POST Event Sports Release – Mountain Bike race
Sung closes series gap on Cheng in dramatic fight to the end Chi Ma Wan
Action Asia XC Mountain Bike Series – Race 3 - 36 km – Chi Ma Wan, Lantau, Hong Kong – Sunday Oct 18, 2009
Hong Kong –Hong Kong’s top XC mountain bikers battled it out for 36km on the demanding technical Chi Ma Wan, Lantau course with Ken Sung narrowly edging out race favourite Cheng Cheuk Chun by only 10 seconds in a winning time of 2 hours 37 minutes and 54 seconds with Cheng 2nd in 2 hrs 38 min 04 seconds and Pierre Le Magnan 3rd just 53 seconds 2:38:57 behind for an incredible final showdown at Lamma on Nov 29th with the top 2 riders only 1 point apart.
“Ken was on fire today as it was difficult to get by him with the legs burning” said 2nd place Cheng Cheuk Chun and still the series leader with only 1 point ahead of Sung.
“Pierre and Cheuk Chun were very fast on the downhill sections so my strategy was just to hang on to them and take gels at the right time and hope for the best at the end which paid off getting by both of them on the last lap” said overall winner Ken Sung.
“It was pretty hot and pretty hard as had problem with legs from cramping like Ken and Cheuk Chun, but extremely happy with hanging on for 3rd place against such good riders” said Pierre Le Magnan who lives in Chi Ma Wan’s backyard at Ham Tin Village.
Pete Buffon who rode with the race leaders for the first 24 km had a great race finishing 4th overall in 2 hours 45 minutes 50 seconds.
Trudie Verneulen was the overall women’s winner in 3:15:19 completing 24km.
Chi Ma Wan was the 3rd leg Action Asia XC Mountain Bike Enduro series with top local HK riders taking on some of the best Western riders in town.
Participants raced 3 times around the 12km loop of the Chi Ma Wan peninsula on a very demanding technical single-track trail pushing the most experienced to the absolute edge.
Cheng Cheuk Chun now holds the championship lead with 31 points with Ken Sung 2nd with 30 points and Pierre Le Magnun 3rd with 25 points. This will change in the final Lamma race Nov 29 as more points are up for grabs due to the difficulty of the 5 hour course to determine who will win the Pacific Coffee Cup.
More information on the series can be found at www.actionasiaevents.com.
The series could not happen without Bolle, Fox Shox, GP ReCyko and Pacific Coffee.
Also supporting are:
Bolle – Official Eyewear
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Pacific Coffee – Official Coffee Shop
Action Asia Magazine – Official magazine
Champion System – Official Apparel
Kona – Supported by
Gatorade – Official Sport Drink
Flying Ball – Supported by
Bell – Supported by
RC Outfitters – Supported by
Meko – Official Water
OLN – Legal partner
ProGold Lubricants – Supported by
Tung Chung MTB Shop – Supported by
Pure Blonde – Official beer
St Johns – Supported by
Sanyo – Official dual camera provider
Quality Health Care – Official physio
Action Asia Foundation – Official Charity