13 years after it hosted the World Championships, this Rotorua track is still a challenging technical beast. Deep techy jungle bookended by fast, wide open grass sections means it tests all aspects of a rider's abilities.
In the men's race, just 0.5 seconds separated the top three. Brook MacDonald was the hugely popular winner but he snatched it by less than a tenth from Finn Iles, who was testing a 29/27.5 set up. Third place fell to George Brannigan, it's great to see him back at the business end of things. Tracey Hannah ran out the victor in the women's race with a huge margin of 5 seconds over Kate Weatherly. Tahnee Seagrave had a tussle with a tree in the larches but still managed to finish third.