NZMTB Cup DH Round 1 photos and results from Cardrona

Alanna Columb-2nd

Queenstown's Alanna Columb trip trip over the hill wasn't in vain landing in 2nd. Photo Sven Martin Sven just fired through a bunch of photos from what was by all accounts a very rad weekend's racing at Cardrona's new bike park. "The racing was intense with all the competitors on this new track/venue. Racing this particular track required precision delivery of flow and race line selection as there were many sights of riders pushing the limits on this well-liked natural terrain, only to come unstuck through the corners or succumbing to a flat tyre. The Cardrona Downhill event was well organised and Bike Wanaka did a great job in running their first National MTB event."

UK rider Greg Williamson no doubt made a Martin Whitley's morning securing the 1st place and beginning Trek World Racing's podium hat-trick. Photo Sven Martin

Just .4 seconds separated George Brannigan from 1st place and the possibility of keeping another foreigner of one our podium! Photo Sven Martin

Everybody's favoutite rider Matt Scoles moved to Christchurch last year and has been riding a tonne with the likes of Kieran Bennett and its shows with a third place in a pretty damn stacked pro elite field. Photo Sven Martin

Brook MacDonald filled the fourth spot of a Trek World Racing filled podium. Not a bad start to the season. Photo Sven Martin

Wyn Masters 5th place was without a doubt four steps from where he wanted to be, but a solid result given the stacked stadium. Photo Sven Martin

Nelson turned Christchurch local Kieran Bennett raced his first ever pro race in 2002 at Cadrona, narrowly missing the podium after 13 years of racing isn't to shabby. Maybe losing that mustache would have helped? Photo Sven Martin

Like many Sam Blenkinsop succumbed to flats in his race run and unfortunately on his first outing for Norco failed to finish his race run. Photo Sven Martin

British rider Katy Curd who is known more for her four cross prowess, narrowly bested Alanna Columb by just 1.2 seconds. Photo Sven Martin