The Fat Tyre Flyers' XCO Race and Hill Climb Eliminator has been run and won! 39 Riders in 5 categories set out at short intervals to race on the trails around the GWS Anderson Scout Camp and the adjoining Beaconsfield Nature Reserve. The course started out a little slippery from some overnight rain, but improved quickly as the race progressed.
In A Grade, Duncan Murray finished just 7 seconds ahead of Bret Murray, with Ben Walkerden coming third. B Grade saw an exciting sprint finish between Corey Davies and Max Fish, with Corey taking the honours and veteran rider Mark Mex showing age is no barrier to finish third. Corey overcame a broken chain on the last lap which makes his effort even more special! It's also worth mentioning that Amity McSwan finished 10th in B grade, a stellar effort against the guys. C Grade had Jack Booth winning by a large margin over Adam Merange and Oliver Beaumont. Jack might have trouble trying to enter C grade again (wink wink). Caroline Jackson rode three very consistent laps to win the Womens' grade, with an ever smiling Luisa Orta finishing second. In the Single Speed Category, John Wright took the win ahead of Mark Geary and Shaun Henchley. Aaron Mattison was leading the SS cat, until a loose EBB slowed him.
After the race presentations, we held the inaugural FTF Hill Climb Eliminator event. Duncan and Connor Rose selected an awesome uphill track with some overtaking opportunities and 8 riders ripped their lungs out and tore their legs off striving to get through to the final. Duncan Murray took the win ahead of Jack Booth and Mark Geary, in an event which is sure to become a favourite (for the spectators at least!). Cow bells will be mandatory next time.
Thanks must go out to GWS Anderson Scout Camp leaders Rob Armstrong and Graham Rose and the scouts, Geoff Lockwood from Cardinia Environment Coalition for use of the Beaconsfield Nature Reserve again, Ray Hart from Dirt Riders for saving my butt and helping to set up timing and all the volunteers for their dedicated efforts at short notice. Also a huge thanks to all the riders who supported our event. We hope to see you all again next year!
Photo (courtesy of Ray Coleman): Duncan Murray powering his way to victory.