A 7km course was laid out which saw riders using a new connecting trail from the bottom of Barking Spiders through Mosquito Coast to the G-out bridge (hope that made sense!!) which cut out the longer sections of double track and made it a tighter course overall. There were also a couple of nice new lines along the creek run - thank you to the busy trail workers.
There was no mucking about in men’s A Grade with Geoff Gilchrist and Nicholas Godfrey cracking the 17 minute mark on the first lap. Geoff pulled away halfway through the race to take the win while Nick held out Pete Marshall by half a wheel in a sprint for second. There was also a sprint finish between Liam Warburton (sorry results say Jake Bromley??) and Ian Porteous for fourth place with Liam just edging out Ian.
There was also some close racing in ladies A Grade with Jaye Gilchrist taking the win from Rowena Stockton who went on to do an extra lap just for the hell of it. Demolishing kitchens as cross training has paid dividends for Helen Parkes as she finished only 2mins behind the winner and just ahead of Shona Walker who was fourth. Sue Webber was the only taker for ladies B Grade and put in two fast laps that would have seen her at the top end of A Grade.
Charile Watson seems to be getting faster with each race and took out men’s B Grade with Aaron Virieux within sight down the finishing straight for second place. Third and fourth was a real tussle between Richard Lehnert and Dave Brommel with Richard stronger on the open hills and Dave being quicker through the single track. This time though, Richard pulled away up the finishing straight to take out 3rd place in B Grade.
Rob McDowell took out men’s C Grade in a very respectable 1hr 19mins whilst Ryan Gilchrist smashed out a quick two laps in D Grade, but for some reason is missing from the timing results – sorry Ryan, it looks like you’re going to have to go back out for another two laps!
Thank you to Beth Richards for doing the timing, chefs Andrew Watson and Ryan Gilchrist for cooking the BBQ and the Chicken Butchery at Toormina & Palms Centre for providing the sensational chicken snags.
A request to all riders though is that you must show your MTBA licence (or printout of it from the MTBA site) at rego. For all new riders, if you wish to join MTBA, you can join and get a race licence HERE which will save you having to pay that pesky $20 day rider insurance fee each race. It lasts for 12months from the day you join and can be used at any MTBA sanctioned event which covers about 90% of MTB races in Australia.
Thank you to all riders for a great day on the bike. Don’t forget there will be a Christmas MTB teams race on Sunday 4th of December at Cows with Guns so you better get your sleds ready. The Nambucca club is also holding a 3hr enduro (solo or two person teams) at Jack’s Ridge next Sunday 13th of November.
Attached bellow are the results