NORTHERN Inland Academy of Sport’s Mountain Bike squad has made its mark at its very first race meet.
Two NIAS teams entered the first round of the recent Chocolate Foot, Singletrack Mind Series in the Kiwarrak State Forest, south of Taree.
The mixed junior team, consisting of Hugh Munday and Emily Wooster of Armidale and Dorrigo’s Fergus McQueen, finished second in the seven-hour teams event after completing 14 laps, only one lap behind the winning team.
Better was to come with the NIAS team of Armidale’s Michael Harris, Walcha’s Jack Feltham and NIAS assistant coach and current Australian Under 23 Cross Country champion Holly Harris, winning the Mixed threes category in the seven-hour event.
NIAS Mountain Bike head coach David Harris was delighted.
“I am very excited with the standard of racing,” Harris said.
“This was the first hit-out in good company and the team rode above themselves.
“We have not started serious training yet so this level of form bodes well for a strong season.
“There were plenty of things to learn from this weekend and we will be able to focus the next training camp to make best of those experiences.”
The team has a number of races scheduled throughout the year and a tough training schedule, ultimately working towards the Queensland State Championships in August and the National Championships in Bright next March.