22 Jan MTBA National XC Series
The scorching sun, sweltering conditions and the 2018 Commonwealth Games MTB course welcomed riders to the MTBA national rounds 3 and 4 in Nerang Queensland.
Those battling it out were challenged beyond their max, contending with 40 degree heat and hardcore racing on the first operational trial of the Commonwealth games course.
Brutal was on the lips of all riders, officials and spectators!
Saturday, Round 3, saw Samara Sheppard (NZL) taking the Elite women’s win more than four minutes ahead of Australian Champion Rebecca McConnell (ACT) and Holly Harris (ACT). Round 4 saw Samara yet again dominate with Kate Fluker (NZL) and Eliza Smyth (ACT) rounding out the podium.
While Anton Cooper (NZL) also took the win with Daniel McConnell (ACT) and Tasman Nankervis (ACT) on the podium on Round 3 while Cameron Ivory (NSW), struck down with a flat tyre on Saturday, taking second with our very own Reece Tucknott (WA) in third for Round 4.
“A 40 degree day with high humidity added further difficulty to what was already a very challenging course for Saturday’s Round 3 of the National Series. The heat and challenging course features sent a lot of people to the medics tent to be treated for heat exhaustion but thankfully a lot of the Elite Males and Females were able to battle it out right up to the finish, mostly with the help of ice and tip bottles. For sure it wasn’t the nicest conditions to race in but it also made for some impressive racing and results”, quoted Reece.
The weekend also allowed the riders to test the Commonwealth Games course that will be used in April. Nerang State Forest provided diverse track styles including fast flow trails and slow-steep and technical trails that will challenge local, national and international athletes alike.
“…The course boasts multiple jumps, fast flowing climbs and descents, a cool atmosphere through the velodrome as well as some big power sections. It also features some technical up hill sections that the majority of people, including myself, were and will struggle to ride come race day. I think the winner of the Comm Games will truly deserve to win after they will be pushed to their limits the whole race”.
The next two rounds of the 2018 MTBA Cross-Country National Series will be held on the Australia Day long weekend in Pemberton, Western Australia.