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Fruitful mountain biking meet for Kiwis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Kiwis have dominated the Oceania Continental Mountain Biking Championships, winning both the men's and women's cross-country gongs.

Defending men's champion Anton Cooper surged to victory at the Toowoomba course in Queensland despite suffering mechanical issues.

A crash on the second of five laps caused Cooper's bike chain to come off, but a quick fix gave him enough time to peg back the race leaders.

He finished the race in one hour and 25 minutes, more than 30 seconds ahead of second-placed Australian Cameron Ivory and nearly two minutes ahead of third.

"I'm stoked to back up my title from last year with another win," the 22-year-old Cantabrian said.

"I'm really happy to have the form to chase down the leaders after making life hard for myself - it's a great way to start the season."

In the women's race, national champion Samara Sheppard blitzed the field by taking the lead early and going on to win by two-and-a-half minutes.

New Zealanders also won two other titles at the meet, with Jessica Manchester taking out the under-19 women's cross-country race and Shania Rawson claiming victory in the under-19 women's downhill race.

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