De ste. Croix widens gap at the top with another win

Neil de ste. Croix continued his dominance in the Conrad's Mountain Bike Points Series after he claimed his fourth victory in six races on Sunday afternoon at Ferry Reach Park.

Following the theme of the season, yet another new course lay-out had been drawn up on an old venue, with many riders describing it as "tough".

Series leader de ste. Croix of the Bicycle Works team secured his position at the top of the points standings with another dominant performance.

  • <B>Neil de ste. </B>Croix: Fourth win in six races.

    Neil de ste. Croix: Fourth win in six races.


Neil de ste. Croix continued his dominance in the Conrad's Mountain Bike Points Series after he claimed his fourth victory in six races on Sunday afternoon at Ferry Reach Park.

Following the theme of the season, yet another new course lay-out had been drawn up on an old venue, with many riders describing it as "tough".

Series leader de ste. Croix of the Bicycle Works team secured his position at the top of the points standings with another dominant performance.

Despite the absence of Grant Goudge and Garth Thomson, de ste. Croix didn't have it all his own way with Team Winners Edge rider Mark Hatherley pushing the series leader hard over the first two laps which saw the lead swapped back and forth a number of times.

Eventually de ste Croix managed to put some real estate between the two but a hard charging Hatherley fought back to finish less than 30 seconds behind.

Paul Jacks rode a consistent race to take the third spot ahead of Phil Trussel.

Peter Dunne overcame mechanical issues in the early laps to finish a strong fifth ahead of his nemesis, Jeff Amaral.

In group 'B', the season's sensation, Dave Collins of Team Winners Edge, took the honours ahead of Norbert Meyer with the ever-improving youngster Alex Godfrey of Team Bicycle Works in third.

The ride of the day award might have gone to Charles Dunstan, who suffered a dislodged saddle but managed to make the finish line to take fifth.

With a few yards to go he was actually in fourth but a fast finishing Ed Jordan of Team Tokio denied him that position.

Rickai Lightbourne, Scott Mello and David Day rounded out the category.

In the Ladies' divisions, Sarah Bonnet of Team Madison rode unchallenged in Female 'A' with Team Tokio's Sarah Jordan also riding alone to take first in the Female B.

Both rode well and challenged themselves by giving some of the male riders a run for their money.

Padraic Browne competed in the Male Novice category for the first time this season and showed promise.

In the female 13-16 group, it was once again Team Zipp X rider Gabrielle Arnold taking line honours ahead of Team Tokio's Elizabeth Jordan.

In the female Under-12 category, Team ZippXs' Courtney Day finished ahead of Tristan Narraway and Jessie Godfrey.

The Boys' 12 and under saw two different courses to accommodate some of the younger newcomers with Liam Zuill winning on the shorter course in his first ever series race. In second was Nicholas Narraway with third place going to Nic Massan.

Over the longer Boys' 12 course, it was a clean sweep for team Bicycle Works with Daniel Oatley, Daniel Hetzel and Christian Oatley filling the top three spots. Team ZippX rider Joshua Stephenson took a creditable fourth place ahead of Eric Rowse with Ryan Day of Team ZippX rounding out the category.

The seventh race of the series takes place this Sunday at Admiralty Park starting at 8.30 a.m.

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