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New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships 2011

Date range:
February 24-27, 2011

February 27, Downhill:

Cole blazes to New Zealand downhill national championship

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 01, 2011, 15:29 GMT,
Updated:
March 01, 2011, 15:33 GMT

Harper earns women's title

Cameron Cole descends fastest for the New Zealand downhill national title

Cameron Cole descends fastest for the New Zealand downhill national title

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Slippery conditions, which had caused major issues for racers during practice sessions, finally eased off by race morning - with the Signal Hill course drying just enough to take the unpredictable factor out of the picture.

Seeding showed no real surprises, with in-form riders all at the top of the age group and elite start lists for the afternoon final race start.

Tension built through the age group categories in the lead-up to the elite race as championship titles started to be delivered. A notable result went to Under 17 men's winner Tom Burns, who seeded first and converted that advantage into a championship win. The Dunedin local found enough speed to win by a staggering 10 seconds.

The Under 19 men's title was another that was highly sought after. Top seed Reuben Olorenshaw had a huge advantage up his sleeve going into the 2:00 pm race, and while he didn't have his usual clean and composed result in terms of his final run, was still able to push hard enough to claim the win. The Nelson flier has now collected National Championship titles as an Under 15, Under 17 and now Under 19 rider - unprecedented in New Zealand's downhill results history.

Defending National Champion Harriet Harper (Santa Cruz) won the elite women's race convincingly in Dunedin and in a time that had many of her male peers envious.

In the feature elite men's race, Nathan Rankin (Monster Energy) had seeded poorly but put together a race run that looked to be competitive enough to take the title. Rankin's time held until sixth seed George Brannigan (Ancillotti) peeled nearly two seconds out of him to take the leader's hotseat.

Five riders were still capable of going quicker than Brannigan - Rupert Chapman couldn't improve on his fifth seed time; Mathew Scoles (Cingolani-Protone) went four seconds quicker than his seeding time, but this was only good enough for eighth; Justin Leov (Trek World Racing) also improved but not enough; former elite world champion Gee Atherton (Commencal) crashed heavily in the top part of the course and couldn't finish, so the final starter and fastest seed Cameron Cole was the only rider who had a shot at beating Brannigan for the title.

The 2006 Junior World Champion Cole was composed, lightening fast and up to the task, stopping the clock at 2:58.13 - the only rider to race a sub-three minute run to take the prized elite nationa championship title.

Harper and Cole will proudly wear the stunning new downhill national champion's jersey while racing overseas this year - displaying the New Zealand flag on their full right sleeves from shoulder to cuff as recognition of their titles.

Cole's race run completed a busy domestic competitive race season for New Zealand's top mountain bikers, with many moving north to begin 2011 World Cup campaigns after competing at the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships on March 17-20 in Shepparton, Australia.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cameron Cole 0:02:58.13  
2 George Brannigan 0:00:01.88  
3 Nathan Rankin 0:00:04.81  
4 Justin Leov 0:00:05.65  
5 Brook Macdonald 0:00:06.07  
6 Kieran Bennett 0:00:06.55  
7 Reon Boe 0:00:07.35  
8 Matthew Scoles 0:00:07.57  
9 Edward Masters 0:00:08.67  
10 Tim Mackersy 0:00:09.52  
11 Hayden Lee 0:00:11.61  
12 Gerard Wolfe 0:00:13.62  
13 Tom Matthews 0:00:13.63  
14 Matthew Walker 0:00:14.00  
15 Joseph Nation 0:00:14.86  
16 Richard Leacock 0:00:15.21  
17 Dan Sims 0:00:21.80  
18 Gareth Brewin 0:00:26.98  
19 Rob Venables 0:00:34.24  
20 Rupert Chapman 0:00:47.42  
DNF Gee Atherton    
DNS Thomas Jeandin    
DNS Ewan Doherty    
DNS Daniel Heads    
DNS Sam Baker    
DNS Reuben Miller    
DNS Troy Murdoch    
DNS Hayden McGregor    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Harriet Harper 0:03:44.50  
2 Casey Brown 0:00:25.01  
Under 19 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Reuben Olorenshaw 0:03:18.48  
2 Dan McCombie 0:00:01.18  
3 Reece Potter 0:00:02.10  
4 Jake Robinson 0:00:03.54  
5 Zach Baker 0:00:04.51  
6 Troy Stewart 0:00:05.84  
7 Tim Adams 0:00:08.47  
8 Kirk Fisher 0:00:09.75  
9 William Parata 0:00:10.47  
10 Nick Bygate 0:00:11.08  
11 Bryan Beaufils 0:00:15.11  
12 Brandon Ransfield 0:00:15.18  
13 Warrick Trompetter 0:00:18.14  
14 Conor Smith 0:00:21.44  
15 Cameron Flick 0:00:25.08  
16 Daniel Franks 0:00:27.67  
17 Mitch Townsend 0:00:29.73  
18 Campbell Mercer 0:00:35.25  
19 Mat Prior 0:00:36.91  
20 Tyler Brooker 0:00:39.91  
21 Harrison Redshaw 0:00:48.84  
22 Lukas Chalmers 0:01:04.87  
23 Corey Prutton 0:01:16.33  
24 Robert Havill 0:01:16.47  
DNF Louis Hamilton    
DNS Jackson Carter-Smith    
DNS Jay Barrett    
DNS Caleb Murdoch    
DNS Kurt McDonald    
DNS George Diver    
DNS Adam McClintock    
Under 17 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tom Burns 0:03:17.02  
2 Harry Chapman 0:00:09.21  
3 Josh McCombie 0:00:16.88  
4 Lawrence Cawte 0:00:19.39  
5 Kieran De Grey 0:00:25.76  
6 Leo Sandler 0:00:28.23  
7 Jack Arnopp 0:00:31.76  
8 Raphael Kammlein-Cutler 0:00:35.75  
9 Josh Airey 0:00:36.74  
10 Dan Lawton 0:00:40.53  
11 Andy Wilson 0:00:41.20  
12 Connor Hamilton 0:00:42.22  
13 Jake Paddon 0:00:43.12  
14 Michael Melles 0:00:46.32  
15 Morgan Taylor 0:00:54.49  
16 Bradley Dent 0:01:10.61  
17 Cameron Kerr 0:01:19.67  
18 Josh Hicks 0:01:23.51  
19 Jack Harrington 0:01:44.31  
DNS Alfie Simmons    
DNS Kurt Summerfield    
DNS Elliot Davison    
DNS Taylor Bachop    
DNS James Minty    
Senior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bryn Dickerson 0:03:07.30  
2 Leighton Kirk 0:00:04.40  
3 Zac Williams 0:00:09.75  
4 David Balderstone 0:00:12.75  
5 Dylan Sanchez-Pinsent 0:00:16.80  
6 Stefan Gardner 0:00:18.00  
7 Dave du Plessis 0:00:19.83  
8 Cameron Kay 0:00:22.14  
9 Samuel Perry 0:00:22.40  
10 Jake Boylett 0:00:25.87  
11 Jimmy Pollard 0:00:27.04  
12 Jeff Austin 0:00:28.26  
13 Tobias Handcock 0:00:31.64  
14 Nick McConachie 0:00:36.60  
15 Jon Stout 0:00:38.55  
16 Murray McInnes 0:00:38.65  
17 Tom Humphries 0:00:40.14  
18 Allie Diamond 0:00:40.61  
19 Oscar Tatom 0:00:43.51  
20 Michael McKee 0:00:44.35  
21 Jacob Leach 0:00:50.25  
22 Adin Johnson 0:00:53.79  
23 Cam Johnson 0:00:54.00  
24 James Hampton 0:00:56.34  
25 James Robbins 0:00:57.65  
26 Scott Taylor 0:01:11.00  
27 Chris Mancey 0:01:14.69  
28 Mike Reader 0:01:15.24  
29 Craig Wolland 0:01:28.52  
30 Alan Wolland 0:01:30.81  
31 Robert Chappell 0:01:46.76  
32 Brandon Sborden 0:01:52.00  
DNF Adrian Loo    
DNF Ben Tyas    
DNF Kieran Thompson    
DNS Ben Stewart    
DNS Brandon Dunn    
DNS Doug Winter    
DNS Orion Daley-Coers    
DNS Daryl Webb    
DNS Jamie Lyall    
DNS Olly Morris    
Master 1 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Hayden McKay 0:03:25.76  
2 Boyd Grinstead 0:00:02.28  
3 Ricky Pincott 0:00:11.19  
4 Cameron Bisset 0:00:14.16  
5 Lachie Columb 0:00:40.14  
6 Phil Walter 0:00:46.94  
Master 2 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Darryn Henderson 0:03:35.79  
2 Luke Simmons 0:00:25.69  
3 John Baddiley 0:00:40.21  
4 John Boylett 0:00:51.38  
Junior women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sarah Atkin 0:04:06.87  
2 Veronique Sandler 0:00:17.47  
3 Sophie Tyas 0:00:21.06  
4 Phoebe Coers 0:02:03.57  
DNF Sophiemarie Bethell    
Open women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amanda Pearce 0:04:55.61  
2 Pippa Holdom 0:00:32.90  
Under 15 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jack Humphries 0:03:37.75  
2 Connor Sandri 0:00:14.19  
3 Hayden Melles 0:00:41.24  
4 Ihakara Pene 0:00:46.80  
5 Matt Lawton 0:00:54.40  
6 Joshua Botting 0:01:38.21  
Sweepers
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andrew Paisley 0:13:22.97  
2 Richard Scott 0:00:19.21  
DNS Matt Burns