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It’s amazing how big the event is and how many people come to race it from all over the world, but yet no-one seems to know it’s happening.–Bradley Harris

Central Otago has provided the backdrop to the latest Trans NZ enduro mountain bike race.

The event recently took place in various locations, including Alexandra, Coronet Peak and Queenstown. Plans to also host a day of racing at Cardrona were cancelled due to the weather.

The event, which took place over six days, featured open men’s, open women’s and masters 40-plus men’s categories.

Among those who took part was Bradley Harris (17), who placed first in the Alexandra leg of the race for a third consecutive year.

“It’s amazing how big the event is and how many people come to race it from all over the world, but yet no-one seems to know it’s happening,” he said.

Fellow mountain biker Thomas Begg won the locals category by over a minute at the Alexandra event.

Harris was impressed by Begg’s performance.

“[It is] great to see some more young talent coming through,” he said.

Some of Harris’ goals for the year include qualifying for the Enduro World Series in 2020, gaining placings “with consistent podiums” and gaining enduro world series experience.

Harris already has his next event in his sights.

“On the 24th of this month, I will be flying to Rotorua to race my first-ever Enduro World Series round, which I’m really excited about as it’s been a goal of mine for the past year or so.”

Harris said he was grateful to his employer at Dave Cockburn Construction for giving him time off to compete, along with the help of his sponsors and supporters “who look after” him along the way.

“[I] definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” he said.