Frank Sutton: Mountain Biking

Last Saturday my friend Brett and I competed in the Whaka 100km mountain bike race in Rotorua. We did this as a team with me doing the first 63km and Brett finishing off the last 37km with some nasty hills in it. It was a great day racing with our team coming in 2nd overall and first junior team with a time of 4:57:00. I managed to do my 63km in around 2:57:00 which I was very pleased about.
I would now like to thank everybody who is or has been involved with team Taupo for 2012 and the selectors for giving me the chance to be part of this team. It has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot about how to manage myself in a team environment from sending out regular email updates, attending functions and trying my best to be a positive role model to the younger members of the team. It has also been wonderful having people that are interested in hearing of my results and my progress throughout the year. Thank you for all your support this season it has definitely helped me to perform better in races this season and has given me a load of confidence and belief in myself. I'm sure I will keep in touch with most of you and I hope that you see my name in the news in the years to come (:   
Thanks for everything, Frank Sutton.   

Hi all
It has been a busy couple of months training, racing and studying for school exams. I have been training as much as I can during the week after school and from between 5 and 6 ours of training in the weekend which is going to be very beneficial to my racing later on in the year. Some of my recent races and results have been pleasing for me as I have not been doing much speed work over the winter months and I am very excited for the upcoming summer races. My races and results are as follows:
1st July was the North island secondary schools road cycling champs in Cambridge where I raced in the under 20 age group and sprinted in to finish with the front bunch and get 13th place.
8th July was the first round of the Nduro winter race series in Rotorua, a very hilly 42km course and I placed 4th in the under 19 age group.
5th August was the second round of the Nduro race series but unfortunately I had to miss this as I had to compete in the Mizuno half marathon for year 13 PED assessment at school. I enjoyed the run however and did it in 1.39.57 which i was very happy with.
9th August was the first round of the Taupo mountain bike clubs night race series. I raced of from the start to gain a nice gap and finished the race in fist place over a minute and half before the second placed rider.
16th August was the second round of the Taupo mountain bike clubs night race series. I won this race again by over a minute.
23rd August was the third round of the Taupo mountain bike clubs night race series. It was a little bit of a tougher field tonight but I managed to take the win by about 50 seconds.
30th August was the fourth round of the Taupo mountain bike clubs night race series. Had some gear problems and a crash so got 2nd tonight by less than a second.
2nd September was the third and final round of the Nduro winter race series in Rotorua. Lots of gravel roads in the 45km course today but had a good race. Finished 4th in the under 19 age group.
Racing coming up for me is 3 more Thursday night night races and in the middle of these races is the Taupo Day night thriller on the 15th of September where I am part of a 5 man strong team competing in the 12 hour event and looking to win overall. And then the weekend after that is the National secondary schools mountain bike relay championships in Rotorua where I am part of a team of three from Taupo nui a tia college.
Frank Sutton.    
Hi every one,
On Saturday i competed in the 42 Traverse mountain bike race in the national park. This race is on a off road four wheel drive track that starts in the landcorp farm opposite the Mount Ruapehu road and finishes in Owhanga (48km). It was freezing conditions when we arrived at the start line but thankfully warmed up quite a bit for the 9 am start. The race went as planned for me as i got off to a good start and was sitting in 8th position for the first 30km of the race. I then had a strong last 15 km to pick up a few places to cross the line in 4th place in a time of 1 hour 57 minutes. I was very pleased with this result as there were over 400 entrants in my race and i also beat some one by 5 minutes who beat me in the national races at the start of the year.
My next race is this Saturday which is the Moon ride in Rotorua, a 12 hour teams race where my team and I are going for the overall win.
Thanks, Frank Sutton

Hi All
Since the first meeting I have been flat out racing and training as I am currently in the final stages of my race season. The following weekend (Race on 19th February) after the get together, I travelled to Wellington to compete at the third round of the New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup. I went into this race having gone up an age group into under 19 and looking to get a top 10 finish so I was very happy when I finished the race in 10th. The race was very tough will loads of climbing each lap which I struggle on so it was great to know that I could still achieve my goals on a track that didn't suit me very well.
The following weekend I travelled to Napier for the fourth and final round of the New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup race (26th February). I really enjoy racing on the tracks in Napier and had had past success the year before racing the same tracks when I won the New Zealand Cup race in the under 17 age group. I was confident that I could nail a top 10 again and pushed hard for the whole race to pass a number of guys who had beaten me the week before on the technical down hills and flat fast flowing sections. I finished 7th which I was stoked about because it is the highest result I have archived so far racing the under 19 age group.
And recently on the 10th of March I had my first international race, the Oceania mountain bike race held in Rotorua. I raced well to finish 15th only 9 minutes behind the winner. So looking ahead my season is almost over with my last mountain bike race being the National Secondary School Champs in Levin on the 31st March and the 1st of April. Over these two days I will race three disciplines of mountain biking: Cross country, Hill Climb and down hill. After this race my summer mountain bike season will be over and I will look forward to competing in my first road cycling tour in Te Awamutu on the next weekend.
Thanks, Frank Sutton.