Commonwealth Games MTB XC race

some of the technical sections on the course - looks so easy from the tv footage
some of the technical sections on the course – looks so easy from the tv footage

Shot out from home and cycled down to Cathkin Braes after watching Philip Buys shoot off the start line in Lap 1 (supporting South Africa you see) to watch the second half of the mens race.

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Took one set of snaps of the leaders before my phone died ….

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what is worse is that my pics are on the flattest most boring part of the course …..

I am in the blue jacket just to the right of the riders in this aerial tv shot
I am in the blue jacket just to the right of the riders in this aerial tv shot

the guys were flying along – I did the lap in 20min in the past and think these guys did it in 13min – the end was spectacular with a surprise sprint that no one could respond to …

 

 

Teenager Anton Cooper secured a first mountain biking gold medal for New Zealand in an exciting finish to the cross-country race.

Cooper, 19, beat team-mate Samuel Gaze, 18, into second in a sprint finish with Australian Daniel McConnell in third.

Scotland’s Grant Ferguson, 20, finished fifth with England’s 2006 winner Liam Killeen in sixth.

In the men’s race, only 10 seconds separated the first three riders, who dropped Max Plaxton of Canada on the seventh and final lap.

 

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