Temperature and the Tempest.
Temperature in the mid 30’s and humidity running in the mid 60’s, the tough course at Mt Crosby was to be a great test for the keen cross-country racers in the Shimano MTB Grand Prix at the Tyamolum Scout Camp Grounds in Brisbane on the weekend. After the rain the previous days some of the new sections of track (Thanks BORRA!) were a little soft and the old sections of roots were somewhat slippery at the gun but after the first lap the track was running mint. Storms were forecast to roll in during the fourth hour of racing, thus the challenge was set.
Emma Rhymer conquered the 4hr Solo Female completing 6laps in 4:20:31. Emma, a school teacher from Stanthorpe, was super impressed with the vibe of the event after having a small mechanical out on one of her laps had numerous offers of assistance. Emma will be bringing a group of kids to the Rocky Trail Academy events (Nerang 30th Oct and Caloundra 6th Nov) in the coming weeks and is the sort of passionate teacher all mountain bikers wish we would have had.
Tony Myatt outlasted a fast but fading field of 4hr Solo Male riders, completing his 9laps in 4:01:09. Heat and humidity took its toll on some of the pre-race favourites who suffered cramping legs and heat stress.
In the 4hr Teams, Donna Dall and Alexandra Larsson of PCS/RIDEIINDRO again dominated the 4hr Team Female category completing 7 laps in 3:44:35. Alexandra was 3rd fastest and youngest female racing at just 13yrs. Young guns in the 4hr Team Male took the victory with Braydon Martin and Kyle Steward completing 11 laps in 4:05:54 and in the process were the best overall in the event. Only just ahead of also a young mixed pair of Caleb Dodds and Hayley Oates who though also on 11 laps finished in 4:15:13.
The storm came in with 5 minutes of race time remaining at 12:55pm bringing strong wind gusts, heavy rain, the full associated light show and included some minor hail. With much of the field out completing their last lap it was an exciting 10 minutes that capped off the racing. Most riders came back with smiles on their faces enjoying a muddy and slippery final lap. The bike wash provided by Kenmore Cycling Club and the hot shower available at the Tyamolum scouts camp was where some great stories started to get told.
Stories that will only get better in the telling by the next Shimano GP at Sugarbag Caloundra in under 2 weeks time.
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