Results: Oceania Continental Championships 2020

Jan 25, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Kicking off another weekend of racing in New Zealand is the 2020 Oceania Continental Championships in Dunedin. The downhill racing saw Sam Blenkinsop take a demanding lead over the Elite Men's field, taking the win by over three seconds. Sam Gale was at the top of the race results once again this year with a solid second-place finish. Australian Dean Lucas made the trip over to New Zealand to take third place, 4.41 seconds behind Blenkinsop.

In the Elite Women, it would be Sian A'Hern who would take the title by just 0.2 seconds over Jessica Blewitt. Third place went to Shania Rawson who was the only other Elite Women's rider to get within 20 seconds of A'Hern. Looking at the XC results there were no big surprises with Anton Cooper and Rebecca McConnell taking the continental titles in 2020 with strong victories of around a minute in both races.

Interestingly the New Zealand National Championships will be taking place at the same venue tomorrow so expect to see some fast results as riders get a second chance to race the same track.

DH Results:

Elite Men

1st. Sam Blenkinsop: 2:36.41
2nd. Sam Gale: +3.14
3rd. Dean Lucas: +4.41
4th. Bryn Dickerson: +5.5
5th. George Brannigan: +7.09

Elite Women

1st. Sian A'Hern: 3:22.83
2nd. Jessica Blewitt: +0.2
3rd. Shania Rawson: +2.87
4th. Caitlin Titheridge: +25.69
5th. Kalani Muirhead: +29.65

XC Results:

Elite Men

1st. Anton Cooper: 1:23:05
2nd. Cameron Ivory: +42
3rd. Daniel McConnell: +1:40
4th. Ben Oliver: +2:51
5th. Samuel Shaw: +10:06

Elite Women

1st. Rebecca McConnell: 1:26:33
2nd. Josie Wilcox: +1:02
3rd. Holly Harris: +10:57
4th. Megan Williams: +11:12

Full Results - DH:
Elite Men:

Elite Women:

Full Results - XC:
Elite Men:

Elite Women:


  • 41 1
 Jessica Blewitt and lost by 0.2 sec ! Sorry,I couldn't resist.
  • 4 1
 Wow that’s hilarious. Poor girl Frown
  • 3 1
 you didn't blewitt in the comment.
  • 8 0
 That Gale kid is going places
  • 1 1
 he must be fabulous!
  • 6 0
 sean carroll what a legend!
  • 2 0
 10 years older than the next oldest person, killing it!
  • 5 0
 Sean mccarroll still tipping in his mid 40’s
Hell yeh
  • 2 0
 Do you get to wear any sort of designation (like a national champ would) for winning this?
  • 14 0
 the designation is shirtless.
  • 1 0
 you should prolly wear the continental champion jersey in competition.... like the european champions do, but ive honestly never seen the Oceana jersey worn anywhere....
  • 2 0
 Cooper's trek kit has been white the past few years because of it with a little logo in the middle kinda similar to the NZ kit for worlds, except that's black with white
  • 1 0
 Never mind that might actually just be the NZ national kit my bad
  • 2 0
 People only complain when they see Scribd but no rejoicing when it is gone?
  • 1 0
 LOTS & lots of fast kiwis, what is it that in the water down there?
  • 10 2
 Less pollution and chemicals than everywhere else
  • 1 1
 Compared to other Kiwis. Actually last year was a comparitively poor result for Kiwis at the International Elite level.
  • 6 0
 Plenty of crap in the water here bro, same as rest of the planet
  • 8 2
 Awesome laid back lifestyle, mountains, sweet trails, less stress, high income, non-fanatical leaders... there’s more but I don’t want to rub it in
  • 14 1
 @enduroNZ: Lol high income. Sure thing boomer.

More likely it’s because the houses are so cold, everyone just rides their bike to stay warm Wink
  • 3 0
 @Mntneer: Tui's ad right there
  • 1 0
 @bonfire: nah he’s right. We left Wellington earlier this year, same job in Canada (outside of Toronto) pays about 1/2 to 2/3 with exchange rate factored in.

Life is easy in NZ if you can handle living at the arse end of the earth.
  • 1 0
 @KiwiXC: from Calgary, took a pay cut to live here and pay way more in living costs, and taxes.
  • 1 0
 @bonfire: ugh that’s hard, living costs are deadly in NZ. It’s insane how cheap it is to live here.

We moved from Wellington to Halifax so there’s a big difference in the quality and quantity of riding around here.
  • 2 0
 Holy crap women's DH race was decided by 0.2 sec.
  • 2 0
 Quite a few Kiwis in the results - eh?
  • 4 0
 Depends where its held. Wait till next year when its in Australia.
  • 3 0
 Well done Bryn!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome result for him. Hopefully it’s a good year for him.
  • 1 0
 What happened to Sam Gaze?
  • 7 0
 I’m sure Coop had a wicked grin as he lapped him
  • 2 0
 The officials pulled him out of the race, as he was to far behind.
  • 2 0
 Ironic and iconic
  • 2 0
 He cited health issues on his instagram post, possibly the migraines that he's been having the past couple of years. Looks like he was in the mix for the first lap at least.
  • 2 0
 Bet Alpecin–Fenix are concerned
  • 1 0
 @dougefresh: I'm sure he was pleased as soon at he realised Gaze was sick
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Nice to see some coverage, anyone know where to look?
  • 1 0
 Is Sam Gale, Sam Dale’s brother?
  • 1 0
 Yeah Sian!
  • 1 0
 Wheres Eddie Masters?
  • 3 4
 Please choose a writing tense and stick to it.
  • 15 0
 You seem tense. Or you did. Or you were. Or you would.
  • 9 0
 The past, the present and the future walked into a bar........ It was tense.
  • 2 0
 First paragraph was present tense, second was past. But if they changed is to was in the first sentence it's all fine.

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