Singletrack Club
  • HIGHLIGHTS

It is nice to recognise past and present club members who are doing amazing things, so this page is set up just for that.  If you have something to add, please let me know. 

Anton Cooper – U23 World Champion 2015

Anton Cooper – Junior World Champion 2012

In September 2012 we were delighted that Anton won the World Champs in Austria.  Keep up to date at  http://antoncooper.co.nz/

 

Oliver Whalley – Brevet King

June 2012 – Ollie won the Tour Divide in record time – 4418 km in just over 16 days – amazing!  You can read all about it on his blog here – http://mountainpedalernz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/tour-divide-2012-ollies-epic-bike.html

A big congrats to Ollie who has just (7 Feb 2012) obliterated the field once again in the kiwi brevet by arriving at the finish line of the mammoth course in just 3.5 days, with the second placed rider still several hours behind him. His words… “Yay! Never been so happy to see blenheim. Last 60 k were bumpy wet steep but made it. Thanks to everyone along the way!” AWESOME! We’re super proud of ya Ollie!  Ollie did this Brevet only days after coming second in the Great Southern Brevet.

Lance Griffin – epic adventure – Tour Divide

See http://tourdivide.org/ for info.  Lance took part in 2010 riding 4418 km from Banff in Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Anton Cooper – World Champs

Anton has won convincingly all 5 Junior World Cup Races that he has entered in 2011/2012!

1st September 2011

Cooper Blasts to Silver at World Mountainbike Championships

Woodend’s Anton Cooper made New Zealand proud today with a storming silver medal at the UCI World Mountainbike Championships in Champery, Switzerland. The Junior Mens Cross Country race lined up with 98 starters, and Cooper in the middle of the front row for five hard laps of the super technical course at the Grand Paradis event venue.

17 year old Cooper got away to a clear start, but found himself boxed in at the end of the start loop on the only sustained climb on the course – “I couldn’t do anything about it and found riders going past me at a crucial stage of the race. I knew the leaders would get away as soon as they hit the single track descent after the climb, but I couldn’t move left or right to counter” Cooper was 16th at the top of that climb, and had a tough task ahead to maintain touch with the race leaders. He steadily chipped away during the race with grit and determination, clawing back at the leaders after being down by nearly two minutes mid race. Cooper was sixth at the start of the final lap and exploded with stunning effect during the last 15 minute lap, winning a sprint to the line to take the silver medal.

Cooper was extremely happy with his performance after some reflection – “I came to Europe targeting top ten results, but quickly reset my goals after my two World Cup wins in Czechoslovakia and Italy. Winning the rainbow jersey here in Champery was achievable, and while I’m dissappointed to not follow through, maybe it is a better result to be runner-up in my first year at this level. I now have another year in the Juniors to claim that prize before moving through into the Under 23s and Elite grades” New Zealand’s other four Juniors also raced hard and delivered with pride – Mathew Waghorn (Palmerston North) 27th, Tom Bradshaw (Wellington) 31st and Rotorua’s Nigel McDowell 39th.

Coopers’ silver is only the second World Championship Cross country medal won by a New Zealand athlete, and one better than Kashi Leuch’s Under 23 bronze.

The Women’s Under 23 Cross Country race was run after Cooper’s medal presentation had finished. Katie O’Neil (Rotorua) raced to15th after a slow start, and a heavy fall in the final lap. O’Neil was satisfied with her performance after an up and down few weeks in the lead-in to the World Champs “Its great to come out of these Champs 15th best in the World in this category – I can go home happy to finish my season at this point”. But her Rotorua friend Samara Sheppard didn’t fare so well. Sheppard withdrawing from the race after the start lap after going backwards through the field and not able to circulate at a race pace.

Issued by NZ Team Manager Chris Mildon

Photo used with permission from www.canadiancyclist.com