JAFAKIDS at North Island MTB Cup #1 – Tokoroa

Sunday, February 7, saw the first round of the XC North Island Cup  (Round 4 of the National Series) held in Cougar Park in Tokoroa. A good number of Jafakids riders from all the age groups competed in the hot conditions and achieved impressive results.

Full XC results here. The second round of the NI Cup is in Hamilton on February 14.
Round 1 of the DH North Island Cup (Round 4 of the National Series) was in Rotorua on Saturday, February 6 – results.

Competing in the XC race at Tokoroa were Guy, Kurt, Peter, Tom, Natalie, Charlotte, Sophie-Marie, Daniel, Harley, Reuben, Ian, Sasha, Adrienne, Nick and Adrian. Congratulations to Charlotte Clouston and Sophie-Marie Bethell who competed in both the DH and XC races.

Report from Sadie:

JAFAKIDS raced awesomely mixing it with the best of the North Island. Several podium places, a couple of learning curves but on a hot day I saw everybody giving it there all. I was really stoked to see JAFAKIDS riders had listened to my instructions of working together on the long open sections with the best example of Ian and Reuben keeping the tempo up by working together around the course. I know Coach Chip was also doing the same with another rider also. Good work team. Well done to Charlotte winning the Downhill the day before and Sophie Marie also on the podium with Charlotte…go the Auckland girls. Nice work turning up to race the XC the next day and mixing it up on the podium with the xc girls. I have to make a mention of Peter Bethell having a blinder race (our own pocket rocket), Kurt Standen owning the Tokoroa course on his new bike, Harley making the effort to get to Tokoroa from Whangarei and being rewarded for his efforts finishing so close to that podium step. As for Sasha Smith parking her bike up for 3 weeks while she was on Outward Bound then stepping up to the Elite race lasting 2 hours.

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