Perfect Spring weather greeted the competitors in the Spring 3hr mountain bike race that took place on Saturday at Rydal, hosted by the Central Tablelands Mountain Bike club and supported by Centennial Coal.
Many of the riders made the most of the conditions by turning up early and taking in the sight of the daffodil festival and grabbing a quick coffee before the action got underway.
The format for the 3hr series is quite simple, do as many laps of the 8km trail as possible in the 3hr time limit.
Competitor can ride solo or as a team of two, accumulating laps between them.
Bathurst’s Jarrod Bell signalled his intentions early sprinting off the start and getting the early lead and building on it as the race progress. Riding off the front even with a massive lead he showed no signs of easing up and by race end he had managed to lap the entire field, including the best of the team entries.
Bell took the win with 8 laps ahead of Blair Windsor and Zach Baker, both on 6 laps.
It was slightly closer racing in the Over 40s with Paul Whitfeld taking the early lead and having a good battle with Peter Beggs and Garry Dukes. In the end all 3 ended up with 7 laps but it was Beggs who crossed the line first with Whitfeld second and Dukes third.
Two juniors took on the challenge of racing solo with Bryson Dukes getting the win with 3 laps ahead of a very young Samantha Larsen.
The Male Pair provided some of the closest racing of the day with the top 3 teams all of 7 laps and finishing with in minutes of each other.
The ironically names “Losers” team of Phil Lyon and ben Fitzgerald took the win just 18 seconds clear of “Rambo”, Damien Alder and Matt Robinson. With “G Form” in 3rd.
The female pairing of Jo McCallum and Naomi Whitfeld managed a very respectable 5 laps.
While in the mixed pairs it was another close one with all teams finishing with 6laps.
The series leading “Southside Mafia” pairing of Matt Padula and Venessa Brusic suffered a blow when the clutch mechanism in Matt’s rear disintegrated half way around the first lap, forcing him to run back to transition and swap out his wheel for that of his daughters, complete with spokie dokies. They managed to over come that set back and claw their way back into 2nd place behind “What was I Thinking” Mark and Toireasa Gallagher with “Jones” Dave and Angela Jones, in 3rd.
The forth and final round of the series “Summer” will be a double header on the 6th and 7th of December. All riders welcome.
The club now moves its attention to hosting round #3 of the state Downhill series this weekend in Sheedys Gully, Lithgow.
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