China has never really been considered a major force in mountain biking, but that looks set to change. With the 2008 Olympics being held in Beijing, the People’s Republic looks like its gearing up for a big medal push and the Rotorua World Championships have seen the early fruits of this effort.
The Chinese riders Ren Chengyuan and Ying Liu dominated the Under-23 Women’s XC, with Chengyuan riding away on the opening lap around the steep slopes of Mt Ngongotaha. She finished 1:38 ahead of her compatriot Liu and nearly five minutes ahead of third-placed Sarah Koba (Switzerland).
Amy Hunt was the sole British rider in the 26-strong field, finishing a creditable 9th, just over ten minutes behind the winner.
Results: U23 Women XC
- 1. CHENGYUAN Ren CHN 1:31:17
- 2. LIU Ying CHN 1:32:56 +1:38
- 3. KOBA Sarah SUI 1:36:14 +4:56
- 4. HURIKOVA Tereza CZE 1:37:52 +6:35
- 5. SCHNEITTER Nathalie SUI 1:39:13 +7:56
- 9. HUNT Amy GBR 1:41:25 + 10:07
Full results and more details at http://www.2006rotoruamtb.com.