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Mount Victoria MTB Time Trial

Wellington, November 1, 2003

Mike Heydon

Joshua Barley on his way to victory in the Junior U19 race
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Mountain bikers competed on the knotty, gnarly slopes of Wellington's Mt Victoria this week for the first time in seven years. Riders set off at one-minute intervals in a time trial format with local knowledge a clear asset, as Wellington riders took out both the top men's and women's places.

Craig Starnes edged out Carl Patton and Simon Kennett to take the Open Men's classification while Wendy Osborne of Team Raceline claimed the Open Women's class. Joshua Barley led the under-19 men home and recorded the fifth fastest time of the day overall.

Tim Wilding took the Elite Men's section ahead of Jason Clement and Jason McCarthy while the Elite Women's class was blitzed by Wellington legend Robyn Wong. Honorable mentions must go to Rob Kilvington who achieved the fastest single speed and Ken Looi who brought character to the course as he tackled the course on a unicycle. Hopefully events on Mt Vic are back on the race calendar. Where else is there a course within minutes of the capital's streets?


Images by Mike Heydon

  • Chris Kendall powers through a steep section of the Mount Vic course.
  • Joshua Barley on his way to victory in the Junior Men's division.
  • Robyn Wong proved too strong for the rest of the women's field.
  • Mountain bike racing in the capital city, with Steve Bale pushing towards home.


Junior U19 Men
1 Joshua Barley         12:31
2 Kerry Morgan          12:36
3 Ben Saunders          14:42
Open Women
1 Wendy Osborne         16:39
2 Helen Findlay         21:12
Open Men
1 Craig Starnes         12:42
2 Carl Patton           12:45
3 Simon Kennett         12:48
Elite Women
1 Robyn Wong            13:03
2 Genevieve Whitson     15:01
Elite Men
1 Tim Wilding           11:44
2 Jason Clement         11:51
3 Jason McCarthy        12:07

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