Anton Cooper and Cam Cole tackle Mt Fyffe

Words by Derek Morrison | Images by Derek Morrison

What happens when you take one professional XC rider and one professional downhill rider and send them up a mountain above Kaikoura, New Zealand?

We weren’t sure either, but that is exactly what we did in December with current Junior World XC Champion Anton Cooper and 2006 Junior World Downhill Champion Cam Cole.

Descent

Anton Cooper, Martin Frey, Darryn Henderson and Cam Cole race down from the summit of Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

To make conditions even more volatile we threw in five-time New Zealand downhill champion – turned business professional – Darryn Henderson. He is 47 these days, but still has the mental aptitude of a teenager the instant he touches a mountain bike.

Martin Frey joins the, aghhh, this is awkward … fray. He’s a German XC racer visiting New Zealand to learn some tricks off Anton or at least devise some ways to poison him.

Mt Fyffe is 1600m tall and rises straight above the Kaikoura coast. It’s a hell of a climb, but the descent is oh so creamy.

If you think there will be blood then you’re right. There is blood and lots of it.

Cooper

Anton Cooper (just days before his Cannondale Factory Racing announcement) near the summit of Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Mt Fyffe

Anton Cooper, Martin Frey, Darryn Henderson and Cam Cole on the summit of Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

The summit

The summit of Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Darryn Henderson

Darryn Henderson climbs a technical section on Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Summit

Anton Cooper, Martin Frey, Darryn Henderson and Cam Cole on the summit of Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

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