What a shite 'band' they were.... anyway, I digress. U.S.-D.4, the finale, was run (swum?) on Wainui's Spoon Hill yesterday. Conditions were sloppy at best, and because I don't like cleaning my bike and with the prospect of carnage in the offing, I took the soft option and snapped a few pics. But seeing the way the guys handled the soap-like steeps made me wish I was racing with them.
Shiny, crappy people.
Tryfan nailed it for the win, putting his home-ground advantage to good use.
Callum hits hyperdrive and gets 'pic of the day.'
Will looks like he's in trouble, but made it easily on his hardtail.
Wellington's fastest Pommy downhilling rigid singlespeeder, Jim.
Caleb floats like a stone doesn't.
This guy decides that tree doesn't belong there...
Evidence (albeit blurry) of Ricky re-mounting after WALKING a section....
Aidan introduces his face to the Wainui flora after being startled by the Grim Reaper at the side of the track.
Aaron thought the crowd was screaming his name, but it was just someone saying "awwright".
Eyes on the prize... better than anything you get at a 'real' race.
The podium was pure class...
Until these guys got on it!
Hadley uses his preferred double-handed grip.