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Mountain bike world champ Emmeline Ragot in Rotorua
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Two-time women’s downhill world champion Emmeline Ragot of France is the headline act at the New Zealand mountain bike championships in Rotorua this weekend.
Ragot proved she is ready for the event by dominating the final of the national Cup series in Auckland on Sunday and is expected to be too strong for local contingent led by Queenstown youngster Alannah Columb and Christchurch’s Sophie Tyas.
Race Report : New Zealand Mountain Bike Downhill Cup - Final Round, Hunua, Auckland
France’s Emmeline Ragot showed her class to blitz the rest of the field in a time of 2:53.34 to win the elite women’s race with the UK’s Jess Stone second in 2:58.31. Alanna Columb was the first New Zealand home, in third place, with a time of 3:00.59.
Ragot, the two-time world champion, was happy with her run, but wasn’t taking any risks before her professional season starts in Europe soon,
"It was my first race in a while and first proper ride on my bike. I was really enjoying it, and it was a fast track," Ragot said.
"I didn’t try the big jumps, they were a bit scary and it’s not prime season right now. If it were a World Cup then maybe I would try, but not here. I’m trying to stay safe."
http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Race-Report-New-Zealand-Mountain-Bike-Downhill-Cup-Final-Round-Hunua-Auckland,441 (photo podium)