EYC rider Yoeun Phyuth on Sunday captured his second successive Elite A1 class race victory in the 2014 Smart Cambodia MTB Series, beating Flying Bikes cyclist Nhonh Lenh by just under 13 seconds over the sun-baked jumps of the Prek Leap track and surrounding trails.
18-year-old Phyuth, an engineering student and member of the national cycling team, completed seven laps of the 3km course in a top time of 57 minutes and 1.05 seconds.
The leading bunch of riders stayed close throughout the race with Phyuth dropping down to fourth in the middle section. However, the young rider dug deep to produce a storming final lap to take the tape by some distance and extend his lead in this year’s edition of the annual mountain biking series.
Hong Chanmakara of Flying Bikes added to his second from the Silk Island round on May 6 with a third place on Sunday.
Meanwhile, female biking ace Heng Sivlang of Flying Bikes sensationally triumphed in a male-dominated field of the A2 Expert class for over 30-year-olds. Team-mate Eng Lin was edged into second by just 2.6 seconds, with Arnaud Demarti in third.
Flying Bikes were honoured again through Sang Seyha, who comfortably won the B1 Intermediate (18-29) division over Elevate Cycling Team’s Yura Kim and Mekong Cycling Team’s Pot Sareth.
Le Chanthorn, however, topped the podium in the B2 (30 and over) event for Mekong Cycling Team, with MDK Adventures’ Antonio Maling and Flying Bikes’ Ngem Samnang coming home next respectively.
The C1 Novices race for 14 to 18-year-olds was completely dominated by the Elevate Cycling Team, who claimed the first four finishers. Lok Rasmey Hout was first, ahead of Chea Kheang Soun and Sov Polrithysak.
Mekong Cycling Team struck another gold in the C2 (19-35) section, with Sam Boren crossing the line just five seconds faster than Chhun Sengchheng. Youngster Davit Mao of Elevate Cycling Team was a further two minutes back in third.
Campinoy scored a 1-2 in the C3 (36 and over) class with Melvin Baroga beating team-mate Regie Japitana by four seconds, and Kelvin Ng close behind for third.
Heng Sivlang’s sister Heng Sivgech was also in winning mood when she clinched the Women’s race title ahead of Flying Bikes comrades Pen Sokly and Vong Soukheng.
The Kids class was bested by 13-year-old Suy Meng Heng of Flying Bikes, with “Local Boys” filling out the podium according to official competition results released online.
The third of five rounds of the 2014 Smart Cambodia MTB Series is slated for Yoeun Phyuth’s home province of Kampong Speu on August 3.