In-form Cull leads trio to victory
Ryan Cull and his team of Bushwhackers reaffirmed their dominance of the Sandy Point tracks with victory in the Southland Mountainbike Club's annual eight-hour mid-winter race, near Invercargill, on Saturday.
Cull took time honours with his second lap in 25min 37sec, and along with Reon and Simon Carroll, the trio completed 17 laps before the cut-off, one lap ahead of the Gladstone Cycles team which improved into second place later in the day to edge out Placemakers Big Angry Fish.
A record field of 350 riders took part in the BNZ-sponsored event over the various categories, including Auckland's Don Oakly, who travelled south for the second year in succession to take part in the race. He finished third in the eight-hour solo men's section behind winner Brehan Cairns and runner-up Logan Havenaar, who only entered the solo category after missing out on a team to ride for.
Riding in the veteran male's category, Ian Wright was the best of the solo riders, completing his 14 laps six minutes ahead of Cairns, while solo women's winner Erin Green's 14 laps placed her fourth overall.
In the four-hour solo categories, New Zealand under-19 representative Mary Gray, from Dunedin, was in good form before she heads to the world championships in Austria, while Tom Sexton won the under-19 men's section, despite being only 13.
Top Southland rider Ollie Harnett was one of few casualties, damaging ligaments in his knee. Next year's mid-winter enduro is on June 22, while the next round of the winter cross-country series is at Sandy Point on Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org
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