Timaru's David Ashby-Coventry overcame illness to finish sixth at the BikeNZ under-19 national cross-country mountain bike championships in Rotorua.
Ashby-Coventry was at the front of the field up the first series of climbs then felt ill, losing all strength, and watched most of the field pass him.
He eventually started to recover and worked his way through the field and finished quite strongly. Te Awamutu's Sam Gaze won.
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