Results: New Zealand DH Nationals - Round 1 Bluff

Jan 12, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
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With Crankworx Rotorua and the first World Cup just two months away, riders got on track for the first round of the New Zealand national DH series. George Brannigan would dominate the weekend onboard his new bike with the fastest time in seeding and on race day. Sam Gale would settle for second place on the day after coming across the line just under three seconds back. First-year Elite rider Tuhoto-Ariki Pene, who won Wyn Masters privateer of the week award at the Val di Sole World Cup last year while racing as a Junior, would have a great race that saw him take third only three seconds behind Brannigan. In the Elite Women's racing Kathy Morris would be the only woman to complete a run on race day and would go home with the top spot.

Check out the full results below.


Elite Men

1st. George Brannigan: 2:17.06
2nd. Sam Gale: +2.95
3rd. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene: +3.11
4th. Jayd Adlam: +5.82
5th. Connor Harvey: +7.08

Elite Women

1st. Kathy Morris: 2:48.69

Full Results:


  • 34 0
 That must have been a stressful ride for Kathy!
  • 4 1
 Woo! She must have been pinned!
  • 17 0
 Yeah Big Grin but keep on mind she would be 11th in elite men!!
  • 7 1
 @janoo: I’m not laughing at her. Not at all.
I’m laughing at the category size.
  • 22 0
 I don´t know why but I always read Brannigan as Zapp Brannigan when I see his name mentioned...
  • 1 0
 The Zapper!
  • 8 0
 Tuhoto-Ariki!! Killing it kid!!! Keep it up. Soooo stoked for this kid. Such a great story behind the boy. Hope to see him continue to move up the ranks.
  • 10 0
 Where's Blenki??
  • 7 0
 It’s hard not seeing the Bulldog up on the boards.... heal up brother ...!
  • 5 1
 Hello Pinkbike. Sam Gale is also first year elite. Not sure he “settled” for anything.
  • 3 0
 What in the f*ck is going on in New Zealand!? I swear I remember seeing way more women competing last year.
  • 2 0
 This race is in the arse end of nowhere, there will be the usual 2-3 when they are back up north.
  • 1 0
 I didn't notice any hills near Bluff. I wish there were some words about the track. This is the extreme southern tip of NZ, far from population centers, hence the small field size.
  • 1 0
 There's just the one bigish hill Motopohue/Bluff Hill (240m) that the town flanks and which defines Bluff Harbour Wink

Seriously though, there are half a dozen or so quality tracks with great views. It's well worth a visit for the day if you're riding in Queenstown or Dunedin.
  • 3 0
 That one is gotta feel good huh George!!
  • 3 0
 Crap we are fast here in nz
  • 3 0
 Ho lee fuk top 6 by an under 17!
  • 3 0
 Where's keegan wright
  • 14 0
 Hurt my Achilles’ tendon a little before racing mate, decided to rest up so I can keep training rather than damage it anymore ????
  • 2 0
 Too many Sally’s aye aye? @Keeganwrightmtb:
  • 1 0
 Not enough haha @connorharvey:
  • 1 0
 Ayyye ayyyee hahahaha @Keeganwrightmtb:
  • 2 0
 Seriously. Where are the lady racers
  • 1 0
 Anyone know how to find the results of all new zealand national races?
  • 2 0
 Where's all the Pros?!
  • 3 0
 Up North, this is like running a Downhill race in John o' Groats

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