The Wellington rider Samara Sheppard produced an outstanding performance to finish fourth in the under-23 elite crosscountry race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Czech Republic today.
Sheppard started conservatively before powering home in fourth, only 2min 27sec behind the winner, her fellow Wheeler IXS Pro teammate Jolanda Neff of Switzerland.
The performance lifted her to 11th overall in the World Cup standings after three rounds.
Fellow kiwis Dirk Peters and Sam Shaw, both of Rotorua, finished 14th and 54th respectively in the under-23 men's race.
New Zealand's Karen Hanlen and Rosara Joseph compete in the elite women's race tomorrow.