Race 2 Canterbury Mountain Bike Series
Race 2 of the Canterbury Mountain Bike Series was held in beautiful weather a Bottle Lake Forest in Christchurch on Sunday. After race one being, embrace the puddles, the track for race 2 was hard and fast.
This made for some fast racing and exciting action throughout the day. In the Long Course Sam Fox again showed his strength and rode away from the other competitors, after lap 1 Fox had a lead of 30 seconds from Nathon Wright and Ollie Pearce, then a gap back to a bunch comprising Mitchell Sincock, Ben Friel, Steve Roberts and Jeremy Inglis.
In the Women’s Race Reta Trotman was first through lap 1 with a gap back to Bidget Tempero and Emma Wilson. Totman had a good lead of 30 seconds on the Tempero and Wilson and the question was, would this be enough to hold out the 2 ladies riding with a good bunch of men.
In the second lap Fox increased his lead to cross the finish line in 64 mins 21 sec and 3 mins and 6 secs quicker than race 1. Pearce got away from Wright and took second by 6 seconds, in a great sprint finish for 4th Sincock just held out Roberts.
In the Women’s race Trotman held on from a fast finishing Tempero and Wilson, Trotman winning in a time of 75 mins 28 secs with Tempero 75 mins 36 secs and Wilson back third in 76 mins 16 secs.
Throughout the age groups categories there were some great results and placings reversals from race 1, which will make the Series very interesting for race 3 and the series decider.
In the Short Course a great sprint finish was taken out by Jonny Limmer, showing age has no barriers competing in the 40-49 category, from Howie Mcfadyen in the 13-17 category and Dean Wright 3rd.
In the Women’s Short course Jane McDonald had a great ride taking line honours in a time of 38 mins 2 sec some 2 minutes quicker than race 1. McDonald was well clear of Marianne Wilson in second in a time of 47 min 29 secs from Maggie Reid third, competing in the7-12-year category and reversing the result in this category beating Anja Teepa from race 1. Both these young ladies now sit on the same points going into race 3.
Like the Long Course there is going to be some great racing for series placings, which we all look forward to on Sunday 15 September back at Bottle Lake Forest in Christchurch.