Wairarapa News : January 9th 2013
31 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 9, 2013 SPORT MANGATAINOKA COMMUNITY IN ASSOCIATION WITH OUR MATCH DAY SUPPORTERS PRESENTS A SUPER RUGBY EVENT TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM TUI HQ, PGG WRIGHTSON STORES,PALMERSTON NORTH i-SITE OR WWW.TUI.CO.NZ. BUS / TICKET AND BEER DEAL -- SEE TRANZIT.CO.NZ FOR ALL MATCH DAY INFORMATION AND CORPORATE TICKETS VISIT WWW.TUI.CO.NZ ROAR PRESEASON GAME AT MANGATAINOKA RFC / STATE HIGHWAY 2 / MANGATAINOKA SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2013. KICK OFF 3PM. GATES OPEN 12.30PM. VS EARLY TUI-BIRD SPECIAL TICKETS $45 BEFORE 25TH DECEMBER. AFTER SANTA $55. MATCH DAY SUPPORTERS 5087387AA Contact us today on 06 370 0060 Ex 26 Genesis Energy Recreation Centre, Dixon Street North, Masterton www.swimmagic.co.nz RECREATION CENTRE Swimming lessons save lives swim school Book now for holiday intensive lessons: 14-18 and 21-25 January Five lessons in five days for only $57.50!! Dive in to the swimMagic office today 4726389AP Whibley's win ensures his status Axeman cometh: Pahiatua's Paul Whibley on his Yamaha YZ450F won the Crazy Cross and Root 100 for 2013. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM By ANDY McGECHAN Pahiatua's Paul Whibley has been in high demand since returning home from his stellar season of winning cross-country races in the United States. The 34-year-old former Mana- watu forestry worker, affection- ately dubbed The Axeman'' on the motorcycling scene, won both the Grand National Cross Country and Off-road Motor- cycle and ATV titles in the United States in 2012 and returned home to organise and run the first cross-country event of his own making, the inaug- ural Yamaha Taikorea 500, just after Christmas. He didn't ride the Taikorea event himself, leaving it to fel- low Yamaha rider Cam Smith, of Marton, to instead take the glory. But it was time to get back into the saddle at the weekend as he joined Smith in travelling away to race the Crazy Cross and Root 100 events in Northland. Cam Smith asked if I was up for a trip to The Farm' for their annual event. It's a long drive from the Manawatu but it was worth the time spent on the road,'' said Whibley. An unusual format over the two days of racing kept everyone on their toes and the challenging layout of the tracks ensured we all got our money's worth. Day one was the Crazy Cross -- basically an enduro-cross track combined with a super fun motocross track and some cross- country sections. A clean sweep of the qualifying races saw me safely into the final. From the dead engine start, I holeshot and led the charge down the hill into the enduro-cross track. Jumping the firewood pit and then the tyre pit opened a gap quickly. The motocross section had dried a lot but the fun factor was still there with some nice jumps. After completing the cross-country section, we came back to complete the rest of the enduro-cross track. Crossing the tyres through the creek and through the rock pile led to the finish, just in front of the slab wood doubles. After four laps, I took the chequered flag with Auckland's Chris Power not too far behind on his Yamaha WR450 and with Hokianga's Mitchell Nield hot on his heels. Day two involved a 20-odd kilometre lap, taking around 45 minutes to complete. Six individually-timed laps was the race duration with a set window of time to complete the laps. It was a tough day hauling the YZ450 through the root- infested bush. I used first gear more than I ever have in my life. I laid down the fastest lap of the day to claim that prize along with some consistent laps to keep me in front of the overall classification.''
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