Paul Rohner

Paul Rohner

Riders solid at first B.C. Downhill Cup Race

Williams Lake mountain biker Paul Rohner is making a name for himself in the biking world.

Williams Lake mountain biker Paul Rohner is making a name for himself in the biking world.

Rohner, 15, placed first two weekends ago at the Unicorn 5000 DH Race at Harper Mountain near Kamloops.

Rohner was racing in the men’s under-17 division and finished the race in a time of four minutes and 54.17 seconds.

He also recorded the third-fastest time of the day crossing the finish line within just 5.5 seconds of the winning time.

One hundred and five riders took part in the event, travelling from around B.C. and Alberta to attend.

Rohner and six other local mountain bikers raced during the weekend on June 1 in Kamloops for the first B.C. Downhill Cup Race of the season.

Cory Brunelle finished 19th in a time of two minutes and 9.78 seconds in the men’s elite class — the quickest of the local riders.

In the 30-plus men’s division Tim Seaward raced to a third-place finish in two minutes and 52.13 seconds while Wes Wiebe finished fifth in three minutes and 9.19 seconds.

In the under-15 class Mason Seaword reached the podium in second place with a time of two minutes and 28.23 seconds.

Josh Wiebe, in the under-17 category, took 25th in two minutes and 36.92 seconds while Matthew Green was 29th in two minutes and 42.17 seconds.

Meanwhile, competing in the junior men’s 17- and 18-year-old division, Sandy Thompson claimed 12th in two minutes and 16.46 seconds.

Rohner captured fourth in the 16-year-old class with a time of two minutes and 14.58 seconds — six seconds behind the winning time in all the 15- and 16-year-old categories.