Scoles takes big win among elites

Harper challenges to Jonnier

Like the cross country racers, downhillers faced greasy conditions during Saturday's practice runs at Kaka hill. All were hoping for finer and warmer weather for Sunday's race day, and Nelson delivered, presenting a drying course that came right in time for the afternoon race on Sunday.

Mechanical failures played their part during downhill racing, and the technically challenging course lived up to its reputation for dealing cruel luck to some of the countries best descenders. Seeding for the men's elite race gave Levin's Nathan Rankin top spot, only just ahead of local Kieran Bennett, the 2008 Oceania Champion. Current National Champion Justin Leov ruined his drivetrain during seeding, and was just off the pace all day.

The race run gave 2007 World Championship bronze medalist Matt Scoles his first big win in the elites, over France's Fabian Pedemanaud. It was Scoles' best result this New Zealand summer.

2009 Junior World Champion Brook MacDonald completed the podium just ahead of George Brannigan, who continues to impress as a second-year junior riding against his older peers. Last man on the hill and top seed Nathan Rankin couldn't improve on his seeding time and faded to fifth, but will be happy to get his 2010 season off to a solid start. Kieran Bennett showed how hard Kaka can be even for someone who knows the course so well. He punctured and peeled his rear tire off the rim towards the bottom of the course, which ruined any home track advantage he may have had.

National Champion Harriet Harper returned from injury in style, posting the fastest seeding time in the elite women's field. Harper showed how revitalised she is after the enforced rest, and nearly took the race ahead of current World Cup Champion Sabrina Jonnier. Jonnier was pushed hard, and finished only 3.7 seconds in front - the closest margin any of the New Zealand challengers have been to the vastly experienced Jonnier this summer.

South Island Cup titles were also decided this weekend after this first three-leg segment of the New Zealand MTB Cup. No real surprises came after those athletes who had dominated their fields in rounds one and two completed the South Island Cup with overall wins.  Leov topped the men's rankings while Jonnier headed up the women's final standings.

The senior men's downhill title was one to watch however. PC Cooper and Richard Leacock were frantically calculating exactly what they needed to do in both seeding and race runs to take the overall title. When the dust had settled, Leacock won by the narrowest of margins - one-half of a point, with Cooper and his heavily strapped shoulder knowing he had done all he could to take this one out.

The New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup takes a week's break and will return on February 6-7 for round four with the downhill in Rotorua and the cross country in Tokoroa.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Scoles0:03:03 
2Fabien Pedemanaud0:00:02 
3Brook Macdonald0:00:02 
4George Brannigan0:00:02 
5Nathan Rankin0:00:02 
6Cameron Cole0:00:03 
7Justin Leov0:00:05 
8Wyn Masters0:00:08 
9Des Curry0:00:09 
10Matt Walker0:00:14 
11Reuben Miller0:00:14 
12Joseph Nation0:00:17 
13David Reinhardt0:00:23 
14James Dodds0:00:23 
15Sean McCarroll0:00:23 
16Tim Eaton0:00:28 
17Hayden Lee0:00:50 
18Kieran Bennett0:01:47 
19Mike Davis0:02:00 
20Hayden McGregor0:02:02 
DNFJamie Rennie  
DNSEdo Franco  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier0:03:45 
2Hariet Harper0:00:04 
3Sophie Borderes0:00:25 
4Gabrielle Molloy0:00:29 
5Rita Langley0:01:09 
Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rupert Chapman0:03:10 
2Jed Rooney0:00:07 
3Daniel Franks0:00:08 
4Jimmy Wilson0:00:09 
5Reuben Olorenshaw0:00:11 
6Sam Baker0:00:12 
7Nick Bygate0:00:17 
8Brandon Ransfield0:00:22 
9Kirk Fisher0:00:23 
10Jackson Carter-Smith0:00:23 
11William Parata0:00:32 
12Nathan Sheppard0:00:32 
13Marcus Allen0:00:33 
14Tobias Handcock0:00:33 
15Brandon Dunn0:00:40 
16Cory Prutton0:00:41 
17Tyler Kirk0:00:45 
18Jamie Hubbard0:00:48 
19Oscar Tatom0:00:48 
20Ryan Lewis0:00:54 
21Dan Trewern0:00:57 
22Zac Chandler0:02:16 
23Jared Marriner0:02:18 
DNFLeighton Kirk  
DNFJamie Chapman  
DNSNick Taylor  
DNSWarrick Trompetter  
DNSUnknown Francis  
DNSKieran Thompson  
Under 17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jay Barrett0:03:21 
2Jake Robinson0:00:00 
3Troy Stewart0:00:09 
4Kurt Summerfield0:00:12 
5Zach Baker0:00:13 
6Tom Burns0:00:13 
7Dan Mccombie0:00:22 
8Reece Potter0:00:23 
9Daniel McNab0:00:24 
10Hunter JenkInson0:00:34 
11Devan Eden0:00:37 
12Campbell Mercer0:00:39 
13Andy Wilson0:00:44 
14Connor Smith0:00:48 
15Caelab Drummond0:00:50 
16Richard Scott0:00:51 
17Dion Ward0:00:53 
18Morgan Taylor0:00:56 
19Daniel Lawton0:00:57 
20Alex Faulkner0:01:01 
21Mitch Thomas0:01:02 
22Zach Rowe0:01:09 
23Jack Arnopp0:01:14 
24Harry Ness0:05:37 
25Harry Chapman0:15:31 
DNFMichael Franks  
DNSBradley Dent  
DNSMichael Gunter  
DNSLogan Ness  
DNSJamie Rosier  
DNSLeo Sandler  
DNSMitchell Scammell  
DNSTim Adams  
DNSThomas Gornall  
DNSBradley Marshall  
DNSNick Elliott  

South Island Cup final standings & New Zealand Cup standings after 3 rounds

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Leov230 pts
2Brook Macdonald212 
3Cameron Cole207 
4Matt Scoles206 
5Fabien Pedemanaud192 
6George Brannigan181 
7Wyn Masters179 
8Matt Walker165 
9Kieran Bennett164 
10James Dodds160 
11Hayden McGregor145 
12Joseph Nation132 
13James Rennie110 
14Des Curry108 
15Tim Eaton76 
16Mike Davis92 
17David Reinhardt91 
18Sam Blenkinsop87 
19Edo Franco86 
20Nathan Rankin72 
21Joel Gebbie61 
22Reuben Miller51 
23Daniel Sims58 
24Hayden Lee47 
25Sean McCarroll46 
26Reon Boe44 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier267 pts
2Sophie Borderes226 
3Rita Langley159 
4Gabrielle Molloy151 
5Hariet Harper84 
Junior Under 19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rupert Chapman248 pts
2Jed Rooney236 
3Sam Baker198 
4Daniel Franks196 
5Jimmy Wilson195 
6Nick Bygate177 
7Nathan Sheppard143 
7Kirk Fisher143 
9William Parata142 
10Tobias Handcock141 
11Jackson Carter-Smith129 
12Warrick Trompetter125 
13Oscar Tatom118 
14Reuben Olorenshaw111 
15Leighton Kirk109 
15Brandon Ransfield109 
17Ryan Lewis107 
18Corey Penney94 
19Tyler Kirk87 
20Cory Prutton83 
21George Diver81 
22Brandon Dunn76 
23Dan Trewern73 
24Rogan Young70 
25Dan Whearty67 
26James Hoggan66 
27Josh Barnard66 
28Will Kemp63 
29Mat Prior69 
30Zac Chandler57 
31Jono Francis57 
32Blake Robinson51 
33Jamie Chapman50 
34Lachlan Cruickshank46 
34Marcus Allen46 
36Cody Rees42 
37Jamie Hubbard41 
38Taylor Hamilton40 
39Michael Wells37 
40Tom Blakeway33 
40Jared Marriner33 
42Nick Taylor32 
43Liam Malone29 
44Hayden Ryan27 
45Barry Gilbertson17 
Junior Under 17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Troy Stewart253 pts
2Jake Robinson247 
3Reece Potter206 
4Kurt Summerfield175 
5Tom Burns172 
6Dan Mccombie164 
7Harry Chapman162 
8Daniel McNab151 
9Harry Ness148 
10Hunter Jenkinson146 
11Andy Wilson143 
12Connor Smith131 
13Morgan Taylor126 
14Daniel Lawton123 
15Jacques Vosloo123 
16Zach Baker122 
17Richard Scott115 
18Mitchell Scammell113 
19Alex Faulkner111 
20Campbell Mercer105 
21Devan Eden91 
22Mitch Thomas90 
23Logan Ness85 
23Caelab Drummond85 
25Dion Ward85 
26Jay Barrett81 
27Bradley Dent77 
28Michael Franks72 
29Michael Gunter54 
30Cameron Flick48 
31Tim Adams45 
32Zach Rowe35 
33Jack Arnopp33 
34Thomas Gornall33 
35Jamie Rosier32 
36Jake Paddon30 
Senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Leacock242 pts
2Peter Cooper241 
3Nick Mcconachie192 
4Jake Boylett187 
5Hayden McKay171 
6Sam Perry157 
7Cam Johnson155 
8Daniel Meilink154 
9Ethan Helliwell146 
10Ben Tyas136 
11Joe Flanagan135 
12Tom Mathews133 
13Daniel Heads123 
14Freddie King119 
15Matt Burns117 
15Jamie Lyall117 
17Ollie Knight110 
18James Mcconachie107 
19Cameron Kay106 
20David Balderstone99 
21Matt King89 
22Scott McGregor85 
23Heraud Aurelien78 
24Dylan Shanchez-Pinsent73 
25Chris Mancey70 
26Sean Kennedy64 
27Sam Shucksmith59 
28Rufus Wenlock57 
29Kevin Fife55 
30Tom Winwood54 
31Steven Pattle51 
32Eliot Jackson49 
32Asher Ellery49 
34Kyle Wilson48 
35Matt Ineson45 
36Kelly McGarry42 
37Ant Jackson38 
37Jeandin Thomas38 
39Graeme Adriaens38 
40Alastair Parkin37 
41Jamie Eagle33 
42Aurelien Heraud33 
43Zac Williams32 
44Nick Gasson32 
44Andrew Peek32 
46Tom Kennedy30 
47Nick Middleton30 
48Ramon Hunziker29 
49Mike Hickman28 
50Orion Daley-Coers26 
51Mark Johns25 
52Oliver Morris35 
53Callum Hunter24 
53Dave Anderson24 
55Pete Miller23 
55Trevor Scott23 
55Erik Wardrop23 
58Jacob Leach22 
59James Pauly21 
59Nick Hotchin21 
61James Allan19 
62Chris Draper16 
63Andre Jaworski15 
64Gary Mattson11 
65Anthony Gunter8 
Open women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Charlotte Clouston252 pts
2Georgia Wight227 
3Veronique Sandler198 
4Sophiemarie Bethell133 
5Baylee Jackson123 
6Amanda Pearce121 
7Madeline Taylor90 
8Sarah Atkin84 
9Sophie Tyas79 
10Naomi Wilson67 
11Megan Muretta63 
Master 30+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil White218 pts
2Cameron Bisset206 
3Derek Winwood174 
4Bevan Adlam144 
5Boyd Grinstead132 
6Shaun Hodges119 
7Kevin English117 
8Cameron Laird81 
9Scott Couzins76 
10Nigel Reeve66 
11Nick Sutcliffe63 
12Andy Chapman58 
13Mike Inwood53 
14Chris Paassens52 
Master 40+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Boylett254 pts
2Murray Stark171 
3David Smith81 
4Mike Kirkwood79 
5Mike Stylinou76 
Hardtail men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Petrie90 pts
2Ollie Radford30 
Junior Under 15 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josh Mccombie270 pts
2Richard Scandrett243 
3Liam Taylor211 
4Matt Lawton195 
5Tom Brian74 
6Mitchell Barnard70 

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