2006 UCI World Championships – Day 1 Rotorua New Zealand

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2006 Uci World Championships – Rotorua New Zealand – Day 1

So it's to Rotorua for the New Zealand leg of the 2006 UCI Mountain Biking World Championships. It's the first time the Worlds have been held in New Zealand and the first time it has been in the southern hemisphere since the WC in Cairns 10 years ago.

With it being the event's debut in New Zealand it promised to be an absolute corker right from the off, so it was with baited breath and much anticipation I trekked up to the course finish. Women's Elite DH seeding runs were in full swing with riders emerging from the wooden chute out of the woods around the drops and berms and along the aptly named ‘Silver Fern' berm which spits riders over a treacherous rock section into the finish straight. Overall the DH course is 2.2kms long with the fastest female rider recording an average speed of 35.7kmh and the fastest male at 41.25kmh.

At the end of Women's seeding Great Britain 's Tracey Moseley came out on top with a run time of 3.41:57. Next up were Sabrina Jonnier of France and Melissa Buhl of the USA . The New Zealand contingent was lead in by Vanessa Quinn in 6 th and many eyes will be on fellow Kiwi Scarlet Hagen who has recovered from the broken elbow at the Worlds in Vigo , Spain this May to start off tomorrow seeded 12th.

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Vanessa Quinn of New Zealand

The Men's seeding is always a spectacle with the guys blasting out chute into the finish arena. Many whispers of “…they must be doing 60k's coming down there eh…” could be heard from the spectators as the guys dropped off the last fire road crossing. Steve Peat came second in seeding only 35 hundredths of a second after Aussie favourite Nathan Rennie. The whole field was very close with less than 6 seconds separating the top 10. Greg Minnaar of South Africa was 3 rd with Marc Beaumont in 4 th and fellow Brit Gee Atherton in 10th .

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Steve Peat. GO STEVE!

There will no doubt be a huge crowd here to watch the Worlds best DH riders battling it out on the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha in New Zealand 's thermal heartland. Stay tuned for more pics and reports of the action as it happens*.

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Amiel Cavalier of Australia dropping into the second wooded section.

*Well, almost as it happens.

Repo and Pics by Tristan Veneer

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