Heat challenges Bannockburn riders

Pippa Julian (6) and father Scott, of Arrowtown, near the start of the Bannockburn Classic yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Pippa Julian (6) and father Scott, of Arrowtown, near the start of the Bannockburn Classic yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
An mix of elite and amateur riders took part in the Bannockburn Classic yesterday.

Although it was not dominated by top riders as it has been in previous years, race director Bill Godsall said the 56km mountain biking event in the scenic hills around Bannockburn remained a drawcard event for the region.

''People are here for the holiday period.

''It's just a great thing for people to do and attracts people to Cromwell as a result.''

The race was won by Oamaru rider Tim Rush in 2hr 32min 8sec. Josie Wilcox, of Palmerston North, was first female home in 2hr 52min 40sec.

The field also included Tour of Southland winner Michael Vink, of Christchurch, former track and road professional cyclist Greg Henderson and Olympic rowing gold medallist Carl Myer.

With sweltering temperatures topping 30degC, Godsall said riders were tested.

''It was quite hot. It was definitely a challenge for riders.''

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