New record at Milford Mountain Classic


Christchurch's Thomas Hubbard won the 120km Milford Mountain Classic from Milford to Te Anau on Saturday in a record time.  Hubbard won in a time of 3 hours 9 minutes and 38 seconds, finishing four minutes ahead of second placed Anthony Chapman with Ollie Jones third.  "We believe it is the fastest time for the event," Milford Mountain Classic organising committee member Sarah McDonald said. "The riders would have enjoyed the tail wind."

Numbers were down this year, with 43 entrants in the Milford to Te Anau event.  "It clashed with a number of cycling events in the province," she said.  "The weather forecast was bad heading into the weekend too, but it cleared."  Joukje Siebenga was the first women in the 120km event.  In the other events, Dan Bentley from Queenstown just pipped Eastern Southland's Wayne Miller and James Jubb to win the 101km Homer Hundred from Homer Tunnel to Te Anau with a time of 2:29:41. The finish was so tight that video analysis was required to determine placings.  "It was amazingly close," McDonald said.  "There were four of them at the finish. They had a real sprint finish, it was amazing."

Ray Robinson won the 65km Eglington Challenge from Knobs Flat to Te Anau ahead of Nicola Stevens and James West.