His dad said "Anything could happen Jeff".
I know this well. MTB racing is like that. Its not over til its over.
The aussie who was in the lead exploded big time and Jord hunted down the kiwi in front, Alex McGregor. Alex was having one of his best races of the year on the challenging course but wasnt able to summon up enough to keep Jord behind him. Once again, Jordan did the fastest last lap of a kiwi in any class. Okay, they only did 4 laps compared to the pro-elites 6, but I am guessing they are doing twice the training Jordan is.
Unfortunately that will be Jordans last "international" appearance as an under 19 rider. This year he will be 18, so next year he will be 19, and have to race under 23 at the MTB worlds. A very big step up. Check out Jordans story here, the full XC results here and some abbreviated results below.
It sounds like Jordan's Wellingtonian clubmate Samara Sheppard had a very similar race, with Samara catching one of her Aussie opponents on the last lap. See Samara's blog here.
U19 Men 1 Jordan Blake (New Zealand) 1.26.19 2 Alex Mcgregor (New Zealand) 0.22 3 George Bennett (New Zealand) 1.30 He's done alright eh? ! 4 Dirk Peters (New Zealand) 1.41 5 Peter Braunsteins (Australia) 3.27 6 Kieran Hambrook (New Zealand) 3.42 7 Ash Hough (New Zealand) 4.20 8 Scott Green (New Zealand) 4.49 9 Luke Fetch (Australia) 5.41 10 Patrick Avery (New Zealand) 6.11 RIP 11 David Johnston (Australia) 6.13 12 Brendan Johnston (Australia) 11.47 13 Mike Nuy (New Zealand) 11.57 14 James Peacock (Australia) 19.52