Seven South Canterbury riders competed in excellent riding conditions last Sunday at the Hanmer Hammerhead. This years course was again very tough with each 13km lap including 450m of climbing. Elite riders having to complete three laps. Although the climbs were hard work, like any good MTB course you were rewarded with fun downhills. As is normal these day’s “Pushbikes” riders cleaned up with the amazing Anton Cooper taking out the overall win.

Lucie Urbanicova was the most successfull South Canterbury rider being the first open woman and 2nd female overall in the elite woman. David Ashby-Coventry also had a great battle in the elite under 15 age group for 2nd place with pushbikes rider Jacob Stutheridge before crashing near the end.

Emma Prestige, Milan Bodina and Cameron Fitzgerald also competed strongly, unfortunately Kyle Wood , (who was up near the front) and Craig Atwill did not finish.

Emma, Craig, Cameron, David and Simon (who did not race) spent 4 day’s in Hanmer enjoying the tracks. If you get the chance ride “The Threshold” track, after a significant climb you get a very cool piece of endless downhill single track. Brilliant. Sadly my favourite track “Bigfoot” is closed due to forestry operations. If you want an mtb event that is a challange but also a lot of fun ride the Hammerhead. (any race profits also go back into track building) – Thanks Hanmer MTB club.

Simon