Mt Hutt College’s Caitlin Titheridge has finished second women’s under-19’s Down Hill competition at the National Schools Mountain Bike Championships in Dunedin just two days after finishing third in the enduro competition on day one.
Titheridge was just five seconds behind the gold medal rider from Queenstown.
School mate Reilly Duff followed up victory in the South Island Championships to claim the under-17 male title in a tight battle with Riley Adlam (Wakatipu High) and Sam Weir (Riccarton High). “I kept my cool and knew if I stayed on, it would be whoever got down the hill fastest and it worked out well. The track was a lot different than the seeding run when it was quite wet. It was a lot drier than I thought it would be and I could probably have pushed harder if I knew it was as dry as it was.”
Kaikoura’s Oli Clark was a double winner, claiming the male under-13 downhill in emphatic fashion after an impressive enduro victory.
The event, hosted by Mountain Biking Otago and presented by Evo Cycles, attracted over 400 riders from an impressive 110 schools around the country, with riders facing the demanding test of Signal Hill, made more challenging with wet conditions overnight and some rain throughout the day.
One of the classiest rides came in the under-17 boys Cross Country race with Darfield College rider Ethan Rose winning in 1:11.59. The New Zealand under-17 champion finished 1min 30sec ahead of Adam Francis (Palmerston North Boys) with North Canterbury’s Jacob Turner (Rangiora High) third.
“It was a tough one with the three of us together for the first three laps. I decided to push on the steep climb and got a bit of a gap and managed to hold it to the end. It was good fun for a schools track, pretty technical and nice steep climbs. It dried out nicely and was really grippy today,” Rose said.
Christchurch’s Amelie Mackay (Cashmere High) needed a major effort on the final climb of the last lap to haul in Greymouth’s Emma Wilson (John Paul II) to win the under-17 girls.
Males, Under 13: Oli Clark (Kaikoura High) 3:44.27, 1; Jack Collins (Christchurch South Intermediate) 4:16.30, 2; Rory Meek (Remarkables Primary) 4:19.00, 3.
Under 14: Ryan Hastings (John Paul College) 3:54.34, 1; Luke Wayman (Christchurch South Intermediate) 4:02.63, 2; Benjamin Sziranyi (Bohally Intermediate) 4:07.52, 3.
Under 15: Seth Buckley (Nayland College: 3:45.52, 1; Patrick Duff (Mount Hutt College) 3:48.86, 2; James Elkington (Waimea College) 3:50.05, 3.
Under 16: Marcus Blair (Cashmere High) 3:32.72, 1; Cameron Beck (John Paul College) 3:33.46, 2; Nico Arnold (Lincoln High) 3:40.51, 3. Under 17: Reilly Duff (Mount Hutt College) 3:31.53, 1; Riley Adlam (Wakatipu High) 3:34.12, 2; Sam Weir (Riccarton High) 3:36.58, 3.
Under 20: Albert Snep (Scots College) 3:19.13, 1; Todd Ballance (Nelson College) 3:20:44, 2; Indy Hawthorne (Shirley Boys) 3:24.94, 3.
Females, Under 13: Juliet Freeman (Mt Pleasant) 7:09.40, 1; Amy Benson (Mt Aspiring College) 7:14.46, 2; Hayley Harris (Terrace School) 7:43.28, 3.
Under 14: Sacha Earnest (ACG Parnell) 5:17.48, 1; Winnifred Goldsbury (Beckenham) 6:04.69, 2; Grace Trotter (Ashburton Intermediate) 13:02.53, 3.
Under 15: Leah Smith (Cashmere High) 4:43.82, 1; Awen Lloyd (Nelson College) 5:05.38, 2; Caitlyn Flavell (John Paul College) 5:44.44, 3.
Under 16: Abby Ross (Craighead Diocesan) 3:56.88, 1; Rebecca Hufflett (Nelson College) 5:00.34, 2; Rachel Cunningham (Taieri College) 6:04.90, 3.
Under 17: Kalani Muirhead (Mt Aspiring College) 5:01.34, 1; Emma Wilson (John Paul High) 5:16.05, 2; Millie Day (Kapiti College) 5:00.34, 2; Rachel Cunningham (Taieri College) 6:04.90, 3.
Under 20: Jess Blewett (Wakatipu High) 5:06.59, 1; Caitlin Titheridge (Mt Hutt College) 5:11.84, 2; Maia Jowett (Wakatipu High) 5:34.56, 3.
Image credit Jemma Wells, caption Annabel Bligh from Cashmere High who won the U16 Girls Cross Country.