NZ National Series #2; new DH course big hit with riders

Coronet Peak opened its slopes today to a new breed of speed racers, and with no skis in sight, it was all about the bike as over 160 of the nation's top mountain bike downhillers trialed the freshly built course. In this, the second round of the 2006 National Mountain Bike Series, Nathan Rank (Levin) was the fastest elite man, and Vanessa Quin (Tauranga) backed up her Round 1 victory with another solid first place.

With valuable UCI points up for grabs, it was a tight competition in the elite men's division. For the second week in a row, Glenn Haden (third placing) shared the podium with Rankin and Justin Leov (Blenheim), recently returned from the international competitive circuit, finish second. Australian elite rider Justin Havukainen (fifth) was a surprise entry and added an international flavour to the elite men's division.

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