Worlds U19 Cross-country Results: Kiwis In Action

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Fri 4/Sep/15 9:19am

The Under-19 riders opened up the cross-country component of the World Champs with five Kiwis making the trip to Andorra to test themselves out against the world's best.

After a fairly mild week the rain decided to show up just as the under-19 women took to the start line, this made what is by most accounts a very technical course even trickier as the combination of rain, roots and mud made things slick and slippery as the race progressed. Jemma Manchester & Shannon Hope represented New Zealand in the race and pulled together a solid race to finish 31st and 32nd respectively.

Shannon Hope - Credit:Ray & Linda Hope

The rain kept coming, the temperatures kept dropping, and by the time the Under-19 lads took the course it was pretty miserable.

Two of the three male riders have had a less than ideal week. Harrison Mudgway's preparation was messed up by his bike finally showing up late after being held up in transit, only then to come down with tonsillitis. However, he still made it to the start line and got pulled after one lap, which by all accounts was a staunch effort given he was in less than ideal condition. Paul Wright injured his shoulder a week ago and unfortunately took a spill on the first lap which aggravated the injury, resulting in his retirement.

Nathan had a good start, followed by a crash on the second lap but still managed to finish a respectable 45th.

Big ups to the young'uns for getting Andorra and doing the Kiwis proud - we look forward to seeing more of you guys in the future!

Tommorow it's time for the Under-23's to race with Anton Cooper, Sam Gaze, Ben Oliver. Craig Oliver and Jack Compton all racing at 3pm (1am NZT). Anton and Sam look like good podium prospects.

The downhill crew kick off their schedule with Junior Men seeding runs tomorrow.
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