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Mt Hutt and Methven continue to offer more and more summer activitied to complement the winter snow season.

Christchurch mountainbiker Sam Blenkinsop secured his first big win since breaking his leg 12 months ago, in round two of the BikeNZ Downhill Mountain Bike Cup series on Mt Hutt in January 2013.

Blenkinsop, 24, beat out a strong international field, including riders from the United States, Britain, Japan, Canada, France and New Zealand, to win in a time of 2:28.21.

"It's good to be riding again in New Zealand," Blenkinsop said.

"I always seem to be injured and miss out on races here, so it's good to be back and it's always fun."

Blenkinsop, who broke his leg last January, has struggled to regain his best form. However, the Whanganui-born rider made a big move in the right direction with yesterday's win.

"It took a while to get my strength back in the leg. I had some good results in some smaller races overseas but, otherwise, I struggled a bit last year, having come into that season unfit from the injury and we had a few mechanical problems as well, but I feel good coming into this season."

Neko Mulally (US) recorded the second-fastest time on the Mt Hutt circuit, with pre-race favourite Cam Cole (Christchurch) third.

In the elite women's race, British rider Jess Stone produced her second winning ride in as many weeks to firmly hold the overall series lead.

Stone, 22, who is enjoying her overseas adventure in New Zealand, won in 3:03.29.

She held out Alanna Columb (Queenstown) and Sophie Tyas (Christchurch).

"I didn't really expect to get two wins first up but it's been great fun and I'm really pleased so far," she said.

The Downhill MTB Cup series moves to the North Island for round three from February 2-3 in Levin, Manawatu.

Mt Hutt and Methven continue to offer more and more summer activitied to complement the winter snow season.

· Ski lessons from $85.

The Methven Mt Hutt ‘Kids 4 Free’ campaign is on again in 2013. We offer a ’10 and under’ ski free deal for youngsters, part of a resort-wide community promotion that will see kids 10 and under stay, eat and ski for free for the entire winter season.