Armidale mountain bikers lift the pace on dry track

THE MOUNTAIN bike track at Sport UNE was dry, dusty and fast on Monday afternoon for the New England Mountain Bikers (NEMTB) second race in the Summer Series.

Club publicity officer Stephen Chapman said there was “another great turnout” for the Monday race with more than 50 riders competing against the clock and each other for the second week in a row in the Summer Series.

“In this series, riders complete as many laps as possible in 35 minutes,” Chapman said.

In the first race the full track Dirtmasters division was won by Harry Wooster who rode around the 5km track in a time of 21mins 25secs.

 The short course race was won by Lilly Roff from Sarah Harris and Jessie Wilson. 

The open women’s race was a hard-fought affair, with three riders crossing the line almost together after two laps of just over 16mins each. 

Sonya Wrenford-Mobbs was first, just in front of Emily Wooster and Bella Hosking.

 In the Under 15 race, the girls’ section was won by Jorjie Ledingham while the boys was won by a flying Lawson Fittler.

“The second race saw some exciting lap times that shows clearly how the quality of local riding is continuing to rise,” Chapman said.

The elite women’s race was won by Holly Harris who completed three laps in a time of 43mins 7secs. 

She was followed by Katherine Hosking who stopped the clock at 45mins 21secs for her  three laps.

“Holly and Katherine look in great shape as they prepare for the national championships early in March where they will attempt to defend their national titles won last year,” Chapman said. 

“There was massive line-up in the men’s open race and 16- year-old Michael Harris showed yet again that he is the fastest mountain bike  racer in the region.” 

Harris completed three laps in a time of 40min 29sec.

 His second lap of 13mins 20secs was a new lap record for the 5k Sport UNE track. 

Second was Dave Harris (three laps in 40 min 58 sec) closely followed by Andrew Whitehill and Jack Feltham.

This Monday’s third summer series race is on the Pine Forest, starting near the second gate when travelling out from Armidale. 

Race 1 starts at 5.30 pm (for juniors and open women) with race 2 starting at 6.15 pm (for elite women and open men).

 Rego needs to be competed by 15 minutes prior to the start. 

* Check out the webpage www.nemtb.com.au of facebook for more information.

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