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Mountain Bike – A hot night racing

It was a hot night for racing mountain bikes by a big field attended round #2 of the Twilight series at Rydal.

Photos and Story by Craig Flynn

Hot, dusty conditions meant riders had to fight to get tyres to grip in the corners but that is all part of the fun of racing.

Once again, Garry Dukes lead the race from start to finish completing 4 laps in just over 1hr 09 minutes. 1minute in front of Andrew Poppett in 2nd with Glen Partridge outsprinting David Hughes on the line to take 3rd.

For the women Danielle Patterson finished one lap up on Claire Wessell with Robyn Partridge in 3rd.

It was a big junior field with a few new riders trying their legs. Cooper Giles took the win in the Boys with Brian Neale in 2nd and Tom Luchetti in 3rd and Connor Byrne not far behind.

In the Junior girls Ashley Byrne was 1st with Samantha Larsen 2nd, Kayla Giles 3rd and Adelaide Larsen 4th

A strong contingent of riders also traveled up to Newcastle to compete in round 1 of the National DH series on the vicious Awaba Downhill trail.

With several seasoned world cup riders on the start list Joel Willis did extremely well to place 5th in the elite class which was taken out by former Junior World Champion Troy Brosnan

Zack Hutchison managed a top ten finish in his first attempt at stepping up to the hotly contested under 19s.

Under 17s saw Ethan Corner and Pacey Stockton finish 2nd and 3rd behind an in form Kye A’hern

Rhiannon Cheesewright took out the Masters 1 Women and Steve Coates continued his dominance over the Masters 7 Mens.

Cross country mountain bike races take place every Tuesday afternoon at the Rydal show ground. Race fee is just $5 (Women and Kids get free entry) and MTBA is offering a 2 month free trial membership to cover your insurance costs so you can try without committing to a full race licence.

More details on the club website at

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