100 runners take part in the second Tombstone mountain bike race in Hanmer


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Olympic mountain biker Anton Cooper was among 100 participants in the second Tombstone Mountain Bike Race in Hanmer Springs on Sunday.

Cooper attended Sunday’s event to present awards in his role as Ambassador for the Hurunui area and as part of a sponsorship partnership with Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.

As a youth, Cooper often raced in Hanmer Springs and in recent years has been involved in organizing mountain biking events in the area. He was therefore delighted to be able to give back to his role.

“I’m proud to be here as an ambassador for the Hurunui region … for me it’s a great spot, I came to train, cross country, cycle when I was a child, and I always like to come back here. “

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The second Tombstone Mountain Bike Race was held in Hanmer Springs on Sunday, with 100 participants.

Dominique blissett

The second Tombstone Mountain Bike Race was held in Hanmer Springs on Sunday, with 100 participants.

The ‘one-off’ drew in elite riders and young people, encouraging the new generation to ‘tear up with the rest of us’.

“It’s pretty exciting that they can put on this event given the current climate and have such a good turnout,” said Cooper, describing the track as an “old school cross country loop”.

Race winner Ben Oliver said it was an “epic race”.

“We had a good group that rode together so [I] sneaked into the last lap. A race like this brings out all the good guys.

Anton Cooper is Ambassador of the Hurunui region.

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Anton Cooper is Ambassador of the Hurunui region.

The Hanmer Springs Cross Country Mountain Bike Challenge took competitors on a breathtaking journey through the Hanmer Forest.

There were a few route options including the 35km route or the 20km short route.

Both courses incorporated the newly completed Tombstone Track, which had been carefully handcrafted over the past five years.

The race attracted the elite as well as the youngsters.

Dominique blissett

The race attracted the elite as well as the youngsters.

The New Tombstone Track is an advanced single track that offers 185 meters of ascent to the highest point (698m) followed by an exciting 240m descent with multiple bends, bends and drops.

Event organizers were very happy with the 100 registrations, up from 60 last year.

Being one of the first sporting events to take place under the new traffic light system, organizers worked hard earlier in the week to ensure it can take place safely within the framework.

Participants enjoyed the “old school country-country loop”.

Dominique blissett

Participants enjoyed the “old school country-country loop”.

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