Ryan Cull has extended his lead in the Southland Mountain Bike Club Cycle Surgery Winter Series.
He won the second round of the series at Sandy Point on Sunday, followed by Logan Havenaar and Scott Hodges. Havenaar said he was pleased his second placing drew him level with Hodges in the series points standings.
"It was good to even things up - it should be a good battle for the next few races."
Fastest expert females were Kath Kelly and Paula Owen, who were first and second in the veteran category, followed by Cathy Jordan, who won the open category.
Brayden Holland was expert under-19 male for the second month in a row, while Andrew Ballantyne won the single-speed three-lap category, followed by Pete McKenzie and Dave Cowie.
In the two-lap sport section, under- 15 rider Matthew Prince finished 1sec ahead of open rider Andrew Digby, and veteran riders Yvonne Green and Anita Cooper finished ahead of open rider Leah Dixon.
Meanwhile, the recreational and kids loop riders enjoyed riding a separate track to the expert and sport competitors for the first time this series. Club president Brett McIntyre said the family-friendly track attracted a lot of support, with parents riding alongside their children.
"Everyone was smiling and for sure we'll be doing it again."
McIntyre said entry numbers were also looking good for the club's next event, the AB Equipment 8 Hour Enduro race on June 21, also at Sandy Point. The third round of the winter series will be held on July 6.
- The Southland Times