HNHS MX Team at 2019 NZ SS XC Champs in Taikorea 6 September 2019.
Three of the Havelock North MX Team Riders travelled to Taikorea to ride Cross Country. This would be the first time the Team had participated in a non MX event and for all of them it was also the first time racing a XC Championship!
Abe was riding in the Intermediate 12-16yo 85cc - 150cc class on his small wheel Honda XR 100 and did OK by finishing 9'th out of 12 riders and completing two laps of the course in 1h 31m. Jake Holland from New Plymouth Boys High won this class by completing 3 laps in 1h 34m.
Joe and Vinny would ride in the Expert 17-18 Senior Open class. Joe completed 3 laps in 2h 1m to place 13'th from 17 riders. Vinny started well, but then had a couple crashes where one broke his front brake leaver and the last one put a hole in his radiator. With a steaming bike he pulled off just before the finish line of his 2'nd lap and was only given one lap in the results. This gave him 16'th. Tommy Watts from Napier Boys HS won this class by completing 5 laps in 1h 41m.
The HNHS Team placed 33'rd from 57 teams. We made a few mistakes and learned heaps about what to focus on in a XC teams event! But we are OK with that as this was our first XC event.
The overall winning team was Tauranga Boys HS#1 with Brody Connolly 5 laps, Madoc Dixon 5 laps and Sam McLean 4 laps (14 laps) in a total combined time of 5h 20m.
Thanks to Hastings Honda https://www.hastingshonda.co.nz/ for lending us their canopy/tent. Heaps of space!!
The official reasults: http://www.silverbullet.co.nz/news.php?id=5371