2012 Dirtmasters Downhill

After practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday, Sunday saw seeding runs followed at 2pm by the actual race.  There was some world class racing with a closely fought battle  for first and the first three places seperated by only 1.33 seconds! At the end of the racing in the mens open it was Sam Blenkinsop sitting in the hot seat with Justin Leov and Matt Scoles 0.93 and 1.33 seconds behind respectively.  The top Queenstown local was club member Reon Boe at 3:36.45 just 5.7 seconds down on Blenkinsop, good on ya Reon! Results from the other classes are not online yet but I will update this post with a link when they are. For the top 16 in the mens open check out the photo on the Skyline MTB facebook page here. The atmosphere at the official finish line at the bottom of the steps was lively and social with racers comparing runs and spectators having a good time. For more photos see the Queenstown mountain bike club facebook album.
crowd on steps watching rider
There was a good crowd at the finish line to watch the riders rolling down the steps.
rider getting air on the steps
Although the stairs were not part of the timed run some riders could not help playing to the crowd!
rider passing spectators on stairs
Local Cam Johnson riding the Brecon St Stairs to the finish line and 12th place.

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