Pain of bike fest’s enduro


Cooper rode himself into the ground in the inaugural slog around Ben Lomond Forest last Saturday and crashed out with an hour left of the event.

It all started with a punctured tyre early on the first lap – which meant Cooper ran 45 minutes back to the pit and “just emptied the tank a wee bit too much on the run”.

“It was a rough start to the day and it just got worse.”

Cooper had to file down the rim to refit his tyre and then exhausted himself trying to make up for lost time.
“I gave it everything, dehydrated myself and the body didn’t like it.”

He “up-chucked” on his fourth lap and fell asleep on the ground in the pit, leaving his The Skid Kings teammate Staf Whitfield to carry the mantle.

“I came in from the lap I had spewed on and I was just done. I had

Queenstown biker Graeme Cooper was so pooped during the epic six-hour Super D race he literally slept where he stopped.

nothing left in the tank. Just mentally and physically broken.”

The Skid Kings clocked up nine laps between them – finishing last in the men’s pairs.

“It’s always the goal – don’t finish last – but it just happened to work out that way.”

Cooper’s sitting out this weekend’s DirtMasters Downhill – also part of the first 10-day Queenstown Bike Festival – but will try his luck in the mammoth Megavalanche downhill event in France this July.