Crunch time for Cull
Ryan Cull will face a challenge to his Sandy Point supremacy on Sunday.
The final round of the Southland Mountainbiking Club's winter series will see expert men's series leader Cull go up against Logan Havenaar.
Cull (77 points) has a narrow lead in the standings over Havenaar (72 points), but with double points on offer in the final round, the difference is negligible.
Havenaar became the first rider to beat Cull on the Sandy Point tracks since 2007 when he won the penultimate round last month.
The faster, more open course used for last month's fifth round had suited Havenaar ahead of Cull, who prefers a more technical circuit, club president David Brookland said.
"There will be some good competition there between the two."
This year's Cycle Surgery-sponsored series has attracted almost 300 riders to the first five rounds, with 120 turning up last month, and a record turnout of 165 earlier in the series.
Brendan Ackeroyd has a 15-point lead over Ian Wright in the expert veteran males category, while Reon Carroll has a 12-point lead over Pete McKenzie in the single-speed series.
The expert open female category remains undecided, with Analise Wilson and Erin Greene both winning two events during the series.
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