New Zealand - One week before this year’s opening UCI World Cup in South Africa, Felt ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC pro Paul van Der Ploeg claimed the bronze medal in Oceanic Cross Country MTB Championships at Whakarewarewa Forest, New Zealand.
Fresh off his gold and silver at the Aussie National Championships the week before, Paul went into the Oceana event with his fitness level high and his legs underneath him. Unfortunately, an untimely late crash cost him what might have been the win, but he rallied for 3rd place - an impressive result nonetheless.
XC Oceanic Championships / Pro Elite
1 Daniel McConnell (Australia) 1:32:33
2 Lachlan Norris (Australia) 0:01:05
3 Paul van der Ploeg (Australia) 0:02:58