Mountain bikers get another English lesson in the forest

THE UNE 12 Hours in the Piney has been run and won for another year. 

This year’s event saw nearly 300 riders from all over NSW and beyond take to the 15km track at the Armidale State Forest to test their skills and endurance. 

Competitors were tasked with completing as many laps of the course as possible in the 12-hour period. 

Most competed in teams of four, taking turns to ride laps. 

Others were in pairs. 

There were also a select number of dedicated competitors who did the race solo. 

The race started at 10am and finished at 10pm. This meant there was only about three hours where riders needed lights. 

The track was in brilliant condition with some rain on Friday afternoon settling the dust down  by Saturday morning.

World 24-hour mountain bike champion Jason English, from Port Macquarie, came back for the fourth year in a row to win again. 

He was the men’s solo winner, and was also the overall winner, completing 17 laps of the 15 km course in the 12 hours. 

Only one team completed the same number of laps, and they did it in a slower time. 

Andrew Lloyd from Canberra was second in the men’s solo with 16 laps.

The women’s solo winner was local rider Kirby Knowles who completed 11 laps, just ahead of Jemma Bartonwood.

Paterson’s Diane Perry also completed 11 laps to win the womens solo 40+ division. She rode a lap more than runner-up Pauline Raffaele (Tamworth).

Sawyers’ Gully’s Peter Selkrig won the men’s 40+ category with 15 laps from Port Macquarie’s Jamie Vogele.

The team who completed 17 laps were the men’s pair of Joel Harrigan and Ryley Shultz from Coffs Harbour.

The fastest laps for males and females respectively were by local brother and sister Michael Harris (37 mins) and Holly Harris (42 mins).

Holly Harris was also part of the winning mixed team of four, combining with Ben Harris, Bruce Pain and Murray Scown.

o More results in details.

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