Competitors enjoy new course – Mountain Biking

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by Molly Houseman

A new course for the Alpine Energy Ten-Hour Mountain Bike Race received a tick of approval from riders in Timaru at the weekend.

Participants, riding either in a team or solo, raced to complete the most laps of the 9.5km track in Centennial Park over 10 hours, on Saturday.

Race director Chris Thomas said it was the first time for about decade organisers had made a big change to the course.

“We thought this is a year of huge change, so why not change the way the race links up many of the different trails in the park?”

“It was a massive hit with riders.

“Participants were overwhelmingly positive and rated the 9.5km single-track course as one the best in the country.

Teams came from Timaru, Waihi, Oamaru and Dunedin, and there was a strong turnout of school-aged riders, he said.

First-time entrant John Mezger, of Wanaka, won the 10-hour solo category after completing 20 laps.

The winner of the six-hour solo ride was Tim Rush, of Oamaru, who was successful in competing 13 laps.

For the first time, an e-bike team event was included in the race.

This was won by The Cyclery Well Cooked Chickens team, who wore chicken suits and completed 22 laps.

“E-bikes are very much growing trend and we expect to see more in future races” Thomas said.

Waihi School pupil Ollie Loader during the Alpine Energy Ten Hour Mountain Bike Race. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Alpine Energy Ten Hour Mountain Bike Race 6 hour solo ride winner Tim Rush, of Timaru. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Taking part in the 16th Alpine Energy Ten Hour Mountain Bike Race on Saturday is (from left) Reconnaissance team member Tom Howard and Cyclery Hammerheads team member Ken Bradshaw. PHOTO: SUPPLIED