Road talent Bennett finds his mountain bike form

Nelson threw all it could weather wise at the New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup competitors this weekend, but it wasn't enough to dampen some extremely close competition in the South Island Mountain Bike Cup Finals.

Lap numbers for the multi-lap races had to be adjusted due to the conditions to suit the multi-lap format. Some drying did take place in time for the 2:00 pm elite / under 23 / under 19 race start, but technical riding prowess was nonetheless rewarded. Attrition played its part, but it couldn't detract from the high level of competition on display.

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Elite and Under 23 men (* indicates U23)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1George Bennett*2:17:33
2Carl Jones0:02:31
3Brendon Sharratt0:02:45
4Stuart Houltham0:05:50
5Ash Hough0:09:24
6Gavin McCarthy0:12:09
7Dayle McLauchlan0:12:44
8Brent Miller0:13:45
9Alexander Revell0:13:56
10Jeremy Inglis0:27:53
11Michael Frei*0:34:49
DNFAdrian Retief*Row 11 - Cell 2
DNFEthan Glover*Row 12 - Cell 2
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Elite and U23 women (* indicates U23)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samara Sheppard*2:14:55
2Amy Laird0:03:33
3Katherine O Neill0:08:42
4Raewyn Morrison0:10:17
5Cathy Hamer0:10:49
6Sara Taylor0:16:55
7Adrienne Hooper*0:18:54
8Hannah Thorne0:21:09
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Under 19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Anderson1:48:18
2Bradley Hudson0:08:21
3Locky McArthur0:09:26
4Logan Horn0:11:15
5Jamie Hawke0:15:44
6Sam Shaw0:18:48
7George Murray0:28:46
8Reece O Connell0:36:03
DNFJoel MacMillanRow 8 - Cell 2
DNFDominic FurkertRow 9 - Cell 2
DNFHamish RossRow 10 - Cell 2
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Junior Under 17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sean Hambrook1:27:52
2Craig Oliver0:01:03
3Layton Murdoch0:08:53
4Jonty Sanders0:12:34
5Andrew Jeffries0:30:04
6Edward Palmer0:31:07
7Jacob Stuthridge0:32:31
8Allister Meffen0:48:16
DNFJake GloverRow 8 - Cell 2
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Junior Under 17 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kayley Murdoch1:20:08
2Caitlin Holmes0:05:10
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Senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Sharland1:31:49
2Lance Griffin0:14:27
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Senior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Prestidge1:39:04
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Master 1 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Burr1:32:57
2Chris Taylor0:04:53
3Matt Amos0:12:15
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Master 1 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brenda Clapp1:10:46
2Sarah Beadel0:05:47
3Melissa Newell0:08:58
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Master 2 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blair Stuthridge1:31:40
2Geoffrey Notman0:03:03
3Nick Spoencer0:03:59
4Paul McNabb0:04:48
5Derek Milne0:04:54
6Wade Jennings0:09:22
7Andy MacDonald0:14:03
8Tim Bygate0:15:35
9Ken Anderson0:22:13
10Craig Buist0:28:41
11Ross Castle0:36:27
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Master 3 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Averis1:53:13
2Andrew Scott0:01:21
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Junior under 15 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Oliver1:37:49
2Mitchell Campbell0:14:41
3Ethan Jacobs0:19:55
4Jordan Castle0:41:23
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Fastest average lap - all men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Anderson0:27:04
2George Bennett0:00:27
3Carl Jones0:00:57
4Brendon Sharratt0:01:00
5Stuart Houltham0:01:37
6Bradley Hudson0:02:06
7Sean Hambrook0:02:13
8Ash Hough0:02:19
9Locky McArthur0:02:22
10Craig Oliver0:02:34
11Logan Horn0:02:49
12Gavin McCarthy0:02:52
13Dayle McLauchlan0:02:59
14Brent Miller0:03:12
15Alexander Revell0:03:14
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Fastest average lap - all women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samara Sheppard0:33:44
2Amy Laird0:00:53
3Brenda Clapp0:01:39
4Katherine O Neill0:02:10
5Raewyn Morrison0:02:34
6Cathy Hamer0:02:42
7Sara Taylor0:04:13
8Sarah Beadel0:04:33
9Adrienne Hooper0:04:43
10Hannah Thorne0:05:17
11Melissa Newell0:06:08
12Kayley Murdoch0:06:20
13Caitlin Holmes0:08:55
14Emma Prestidge0:15:48
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Elite and U23 men (* indicates U23)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Brendon Sharratt169pts
2Brent Miller125Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ethan Glover*92Row 2 - Cell 3
4Dayle McLauchlan78Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexander Revell77Row 4 - Cell 3
6George Bennett*60Row 5 - Cell 3
7Carl Jones54Row 6 - Cell 3
8Marc Metzler*49Row 7 - Cell 3
9Stuart Houltham45Row 8 - Cell 3
10Oliver Whalley42Row 9 - Cell 3
10Ash Hough42Row 10 - Cell 3
12Gavin McCarthy40Row 11 - Cell 3
13Michael Crawford38Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jeremy Inglis36Row 13 - Cell 3
15Michael Frei*35Row 14 - Cell 3
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Elite and U23 women (* indicates U23)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Amy Laird174pts
2Samara Sheppard*149Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cathy Hamer135Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sara Taylor127Row 3 - Cell 3
5Hannah Thorne114Row 4 - Cell 3
6Adrienne Hooper*113Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sara MacDonald99Row 6 - Cell 3
8Harriet Harper49Row 7 - Cell 3
8Katherine O Neill49Row 8 - Cell 3
10Raewyn Morrison45Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bridget Keegan42Row 10 - Cell 3
12Erin Greene40Row 11 - Cell 3
13Anja McDonald38Row 12 - Cell 3
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Junior Under 19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bradley Hudson168pts
2Logan Horn139Row 1 - Cell 3
3Locky McArthur103Row 2 - Cell 3
4Samuel Shaw85Row 3 - Cell 3
5Thomas Prestidge82Row 4 - Cell 3
6Anton Cooper60Row 5 - Cell 3
6Richard Anderson60Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tom Bradshaw49Row 7 - Cell 3
9Joel Macmillan42Row 8 - Cell 3
9Jamie Hawke42Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jordan Pearson40Row 10 - Cell 3
12Oli Austin39Row 11 - Cell 3
12George Murray39Row 12 - Cell 3
14Reece O Connell38Row 13 - Cell 3
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Junior Under 19 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Charlotte CloustonWaimautu60pts
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Junior Under 15 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ben OliverRangiora54pts
2Mitchell CampbellChristchurch45Row 1 - Cell 3
3Charlie MurrayChristchurch60Row 2 - Cell 3
4Craig MurrayChristchurch49Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ethan JacobsChristchurch49Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jordan CastleChristchurch49Row 5 - Cell 3
7Fletcher SlierendrechtNelson42Row 6 - Cell 3
7Lachie McGregorDunedin42Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniel O BrienChristchurch40Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ben FrielChristchurch39Row 9 - Cell 3
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Junior Under 15 women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Samantha Hope Dunedin
2Laura BridgerDunedin
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Junior Under 17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Craig OliverRangiora60pts
2Sean HambrookNelson54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jonty SandersWellington42Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jacob StuthridgeChristchurch45Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jake GloverNelson49Row 4 - Cell 3
6Layton MurdochHope49Row 5 - Cell 3
7Andrew JeffriesNelson49Row 6 - Cell 3
8Edward PalmerNelson49Row 7 - Cell 3
8Hayden CleminsonDunedin49Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tayia HarrisonChristchurch40Row 9 - Cell 3
11Fraser BrownDunedin40Row 10 - Cell 3
12Allister MeffenNelson40Row 11 - Cell 3
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Junior Under 17 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kayley MurdochNelson60pts
2Caitlin HolmesNelson54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mary GrayDunedin54Row 2 - Cell 3
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Senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lance GriffinChristchurch49pts
2Chris SharlandNelson49Row 1 - Cell 3
3Justin LeovDunedin60Row 2 - Cell 3
3Matty GrahamDunedin60Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nick KennedyChristchurch54Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ben ShalerDunedin54Row 5 - Cell 3
7Cameron ColeChristchurch45Row 6 - Cell 3
7Stephen BlissettSouthland45Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nick ClarkChristchurch42Row 8 - Cell 3
10Paul HusfordChristchurch40Row 9 - Cell 3
11Carl SchugersChristchurch39Row 10 - Cell 3
12Ben ThomasChristchurch38Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ashley StapletonChristchurch37Row 12 - Cell 3
14Dayne McKnightRangiora36Row 13 - Cell 3
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Senior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emma PrestidgeTimaru49pts
2Sabrina JonnierFrance60Row 1 - Cell 3
2Sarah HughesDunedin60Row 2 - Cell 3
4Celia LieDunedin60Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kristie FogartyChristchurch54Row 4 - Cell 3
6Madeline TaylorNapier45Row 5 - Cell 3
6Pippa HoldomChristchurch45Row 6 - Cell 3
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Master 30+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Chris TaylorChristchurch60pts
2Matt AmosWellington45Row 1 - Cell 3
3Chris BurrNelson45Row 2 - Cell 3
4Richard HaymanChristchurch54Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michael MartinChristchurch49Row 4 - Cell 3
5Ross McCullochChristchurch49Row 5 - Cell 3
7James MarshallChristchurch42Row 6 - Cell 3
8Darron CharityChristchurch40Row 7 - Cell 3
9Brent FogartyChristchurch39Row 8 - Cell 3
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Master 30+ women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Melissa NewellChristchurch60pts
2Andrea MurrayChristchurch54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sarah BeadelRotorua49Row 2 - Cell 3
4Brenda ClappNelson49Row 3 - Cell 3
5Pam ThompsonInvercargill49Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jenny LairdNew Plymouth45Row 5 - Cell 3
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Master 40+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Blair StuthridgeChristchurch60pts
2Nick SpencerChristchurch40Row 1 - Cell 3
3Craig BuistChristchurch39Row 2 - Cell 3
4Paul McNabbChristchurch45Row 3 - Cell 3
5Andy MacDonaldNelson45Row 4 - Cell 3
6Geoffrey Notman45Row 5 - Cell 3
6Al KillickChristchurch54Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ray HopeDunedin54Row 7 - Cell 3
8Tim HobanChristchurch49Row 8 - Cell 3
10Derek MilneNelson49Row 9 - Cell 3
10Rob SoothillChristchurch42Row 10 - Cell 3
12Wade JenningsNelson42Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tim BygateNelson42Row 12 - Cell 3
13Stephen GuntherChristchurch38Row 13 - Cell 3
15Ken AndersonBlenheim38Row 14 - Cell 3
15Carlton PezaroChristchurch37Row 15 - Cell 3
17Harry BrouwerChristchurch36Row 16 - Cell 3
18Ross CastleAshurst36Row 17 - Cell 3
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Master 50+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Neil AverisChristchurch60pts
2Hamish GrantChristchurch54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Andrew ScottNelson54Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jeff LongChristchurch49Row 3 - Cell 3

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.