Mark Weir placed second on Saturday at the Brake Burner, a six-hour downhill race in Queenstown, New Zealand. The event was held at the Coronet Peak ski area where riders complete as many runs of the downhill course as possible in six hours. The event’s winner, Geoff Small, managed 19 runs in 5:58. Weir finished 19 laps in 6:02. Because his last lap was after the six-hour cut-off, it did not count. Team WTB rider Jiro Nakamura placed third in the event, right behind Weir.
While some athletes would head straight home pouting, Weir and Nakamura will spend another week on the South Island. The two riders will undoubtedly ride miles of epic New Zealand singletrack with Mark Dickson from KRD Imports and Caleb Smith from Spoke Magazine as their guides.