Trompetter claims surprise victory


Dunedin mountain biker Braedan Trompetter has raced to a first place finish in the first round of the Dunedin Enduro Series.
Round one of the threeround series was held on the Pineapple and Redwood tracks on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Trompetter finished his three laps in 11 minutes and 57 seconds — one second ahead of Ethan Glover, also of Dunedin.
The fastest female rider was Sam Hope, of Dunedin, who finished 29th overall in a time of 14min 44sec.
There were 58 competitors in total.
Mountain Biking Otago president Donovan Isted said each lap was on a different section of track and Trompetter’s time was excellent.
‘‘He beat quite a few elite riders. He sort of came out of nowhere, which is quite cool. He’s done really well. He looks like he’s been training hard.’’
Organisers trialled a new timing system for the event, which worked well, he said.
‘‘It’s basically done online with iPads, one at the start and one at the end, and they are synchronised. We’ll definitely try to use that system again.’’
Fifty-eight riders was about double the number there were in round one last year — the first year the series was held.
‘‘I think a lot of people heard about it last year and decided to compete this year. We had riders travel from Timaru and Wanaka.’’
The next round would be held at Signal Hill on November 6, and the third round at Mount Cargill on November 19. The series was a good build-up for ‘‘the pinnacle’’ of enduro riding, the Three Peaks Enduro in Dunedin, he said.
‘‘This gives everyone a taste of the tracks and helps them find some form.
‘‘Dunedin has world class tracks; a lot of professional riders base themselves here. Dunedin has the best of everything.’’