MacDonald speeds to victory in Dunedin downhill

The second round of the New Zealand Downhill Cup was raced in a damp and soggy, constantly changing Dunedin. Tough conditions have been the order of the two days of practice and competition for the 124 competitors on Signal Hill, with a broad range of weather and race course variables to add to the racing mix.

The contrast with last weekend's series opener in Queenstown couldn't have been any greater. Rain hit Dunedin for the first time in six weeks on Thursday night, creating a very slippery course for the start of practice Friday morning. And constant rain started to fall mid morning, not letting up until the small hours of Saturday morning. Practice was incredibly tough - the technically challenging, often off-chamber Signal Hill course creating an unwanted yardstick for survival.

Race day morning arrived with bluebird skies and an extended practice session helped to bed the track in and scrub the tenacious mud layer from race lines - by race run at 2.30 pm the course was in great condition and riding fast, however threatening skies would come into play with race tactics and starting order as the afternoon progressed.

Age group categories raced the dry track while rain started to make its presence felt again, becoming quite heavy just as the elite fields were preparing to take the start line. The elite women were the first group to really feel the slippery conditions, and again this week it was Sarah Atkin who showed fantastic adaptation to deal with the conditions and race to a time that would win her the race, and demolish the competition at the same time.

The elite men's ranks were boosted this week with the addition of World Cup top 10 regular Justin Leov and former four cross world champion Jared Graves, joining an already star studded field. 2007 Junior World Championship bronze medalist Mat Scoles was the quickest seed in the earlier seeding run, and was last starter, with surprise package and second seed Bryn Dickerson away one before him. But the field had to be content with playing bridesmaid to Brook MacDonald,

The 2009 junior world CCampion who put down a solid and what turned out to be unbeatable time from ninth seed. MacDonald was rightly very satisfied to win this one "its just great to be back winning again" all the comment needed to sum up his two days on Signal Hill. Putting down a clean run on the course was incredibly difficult considering the conditions, and a very vocal crowd was treated to some sublime riding from the top 10 seeds in the elite men's field, in their chase after MacDonald's time.

Scoles would settle for second, with Kieran Bennett making a return to top three, and Dickerson not able to repeat his stellar seeding run, slipping to 11th. Leov raced well to make the top 10 in his first race start this season, with his former World Cup teammate Graves not able to finish after a heavy crash at the top of the course. France's Jerome Clementz was rewarded for an enjoyable month in New Zealand in his last race before returning to Europe, with a seventh.

In the age group categories, Dunedin's local riders fared very well, showing the benefits of some home track advantage. The McCombie brothers Josh and Dan claimed the U17 and U19 wins respectively, while Karitane's Leighton Kirk shook off a disastrous seeding run to take the senior men's win in a time that was second fastest of the day. Kirk's early race run from the front of the senior field held right through to the podium. The 30-39 Masters again showed blazing pace this weekend, with Nelson's Derek Winwood turning the tables on teammate Jamie Nicoll for the win, in a top 10 overall time.

The downhill segment of the NZ MTB Cup continues next Friday and Saturday January 20-21 at Mt. Hutt with the third round. Cross country racers will also compete in their next round next weekend.

Full Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brook MacDonald (NZl)0:03:22.26
2Matthew Scoles (NZl)0:00:01.51
3Kieran Bennett (NZl)0:00:03.44
4Wyn Masters (NZl)0:00:04.18
5Sam Baker (NZl)0:00:07.69
6Reuben Olorenshaw (NZl)0:00:07.77
7Jerome Clementz (Fra)0:00:10.71
8Justin Leov (NZl)0:00:12.21
9James Rennie (NZl)0:00:18.02
10Joseph Nation (NZl)0:00:19.38
11Bryn Dickerson (NZl)0:00:20.71
12Hayden Lee (NZl)0:00:23.83
13Rupert Chapman (NZl)0:00:29.61
14Sam Perry (NZl)0:00:31.79
15Thomas Mathews (NZl)0:00:32.64
16Jarrah Davies (Aus)0:00:33.20
17Dan Sims (NZl)0:00:35.44
18Chris Patton (USA)0:00:36.70
19Richard Leacock (NZl)0:00:47.13
20Octavio Teixeira (NZl)0:01:02.45
21Troy Murdoch (NZl)0:01:39.98
22Daniel Heads (NZl)0:10:40.88
DNFGeorge Brannigan (NZl)Row 22 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Walker (NZl)Row 23 - Cell 2
DNFJared Graves (Aus)Row 24 - Cell 2
DNFUnknown Rooney (NZl)Row 25 - Cell 2
DNSThomas Jeandin (Swi)Row 26 - Cell 2
DNSUnknown Takada (NZl)Row 27 - Cell 2
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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Atkin (NZl)0:04:36.39
2Alanna Columb (NZl)0:00:41.64
3Amy Liard (NZl)0:00:42.54
4Vironique Sandler (NZl)0:01:06.61
5Harriet Latchem (NZl)0:01:08.19
6Sophiemarie Bethell (NZl)0:01:21.06
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U19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dan McCombie (NZl)0:03:45.17
2Leo Sandler (NZl)0:00:00.35
3Reece Potter (NZl)0:00:00.84
4Tom Burns (NZl)0:00:04.14
5Lewis Hamilton (NZl)0:00:09.09
6Troy Stewart (NZl)0:00:11.57
7Raphael Kammlein-Cutler (NZl)0:00:28.54
8Thomas Gornall (NZl)0:00:32.81
9Connor Harvey (NZl)0:00:33.29
10Alex Kennett (NZl)0:00:42.60
11Zach Baker (NZl)0:00:42.79
12JD Devlin (NZl)0:00:46.80
13Andy Wilson (NZl)0:00:47.50
14Luke Hooper (NZl)0:01:06.10
15Harry Chapman (NZl)0:01:08.23
16Jono Ross (NZl)0:01:21.74
17Kurt Summerfield (NZl)0:02:16.85
DNFLukas Chalmers (NZl)Row 17 - Cell 2
DNSJake Paddon (NZl)Row 18 - Cell 2
DNSDevan Eden (NZl)Row 19 - Cell 2
DNSCallum Sprosen (NZl)Row 20 - Cell 2
DNSBradley Dent (NZl)Row 21 - Cell 2
DNSRobert Havill (NZl)Row 22 - Cell 2
DNSElliot Davison (NZl)Row 23 - Cell 2
DNSJim Lott (NZl)Row 24 - Cell 2
DNSCole Smith (NZl)Row 25 - Cell 2
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U17 Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josh McCombie (NZl)0:03:48.99
2Carl Goodwin (NZl)0:00:04.73
3Connor Sandri (NZl)0:00:08.34
4Michael Lea (NZl)0:00:17.31
5Gareth Burgess (NZl)0:00:28.61
6DJ Holmes (NZl)0:00:32.88
7Jonathon Kennett (NZl)0:01:37.39
DNSJordan Shadbolt (NZl)Row 7 - Cell 2
DNSJames Minty (NZl)Row 8 - Cell 2
DNSDaniel Prior (NZl)Row 9 - Cell 2
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Senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leighton Kirk (NZl)0:03:23.19
2Nick McConachie (NZl)0:00:03.94
3Dylan Sanchez-Pinsent (NZl)0:00:07.63
4James Horran (NZl)0:00:16.32
5Ant Jackson (NZl)0:00:16.57
6Jake Boylett (NZl)0:00:17.54
7Jameie Chapman (NZl)0:00:18.76
8Ben Tyas (NZl)0:00:19.17
9Carl Edmondson (NZl)0:00:20.50
10Mat Prior (NZl)0:00:21.80
11Thomas Lamb (NZl)0:00:22.08
12Tyler Brooker (NZl)0:00:24.65
13Adam McClintock (NZl)0:00:29.32
14Andrew Bias (NZl)0:00:30.92
15Hendrik Schulze (Ger)0:00:33.28
16Cameron Kay (NZl)0:00:34.36
17James Hampton (NZl)0:00:37.48
18Daryl Webb (NZl)0:00:37.90
19Colin Tocher (NZl)0:00:42.37
20Daniel Benn (NZl)0:01:10.38
DNFJake Neaves (NZl)Row 20 - Cell 2
DNSThilo Rucknagel (Ger)Row 21 - Cell 2
DNSScott McGregor (NZl)Row 22 - Cell 2
DNSBen Eggleston (NZl)Row 23 - Cell 2
DNSKarl Shaw (NZl)Row 24 - Cell 2
DNSWilliam Guthrie (NZl)Row 25 - Cell 2
DNSZac Williams (NZl)Row 26 - Cell 2
DNSLiam Jack (NZl)Row 27 - Cell 2
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Master 1 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Derek Winwood (NZl)0:03:32.43
2Jamie Nicoll (NZl)0:00:03.33
3Chris Mancey (NZl)0:00:06.13
4Boyd Grinstead (NZl)0:00:06.86
5Andrew Martin (NZl)0:00:23.03
6Jeremy Jones (NZl)0:00:31.53
7Kevin English (NZl)0:00:48.40
8Marcos Barbosa (NZl)0:01:04.31
9Teruaki Takahashi (Jpn)0:01:15.75
DNFRicky Pincott (NZl)Row 9 - Cell 2
DNSTony Boroviec (NZl)Row 10 - Cell 2
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Master 2 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christian Meuli (NZl)0:03:47.66
2Michael Williamson (NZl)0:00:07.24
DNSDarryn Henderson (NZl)Row 2 - Cell 2
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Hardtail men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Paisley (NZl)0:04:02.16
2Sam Proctor (NZl)0:00:49.37
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Open women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrienne Hooper (NZl)0:04:25.62
2Rosella Pellegrino (Ger)0:00:46.39
3Julie Berry (Aus)0:00:53.31
4Carolin Friese (Ger)0:01:05.22
5Pippa Holdom (NZl)0:01:28.00
DNSKaytee Campbell (NZl)Row 5 - Cell 2
DNSTeresa Blanpain (NZl)Row 6 - Cell 2
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Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sophie Tyas (NZl)0:04:41.33
2Phoebe Coers (NZl)0:01:14.10
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U15 Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Wilson (NZl)0:04:35.17

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