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.