Holding the Funduro on May 2 was a bit of a gamble with the weather, especially following the wash out of a race held in December 2020. However, the weather gods played ball and put on a stunner of a day for the event.
With some 200 competitors, the sold out event didn’t disappoint, with great stages selected, tough competition and the best views in Auckland. Onetime also delivered with live timing, so once you completed a stage you could quickly look to see how you did and if you should repeat.
There were 6 stages ranging from grade 3 to 4 and a selection of flow tracks to technical. We also had a couple of optional stages – The joker stage – fastest Male & Female down Two Dead Cows and for those who love using the legs a King/Queen of the mountain. The stages could be completed in any order, you however only had 3 hrs to complete all the stages and get back to the start/finish area. Which was super easy for some but others less fit did struggle to meet the timeframe.
After the 3 hrs, it was time to relax and lap up the views while sipping on award winning Deep Creek beer, munching on pizza and yarning/comparing race times with your mates. Followed by prize giving, where some great spot prizes were also on offer from our sponsors Mt Eden Cycles (MEC), Botany Honda Motorcycles, Rydges Formosa, Seat Saver and 440.
An impressive 42 riders were entered in the Grom (U18) category, the youngest was 9 years old. Next event we will definitely have more categories for the younger riders. It was very tough competition in this category with only 7 seconds between 1st and 2nd and 1 second between 2nd and 3rd. Heath Patton took out 1st place, Jesse Schimanski in 2nd and Andrew Pietersen in 3rd.
Taking out the women’s overall was George Swift, followed by Charlotte Rayner in 2nd and Kayla Russell in 3rd place.
Local rider Byron Scott dominated in the men’s category taking out 1st overall, followed by Kai Crow in 2nd and Brook Daly in 3rd.
The Ebike category was strong this year with 20 entered in the field. It was taken out by local rider Roger Helliwell, then Victor Turney in 2nd and David Peake in 3rd place.
1st place – George Swift, 2nd – Charlotte Rayner, 3rd – Kayla Russell
1st – Kai Crow, 2nd – Brook Daly, 3rd – Karl Shaw
1st – Andrea Marchand, 2nd – Pam Hewlett, 3rd – Naomi Wright
1st – Byron Scott, 2nd – Turquoise Warrior, 3rd – Samuel Shallard
Big thanks to our sponsors:
Mount Eden Cycles (MEC), Deep Creek Brewing Company, Rydges Formosa, Botany Honda Cycles, 440.