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Blenkinsop Back to Winning Ways
17 Jan, 2013

Christchurch mountain biker Sam Blenkinsop secured his first big win since breaking his leg 12 months ago, in round two of the BikeNZ Downhill Mountain Bike Cup series on Mt Hutt, Canterbury today.

Blenkinsop, 24, beat out a strong international field, including riders from USA, Britain, Japan, Canada, France and New Zealand to win in a time of 2:28.21. 

Its good to be riding again in New Zealand. I always seem to be injured and miss out on races here so its good to be back and its always fun, he said.

I try to race [in New Zealand] at least once each year but the last three years Ive always been injured or waiting for a bike or something thats made me miss out, so this is my first year here in a while so its good.

I didnt really have many expectations for this race because I had planned for it to be more for good training, but then you always want to win so Im happy.

Blenkinsop broke his leg in January 2012 and has struggled to find his best form since then, but took a great step in the right direction with victory today.

It took a while to get my strength back in the leg. I had some good results in some smaller races overseas but otherwise I struggled a bit last year having come into that season unfit from the injury and we had a few mechanical problems as well, but I feel good coming into this season, said the Wanganui-born rider.

Neko Mulally (USA) recorded the second fastest time on the Mt Hutt circuit, with pre-race favourite Cam Cole (Christchurch) in third.

In the elite womens race, UK rider Jess Stone produced her second winning ride in as many weeks to take a solid grasp of the overall series lead.

Stone, 22, is enjoying her overseas adventure in New Zealand and won today in a time of 3:03.29, ahead of Alanna Columb (Queenstown) and Sophie Tyas (Christchurch).

I didnt really expect to get two wins first up but its been great fun and Im really pleased so far, she said.

The trails here are awesome and every track is a bit different as well which is good. Its nice to be getting some riding experience in the harder dust, whereas back in the UK its just muddy all the time.

The competition here is great as well. Everyone is so nice and they all encourage each other so its a nice competition, and theyre all really good riders as well so we push each other along.

I wanted to get away from the UK weather and Id heard about the series over here so I thought Id give it a go. Ive got to see more of New Zealand which is great as well, so the series is a good excuse to have a look around and a holiday too.

The Downhill MTB Cup series moves to the North Island for round three on February 2-3 in Levin, Manawatu.

Results:
Elite Men: Sam  Blenkinsop (Christchurch) 2:28.21, 1; Neko Mulally (USA) 2:30.05, 2; Cam Cole (Christchurch) 2:30.44, 3; Louis Hamilton (Rotorua) 2:31.12, 4; Bernard Kerr (Britain) 2:31.62, 5.
Elite Women: Jess Stone (UK) 3:03.29, 1; Alanna Columb (Queenstown) 3:05.16, 2; Sophie Tyas (Christchurch) 3:12.24, 3; Amy Laird (Christchurch) 3:12.62, 4; Traharn Chidley (Britain) 3:19.89, 5.
Under 19 Men: Lawrence Cawte (Rotorua) 2:35.36, 1; Carl Goodwin (Kaiapoi) 2:38.84, 2; Leo Sandler (Nelson) 2:39.95, 3; Connor Harvey (Invercargill) 2:41.44, 4; Jamahl Stringer (Porirua) 2:42.62, 5.
Under 17 Boys: Jonathon Kennett (Waiotira) 2:50.91, 1; Corey Milne (Kaipoi) 2:51.59, 2; Hayden Melles (Wellington) 2:53.66, 3; Jack Humphries (Palmerston North) 2:53. 93, 4; DJ Holmes (Nelson) 2:55.55, 5.

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credit Shannan McBride

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