XCO is cross country racing in the olympic style. It is currently the only mountain bike discipline that is in the Commonwealth and Olympic games. Typically it is raced on a technical, challenging course that is about 4 to 5 kilometers with riders completing up to 7 laps depending on category.
On the 7th January 2018 the Club hosted the North Island National XCO Champs with about 90 riders over all grades. Only days before the event we had the worst storm in a decade which closed the track. On Saturday morning (the day before the race) there was a huge turn out of volunteers to help cleanup the track and by 11am it was open for official practice.
For race day, Sunday, it was wet again with light rain most of the day which made the track more demanding but regardless there was great racing through all grades.
The elite race was a sprint finish with the battle for 2nd and 3rd coming down to the final few hundred metres between two determinded locals. Sam Shaw and Sam Osborne. Shaw closely took 2nd behind Anton Cooper who showed his class, currently ranked world #6.