Results from the Coronet Peak South Island DH Champs – Rd1, Sat 5th Jan 2008

Competitor in DH raceA record Field at Coronet Peak sees Hagen, Rankin storm home for first round win. An ex New Zealand representative, Rankin (Levin) had reportedly retired from competitive mountain biking but managed a fantastic race run narrowly beating the Yeti team rider Justin Leov (Christchurch) into second place by less than a second. Hagen (Queenstown) took a comfortable first win from Dunedin based rider Sheryl MacLeod by 12 seconds and was only twenty four seconds behind Nathan Rankin. Competition in the under 19 Men’s category was also fierce, with Brook MacDonald taking the title in a time that was sixth fastest over the whole field. The purpose built mountain bike tracks on the tussock slopes of Coronet Peak were full of mountain bikers during the two days of competition in hot still weather conditions. It was one of the biggest fields seen at a Mountain Bike New Zealand downhill race with 265 competitors entered, with some from as far away as Auckland, Australia, Austria and the UK. Over the last two years Coronet Peak have been investing in their summer mountain bike operation and the large numbers of riders during the weekend attest to the quality of the tracks and facilities. “Coronet Peak is an amazing facility with chair lift access and fantastic tracks. The weather was sunny, it was a really fun day.” said Scarlett. "I always feel pressure when I race in my home town in front of all the people who have helped me so much over the years, so to win here is extra special” she said. Scarlett sincerely thanks her sponsors GT Bikes, AJ Hackett Bungy, Coronet Peak, Video Ezy, Red Bull, adidas eyewear, Bike Fix Queenstown, FOX, Maxxis, Queenstown Chiropractic Clinic, Pulse Fitness. During the following weeks , riders will continue to hone their skills on the Coronet tracks which remain open to the public 7 days per week 1030am - 0730pm (weather permitting) until the 3rd February. Don't miss the Vertigo Chainless Downhill on the 19th January 2007 or the Nzone Brake Burner on the 2nd February 2008. For more information visit the summer link at www.nzski.com View full results Story: Courtesy of NZSKI.com Photo credit: Olly Hagen Rider: Scarlett Hagen

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