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GHOST ROAD ENDURO
A big drop in the number of
competitors in the annual Around
Brunner cycle race will not jeopardise
the future of the event, the organiser
John Moore said that while there
was a sharp drop in numbers it was
something he had expected due to
the date change. Around Brunner is
normally held in April.
At its peak as many as 1200 people
took part, but only 350 on Saturday.
e Canterbury earthquake had
taken its toll on the race, and numbers
had also dwindled as the poor road
conditions hindered cyclists' training
for the event, he said.
Entry numbers from Christchurch
started to rebuild this year.
" e date change de nitely a ected
the numbers. Now cyclists can rm
it up in their calendars and we expect
entries to begin to increase again next
year," Moore said.
He assured it would be on again
next year "as usual". "It is a damn good
product for the West Coast and we will
continue rocking and rolling with it."
However, he would not want the
numbers to drop any further.
He had "plenty of positive feedback"
from riders about the change to the
ere were no "major incidents" on
Saturday, apart from a crash in the
enduro race, which started at 6.30am.
One of the riders fell on the Taramakau
Bridge, which was wet after an early
morning downpour, and a couple of
others tumbled over him.
Christchurch riders were prevalent
in the top three places in many of the
categories, however Greymouth and
Hokitika cyclists also bagged some top
e inaugural enduro race (two laps
of the Around Brunner circuit) was
won by Hokitika cyclist Brent Allnut,
who completed the race in 7:12.06.
Christchurch cyclists Scott
McDonnell and Nick Clark were
second and third respectively. Rebecca
Marley, also Christchurch, won the
women's enduro in 9:0557.
In-form Christchurch rider Michael
Vink, who recently took out the
elite men's national time trial title in
Christchurch, was rst in a time of
3:09.19. omas Hubbard and Ben
Robertson, also Christchurch, were
second and third.
Again in the 13-17yrs schoolboy
section it was Christchurch riders to
the fore. Joshua Smith was rst, Joe
Hutchison second and Louis Brown
third. Greymouth teenager Zachary
Colligan was fourth.
Hokitika's Sharlotte Lucas nished
second in the open women's race, beaten
by three seconds by Christchurch and
New Zealand representative Joanne
Kiesanowski in won with a time of
3:18.49. Haley Mercer (Christchurch)
Other results.--- Veteran men (40-
49): R Scott (Leeston) 1, G Searle
(Chch) 2, W Girdlestone (Chch) 3,
Veteran women (40-49): Benita
Alexander (Chch) 1, Angela omas
(Matamata) 2, Tanya Winter
(Hokitika) 3, 4:17.57.
Classic men: M Burford (Chch) 1,
Mike Murphy (Blenheim) 2, Steve
Kendall (Chch) 3, 3:18.51.
Classic women: A Kerr (Chch) 1,
Mary Jones (Chch) 2, Sue Harrison
(Hokitika) 3, 3:41.01.
Vintage men: S Smith (Dunedin) 1,
K Stobs (Chch) 2, J De Leijer (Chch)
Vintage women: M Coburn (Chch)
1, 4:13.33, Seasoned men (over 70):
C Hibberd 1, B Taylor (Chch) 2, P
Preddy (Blenheim) 3, 4:13.28.
Open men: D Smith and J Doonan
(Hokitika) 1, N Bradley and S Paul
(Hokitika) 2, T Newell and Damien
Breen (Chch) 3.
Open women: S Levien and M
Johnson (Greymouth) 1, T Feary and
E Wafter (Greymouth) 2.
Veteran men: G Mehrtens and J
O'Brien 1, B Jackson and G Stribling
2.Veteran women: M Fowler and J
Crequer (Chch) 1, W Hughes and L
Shepherd (Blenheim) 2, C Gurney and
J Lang (Dar eld) 3.
Family:R and M Kennedy (Blenheim)
G Fisher (Chch) 3. Mixed: K Lacey
and K Shaw (Greymouth) 1, P Gurney
and R Roxburgh (Greymouth) 2, T
Mann and E McKay (Greymouth) 3.
Around the Bridges
Schoolboys: B Gurden (Greymouth)
1, C Gurden (Greymouth) 2, B
ompson (Greymouth) 3. Schoolgirls:
C Gibbens (Greymouth) 1.
Open men P Dowd (Hokitika) 1.
Open women: E Hurley (Hokitika) 1,
K Duncan (Methven) 2, K O'Dowd
(Hokitika) 3. 40-plus men: D
O'Connor (Motueka) 1, J Kennedy
(Greymouth) 2, T Kokshoorn
40-plus women: C Wearne (Chch) 1,
M Tucker (Greymouth) 2, R Nieman
(Greymouth) 3. More photos p8
Novak Djokovic may have gained a
reputation as the crown prince of pranksters
in tennis but last night he rmly established
himself as the king of Melbourne's blue
hardcourts with his fth Australian Open title.
e 27-year-old Serb, limping from two
slips on court, breathing heavily and battling
a "physical crisis", overcame a red-up Andy
Murray 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 to clinch his
fourth Australian title in the past ve years.
It was his eighth grand slam title overall.
He also overcame a slight shift in momentum
in the second set when security sta had to
remove a group of people, two of whom
managed to jump on court but did not get
near the players, protesting Australia's policy
"We both, of course, went through some
tough moments physically," Djokovic said.
"I went through the physical crisis in the
matter of 20 minutes... end of the second,
beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted
and I needed some time to regroup and
recharge and get back on track. at's what I
Since Djokovic won his rst grand slam
title in 2008 he has compiled a 47-3 record in
Melbourne. His reign means he has the record
for most Australian Open titles in the Open
era, one behind Australia's Roy Emerson who
dominated in the 1960s.
" is tournament by far has been my most
successful tournament in my life, in my career.
I enjoy playing here, enjoy coming back," he
"Being mentioned in the elite group of
legends in our sport is a huge privilege and
Despite Murray's poor record against the
Serb --- he had lost seven of their past eight
encounters --- he had arguably entered the
nal as the slight favourite.
Djokovic had struggled in his semi- nal
against defending champion Stan Wawrinka,
while Murray played superbly to beat seventh
seed Tomas Berdych in a tempestuous clash.
Murray's celebrations in the victory
over Berdych highlighted the raging
competitiveness that exists inside the 27-year-
old boxing fan as he repeatedly mimicked
punching an imaginary opponent into the
Fittingly, Murray and Djokovic were
involved in a tense boxing match last night,
examining each other for any weakness,
landing a body blow, taking one themselves,
or counter punching as they scrambled around
trying to stay alive.
Several times, Murray had Djokovic
wobbling and down on one knee, ready to be
nished o and he knew it. But the knockout
blow never came and Murray felt afterwards
Djokovic's problems on court may have had an
element of gamesmanship, lulling him into a
false sense of anticipation that he could be on
the verge of his third grand slam title.
at gave the Serb the chances he needed,
which accounted for Murray's yawps of
anguished pain and lengthy monologues
consisting mostly of the Anglo-Saxon
vernacular his ancee Kim Sears uttered
during the Berdych semi- nal, the video of
which went viral on social media.
By the end of the third set, after Djokovic
had found himself 2-0 down and then won six
of the next seven games, Murray's frustrations
boiled over as he slammed his racquet into the
ground, causing the crowd to turn on him.
"If someone's cramping in the nal of a slam,
with such a long way to go, you're feeling
pretty good about yourself," Murray said of
Djokovic's limping at 3-3 in the third set.
"Yeah, maybe, I dropped o for 10, 15
minutes there, and he got back into it."
e ght appeared gone from Murray and
when Djokovic jumped to a 3-0 lead in the
fourth, he buried his head beneath a towel, and
while he appeared to metaphorically throw it
in, he insisted the top seed had simply thrown
caution to the wind.
"He played fantastically well after the rst
few games of the fourth set. He was going for
everything and hitting the lines (and) there's
not much you can do in that situation."
Monday, February 2, 2015
e inaugural Ghost Road
Enduro, a heli-assisted
mountainbike race held
between Ghost Lake Hut
and Lyell on the Old Ghost
Road, attracted competitors
from all over the country
on Saturday, with American
Christopher (Botsy) Phillips
rst over the nish line.
"We were on the cusp of
cancelling the race during
the week leading up," race
director Adam Walker said
today. "After a long spell of
perfect weather we had a
big weather system coming
in right for race day. In the
end we took the challenge
and decided to run with it.
It was touch and go all day
but we ended up getting all
competitors up to the start
line, thanks to our fantastic
pilots," Walker said.
competitors from all over
the country, stretching all
the way from Auckland
to Otago. ere were even
a handful from Europe,
America and Canada.
" e Old Ghost Road
really is something special
for the West Coast. We were
really excited to showcase
such an asset for our region,"
"We were taken back by
the adventurous spirit in our
racers who travelled from
far and wide to take the
e enduro was hosted by
the Buller Cycling Club and
was the rst o cial event to
be staged on the Old Ghost
Entrants raced four stages
over 30km descending over
1400m, making it the longest
descending race of its type in
Results.--- Open men:
B Phillips 1.07.41 1, Glen
Currie 2, Gregor Wilson 3.
Open women: Megan Rose
1.18 1, Katie Buchanan 2,
Nicola Johnson 3. Veteran
men: Greg Sutherland
1:10:36 1, Paul Campbell 2,
John Jacob 3.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Queuing up at the start line outside Monteith's Brewery, Greymouth, on Saturday.
Alastair Heine on the Ghost Road Enduro race.
American takes Ghost Road Enduro honours
PICTURE: Getty Images
Novak Djokovic celebrates with the ball boys and girls after winning his men's nal
match against Andy Murray last night.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Josh Komen, fourth from left --- surrounded his family, friends, nurses and doctors --- approaches the nish line of the Around Brunner
cycle ride on Saturday.
Two years ago Greymouth
cancer survivor Josh Komen
blacked out after nishing the
Around Brunner cycle ride,
this year he was joined by
friends, family, doctors
and nurses as he crossed the
Two years ago Komen
competed in the race but
collapsed and did not
"I couldn't remember
anything from Stillwater to the
nish," he told the Greymouth
Star on Saturday.
He was subsequently
diagnosed with acute myeloid
leukaemia (AML) and spent
the past two years in and
out of hospital receiving
Komen's nurse Kim Clark
made a promise that when
he was well enough again she
would do the Around Brunner
ride with him so he could
remember crossing the nish
On Saturday, Clark and his
doctor, Peter Ganley, rode the
entire 130km distance, while
Jacob Komen and Ms Clark's
daughter Caitlin did half
Komen started his ride 15km
out from the nish at the
Crofts transport yard before
Stillwater and was joined by
his friends, family and doctors,
all wearing blue leukaemia
"It's just awesome. It is
incredible to see all my doctors
and nurses and to have my
family with me, too.
"It's a really special time,"
"I'm so grateful to everyone
in Greymouth. I think it's
such a special town and special
Komen crossed the line with
a smile on his face and a group
hug followed once everyone
was o their bikes.
"It's not a race, it's a ride. I'm
really grateful to my doctors
and family for how much
everyone has helped me."
As of today $2910 has been
raised and Komen was
thankful for all the donations
" at is just incredible. We
are just so grateful for the
amount of support we have
had," he said.
After the race on Saturday
night, Ms Clark shaved her
head and Komen's father
Pete had his moustache shaved
"He's had it since I was born.
We've never seen him without
Donations can still be made
Djokovic wins fifth
Support overwhelms Komen
Around Brunner numbers down but not out
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