Smith won’t be defending her Karapoti crown, but Hurst will have to watch for Nelson-based German Ingrid Richter.
Ingrid Richter isn't too bothered about skipping the third round of the Mountainbike New Zealand Cup in preference for the "painful" Coppermine.
National XC Cup 2, TeMiro
Nelson's cross country trio have collected more podium placings in the second round of the Mountainbike New Zealand Cup series, held in Cambridge on Sunday.
NMTB Club XC Series
Master 1 rider Ingrid Richter, who also enjoys the challenge of a technical downhill, was the fastest female rider, winning comfortably in 1hr 19mins ahead of senior class winner Meg Bichard.
6hr Mid-Winter Break Out
Nelson's Ingrid Richter and Andy MacDonald had a big day out on Sunday, grinding out 14 laps to win the individual sections of the Nelson Mountainbike Club's Six-Hour Mid Winter Breakout at Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park.
Nelson Sports Awards
Eighty-two of the province's leading athletes, coaches and administrators will contend for this year's top honours in eight categories to be announced on Friday
National XC Series Winner
The German-born Nelson rider rounded out the Mountainbike New Zealand Cup with a commanding victory in the senior women's cross country race in Dunedin on Saturday, her third win of the four round series.
Coppermine Epic, Nelson
Ingrid Richter and Henry Jaine have conquered the Coppermine Epic.
Richter was 14th overall but easily the quickest female on the course, clocking 2hour 35min 46.56sec.
National XC Cup 1, Rotorua
Ingrid Richter has returned to the New Zealand cross country series in fine form.
The German-born Nelson rider dominated the first round of the New Zealand Mountainbike Cup cross country series in Rotorua.
Santa Cruz Coppermine
The first woman down the circuit was Ingrid Richter, who managed to see off the challenge from New Zealand 24-hour mountain bike champion Anja McDonald to take her first win in the Coppermine Epic.
Mountain Bike World Cups
Something wasn't right.
Ingrid Richter had been in the form of her life. She had trained hard all summer and all of the previous winter.
Nelson Top Gun XC
Richter, officially entered in the masters 1 category, continued her sublime form throughout the 2015-16 summer to clock 1hour 19min 29sec, with Raewyn Morrison back in 1hour 25min 23sec.
Gibbs Hill Challenge
After finishing the first bike leg locked together, Susie Wood eased away from Ingrid Richter during the run to have a buffer of four minutes as they mounted their bikes for the final stretch.
Shoe Clinic MTB Duathlon
Series leader Pogo McAuley put in a solid 4km run to lead Ingrid Richter by five seconds as they jumped on their bikes.
National XC Cup, Nelson
Nelson's Ingrid Richter produced a well-crafted race to take second place behind Fluker, surprising several experienced athletes in the process.