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MacDonald speeds to victory in Dunedin downhill

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Atkin wins women's race

The second round of the New Zealand Downhill Cup was raced in a damp and soggy, constantly changing Dunedin. Tough conditions have been the order of the two days of practice and competition for the 124 competitors on Signal Hill, with a broad range of weather and race course variables to add to the racing mix.

The contrast with last weekend's series opener in Queenstown couldn't have been any greater. Rain hit Dunedin for the first time in six weeks on Thursday night, creating a very slippery course for the start of practice Friday morning. And constant rain started to fall mid morning, not letting up until the small hours of Saturday morning. Practice was incredibly tough - the technically challenging, often off-chamber Signal Hill course creating an unwanted yardstick for survival.

Race day morning arrived with bluebird skies and an extended practice session helped to bed the track in and scrub the tenacious mud layer from race lines - by race run at 2.30 pm the course was in great condition and riding fast, however threatening skies would come into play with race tactics and starting order as the afternoon progressed.

Age group categories raced the dry track while rain started to make its presence felt again, becoming quite heavy just as the elite fields were preparing to take the start line. The elite women were the first group to really feel the slippery conditions, and again this week it was Sarah Atkin who showed fantastic adaptation to deal with the conditions and race to a time that would win her the race, and demolish the competition at the same time.

The elite men's ranks were boosted this week with the addition of World Cup top 10 regular Justin Leov and former four cross world champion Jared Graves, joining an already star studded field. 2007 Junior World Championship bronze medalist Mat Scoles was the quickest seed in the earlier seeding run, and was last starter, with surprise package and second seed Bryn Dickerson away one before him. But the field had to be content with playing bridesmaid to Brook MacDonald,

The 2009 junior world CCampion who put down a solid and what turned out to be unbeatable time from ninth seed. MacDonald was rightly very satisfied to win this one "its just great to be back winning again" all the comment needed to sum up his two days on Signal Hill. Putting down a clean run on the course was incredibly difficult considering the conditions, and a very vocal crowd was treated to some sublime riding from the top 10 seeds in the elite men's field, in their chase after MacDonald's time.

Scoles would settle for second, with Kieran Bennett making a return to top three, and Dickerson not able to repeat his stellar seeding run, slipping to 11th. Leov raced well to make the top 10 in his first race start this season, with his former World Cup teammate Graves not able to finish after a heavy crash at the top of the course. France's Jerome Clementz was rewarded for an enjoyable month in New Zealand in his last race before returning to Europe, with a seventh.

In the age group categories, Dunedin's local riders fared very well, showing the benefits of some home track advantage. The McCombie brothers Josh and Dan claimed the U17 and U19 wins respectively, while Karitane's Leighton Kirk shook off a disastrous seeding run to take the senior men's win in a time that was second fastest of the day. Kirk's early race run from the front of the senior field held right through to the podium. The 30-39 Masters again showed blazing pace this weekend, with Nelson's Derek Winwood turning the tables on teammate Jamie Nicoll for the win, in a top 10 overall time.

The downhill segment of the NZ MTB Cup continues next Friday and Saturday January 20-21 at Mt. Hutt with the third round. Cross country racers will also compete in their next round next weekend.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Brook MacDonald (NZl) 0:03:22.26  
2 Matthew Scoles (NZl) 0:00:01.51  
3 Kieran Bennett (NZl) 0:00:03.44  
4 Wyn Masters (NZl) 0:00:04.18  
5 Sam Baker (NZl) 0:00:07.69  
6 Reuben Olorenshaw (NZl) 0:00:07.77  
7 Jerome Clementz (Fra) 0:00:10.71  
8 Justin Leov (NZl) 0:00:12.21  
9 James Rennie (NZl) 0:00:18.02  
10 Joseph Nation (NZl) 0:00:19.38  
11 Bryn Dickerson (NZl) 0:00:20.71  
12 Hayden Lee (NZl) 0:00:23.83  
13 Rupert Chapman (NZl) 0:00:29.61  
14 Sam Perry (NZl) 0:00:31.79  
15 Thomas Mathews (NZl) 0:00:32.64  
16 Jarrah Davies (Aus) 0:00:33.20  
17 Dan Sims (NZl) 0:00:35.44  
18 Chris Patton (USA) 0:00:36.70  
19 Richard Leacock (NZl) 0:00:47.13  
20 Octavio Teixeira (NZl) 0:01:02.45  
21 Troy Murdoch (NZl) 0:01:39.98  
22 Daniel Heads (NZl) 0:10:40.88  
DNF George Brannigan (NZl)    
DNF Matthew Walker (NZl)    
DNF Jared Graves (Aus)    
DNF Unknown Rooney (NZl)    
DNS Thomas Jeandin (Swi)    
DNS Unknown Takada (NZl)    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sarah Atkin (NZl) 0:04:36.39  
2 Alanna Columb (NZl) 0:00:41.64  
3 Amy Liard (NZl) 0:00:42.54  
4 Vironique Sandler (NZl) 0:01:06.61  
5 Harriet Latchem (NZl) 0:01:08.19  
6 Sophiemarie Bethell (NZl) 0:01:21.06  
U19 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Dan McCombie (NZl) 0:03:45.17  
2 Leo Sandler (NZl) 0:00:00.35  
3 Reece Potter (NZl) 0:00:00.84  
4 Tom Burns (NZl) 0:00:04.14  
5 Lewis Hamilton (NZl) 0:00:09.09  
6 Troy Stewart (NZl) 0:00:11.57  
7 Raphael Kammlein-Cutler (NZl) 0:00:28.54  
8 Thomas Gornall (NZl) 0:00:32.81  
9 Connor Harvey (NZl) 0:00:33.29  
10 Alex Kennett (NZl) 0:00:42.60  
11 Zach Baker (NZl) 0:00:42.79  
12 JD Devlin (NZl) 0:00:46.80  
13 Andy Wilson (NZl) 0:00:47.50  
14 Luke Hooper (NZl) 0:01:06.10  
15 Harry Chapman (NZl) 0:01:08.23  
16 Jono Ross (NZl) 0:01:21.74  
17 Kurt Summerfield (NZl) 0:02:16.85  
DNF Lukas Chalmers (NZl)    
DNS Jake Paddon (NZl)    
DNS Devan Eden (NZl)    
DNS Callum Sprosen (NZl)    
DNS Bradley Dent (NZl)    
DNS Robert Havill (NZl)    
DNS Elliot Davison (NZl)    
DNS Jim Lott (NZl)    
DNS Cole Smith (NZl)    
U17 Junior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Josh McCombie (NZl) 0:03:48.99  
2 Carl Goodwin (NZl) 0:00:04.73  
3 Connor Sandri (NZl) 0:00:08.34  
4 Michael Lea (NZl) 0:00:17.31  
5 Gareth Burgess (NZl) 0:00:28.61  
6 DJ Holmes (NZl) 0:00:32.88  
7 Jonathon Kennett (NZl) 0:01:37.39  
DNS Jordan Shadbolt (NZl)    
DNS James Minty (NZl)    
DNS Daniel Prior (NZl)    
Senior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Leighton Kirk (NZl) 0:03:23.19  
2 Nick McConachie (NZl) 0:00:03.94  
3 Dylan Sanchez-Pinsent (NZl) 0:00:07.63  
4 James Horran (NZl) 0:00:16.32  
5 Ant Jackson (NZl) 0:00:16.57  
6 Jake Boylett (NZl) 0:00:17.54  
7 Jameie Chapman (NZl) 0:00:18.76  
8 Ben Tyas (NZl) 0:00:19.17  
9 Carl Edmondson (NZl) 0:00:20.50  
10 Mat Prior (NZl) 0:00:21.80  
11 Thomas Lamb (NZl) 0:00:22.08  
12 Tyler Brooker (NZl) 0:00:24.65  
13 Adam McClintock (NZl) 0:00:29.32  
14 Andrew Bias (NZl) 0:00:30.92  
15 Hendrik Schulze (Ger) 0:00:33.28  
16 Cameron Kay (NZl) 0:00:34.36  
17 James Hampton (NZl) 0:00:37.48  
18 Daryl Webb (NZl) 0:00:37.90  
19 Colin Tocher (NZl) 0:00:42.37  
20 Daniel Benn (NZl) 0:01:10.38  
DNF Jake Neaves (NZl)    
DNS Thilo Rucknagel (Ger)    
DNS Scott McGregor (NZl)    
DNS Ben Eggleston (NZl)    
DNS Karl Shaw (NZl)    
DNS William Guthrie (NZl)    
DNS Zac Williams (NZl)    
DNS Liam Jack (NZl)    
Master 1 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Derek Winwood (NZl) 0:03:32.43  
2 Jamie Nicoll (NZl) 0:00:03.33  
3 Chris Mancey (NZl) 0:00:06.13  
4 Boyd Grinstead (NZl) 0:00:06.86  
5 Andrew Martin (NZl) 0:00:23.03  
6 Jeremy Jones (NZl) 0:00:31.53  
7 Kevin English (NZl) 0:00:48.40  
8 Marcos Barbosa (NZl) 0:01:04.31  
9 Teruaki Takahashi (Jpn) 0:01:15.75  
DNF Ricky Pincott (NZl)    
DNS Tony Boroviec (NZl)    
Master 2 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Christian Meuli (NZl) 0:03:47.66  
2 Michael Williamson (NZl) 0:00:07.24  
DNS Darryn Henderson (NZl)    
Hardtail men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andrew Paisley (NZl) 0:04:02.16  
2 Sam Proctor (NZl) 0:00:49.37  
Open women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Adrienne Hooper (NZl) 0:04:25.62  
2 Rosella Pellegrino (Ger) 0:00:46.39  
3 Julie Berry (Aus) 0:00:53.31  
4 Carolin Friese (Ger) 0:01:05.22  
5 Pippa Holdom (NZl) 0:01:28.00  
DNS Kaytee Campbell (NZl)    
DNS Teresa Blanpain (NZl)    
Junior women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sophie Tyas (NZl) 0:04:41.33  
2 Phoebe Coers (NZl) 0:01:14.10  
U15 Junior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carlos Wilson (NZl) 0:04:35.17