- Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 18:53
NSW Schools team members Toby Wilson, Alastair and Rebecca George and Tom Kennedy were among the 10-pointers as the last round of MetrO League ventured onto a new ML map at Beacon Hill.
Sydney Summer Series regulars accustomed to simple street and park running have found the dozens of MTB tracks around the 'Clay Pan' at Red Hill totally confusing the past two seasons, and Sunday resulted in many long times - even among bush veterans.
The thick bush made it impossible to see between the tracks which made it a true navigational challenge.
But it wasn't all fleet-afoot for Gen Y - the GO Legless team (Divn 5 champions last year) went down in Division 4 and thus missed the chance to go back to back.
There was plenty of drama too - Graeme Hill (father of Stinger Andy) filled in for WHO in Division 1. His 2 points, coupled with Big Foot being one runner short, meant a 27-27 tie - giving WHO a spot in the final against the Feet at the expense of the fast-finishing Garingal Goannas who thrashed UR-CC 36-19. It was the first point Big Foot have dropped in many years.
In Division 2 Big Foot downed the GO Dragons 30-25 to ensure a rematch in the final and knock SHOO out of contention.
In Division 3 IKO had a comfortable 32-23 win over the GO Molochs to book their place in the decider against the previously unbeaten WHO, who fielded only two runners against Big Foot. IKO filled their last spot in the team with Yelina Filippova, mother of lead runner Natalya. Yelina took almost two hours to finish her course. Russian - yes, rushin' - nyet! Welcome to Australia, Yelina.
Bennelong will go into the Division 4 and 5 finals as strong favourites after completing the rounds with 5 straight wins each. They'll take on the GO Monitors in Divn 4 and SHOO in Divn 5.
The finals, at Cecil Hills on Sun Aug 31, are:
Divn 1: Big Foot v WHO
Divn 2: GO Dragons v Big Foot
Divn 3: IKO v WHO
Divn 4: Bennelong v GO Monitors
Divn 5: Bennelong v SHOO
In the race for the individual medals, Andy Hill (WHO) has Divn 1 in the bag after his fifth straight 10-pointer. In Divn 2 only Doug Jay (33) can deny SHOO team-mate Angus Shedden (38) the medal. In Divn 3 the only threat to Alex Karavaev (IKO, 46) is WHO's Daniel Smith (42). Garingal duo Tania Kennedy and Lewis Redner are tied on 44 points in Divn 4; both would need to mp in the final for Belinda Kinneally (WHO) to make it a 3-way 'Brownlow'. In Divn 5 Samuel Tsang (BN, 37) has several rivals close behind.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:53
The Australian team has continued its fantastic start to the junior world championships in Bulgaria.
Day 2 (Long) - Michele Dawson (Garingal) was the leading Australian woman in 58th - 70 places better than last year. Nicola Blatchford (Newcastle) was 105th. Conditions underfoot were very wet following heavy rain during the sprint the previous day. Again it was the young Aussie men who produced outstanding performances for the second day in a row with two runners in the top 20 for the first time.
Day 1 (Sprint) - three of the Aussie men finished in the top 30 of the sprint race - to put that in perspective only Finland, Sweden and Switzerland did better than Australia. Gold went to Kiwi Tim Robertson ! NSW representatives Nicola (90th) and Michele (113th) found the going tough in the rain in the women's race.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:07
This year's NSW MTBO championships will be held from August 9-10 on Dungog Common, a fantastic area dedicated to mountain biking and bushwalking.
Organiser Greg Bacon reports: "There are over 200 acres of land with approximately 20km of mountain bike and 4x4 tracks. The area has been used for State MTB endurance races over the last couple of seasons. A full description of the courses is available on the bulletin posted on Eventor.
The sprint events will be determined by the overall time of the two separate sprints conducted on the day. Course 5 will be the second sprint for all classes, the action will be fast and furious with the open areas giving a good view of the competitors as they tackle the courses.
The long distance events will cover most of the tracks on the common with the courses laid out to make the best of the single tracks. Most courses will have around 300m of climbing on easy riding zigzag trails around the hills.
The common has large areas of open land and some lightly wooded areas. The open land will allow for some
interesting route choices although the tracks are still the fastest way around the course.
It is a long way to travel for the events so we hope that by having the double sprint and a fun and challenging long distance event that we can entice a few inter state competitors. There will be a juniors/novice course on both days. If you have entered, your children ride for free.
There is camping available at Dungog Showground on the Saturday night.
Entries are now open, and close on August 3 - we hope you can join us!"