn and Leov with the young pinners from Aus being Troy Brosnan (Hills teammate with Brendog) and Rhys Willemse who I think is riding for Giant. Apart from that plenty injured and not many "big names".


I'm sure Rankin, Cole, Haden and the rest of NZs world cup riders would be considered top riders, Leov was only 7th in his last race in NZ...
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby Nuttykiwi on Sat 20/Mar/10 7:51pm

any official results for xc anywhere yet?
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby avantibill on Sat 20/Mar/10 9:04pm

Nuttykiwi wrote:any official results for xc anywhere yet?

Keep a close eye on http://www.mountainbikingotago.co.nz/html/ Hamish will post them up on there (and possibly Vorb) when He will get the chance (ie in the wee small hours)

I have posted some pics of of the 4X and currently resizing the XC elite to post on http://www.mountainbikingotago.co.nz/ht ... php?cid=51 if thats any help
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby chainsaw on Sun 21/Mar/10 8:36pm

banga wrote:
chainsaw wrote:Sam Hill injured his knee out moto training. So doubt very much he will be there. Seems the only top riders will be Wyn and Leov with the young pinners from Aus being Troy Brosnan (Hills teammate with Brendog) and Rhys Willemse who I think is riding for Giant. Apart from that plenty injured and not many "big names".


I'm sure Rankin, Cole, Haden and the rest of NZs world cup riders would be considered top riders, Leov was only 7th in his last race in NZ...


Well when you think about the some of the riders who have been in Aus during the summer ie Kovarik,Buchar,Atkinson,Kinter,Graves,Rando then only having the top kiwis is a bit of a let down.
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Re: Uci Oceania Mountainbike Championships, March 18th To 25th

Postby MTBChick on Sun 21/Mar/10 9:48pm

SlackBoy wrote:
MTBChick wrote:Nah wrong on both accounts... Sam's staying at my flat




:D

does being tied up in your dungeon constitute "staying"


Yup, he was gagged and chained so he couldn't resist. Therefore, it must be voluntary :p
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