NEW England mountain bikers are celebrating worldly success.
The Armidale-based mountain bike club (NEMTB) had five of its small club riding at the World 24 Hour in Canberra on the weekend and now has two world champions – Sean Bekkers and Holly Harris – to add to its three Australian champions.
“Yesterday was a great day for our local club, New England Mountain Bikers (NEMTB),” club publicity officer Steve Chapman reported to The Leader.
He also sent an extract from the club’s facebook page that read:
“Today saw an amazing moment in a MTB club’s history. We had five club members travel to Canberra to compete in the 24hr World Championships. They were lead by Sean Bekkers and Greg Manttan who had both put in considerable time into preparation and were ready to take on the world’s best. The day finally came and the NEMTB members performed unbelievably with two new world champions. Sean and Holly managed to win their categories, Kirby came second, Greg fought hard in a tough age group in only his second 24 and came fifth, and Mick Norris rode a single speed ... what was he thinking.
“So in addition to our three Australian champions, we now have two world champions and some battle-hardened 24hr racers. Congratulations to all those involved including supporters feeders and riders.”
Dave Harris is the NEMTB vice president and club coach and he was delighted and excited by the efforts of the five club members.
“It was just awesome,” Haris said yesterday.
To have two world champions is a huge thrill for the club, he said.
Sean works in Tamworth but is a member here. He won the 30-24 age group and was 10th overall,” Harris said.
“That was an outstanding effort.
“Holly won the Under 23 women,” he said of his talented daughter who is an Australian Under 19 champion.
“Kirby Knowles also finished second in her 23-29 age group and Greg Manttan was fifth in his Under 23 men’s age group – that was a pretty hot age group.”