X Scenic Results And Race Report

Postby spevents on Tue 2/Feb/10 8:30pm

Perfect conditions prevailed on Sunday for the X Scenic MTB Race http://www.xscenic.co.nz in Timaru, the first round of the Accessman South Canterbury Mountain Bike Cuphttp://www.scmtbcup.co.nz.

As expected, the young gun riders from Christchurch took away the major places, in the X Scenic Race held in Timaru’s Centennial Park.

The leading riders, all from Christchurch, set a furious pace with the lead changing frequently throughout the 3 lap elite race. At the finish, just six seconds separated first and second with Anton Cooper, 15, just outlasting a fast finishing Bradley Hudson, 17.

Cooper is the Australian Under 17 Mountain Bike Champion and raved about the Centennial Park course which suits his style of riding.

Cooper said he was able to get a winning break by using the single-track areas of the circuit.
"I got away from Brad on the tight, windy stuff, he's a bit bigger [than me] which makes it a bit harder for him.
"The technical stuff is my strength really.
"Brad and Logan always push me real hard, we always have great battles no matter what race we are in."

Cooper, riding for the strong PushBikes team said he was hoping to race in three of the four South Canterbury Mountainbike Cup races, which he needs to do to be eligible to win the competition.

Hudson, (Cycleways Team) had some technical issues with his gearing in lap 2, but had things sorted out by lap 3, and despite cutting Cooper 's lead was unable to catch the flying "pocket rocket".

Logan Horne, 17, also from Christchurch, put in the fastest third lap, but could not catch Cooper or Hudson.

First local riders home were Thomas Prestidge (6th overall) and just behind him in 7th placing Craig Atwill. Two other local riders, Kyle Wood and Simon Coventry, both had double punctures and were forced to retire.

Geraldine’s Lucie Urbancova won the X Scenic Elite Women’s Trophy for the first female rider in a time of 1:52:39.

In the two lap, Sport Race, Timaru’s Fabian Wybrow-O’Brien, 14, won in a time of 1:16:55.

Overall 100 riders took part, with more than half coming from outside the District.

The second round of the Accessman South Canterbury Mountain Bike Cup is the Sherwood Enduro to be held at Sherwood Downs, Fairlie on February 14th - for entries http://www.mtbpursuits.com.
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