Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Auckland XC Champs Round 1 - Hunua

Ollie gets worked by Patrick Avery (Clinton's bro!)

October spelt a change of scenery for Ollie, moving to the big smoke of Auckland to ply his other trade. And what better way to get to know a city and its people than a play in the mud!
The race was dominated by the Rotorua boys, with Scott Green and Patrick Avery setting a furious pace which Ollie could only hold for a lap and a half.
The tracks themselves were uber-fun, and Ollie settled into a good rhythm to carve the slippery descents and power the puzzling climbs, bringing home a solid 3rd in Open.
One aspect of the course that Ollie quickly learnt was the proximity and ferocity of the course-side trees. Cutting it fine on the second lap he hooked a tree with his bar end resulting in a monster tank slapper! Safe to say caution was exercised after that.
Local pinner and El Toro rider Pete Fyfe also made the trip out and pulled off a solid 5th in the singlespeed field. The Fyfe clan were also most generous with pre-race feast, transport and a bed for the night. Bring on round 2!
Mountain Pedaler out...

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