Looming clouds and threatening thunder had race numbers a little reserved last week but for those who dared to defy the weather app, a taster of some of the new trails to be featured in our May 5th 5hr/8hr Regional Australia Bank Mountain bike race was on the menu.
The afternoon's racing started with the Dirtmaster crew who were released on the Fenceline loop.
A fast descent with a few kickers for free air opportunity keeps this race loop in our series so our Dirtmasters have built up enough skills to keep the rubber side down.
With only a few rounds left in this season's Twilight race series it will be interesting to see how the top positions are lining up?
Congratulations to Dirty B lady Eliza O'Conor for topping the podium, Max MacDonald won the Dirty B boys with five laps, Toby Wright second and Alex Arndell third.
The Dirty A lads was won by Liam Marsh with Harry Arndell close on his heels in second.
The Elite men was won by Ben Clark with young Justin Roberts six seconds back in second and brother Stevie in third. Short on friends this week Alyssa Rogan won the female Elite division.
A grade riders Peter Thistle and Steve Mair had the race face on riding times similar to those in the Elite field for first and second respectively. Marty Siddons was only 90 seconds back in third.
Terry Balla threw down the gauntlet to the the B grade boys and made Nathan Sharples eat a fair share of dust until the seasoned racer made his move to take first.
Terry was feeling the burn of his early assault and was pipped at the post by 11 seconds by Ben Bowman who claimed second.
Lachie Butters was on fire and took out the C grade line honours with Lisa Roberts second overall (but first female) and Kev McIntyre in third. Young NIAS rider Sophia Butler was the second lady over the line.
The Junior Elite riders was one of the closest races of the night with the three boys Jock Barwick, Ben Shaw and Kal Blair all within metres of each other for the entire race.
Ben Shaw's fitness has lifted clocking up almost 40km at a recent away race and this week he was only five sec back from Jock to take second place.
Kal Blair was in third, while Eliza Shaw took out the female Junior Elites.