Major MTB victory in China! …Athlete team on a roll.

The North Face Greater China athlete team has had another very successful couple months with big wins in mainland China and Hong Kong.

 

champion. china mtb.april.7.2007Beijing-based member, Piers Touzel, came through with a huge win in Mainland China’s biggest mountain bike event of the year, Huangshan MTB festival. Piers beat riders from over 20 nations including the entire China TREK team and Japan’s #1 ranked Pro Mountain biker. The finish was unbelievably close after Piers and the second place rider were neck and neck the whole race. They swapped the lead around 10 times in the last lap and with 500 meters to go were still together. It came down to a technical sprint finish and Piers pulled out the victory by just 15 seconds!

 

 

 

powerbar race-mui wo.mens and womans champions The Powerbar Bonaqua series of races in Hong Kong continued in April and our Athlete team continued to pull off some impressive performances. Jeanette Holmes –Thomson pulled off two more big wins (Lantau and Sai Kung) by impressive margins displaying complete dominance of this years Adventure Sprint Series. Ryan S. Blair also pulled off another big win in Lantau on April 1st. Ryan took the lead in the gully but could not shake two others following his line and only was able to break away across the last 30 meters of rock scrambling along the Mui Wo coastline. Luckily it was just enough to hold on during the painful beach sprint finish, Ryan winning by just 14 seconds.

 

Overseas, team member Gary Mandy 5th place overall in the XTERRA off-road triathlon event in Saipan. This was a great finish for Gary considering the field included several of the top XTERRA pros in the world and the fact that just one week earlier Gary raced to victory in 5 hours of racing in Hong Kong's biggest mountain bike events of the year. 

 

6-colour code braemar hillPreparing the next generation of racers, team Sharpless took first place in the Hong Kong Orienteering associations colour coded family category, held at Braemar hill on April 1st . The course was technically challenging, but the team pulled through taking an impressive lead. Even more impressive was that it was Kailan's first race, of any kind, and at age three and half will definitely be one to look out for in the future. Way to go Kailan!

 
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