Rain, hail or even shine (not impossible as last year it was forecast for thunderstorms on the day and we had perfect sunshine, so who knows), this year’s Triple Crown is on – Sunday 8th May and what a doozy its going to be this year. The XC riders have heard the call and are looking to kick some DH butt, with Dirk Peters, Carl Jones and Cabin all lining up. Last years first and second place downhillers Byron Scott and Des Curry will be doing all they can to not have the butts kicked. Add some pretty sharp all rounders, the world single speed champ and late 80’s downhill sensation Craig Pattle into the mix and there’s going to be plenty of jostling for the top spot – especially with 200 bucks up for grabs. As for the ladies, with no Alice Kevern this year the crown’s up for grabs. Will it be last year’s second place Simone McGregor, Triple Crown newby Nic Leary or someone else.
So, will the slippery conditions favour the skills of the downhiller or will the soft conditions favour the fitness of the crosscountriers – turn up on Sunday to find out, even if you don’t race, am sure there will be enough hot chip sammies at the finish line to go around.
If your entered, don’t let the weather put you off – riding in the mud is fun (although cleaning the bike afterwards isn’t) plus there’s all those spot prizes – a Box of German Beer from the Okere Falls Store, a cruise on Lake Rotoiti from PureCruise, Shuttle passes from Southstar, Vouchers from Quiet Chaos, a few Spoke subscriptions, A Kayak trip down the Kaituna from Kaituna kayaks and a MTB skills clinic voucher.
A reminder, racers to be at the far end of Long mile road at 8am for registration, with the buses leaving at 8.30. Racing starts at around 9.30am at the start of Billy T.