New Englanders shine in Grafton marathon

THE New England Mountain Bikers (NEMTB) teams took on all comers at the Grafton 12hr on the weekend and came off dominating in all categories. 

The event consisted of teams or individuals continually doing laps of a designated mountain bike trail for the period of 12 hours. 

This style of event is difficult at the best of times but in the face of extreme weather it becomes even more difficult. 

The event was cut short due to an electrical storm nine-and-a-half hours in.

NEMTB results started with the Altitude Bikes team of Greg Manttan, Peter Hosking and David Harris who took the lead after four laps and were never headed. 

They went on to win the open teams and the overall title for the team who completed the most laps. 

Michael Norris and Kirby Knowles both took on the course alone and managed great results. 

Knowles, on her first outing, won her category while Norris had a strong second to Sean Bekkers (another Armidale regular). 

Once again the Armidale juniors proved to be a serious force. 

The New England  team of Emily Wooster, Michael Harris, Katherine Hosking and Isabella Hosking was just pipped into second. 

As usual, they were racing against riders much older than them. 

Hosking was the second fastest female rider on the day, an extraordinary effort for a 12-year old.

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