by Greta Yeoman
Young South Canterbury mountain bikers had a successful weekend at the South Island Secondary Schools mountain bike championships in Dunedin on the weekend of October 12-14. Enduro riders competed on Friday, while the downhill competitors raced on Saturday, and the event concluded with the cross-country races on Sunday.
Geraldine High School’s Connor Leov came second in the under-17 boys downhill race and 10th in the under-17 boys’ cross-country event.
Abby Ross, of Craighead Diocesan, was second in the under-15 girls’ cross-country race.
Timaru Boys’ Liam Barclay came fifth in under-20 boys’ downhill and 14th in the cross-country competition.
Aaron Jefferson, also of Timaru Boys’ High School, was 13th out of 24 riders in the under-14 boys’ enduro race and his fellow Timaru Boys’ schoolmate Stephen Garner placed 12th in the under-17 boys downhill event.
Geraldine High School’s Cameron Prattley came 23rd in the under-20 boys’ downhill, but had more success in the under-20 boys’ cross-country race on the Sunday, finishing eighth.
Cathal Guiney, of Timaru Boys, came third in the under-20 boys cross-country ride, while Mackenzie College’s Ben Jordan was sixth in the under-17 boys’ cross-country race.
There were 10 South Canterbury riders entered in the cross-country events, 13 in the downhill races and two in the enduro events.
Allied Press reporter Jessica Wilson supplied The Courierwith photos of several South Canterbury riders taking part in the downhill events, on Dunedin’s Signal Hill.