New Zealand Cyclocross championship

rider riding in cx race
Team OSM Rider Brent Herdson
Three local riders went up to Napier to compete in the New Zealand Cyclocross championship at Napier last weekend.  This is the first time a cyclocross race has gained UCI accreditation in the southern hemisphere – so it was a pretty big deal.  Such a big deal they flew local auctioneer Brendan Quill up to the race to commentate the race.  There were about 100 riders competing over four races throughout the day.  The course was very hard, with a major climb which went straight in a 30 step stairwell to the top.  After some muddy flat areas the course dropped down to the bottom with a big off chamber section keeping riders on their toes.  The real testing thing about the course was the constant change in surface – from dirt, to grass, to concrete and to asphalt. Tricky riding with only 25 PSI in your tires!  Gav Mason, who leads the One Square Meal Queenstown Cyclocross series, performed exceptionally well in the Open Elite class finishing seventh overall.  Gav also rode a road criterium a few nights before the race, finishing a strong fourth in the B grade division on his cross bike.  Luckily his sposnors R+R Sport sorted out that broken seat post! One Square Meal riders Brent Herdson finished fourth in the men’s Masters 2 class and Carey Vivian finished third in the men’s Masters 1 class. Rumour has it that BikeNZ want to run this UCI race in Queenstown next year
cx rider carrying bike over barrier
Brent in action negotiating the barriers.

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