Mountain bikers go down to the wire

A graders Jo-Ann Crane and Ria Johansen pushing hard with B grader Brandon Shore catching a tow in the slip stream.

Once again predicted heavy rain played havoc with the Cycle Tumbarumba Strava course setters’ plans for the final round. 

The planned full loop of the Masons Hill single track had to be abandoned in favour of a five-lap sprint format around ‘Where’s Bluey‘. “With so much rain over the last few weeks there’s sections that are still very muddy, so we had to give them time to dry out”, Cycle Tumbarumba spokesman David Evans said. 

With all grades going down to the wire, many riders set out doing their laps early in the week trying to get the jump on others. The short course proved to be fun with a combination of tight turns, fast short straights and big berms keeping riders busy. 

“I found the course technical, pushing hard whilst trying to maintain the perfect line lap after lap to stay consistent, I really liked flowing through the berms,” Kelly Evans said.

A grader and Cycle Tumbarumba president Peter Marshall had a shocker, only realising he forgot to turn Strava on after completing his flying laps. Peter came fighting back to finish fourth, edging out Kelvyn Bettridge by one second. Ria Johansen, Chris McIntyre and James Davies battled it out for the top positions, with James finishing eight seconds in front of Ria, with Chris another 15 seconds back. 

In B grade, Gus McEachern maintained his overall lead with a time that placed him seventh overall. 

The hard riding females of C grade kept swapping fastest times throughout the week. Helle Southwell managed to hold out Brigid Rhynehart, Kelly Evans and Heather Johansen for the win, with only one minute separating the four riders. 

Beginner Sarah Nurthen had numerous attempts but couldn’t better her first attempt set early in the week. Damian Shore, Anna McEachern and Jac Wright kept chipping away at Sarah’s time, however couldn’t quite match it by weeks end. 

“I really enjoyed the series and the variety of tracks available in Tumbarumba is great, it gave me motivation to get out every week, now I’m hooked on mountain biking,” Damian Shore said. 

Cycle Tumbarumba would like to thank all riders for participating and hopes they enjoyed the series. Now it’s time for social rides as the days get longer and warmer, then next on the agenda is the popular Wednesday night summer series with dates to be advertised on the Cycle Tumbarumba Facebook page soon.