Mountain Bike Australia’s Schools Championship: TAS senior boys relay team win gold

SPEED DEMON: TAS's Duncan Chalmers in action in the Year 11/12 XCO race.
SPEED DEMON: TAS's Duncan Chalmers in action in the Year 11/12 XCO race.

A gold medal performance from the senior boys relay team was the highlight of the 10 TAS riders who competed in Mountain Bike Australia’s Schools Championships at the Gold Coast.

Duncan Chalmers, Hamish Chalmers, Archie Chick and Marcus Worth (Great Lakes College but riding for TAS) completed 11 laps of the Year 11/12 boys XC Enduro course (6km) in 4:21:55, and were the first full school team to complete the challenging event.

In the Year 9/10 division, Archi Lawrence, Jack Sewell and Josh Armstrong’s team placed 14th while Jack Armstrong, Riley Simmons, Toby McMaster and Angus Goudge’s team placed 20th.

“Part of the track was used for the national titles last year, which we had all ridden at, so our who team was familiar with that section which helped,” Chalmers said.

The TAS team at the Mountain Bike Australia Schools Championships (L to R): Richard Newton, Toby McMaster, Riley Simmons, Josh Armstrong, Jack Sewell, Jack Armstrong, Angus Goudge (holding bike), Duncan Chalmers, Hamish Chalmers, Archi Lawrence, Marcus Worth (Great Lakes College), Archie Chick and Jo Benham.

The TAS team at the Mountain Bike Australia Schools Championships (L to R): Richard Newton, Toby McMaster, Riley Simmons, Josh Armstrong, Jack Sewell, Jack Armstrong, Angus Goudge (holding bike), Duncan Chalmers, Hamish Chalmers, Archi Lawrence, Marcus Worth (Great Lakes College), Archie Chick and Jo Benham.

“There were a lot of quick riders there from the national series, so that made for some quality competition.”

Individually, Riley Simmons and Hamish Chalmers placed fifth and sixth respectively in the Year 9/10 observed trials (OT) from 102 participants. 

Marcus Worth placed sixth and Archie Chick 20th in the Year 9/10 boys cross-country Olympic style (XCO), Archie Chick placed 12th in observed trials (OT) and 20th in XCO, and in the Year 11/12 men’s division Duncan Chalmers placed 14th in the XCO.

Sixty-six schools, represented by around 260 students, took part in the championships.

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Overall, TAS placed seventh of the 66 schools.

Meanwhile, former TAS students Michael Harris and Brent Rees were named in the six-man under-23 Australian cross-country team to compete at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Leznerheide, Switzerland, from September 5-9.