What a cracker! Stunning weather and a good turnout made for a great day yesterday with people travelling from all over the place (including the South Island) and some had even competed in the Motu the day before. Proper hardcore.
R&R Sport were out in force with Doug on the camera and Eric on the bike. They gave us $500 worth of gear for spot prizes. Horleys provided tubs of Replace, we had 6-Hour Energy shots and Jungle Coffee gave us some $20 vouchers. On top of that we gave away two 6-month subscriptions to NZMTB Rider mag. A huge thank you to all of you.
The racing was fast and furious with some tricky muddy sections spitting riders into trees and onto the floor. Mechanicals ended the day for some but pretty much everyone gave it the full distance (or time, whichever was sooner).
The Expert Open riders are those vying for the title of Auckland Champ and the men faced a gruelling 5 laps which no-one quite managed before the 1hr 45 (ish) cut-off pulled them in. Only 6 minutes separated the top 3 with Scott Green opening up a lead over Patrick Avery to take first place with Oliver Whalley rounding out the podium in third. In the ladies category, Raewyn Morrison held off the constantly-chasing Sasha Smith to take the victory with Adrienne Hooper picking up third place.
Singlespeeders were out in force again and apologies to the Turquoise Warrior – a timing mis-hap prevented him from receiving the applauds on the day but the timing error was corrected and he took out first place by nearly ten minutes over Bevan Falloon with Auckland MTB Club committee member Hayden Russell picking up the third place prize money.
The JAFAKIDS parents put on a great BBQ for fundraising to go towards the young rider development programme, helping to cover a wide range of bits and pieces to help put our youngsters on the top of the podium. With Sasha and Adrienne taking two of the three spots it is clearly working and the lap times of some of the Juniors were impressive! Some names to watch out for in the future I’m sure.
A big thank you to everyone that gave their time before, during or after the event to help the day go smoothly. From course marking, to marshalling to helping us pack away the EZ-ups and load the trailer – every bit of help is hugely appreciated.
So on to Round 2 and the fantastic Slater Road venue on November 22nd. It promises to be another great course on the private playground of Rob and Marquita and we can’t wait.
We’ll get some pictures of Race 1 up online soon (if anyone is willing to share their digital images please drop me an email- firstname.lastname@example.org) Any issues, please get in touch. Thanks