Welcome to Rotorua, New Zealand. The home of some of the best mountain biking in the world, the country's fastest racers, and arguably one of the best downhill tracks on the North Island. In the last few days leading up to Round 3, the country has been ravished by yet another big weather system so it has been all hands on deck getting the track up to scratch in the last few days.
As per usual, Dave Hamilton and his team of volunteers from Descend Rotorua rallied hard to pull off the final North Island stop of the series, and leave riders with a taste of what they can expect come the launch of the new Crankworx Rotorua event, the Rotorua Open. It has been a long three years since a national series event last graced the trails of the Whakarewarewa Forest, but riders dove back into it like they had never gone away.
It doesn't take a betting man to put money on the hometown kid, Keegan Wright, to pull off a win here. But with Brook MacDonald looking to give his new factory ride a pre-season break-in, he wasn't about to let Keegan have it easy.
A few casualties after a big day of racing
1st - Brook MacDonald ( 3:02.66)
2nd - Cole Lucas ( 3:05.54 )
3rd - Keegan Wright ( 3:05.70 )
4th - Guy Gibbs ( 3:10.92)
5th - Peter Bethell ( 3:11.90 )
1st - Kate Weatherly ( 3:32.31 )
2nd - Shania Rawson ( 4:07.11 )
3rd - Cati Pearson ( 4:36.62 )
Full results to follow.