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2005 NZ Community Trust Mountain Bike National Series - E2
Round 2 - Dunedin, New Zealand, January 23, 2005
Rounds one and two of the XC Series have seen large numbers of competitors - more than previous years - indicating a growth in the sport. On an international level, two Austrian riders have come out to New Zealand - in part for a holiday, but also to use our NZ Series as a training ground for the Europe race season.
Stefan Mattersberger is competing amongst the Pro-Elites and had a great start finishing in second position at Christchurch and ninth in Dunedin. Riders praised the Dunedin course which started on Forrester Park and crossed over into Bethunes Gully. All were pleased to be able to race on a dry track, as last year it was very wet and muddy. As one rider put it "I was able to ride and not run this year!"
There was some fierce competition in this Dunedin Round as the pro-elite riders were competing for prize money and valuable UCI points to up their international rankings. Mike Northcote, now based in Taupo, took out first position in a time of 2 hours and 29 seconds, making it the second win for him over the other 25 competitors. It was probably Tim Wilding of Taupo who stole the show though, coming in only 34 seconds behind Northcote to earn second position. This is the best result ever for Tim and he was just over the moon: "It was an awesome track - technically challenging but enjoyable at the same time, with lots of variety and climbing, which I love." he said post-race, with a huge grin. This is a real boost for his confidence and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the remaining four rounds.
In the Pro-Elite Women's field, although small in comparsion to the Men's, was still very strong. Rosara Joseph (Christchurch) finished first again, making it an excellent start for her in the 2005 Series. At only 22 years old and in her first year of riding in the Pro-Elite category, Rosara should have a great future in cross country. She has also recently taken up road biking to help with endurance training, and last year in Nelson she raced in her first major event "Tour de Femme" coming fifth overall and winning the U23 field.
Our highest international ranked rider, Robyn Wong, finished in second position. Wong is just starting to get back into training with goals to be in more in form for March/April this year, where she will be competing in not only major XC events but also road racing for the NZ team. Annika Smail, who is based in Auckland, had another great ride to finish in third position - a new comer to the pro-elite field, she is proving her worth. Check out the website www.mtbnz.org.nz more information on the series, points etc
Elite Men 1 Michael Northcott (Mangakino) 2 Tim Wilding (Taupo) 3 Wayne Hiscock (Wellington) 4 Marcus Roy (Te Anau) 5 Aaron Tuckerman (Blenheim) 6 Stuart Houltham (Taupo) 7 Mark Leishman (Palmerston North) 8 Andrew Reid (Christchurch) 9 Stefan Mattersberger (Austria) 10 Jack Bauer (Takaka) 11 Alastair Stewart (Auckland) 12 Philip Dickinson (Auckland) 13 Michael Gilbert (Auckland) 14 Tim Hoban (Christchurch) 15 Jon Richardson (Dunedin) 16 Matthew Treanor (Auckland) 17 Rod Hill (Rotorua) 18 Justin Price (Hamilton) 19 Kurt Lancaster (Levin) 20 Jason Hill (Christchurch) 21 Timothy Madgwick (Christchurch) 22 Darry Stevens (New Plymouth) 23 Rodney Wallace (Wellington) 24 Stewart Thorp (Nelson) 25 Andrew Merrylees (Rangiora) 26 Julian Mitchell (Christchurch) Elite Women 1 Rosara Joseph (Christchurch) 2 Robyn Wong (Wellington) 3 Annika Smail (Auckland) 4 Sonia Foote (Rotorua) 5 Cathy Hamer (Hokitika) 6 Amanda Davies (Auckland) 7 Erin Greene (Dunedin) Expert Junior U17 Men 1 James Williamson (Alexandra) 2 Nik Ferigo (Christchurch) 3 James Prouse (Levin) 4 Andrew Macdonald (Wellington) 5 Jeremy Barr (Taupo) 6 James Stewart (Cromwell) DNF Daniel Morgan (Levin) Expert Junior U17 Women 1 Katerine O'Neill (Auckland) Expert Junior Men 1 Clinton Avery (Rotorua) 2 John Gray (Rotorua) 3 Luke Mills (Nelson) 4 Kelvin Drower (Cambridge) 5 Kerry Morgan (Levin) 6 Andrew Hughson (Invercargill) 7 Luke Newman (Lower Hutt) 8 Carl Jones (Whakatane) 9 Aaron Perry (Rotorua) 10 Peter Joynt (Tokoroa) 11 Phillip Haughton (Dunedin) 12 Aaron Allen (Christchurch) DNF Michael Tomasevic (Rotorua) Samuel Gordon (Otaki) Expert Junior Women 1 Tania Carson (Nelson) 2 Monique Avery (Rotorua) 3 Chelsea Wills (Waitakere City) 4 Hayley Robertson (Upper Hutt) Expert Under 23 Men 1 Stephen Butler (Upper Hutt) 2 Miles Watson (Hamilton) Expert Senior Men 1 Eric Prower (Cambridge) 2 Jason Blair (Christchurch) 3 Steven McKinstry (Auckland) 4 Tom Mackay (Dunedin) 5 Robert Friez (England) 6 Regan Jefcoate (Australia) 7 Matt Surgenor (Wanganui) 8 Carl Larsen (Havelock North) 9 Craig Palmer (Dunedin) 1 lap down Nehemia Paardeleooper (Oosthapelle) Phil Patterson (Christchurch) DNF Ben Somerton (Dunedin) Sean Gledhill (Wellington) Mathew Goodsell (New Plymouth) Expert Senior Women 1 Angela Eccles (Christchurch) 2 Sara Macdonald (Dunedin) 3 Nicole Swain (Wellington) 4 Kyle Doel (Dunedin) 5 Michelle Bellamy (Nelson) 6 Nina Trass (Auckland) 7 Julie Melanson (Hamilton) Expert Master 30+ Men 1 Michael Anderson (Dunedin) 2 Paul Third (Auckland) 3 Michael Sanders (Christchurch) 4 Ryan Cull (Christchurch) 5 Andrew Evans (Christchurch) 6 Michael Stylianou (Nelson) 7 Ross Weston (Wellington) 8 Reini Grafl (Austria) 9 Anthony Prutch (Christchurch ) 10 Nick Emery (Christchurch) DNF Matt Woods (Dunedin) Expert Master 40+ Men 1 Derek Milne (nelson) 2 Oliver Ferry (Wellington) 3 Trevor Macdonald (Wellington) Expert Master 40+ Women 1 Nancy Rehrer (Queenstown) Expert Master 50+ Men 1 John Mote (Christchurch) 2 Colin Palmer (Auckland) 3 Arlo Guthrie (Auckland) 4 Jon Davison (Auckland 1701) Sport Junior Men 1 Patrick Avery (Rotorua) 2 Patrick Williamson (Alexandra) 3 Guy Trethewey (Christchurch) 4 Nicholas Chapman (Christchurch) 5 Stefan Jones (Whakatane) Sport Senior Men 1 Paul Esnouf (Christchurch) 2 Daniel Johnston (Dunedin) 3 Stephen Popenhagen (Queenstown) 4 Rikki Griffin (Dunedin) 5 Andrew Dineen (Dunedin) 6 Simon Forrest (Dunedin) 7 Rick Thompson (Dunedin) 8 Stephen Bissett (Invercargill) 9 Ross McCulloch (Christchurch) Sport Senior Women 1 Mandy Platt (Okuku) 2 Jo Campbell (Christchurch) Sport Master Men 1 Chris Sinclair (Dunedin) 2 Murray Avery (Rotorua) 3 Tony Rae (Alexandra) 4 Shane Griffith (Christchurch) 5 Adrian Robinson (Dunedin) 6 Greg Carson (Nelson) 7 Glen Nol (Dunedin) 8 Graeme Collins (Dunedin) 9 Phil Oliver (Alexandra) 10 Michael Goldingham (Oamaru) 11 Stewart Thomas (Dunedin) 12 Niclas Johansson (Dunedin) 13 Ray McDowell (Dunedin) 14 Warwick Allen (Christchurch) 15 Adrian Hamill (Christchurch) Sport Master Women 1 Maryann Avery (Rotorua)
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