Glover and Richter win the 8th Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic

15/02/2015 by Steve Knowles

Nelson local Ethan Glover wins the Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic for the third year in a row, in a time of 2:07:36. Glover also took the king of the mountain title, being the first rider up to the top of Fringed Hill.

Glover had extra motivation this year, with visiting Santa Cruz Bicycles International Marketing Manager, Will Ockelton (with a respectable race time of 2.49.20), offering Glover a soon to be released 2015 Santa Cruz XC bike, if he won the race.

First woman, Ingrid Richter’s (Nelson), had to battle current NZ 24 hour mountain bike national champ, Anja McDonald (Nelson) to take her first win in the Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic. Richter was the quickest woman to the top of Fringed Hill and had the winning time of 2.36.02.

The Coppermine Classic was won by Lars Hubacher (Switzerland) and a junior rider Liv Bishop (Nelson).

The Big Mountain Enduro was won by Nelson locals Meggie Bichard and Patrick Higgins.

A $6000 bicycle, the Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon R donated by Nelson based bike distributor Hyperformance Hardware, was won by Ian Best of Wellington, after an 8 ‘tails’ in a row coin-toss competition at the prize giving.

The Santa Cruz Coppermine attracted nearly 200 entrants from around the country and the world. Riders enjoyed a perfect day that coincided with BikeFest Nelson on an amazing course with a relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments were provided by the Sprig & Fern Brewery and the event was supported by Torpedo 7, Reef Bar, Tinelli, Bluebridge, Spoke Magazine, Solander, Printhouse, Bicycle Bungee and the Nelson Mountainbike Club.

The course was in an excellent condition, and made ever better with the new piece of single track bypassing the previous Maitai road section. The Coppermine loop is widely regarded by recreational cyclists as one of New Zealand's best rides.   The race has two courses, both climb to Coppermine Saddle through the mineral belt and returning to Nelson down the Maitai Valley. The courses cater for recreational to expert riders.

This was the second year for the Big Mountain Enduro race, Enduro racing is rapidly growing in popularity around the world.

A full set of results can be viewed on line at