2017 NZDH Series – Round 2
Saturday 28 October – Gravitahi DH Track @ Pakuratahi
143 competitors had perfect conditions for this years race on the Gravitahi DH Track within the Pakuratahi Valley Block at Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park.
Best of the 25 local riders was pro, Brook Macdonald, who finished 2nd in elite men (2nd overall), with Charlie Makea 2nd in U19 Men (5th overall). U15 rider, Taylor Topp was 4th and U17 rider, James Harvey also made the podium with a 2nd Place.
We had 64 entries this year and have been told by the competitors that the title ‘mini‘ doesn’t fit anymore, as it’s now a full blown ENDURO event!
With over 31 minutes of timed racing over 5 stages in greasy conditions after the previous nights rain, just 8 seconds split the top 3 riders, with Josh Reilly from Auckland taking the win, just 4 seconds ahead of local rider Mike Newall (who keeps the trophy for another year) and Carl Jones from Rotorua came in 3rd.
In the Women’s field, there was only 90 seconds between the top 2 riders, with Janine Kavanagh taking the win over Katie O’Neill.
In U19 Men, Daniel Self from Rotorua was 1 minute clear of the pack to take the win.
- RESULTS – (To view stage times, click on the individual rider, then click on “show splits”)
- PHOTOS – (by PhotoGraphic)
This event made it onto TV, featuring the Makea boys & Brook Macdonald
Watch Here (Starts at 18 minutes into the programme)
Was certainly a game of 2 halves!
1st race run, dry and sunny – 2nd race run wet and slippery
Had 155 DH riders – The Force is strong in Hawkes Bay.
109 riders from all over NZ raced in brilliant (hot & dry) conditions on our purpose-built downhill track @ Pakuratahi Valley, with lots of riders expressing their enjoyment of the track, with a good mix of technical & open flowing style and great event management by the HBMTBC.
Well done to local pro-rider, Brook Macdonald for the overall win (pictured).
- Full Results HERE
- Photos Here (by local club member Bevan Whittleston, of BPW Media)
- Helmet Cam coverage from Brook Macdonald
- Spectator Video Coverage – Part 1 , Part 2
49 riders enjoyed calm and pleasant, dry conditions for this years mini Enduro, with 5 courses including: Grand Traverse, Mint, Tinker, Smooth Operator and Oliver’s Twist.
Mike Newall defended his title who takes home the trophy for another year
2015 NZDH Series
Round 2 – Pakuratahi DH Track
The NZ Downhill series round 2 was held on Saturday 31 October, at Pakuratahi, with 139 riders turning up to ride our new improved downhill track.
It was a little soggy in the morning, but the Hawkes Bay sunshine managed to dry the course out to make perfect race conditions.
A huge thank you to our volunteers who contributed to a successful day.
The fastest rider of the day was Matt Walker in 2 min 17 sec.
In the Under 17 category local riders Charlie Makea was 2nd and Lochie Short 3rd. These two riders would have placed 3rd and 4th respectively in the Under 19 category.
Another local rider Blake Campbell, narrowly missed a podium place by just 2 seconds in the Under 19 category.
Great to see our latest DH rider, George Kerr (winner of ‘Smooth Operator‘ track naming competition) competing in his first Downhill race.
2014 Mid-North Island Cup – Round #2
Sunday 16 November – Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park
Another great day in the sun with 59 riders this year, racing around a 19.5km course thru the Tait and Waipunga blocks, with 1 lap for the U15, U17 & Vet Women categories, and 2 laps for everyone else, as part of the 2014 M-NIC series with Tokoroa, Taupo & Tauranga hosting the other 3 rounds.
2014 NZDH Series – Round #3
Saturday 1 November – Pakuratahi DH Track
An excellent day with 148 riders racing on the new track at Pakuratahi Valley.
Doug Wisor Memorial Trophy ‘mini’ Enduro
Sunday 19 October, 2014 – Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park
30 riders braved the wet weather, for the inaugural ENDURO within the Mill Block @ Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park. The tracks were a bit greasy, but everyone got thru without incident, with Mint, Tinker, Grand Traverse & Stingray trails used.
Well done to visiting rider, Sam Shaw who won overall, with local riders Mike Newall coming in 2nd (just 3 seconds behind) and Vaughn Phillipson in 3rd.
Kids On Bikes 2014
Sunday 21 September – Tait Block, Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park
40 kids aged 5-13 years plus lots of parents, had fun with 3 different cross-country course options & the trials arena to play on. Sponsored by BAND, Sport HB, Kiwi Sport funding, Arataki Honey, Bike Barn, The Hub Cycle Centre and Revolution Bikes.
GRAVITAHI DH Race
Sunday 25th May, 2014 – Pakuratahi DH track
photo: Kurt McDonald – 1st Open Men
2013 Mid-North Island Cup (M-NIC)
Round #2 : Sunday 1 December, 2013 – Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park
We had 52 riders in perfect weather competing on an 8km course.
• MNIC 2013 Series Results (final)
Kids on Bikes 2013
Sunday 10 November, 2013 – Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park
Inaugural event run by the HBMTBC, for kids aged 5-13 yrs, with 3 easy/flat cross-country course options to choose from, within the Tait Block. All 43 riders received medals upon completion of either the 2.5km, 4km or 6km courses.
This event continues on from the previously successful annual KIDS BIKE JAM, that was run nationally.