NZ DH Nationals, Round 2 - Napier

Jan 17, 2016
by Bevan Whittleston  
Connor going full style on his race run with a T-Bog to finish it off.
Connor going full style on his race run, with a T-Bog to finish it off.

The morning light greeted riders with a track that was in the same condition as it was in practice the day before. This meant that everyone could quickly pick up where they left off and focus on the smaller details, which could put them on the podium.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Practice started early today so the golden light was still shining as the first riders came down the hill.
Practice started early today, so the golden light was still shining as the first riders came down the hill.

Lines were still being discussed up until seeding.
Lines were still being discussed up until seeding.

Oscar Perks crossing the 4wd track and into the last section.
Oscar Perks crossing the 4x4 track and into the last section.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Double stepping across the 4wd track.
Double stepping across.

Coming into the light
Louis Hamilton following the light.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
Amanda

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
Cole Lucas cruising during morning practice.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Somehow he managed to ride out of this....
Somehow he managed to ride out of this...

Ride within the tape. But when the course is taped wide you make your own lines. That s exactly what riders did a high line that would bring them into the berm below at a better angle.
Ride within the tape, but when the course is taped wide, you can make your own lines. That's exactly what riders did, a high line formed that would bring them into the berm below at a better angle.

Craig Tomsett taking the high line.
Craig Tomsett taking the high line.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Lunch.
Lunch.

Connor Hamilton exploding out of the berm.
Connor Hamilton exploding out of the berm.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Brook dropping low on his way to seeding 7th just 3 seconds back from Wyn.
Brook dropping low through the off-camber.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Waving to passers by whilst out on his morning run.
Connor Hamilton giving us a wave.

Peter Bethel the tail of Bryn
Peter Bethel tailing of Bryn

The pits were busy as riders were anxiously waiting for seeding to commence.
The pits were busy as riders were anxiously waiting for seeding to commence.

Lisa Horlor was looking focused throughout the day and would seed second.
Lisa Horlor was looking focused throughout the day, and would seed second in Elite Woman.

Finn Parsons was looking solid today seeding 1st in U15 7 seconds up.
Finn Parsons was solid today, seeding first in U15, 7-seconds up.

The Bulldog cutting the landing on his seeding run to seed 7th 3 seconds back from Wyn.
The Bulldog, cutting the landing on his seeding run to seed seventh, 3-seconds back from Wyn.

Avoiding the off-camber altogether Blenki bounced to a 4th place seeding.
Avoiding the off-camber altogether, Blenki bounced to a fourth place seeding.

Keegan pumping hard into the last feature seeding 3rd
Keegan pumping hard into the last feature, seeding third

Wyn flying out of the berm to seed 1st just 0.3 seconds up on Louis Hamilton.
Wyn flying out of the berm to seed first, just 0.3 seconds up on Louis Hamilton.

Rider CAM. Local rider Cam Barrett was the sweeper for the event and was up there with the fastest on his trail bike.
Rider #CAM. Local rider Cam Barrett was the sweeper for the event, and was up there with the fastest on his trail bike.

Finals

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

While Leonard Sonntag didn t make the podium he did come away as the winner of the Big Bri Huck Comp that took place earlier in the day.
While Leonard Sonntag didn't make the podium, he did come away as the winner of the Big Bri Huck Comp, that took place earlier in the day.

Cameron Mackenzie taking the high line.
Cameron Mackenzie taking the high line.

The reinforced catch berm proving very useful as riders slammed into it hard.
The reinforced catch berm proving very useful as riders slammed into it hard.

Shania Rawson may have been the only Junior Girl racing but her time was enough for her to have podiumed with the Elite Women.
Shania Rawson may have been the only Junior Girl racing, but her time was fast enough for her to have podiumed with the Elite Women.

Jason Gurr rolling through to take second place in Masters 1.
Jason Gurr rolling through to take second place in Masters 1.

Nathan Rankin pulled out a stunning run for finals in Masters 1 putting more more than 19 seconds on second place and finishing in the top 10 overall.
Nathan Rankin pulled out a stunning run for finals in Masters 1, putting more more than 19-seconds on second place, and finishing in the top 10 overall.

Finn continued to stay ahead of the rest of the U15s finishing up with a 7 second win.
Finn continued to stay ahead of the rest of the U15s, finishing up with a 7-second win.

Charlie Makea riding out the catch berm to take third in the U17s.
Charlie Makea riding out the catch berm to take third in the U17s.

Oscar Perks railing the corner finishing 3rd in the U19s.
Oscar Perks railing the corner, finishing 3rd in the U19s.

Ben Karalus boosts through to second in U19.
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
Cole Lucas was consistently fast throughout the weekend. He took first in the U19s, by 8-seconds.

Jonathan Kennett coming through to take the win in the Senior Men 3 seconds ahead.
Jonathan Kennett coming through to take the win in the Senior Men, 3-seconds ahead.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier

Lisa Horlor going all in but wasn t able to hold on to second place dropping back to third.
Lisa Horlor going all in, but wasn't able to hold on to second place, dropping back to third in Elite Women.

Ronja Hill-Wright popping into the final jump. A big improvement from her seeding run she finished up 2nd in Elite Women.
Ronja Hill-Wright popping into the final jump. A big improvement from her seeding run, she finished up second in Elite Women.

Sarah Atkin came super close to losing the race after casing the last jump fishtailing to the side of the sensor and into the bush. Luckily it was soon confirmed that she was picked up and took the win by a massive 16 seconds.
Sarah Atkin came super close to losing the race after casing the last jump, fishtailing to the side of the sensor and into the bush. Luckily it was soon confirmed that she was picked up, and took the Elite Women's win by half a second.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
Keegan Wright didn't gain as much over his seeding time as some of the others did, dropping him back to fifth.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
Louis Hamilton about to launch, taking third place.

Even with his sprinting finish Blenki wasn t able to back up his win at 440 having to settle for second.
Even with his sprinting finish, Blenki wasn't able to back up his win at 440, having to settle for second.

The crowd watches on as the last rider down the hill sent it. Wyn couldn t manage to keep the fastest time though falling back to 4th.
The crowd watched on as the last rider down the hill sent it. Wyn couldn't manage to keep the fastest time though, falling back to fourth.

It seems that the home track advantage paid off for Brook knocking 5 seconds off his seeding time and taking the win today.
It seems that the home track advantage paid off for Brook, knocking 5-seconds off his seeding time and taking the win today.

Elite Women s Podium
Elite Women's Podium.

Bump it
Fist Bump.

Elite Men s Podium
Elite Men's Podium.

NZ DH Nationals Round 2 - Napier
Until next time, Napier.

That was the last of the North Island races, the next round is Nelson on the 29th January, which is being run as part of the Giant Top Gun Event.


MENTIONS: @DemoB



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55 Comments

  • + 55
 THOSE QUADS
  • + 9
 Never skip leg day
  • + 5
 haha what happened to Keegan's (w)right leg in the podium pic
  • + 1
 Didn't a big chunk of it get bitten off by a shark a couple of years back?
  • + 2
 probably won the race pedaling uphill
  • + 32
 Glove sales in NZ must be diabolical !!
  • + 8
 blenkinfluence, world effect
  • + 11
 Good to see the GT Factory Racing Team in great shape in January!
  • + 8
 Got that right, pretty weird to see brook on anything but a trek though...

NZ nationals are competitive eh?! What a line up
  • + 7
 pretty sick, they just got their bikes days ago and deliver already...
  • + 5
 Yea Brook !!! Nice work bro
  • + 10
 You gotta wear flip flops if you wonna be real pro
  • + 9
 Jandals on the podium has to become a world wide thing imo. We can get some Jandal sponsorship going as well, These teams should get Havaianas on the blower.
  • + 7
 Just going to help reinforce that fact that we call them jandals.
  • + 4
 They're called jandals
  • + 6
 I am really enjoying the NZ coverage. However the captions are rather boring - I think a little more time put into it would be awesome to see, as our riding deserves the coverage. Just some constructive criticism take it how you will.
  • + 8
 The only way the Elite Mens podium shot could get any more Kiwi is if they were holding Steinlagers.
  • + 2
 Wouldn't a Tui be more fitting?
  • + 5
 Where can I find the schedule for the rest of the nationals!? Heading down to NZ Next month and I'm dying to race these! Looks way rad!!
  • + 5
 THey're not easy to find. Here is the schedule www.facebook.com/MTBNewZealand/posts/711741482286935:0
  • + 6
 I'm pretty sure that stoppie of the death was intentional, just stylin around, show must go on!
  • + 5
 tell me how a marshguard can be useful in NZ
  • + 5
 Looks good
  • + 5
 dry in summer,wet in winter
  • + 3
 I use a Marshguard all year around because it stops the small rocks that would otherwise hit the stantions on the fork Smile
  • + 2
 We have been getting a lot rain here for summer. I was at my local last week and it looked like it was winter riding.
  • + 1
 It has not been wet
  • + 3
 bloody wet here
  • + 1
 Round one was far from dry on practice day.
  • + 2
 That #191 guy on the DeVinci almost going OTB...does he have a Leatt sticker on his bike? A bit ironic as he nearly needed one.
  • + 4
 Awesome to see the guy on his trail bike ripping with the fastest guys.
  • + 3
 Excited for this years WC-DH!
  • + 2
 Ohhhhhhh dear! Podium poaching in Masters 1 by an world cup rider
  • + 2
 Gloves bussines in NZ is bad!
  • + 2
 路过 帮顶 最爱GLORY
  • + 24
 Well said!
  • + 3
 I think he was try to say : "Gwin on GLORY"
  • + 6
 喜欢GLORY帅气闷骚的外观,外加27.5升级优化的整体避震感受,好了正题来了求大神赞助一台GLORY哈哈
  • + 4
 你的意思是要赞助我一台喽?那就M码好了,或者L码也可以
  • + 4
 Glory hole perhaps ??
  • + 2
 What do you mean? English too bad haha
  • + 2
 hahahahahahahah @beater32 right on point
  • + 2
 I'm amused by the PB headline, as Napier is nowhere near Auckland.
  • + 1
 Man, I find this race full enduro bro :-)
  • + 1
 Course Marshal, point 3, checking in. Great weekend of racing.
  • + 0
 @harryheath spotted riding a YT
  • + 1
 Good shots
  • + 4
 Especially the one of Connor Hamilton roosting that berm, awesome!
  • + 0
 How camp does brook look?

Massive legs though!!
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