It was down to the second as 16-year-old Taz Selfe crossed the finish line of the weekend’s Pass2Pub event.
The Waitaki Boys’ High School pupil won the annual mountain bike race by less than one second from last year’s winner, Tim Rush.
Taz completed the race from Burkes Pass to Albury in 1hr 17min.
Flynn Marshall (16) also put in a fast finish to come third, finishing just behind the other two lead riders.
Timaru’s Amy Hollamby was the first female rider across the finish line, completing the race in 1hr hour 24min.
She has now won the women’s section five times in a row and seven times all up.
Organiser Chris Thomas said it was “fantastic” to see 400 riders across a wide variety of age groups competing in the 29th edition of the competition, which is an annual fundraiser for Albury Home and School.
“[The event has] so much history for the area,” he said of the race.
The scorching temperatures were matched by very fast speeds with many riders beating their times from previous years despite course changes making it slightly longer, he said.
Thomas also paid tribute to Simon Rees, who was riding a custom-made wooden bike made in Rotorua. He finished the ride in 118th place, crossing the finish line in just over 2hr 2min.