What has happened in five days? I don't know about you, but here in the land of a 7:1 sheep ratio the sun has been shining, egos have been mended, and riders bikes have been put back together after taking a beating at Round 1. Ok, the latter is not actually that likely, us kiwi's love rocking a she'll-be-right attitude.
Which, as it turns out, is the theme for how riders approached the second round of the National Downhill Series this weekend up in Dome Valley, North Auckland. The track up here in the Dome has been a staple venue for the last few seasons now. Notoriously fast, steep and rough. Everything a DH track should be. Over the holiday period, Jamie Robert and his crew of trail builders have been busy scratching in new lines and rebuilding some dormant classics, creating one of the most testing track riders have had to deal with for some time. A steep and loose chute straight after a big old pull up made for multitude of dirt naps, and a high-speed berm more hol(e)y than a Sunday congregation claimed more shoulders than I wanted to count.
But as the saying goes, "Just gonna send it", and that they did.
29" vs 27" send off.
Results: Elite Men
1st - Cole Lucas ( 1:53.57 )
2nd - Peter Bethell ( 1:55.18 )
3rd - Guy Gibbs ( 1:56.29 )
4th - Liam Bethell ( 1:57.12 )
5th - Connor Hamilton ( 1:58.21 )
Full Results here.