Justin Leov and Scarlett Hagen took top honors in the third and final round of the Subaru South Island Downhill Cup in Nelson. New Zealand, last weekend. Leov came out on top in hot and dry conditions while also picking up the maximum UCI World ranking points up for grabs. Second place was enough to secure the overall title for Nathan Rankin from Levin.
Hagen picked up the double with a comprehensive win on the day and in the overall. An ambitious double jump at the finish line brought Hagen flying over the finish line over 20 seconds clear of second placed Sheryl MacLeod, who ended up second in the overall Cup standings.
Riders will return to the same downhill course in March for the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships. In the meantime, the next event on the 2008 Mountain Bike Cup Series is the final round of the NZCT South Island Cross Country taking place in Waipara, North Canterbury on January 20.
See full coverage of round three of the South Island Downhill Cup.