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New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships 2011

Date range:
February 24-27, 2011

February 25, Four cross:

Walker makes pass to take four cross title

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 01, 2011, 14:44 GMT,
Updated:
March 01, 2011, 14:45 GMT

Sandler holds on for women's four cross championship

The eliminator-style, four-up event took place on the Signal Hill course first utilised for the 2010 Oceania Championships 12 months ago. A great mix of elite and junior riders raced each other in the open men's race - with a final heat stacked with four riders capable of claiming the sought after four cross national championship title.

Number 1, 2, 3 and 5 seeds progressed through to the final round, with fastest qualifier Daniel Franks getting the all important jump out of the gate and to the first corner. However, Franks left an inside line barely open, and it was enough for Mat Walker to make a pass that stuck right through to the finish line and the title. Reon Boe and Rupert Chapman tussled for the third spot, with Boe doing enough to claim the third place.

The small open women's field put on a fantastic display of competitive four cross racing. Fastest qualifier Veronique Sandler and Sophie Tyas were even right through the top two thirds of the race - with the lead changing several times as both juniors tried to break away from each other. Wellington's Sarah Atkin was ready to pounce at the slightest opportunity, but it was Sandler who held her nerve to claim the women's title.

Full Results

Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matt Walker    
2 Daniel Franks    
3 Reon Boe    
4 Rupert Chapman    
5 George Brannigan    
6 Jake Robinson    
7 Sam Baker    
8 Stefan Gardner    
9 Daniel Heads    
10 Braid McRae    
11 Mike Reader    
12 Dan McCombie    
13 Dave du Plessis    
14 Adrian Loo    
15 Robert Havill    
16 Corey Prutton    
17 Scott Taylor    
18 Brandon Ransfield    
Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Veronique Sandler    
2 Sophie Tyas    
3 Sarah Atkin