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New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships 2012

Date range:
January 27-29, 2012

January 28, Cross country:

Peters and Hanlen win first elite cross country titles

By:
Cycling News
Published:
January 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT,
Updated:
January 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT

Cooper and Gray earn back-to-back junior championships

Age group categories warmed up the cross country course on Saturday morning at Codgers MTB Park in Brook Valley, Nelson, before the elite and junior racers got their turn in the afternoon.

The elite races provided excitement and anticipation for the very vocal crowd watching on a race course designed in part to allow fantastic viewing options. Dirk Peters rode like a man possessed today in the six-lap elite men's race, and led from start to finish to win by over two minutes. Any slight threat of a challenge and Peters had the perfect answer - more pace and aggression which carried him to his first national championship title as an elite athlete. Peters couldn't have been happier, and clearly enjoyed his win against the deepest field of competition seen at a national championship for many years.

In the elite women's race, the contest was always going to be between Beijing Olympian Rosara Joseph and in form New Zealand MTB Cup leader Karen Hanlen. Hanlen sat on Joseph's wheel for the first two laps, before applying the throttle during lap three to hammer home an unbeatable lead.

Hanlen stretched her legs for the remainder of the race to win by a stunning three minutes, and the smiling ex-multi-sporter reinforced her form with her first national championship title. Both Hanlen and Joseph are gunning for the 2012 London Olympics spot, and Hanlen's early season challenge to what has been Joseph's domain in recent years is providing a fascinating prelude to the upcoming Olympics selection process.

Anton Cooper is fast becoming a drawcard at these events, and his race craft and domination of his junior rivals something of a talking point. Starting two minutes behind the elites, Cooper first paced away from his U19 competition and then steadily clawed back the outright leader on course (Peters), before passing him on the fourth lap. Cooper won comfortably from surprise package Sam Gaze and claimed back-to-back national championship wins in the juniors.

Like Cooper, Mary Gray also won her second junior national championship title in the women's event. She led from the start.

The contest between Wellington riders Gavin McCarthy and Tony Keith in the Masters 30-39 went right down to the wire. Only a slight slip on the last descent by McCarthy prevented what was sure to be an all out sprint for the line after both riders were inseparable for their four laps. Keith eventually took the title by 18 seconds.

Other racers that shone and took home championship titles were Garth Weinberg (Masters 40-49), Eden Cruise (U15 Men), and Ben Oliver (U17 men) and Shannon Hope (U17 women).

The New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championship programme will conclude on Sunday with the downhill and cross country eliminator races in Nelson.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Dirk Peters 1:36:34  
2 Mike Northcotte 0:02:39  
3 Brad Hudson 0:03:24  
4 Ethan Glover 0:04:53  
5 Tom Bradshaw 0:06:10  
6 Carl Jones 0:06:54  
7 Tim Wilding 0:08:21  
8 Adrian Retief 0:10:02  
9 Mathew Waghorn 0:10:40  
10 Harley Going 0:10:53  
11 Patrick Luthi 0:11:54  
12 Nick Miller 0:12:37  
13 Dean Fulton 0:13:43  
14 Ash Hough 0:14:36  
15 Noel MacMillan 0:15:10  
16 Darry Stevens 0:15:20  
17 Oliver Shaw 0:15:30  
18 Mark Dunlop 0:16:40  
19 Matt Andrew 0:18:19  
20 Alex Revell 0:20:45  
21 Logan Horn 0:24:30  
-1lap Edwin Crossling    
-2laps Jeremy Inglis    
-2laps Chris Sharland    
-2laps Nick Clark    
-2laps Ian Burgess    
DNF Samuel Shaw    
DNF Justin Price    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Karen Hanlen 1:30:53  
2 Rosara Joseph 0:02:59  
3 Fiona Macdermid 0:09:49  
4 9Jolanda Neff 0:10:26  
5 Katherine O Neill 0:11:26  
6 Samara Sheppard 0:11:57  
7 Kate Fluker 0:15:36  
8 Raewyn Morrison 0:16:41  
9 Katrine Gellatly 0:17:00  
10 Jeanette Gerrie 0:17:40  
11 Sasha Smith 0:21:07  
12 Melissia Newell 0:22:09  
13 Ingrid Richter 0:24:40  
U19 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anton Cooper 1:16:07  
2 Sam Gaze 0:07:14  
3 Nigel McDowell 0:07:35  
4 Craig Oliver 0:09:45  
5 Tom Filmer 0:10:52  
6 Bradley Jones 0:15:17  
7 Tom Fox 0:15:36  
8 Jake Glover 0:16:58  
9 Josh Parkin 0:17:17  
10 Brett Stokman 0:19:47  
11 Ryan Hunt 0:21:05  
12 Elliot Pearce 0:22:05  
13 Frank Sutton 0:23:47  
-1lap Simon Lawson    
-1lap Guy Hirst    
-1lap Sam Bamford    
-1lap Hayden Cleminson    
-2laps Peter Crampton    
-2laps Cameron Fitzgerald    
DNF Kristoff Ford    
DNF Logan Callesen    
U19 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mary Gray 1:25:18  
2 Samantha Hope 0:02:37  
3 Amber Johnston 0:06:23  
4 Caitlin Holmes 0:08:30  
5 Toshiko Knight 0:18:27  
U17 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ben Oliver 1:06:09  
2 David Ashby-Coventry 0:02:15  
3 Jack Compton 0:06:09  
4 Mitchell Campbell 0:08:49  
5 Scott Barr 0:10:02  
6 Tom Coombes 0:11:27  
7 Henry Jaine 0:13:38  
8 Peter Bethell 0:13:54  
9 Gareth Cannon 0:15:06  
10 Sam Dakin 0:15:54  
11 Dylan Vile 0:16:15  
12 Cameron Ford 0:16:36  
13 Nathan Johnston 0:17:47  
14 Jacob Anderson 0:17:58  
15 Ryan Craggs 0:19:12  
16 Daniel Cleminson 0:19:40  
-1lap Bradley Chandler    
-1lap Alex Beaven    
DNF Ben Friel    
U17 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Shannon Hope 1:06:24  
2 Jemma Manchester 0:01:43  
3 Olivia Miller 0:02:13  
4 Harriet Beaven 0:02:46  
5 Brooke Hudson 0:15:56  
U15 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Eden Cruise 0:55:17  
2 Paul Weright 0:08:40  
3 Connor McRae 0:09:29  
4 Joe Sutton 0:24:50  
5 Bailey Ford 0:33:40  
6 Max Meffan 0:36:53  
U15 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zia Macdermid 0:47:45  
Senior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ollie Radford 1:20:30  
2 Mark Richards 0:02:17  
Senior women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Naomi Whitehead 1:13:45  
Masters 1 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tony Keith 1:11:23  
2 Gavin McCarthy 0:00:18  
3 Karl Paterson 0:01:53  
4 Jonty Taylor 0:07:10  
5 Phil Patterson 0:08:49  
6 Jason Smith 0:15:09  
7 Daniel Bremner 0:15:34  
8 Jared Scollay 0:16:25  
9 Jon Shutt 0:17:54  
DNF Andy Petrie    
DNF Josh Findlay    
DNF Sam Thompson    
Masters 2 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Garth Weinberg 1:12:16  
2 Warrick Spence 0:03:08  
3 Clive Bennett 0:04:16  
4 Ray Hope 0:06:05  
5 Al Killick 0:07:13  
6 Jake Stow 0:07:24  
7 Stephen Owens 0:11:02  
8 Andy MacDonald 0:14:52  
9 Tom Bamford 0:16:54  
10 Jerome Sheppard 0:19:01  
11 Dion Chapman 0:21:51  
12 John McRae 0:22:13  
-1lap Steven Lawson    
DNF Wade Jennings    
Masters 3 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ian Paintin 1:16:37  
2 Derek Milne 0:03:46  
3 Cliff Bowman 0:07:07  
4 Andrew Scott 0:07:14  
5 Geoffrey Notman 0:07:24  
6 Patrick Meffan 0:08:56  
7 Marco Renall 0:09:27  
8 Paul McDowell 0:09:48  
9 Tony Beaven 0:11:53  
10 Wayne Pool 0:13:59  
11 Ash Sparks 0:15:51  
12 Doug Sharland 0:19:28  
Masters 1 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kim Hamer-Hurst 1:02:38  
2 Kristie Fogarty 0:09:34  
3 Merrin Brewster 0:45:56  
Masters 2 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Linda Hope 1:25:10  
Masters 3 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sarah Beadel 1:18:04