Smith Wins by Three Seconds
Last Saturday saw 39 riders take on the Baynton Power Poles course in round two of the 2012 Scott Cycles Mountain Bike Series.
A warm, calm afternoon was about to be disrupted as the riders set off in a cloud of dust, trying to find an ideal amount of racing room and settle into a good pace.
In Elite (six laps) four riders went lap for lap with a gap of only eight seconds.
Mark Smith snatched the lead on the last lap from Darryl Collins to win by three seconds in 40:30.
A duel for third between Troy Atkinson and Tristan Wood-Hill saw Troy have an involuntary dismount 300m from the finish and Roman Raudonikis sneak through to finish in third in 42:42.
In Expert (five laps) Jim Macleod took a comfortable win (36:44) against a battered and injured Andries Van der Walt (37:15) and third went to Trevor Phelps (37:48) who is showing some real speed after a DNF in the first race, having jumped up a class since last season.
Aaron Day (30:08) held off a strong attack from Toby Muller (30:18) who has moved up to the Sport class (four laps) away from Junior and is enjoying the free time away from BMX.
Mathew Oronce, (31:33) also an ex-junior, finished third and these guys will be looking for wins this year.
A good class of Ladies (four laps) have taken to the hills and are settling in.
Sally Smith (32:03) took a comfortable win from Tania Neeson (36:27) and Mikayla Smith, who is another moving up from Juniors, finishing third (39:45).
In the Junior class (two laps) Jarrad Pickford (19:19) took the win with William Gethin (21:24) in second and Lachlan Pickford in third with a (28:56).
The six-hour race for 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, June 23.
The date is fast approaching, so get your team together for the race.
This year sees the introduction of a new course without the big hill, so make sure you’re there to try it.
With the party atmosphere and team riding it is the one event of the year that you do not want to miss.
Full race results from this round and directions for the next race on the Hidden Valley short course on May 26 are available on the club website at http://home.spin.net.au/burrupmb.