Weather Adds to the Challenge of Nevis Mountain-Bike Race
After three gruelling hours there was one second in it for Bannockburn Gutbuster competitors Tim Rush(1st) and Micheal Vink(2nd).
Full rivers and cold windy conditions greeted over 200 mountain-bikers who lined up at the Garston Hotel in Northern Southland on Saturday.
Their 75km journey took in over 20 creek crossings and a tough climb, complete with snow flurries, through the Nevis Valley, over Duffers Saddle and down to Bannockburn.
The race was the second in the Bike it Now! Cromwell Summer Series, owned by the Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group. The XS Storage Cromwell Bannockburn Mountain Bike Classic is on 30 December, The Golden Gate Lake Dunstan Triathlon on January 2 and Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge on January 8. These three events would be run by veteran athlete and sports administrator Bill Godsall from Cromwell.
Results were Junior Boys: Fletcher Sharman, 3.38.13(12th overall), Sam Porteus, 3.41.06, Ty Sarginson, 3.50.59. Open Men: Tim Rush, 3.05.31, Micheal Vink, 3.05.32, Liam Aitcheson, 3.15.04. Open Women: Kate Fluker, 3.48.02, Erin Greene, 4.03.43, Shannon Hope, 4.10.21. Senior Men: Mike Wolfenden, 3.11.27(3rd overall), John Mezger, 3.32.16, Warwick McLaren, 3.40.45. Senior Women: Annabelle Anderson, 3.55.35, Kristy Jenniip, 4.05.47, Melissa Newell, 4.18.21. Veteran Men: Shaun Portegys, 3.35.03, Nicolas Noble, 3.41.44, Wayne Miller, 3.44.16. Veteran Women: Mary Russell, 4.43.45, Linda Hope, 4.45.24, Helena Sodergre, 4.57, 49. Masters Men: Neil Sutherland, 3.45.07, Ray Hope, 3.49.40, Barry Dick, 3.50.47. Masters Women: Polly Buchanan, 5.06.33, Jo Wilson, 6.37.37, Cathy Lewsley, 7.35.54.