Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Business as usual for Chris Birch

Business as usual for Chris Birch


It was business as usual for Auckland’s Chris Birch at the weekend.

Just a few days into 2014 and the reigning New Zealand Enduro Champion was already making good his New Year resolution to “keep myself on the podium”, the 33-year-old KTM ace enjoying back-to-back victories at Whangaruru, north of Whangarei, at the weekend.

Birch took his KTM 300 EXC to dominate the Crazy Cross enduro-cross event at The Farm, at Whangaruru, on Friday and then backed that up with another runaway win at the same venue the following day, this time racing to the top of the podium at the Root 100 extreme enduro.

Runner-up at both events was Kaikohe rider Mitchell Nield (Yamaha YZ125), with Pakuranga rider Jonathan Hill taking his KTM 250 XCF to third overall on Friday and Papakura’s Phillip Cheater riding his KTM 300 EXC to third position at Saturday’s event.

“This is sort of an off-season period for me, but the work never stops – there are always bikes to prepare, coaching to arrange and trying to fit in some cycling as well – but this was a great way to start the year,” said Birch.

“The Root 100 was way harder than I thought it would be ... it was really gruelling.

“It certainly wasn’t part of my summer holiday plan to do something as tough as this. I completely underestimated it.

“I have a pretty busy time coming up now before the nationals begin and I’m heading to Singapore this week to conduct some coaching schools over there. There’s lots of cool stuff coming up for me actually ... mostly involving me coaching, but that’s always good for my build-up for competition anyway. Any time spent riding the bike is good time.”

The six-round KTM New Zealand Enduro Championships, and Birch’s national title defence, are set to kick off at Whangamata on February 22, with rounds to follow at Wellington, the Riverhead Forest, Christchurch, Oparau and, finally, the series wraps up at Waimiha on May 10.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news