2013 New Zealand DH Nationals - Mt. Hutt

Jan 15, 2013 at 0:05
Jan 15, 2013
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On Sunday, the 13th of January 2013, the second round of 2013 NZ DH Cup took place at Mt Hutt - Methven, New Zealand. The Perfect Line was there to capture the best lines of the day. It was a fairly unpredictable day, weather wise, with rain, wind, and sun all within the 3 hour window of seeding & racing. Despite that, the turnout was great for both, competitors (163) and spectators.

Big Congrats to Sam Blenkinsop for an almost 2sec win to USA rider Neko Mulally and ex-team mate Cam Cole(3rd). It was really great to see Sam competing on the local scene after almost a 3 year break from racing in NZ, due to all the injuries from racing in Europe and other parts of the World.

Podium for Nats

Ladies were dominated by UK rider, Jess Stone, she was faster than Queenstown rider Alana Culomb by 2secs and almost 9secs faster than Christchurch born Sophie Tyas.

Mt Hutt Nats

The Track, well known by many, was pimped up by Bike Methven (Cam Bisset – BIG heads up for that!) and in many places was a big surprise for local riders: with new jumps, line changes and a rework of last year's step-down.

Overall the event was a great success for the organisers (BikeNZ, Bike Methven & Gravity Canterbury) and spectators.

Mens Elite
1. Sam Blenkinsop (NZ) 2:28.21
2. Neko Mulally (USA) 2:30.05
3. Cam Cole (NZ) 2:30.44

Womens Elite:
1. Jess Stone (UK) 3:03.29
2. Alana Columb (NZ) 3:05.16
3. Sophie Tyas (NZ) 3:12.24

Full results can be found here.
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  • + 19
 If anyone sees a 2011 Specialized demo 8 II red and white with a yellow and black rear triangle around these races IT IS STOLLEN and I would love to have it back. 2012 wide open build kit. Could have been sold to a racer of sorts. Got a replacement but thats not the point haha.
  • + 10
 I just fond mine on trade me a year after it was stolen, keep an eye out.
  • + 4
 Man it would be sick to race in the southern hemisphere . Endless summer so nice
  • + 3
 I didn`t know Cam is with Yeti now...
  • + 1
 I never have understood what the whistles are for. I always thought they were just noisy fans. Can anyone enlighten me?
  • + 3
 Smile its just to let the next Marshall(and spectators) ahead know that a rider is coming down. This is so they can make sure the track is clear and in the case of this race the traffic is stopped on the road at the trail crossing point.
  • + 4
 Its to notify the next checkpoint the rider has passed without injury. There are usually checkpoints located at multiple difficult points on the track so that riders can be attended to quickly if needed.
  • + 2
 Cool, thanks
  • + 5
 Its for this and to let riders know if a faster rider is close behind them so they can let them pass
  • + 2
 Yes Jess!! And congrats to Neko for taking second!
  • + 2
 yeah stoner...the stone is rolling in new zealand
  • + 2
 Blenki on clips now?! Big Grin
  • + 3
 And rock shox
  • + 2
 Looks that way stoked to see Rockshox supporting another team
  • + 2
 Good job Neko!!!! Kick dat A$$!!
  • + 1
 looks like a really fun track!
  • + 1
 Where is Izzy? Keepin it loose no doubt...
  • + 1
 that looked bloody good fun
  • + 1
 what is the world comong to ? .. blenky riding clipped in !!
  • + 2
 Endless Summa boi yeah
  • + 2
 Yeah Neko!
  • + 1
 Go Jess!!!
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