After copping bad weather in just about every round last year the fine weather was a welcome change for the mountain bike riders at the Autumn round of the 4 Seasons 3hr series.
The entry field covered every one from fast elite riders to young beginners with the parent/child and juniors pairs categories proving very popular.
While not overly hilly the tight course at Rydal is physically demanding and 8 laps in the loose and dusty conditions is good going indeed.
Western Sydney rider Brian “Big Dog” Price took the overall win and the solo male categories completing his 8 laps in 3hrs 03min.
Elise Burris gave the guys a run for their money just 1 lap back on 7 laps in 3hrs 29mins to take out the solo female category with Liza Tomczyk in 2nd place.
The over 40s was another hard fought division with the top 3 again all on 8 laps and not far off the open pace.
Peter Beggs took the win 3hrs 13min ahead of Garry Dukes who recovered from mechanical issues earlier in the day to claw his way back into 2nd in 3hr 19min with and scrapped and dust Michael Kable in 3rd 3hr 22min.
Stephen Tomczyk again spurned the use of gears and pedalled his way to a win in the single speed category in a time that gave him 3nd over all. 8 Laps in 3hrs 8mins.
Two of our youngest riders, Lilly Kable and Ashliegh Byrne took on the course as solo riders and each managed to complete 2 laps with Lilly taking the win in 2hr 50min and Ashliegh 3hr 2 mins.
The mixed pairs division has been dominated in the past by Venesa Busic and Matt Padula and this was no exception with the pair completing 7 laps between them and just missing the cut off mark to be able to start their 8th lap.
The Male pairing of Richard Campbell and Kevin Bell lived up to their team name of Never Say Die and were the only team to finish on the lead lap doing 8 between them in 3hrs 15min.
The parent child option was very popular and the Bathurst team of Phil and Sam Egan managed 6 laps to take the win in 3hr 21 min. Peter and Ewan Rodgers got bonus points for coolest team name “Charlie Skidz and Bernie Hops” and completed 5 laps in 2hrs 55mins.
As usual CTMBC would like to thank all our volunteers and riders who make these little events so much fun.
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Our next big event at Rydal is the Sheep Station Fiddy K on the 26th of April followed by the Rock n Road, a road bike/mountain bike duathlon hosted by our Friends at Wild Horizons on the 17th of May