Many of these students were competing in their first MTB competition. The weekend started with a nice over the bars crash for Jonathan Miller while practising on Friday afternoon. He then rode on Saturday with a half cast on his wrist with a possible fracture or sprain. Hot and dusty conditions greeted riders for the Downhill on Saturday, with no DHS students really specialising in DH. Cam Moir won the U14 boys DH by about 14 seconds and Steffi Moss won the U16 girls DH. On Sunday morning was the ‘hurt’ of the cross-country races. Cam Moir won the U14 boys XC, with fellow DHS student, William Miller 2nd. Fern Cameron won the U15 girls XC race and Eddie Adams had a great fight with older riders, winning the U16 boys race. Jonathan Miller won the U20 boys race, with Maia Adams winning the corresponding girls race. Other podium performances came from Grace Moir, Jasper Wearing and Steffi Moss. On the final afternoon was the Enduro, with three dry and dusty stages winding down the hill. Cam Moir had another win, as did Eddie Adams. Cooper Millwood won the U15 Boys Enduro by three seconds and Maia Adams, Hayley Harris, Steffi Moss and Thomas Begg all made the podium.
DHS had wins in the overall titles by Cam Moir, Eddie Adams, Steffi Moss and Flynn Ealson, with Jonathan Miller narrowly missing the top step after a countback.
Dunstan High School won the Overall Best School title by over 1000 points, earning nearly double the points of the next best school.
Bring on the South Island MTB Champs at Mt Hutt in a couple of weeks!