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Cheng cleans up

Cheng makes a clean sweep of the action asia mtb series 2008 by winning the final and most gruelling 5-hour lamma enduro

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It was a thrilling end to the GP ReCyko AA MTB Enduro series. The reigning undefeated champion Cheng Cheuk Chun was over ten minutes behind the race leader Piers Touzel from Beijing and with only one hour to go the chance of catching him over such a demanding course was looking slim. It was only through a classic display of teamwork from other Bike City Club riders that gradually closed the gap.

“This was by far the toughest race of the series on the best course in all of Hong Kong. Lots of ups and downs and lots of technical….the way I like it,” said Cheng.

"It was tough as I was told I had a 10-minute lead and thought I still had it. I was surprised when I found out I was in second. I was leading for almost 4 hours and thought it was a couple of team riders who passed me, I didn’t realize it was Cheng,” said Touzel immediately after the race.

"My strategy was to go easy at the beginning and go hard at the end... At one point I thought I’d never catch Touzel but then I found my legs and managed to pass in the last lap," said Cheng.

 

Cheng was bathed in beer by teammates and fellow riders as he was presented with a HK$5000 cheque and the Pacific Coffee Cup for winning all 4 races. "My strategy was to go easy at the beginning and go hard at the end. I didn’t feel too good at the beginning and struggled for the first few hours, At one point I thought I’d never catch Touzel but then I found my legs and managed to pass in the last lap," said Cheng.

Hangzhou women’s rider Liu Tao Tao the recent Mongolian 3 day stage race champion, started strong but didn’t have it in her to keep up the fast lap times over the technical Lamma course and HK policewomen Sean Ho managed to squeeze past to hold on to the overall women’s title.

"I’m leaving tomorrow for Hangzhou and really enjoyed the course as it was really refreshing riding in Hong Kong. " said second place Women’s rider Liu.

Liu may have found the riding refreshing but for many the course proved to the ultimate challenge. “I thought it was a pretty tough but good course. Quite technical with lots of tight turns, rocky sections where you had to keep the flow or stop and of course lots of granny gear climbs which seamed to get steeper as the race went on. Just to climb some was an achievement in it's self, “ said Cosmo Richards runner up in the men’s 30-39 category.

“My legs now feel like they've been steam rollered by a truck! hardest race I've done in HK....” Said Edward Cluer

As the course took its toll on racers it became evident that many had gone out too fast too hard too early or just over estimated what five hours in the saddle entailed. “The course was so hard that the race came down to a war of attrition where the last man standing (or still able to ride their bike) wins. I was one of the many who fell victim to last lap cramps so bad I could barely walk, let alone ride!,” said Edward Cluer third place in the men’s open category. “My legs now feel like they've been steam rollered by a truck! hardest race I've done in HK....”

But one 18-year-old girl Natasha Gillespie Wong who rode for charity said she hoped more young people would stay out of trouble and get involved in sports. Her mum standing by and sporting a rather nice shiner after hitting the dirt, agreed 100%.

The race was a resounding success and a fitting conclusion to the series. With few mountain bike races available to riders in Hong Kong it is inspiring that companies like Action Asia Events are promoting the sport and we hope they will continue to do so.

The only downside to this entire event was the amount of rubbish, bottles, gel wrappers disgarded all along the trail. “This is not the tour de France, where riders have teams to pick up there crap they throw on the floor, it is not clever to emulate these stars just because they do it, it doesn’t mean we should, this is a mountain bike race and I thought people would have been a bit more environmentally-aware,” said Elissa Whittington, local Lamma resident and rider.

For more pictures of the race check out our Gallery Section

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The Pacific Coffee Cup GP ReCyko+ AA MTB 5 Hour Enduro Lamma, HK

Nov 23, 08

Overall Result

Overall
Champion: Cheng Cheuk Chun(鄭卓雋) 4:56:42 -60km (12 laps)

2nd Place: Piers Touzel 5:00:04 –60km (12 laps)

3rd Place: Cosmo Richards 4:56:33 – 55km (11 laps)


Men’s 15-29
Champion: Cheng Cheuk Chun(鄭卓雋) 4:56:42 –60km (12 laps)

2nd Place: Cheng Chak Shing(鄭澤誠) 5:00:42 –55km (11 laps)

3rd Place: Edward Cluer 4:47:59 –50km (10 laps)


Men’s 30-39
Champion
: Piers Touzel 5:00:04 –60km (12 laps)

2nd Place: Cosmo Richards 4:56:33 –55km (11 laps)

3rd Place: Jeremy Ritcey 4:43:28 –50km (10 laps)

Men’s 40-49
Champion:
Frederic Bourquin 4:43:24 –50km (10 laps)

2nd Place: Bob Smith 5:05:30 –50km (10 laps)

3rd Place: Jeff Chan(陳瑞生) 4:27:45 –45km (9 laps)

Men’s 50+
Champion:
Wong Shun Choi(黃信財) 4:42:18 –40km (8 laps)

2nd Place: Cheung Dig Fai(張的輝) 4:59:46 –40km (8 laps)

3rd Place: Lau Wing Koon(劉永冠) 4:55:08 –35km (7 laps)

Women’s 30-39
Champion:
Sean Ho(何潔瑩) 4:42:16 –40km (8 laps)

2nd Place: Liu Tao Tao 4:43:44 –35km (7 laps)

3rd Place: Dennex Lui 5:05:54 –35km (7 laps)

Women’s 40+
Champion:
Christina Yeung 4:24:50 –15km (3 laps)

2nd Place: Cheng Yuk 3:01:09 –10km (2 laps)

Teams
Men’s Team

Champion
: Bull Bike(Chan Ka Wing & Leung Tsz Wing) 4:58:02 –55km (11 laps)

2nd Place: Michael & James (Michael Saez & James Sutton) 4:34:45 –50km (10 laps)

3rd Place: T-P (Yeung Siu Yu (Paul) & Tom McGuinness) 4:52:49 –50km (10 laps)

Mixed Team
Champion: Honey Bee(Anthony Chim & Catherine Hung) 4:42:20 –45km (9 laps)

2nd Place: Gigaflash(Wai Chor Kin & Wong Man Wa ) 4:39:32 –35km (7 laps)

3rd Place:LCHolic (Wong Siu Yuen & Wong Suet Fan) 2:11:15 –10km (2 laps)