Karen Hill and Joel Dodds are the solo GC winners at Bayview
The QLD Series of Rocky Trail’s Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix started at Bayview MTB Park in Brisbane. Congrats to everyone that rode the Shimano Bayview GP over the weekend! There was some legs burning out there, but lots of smiles when people crossed the line! These cross-country events feature a 8-10km racing circuits for solo and pairs racers. The target lap times are anywhere between 30 and 50 minutes across the field of first-timers between the tap and those having trained a lifetime for power output.
The Bayview event had a tight start line but people attended from as far as Yeppoon in QLD, taking on a 7hr drive and also from NSW cities such as Wollongong, Sydney and Inverell. With almost 1,500 laps by the Rocky Trail racers at Bayview, one of the coolest stats on the day was that one fifth of the field was female, which is twice as many women who statistically line up at a Rocky Trail start line! With Lisa Mathieson and Sharon Heap two rainbow stripe jerseys were on display too, which was very cool.
Female GC win goes to Tasmania
The GC winner Karen Hill had even flown in from Tasmania, promptly clocking in 6 laps in 4:09.32. Coming from chilly temperatures down South, the XCM Australian Champion and experienced stage racers said that “racing in 20 degrees was a big shock to my system”, however, still claimed the fastest lap time in 38:59min and the Queen of the Mountain climbing classification (4:05,9min).
Hayley Oakes from Pearces Creek in Northern NSW came in second in the GC with a gap of 7min41 and Imogen Smith from Highvale in QLD came in third (4:26.21). Anna Beck received the Sprint classification race plate trophy for the second fastest lap time of the day (39:18min) before unfortunately suffering a mechanical and retiring from the race. Gina Ricardo was the runner up in the QOM classification.
The fastest female junior racer was 16-year old Ella Meningoz who is training for XCM nationals. She said,
“Pretty sweet to complete my first 4hr MTB race out at Bayview! Not gonna lie, it was a tough one but super stoked coming away with the win in my category!”Ella Meningoz, Female Winner Loan Market Junior Sprint Classification
GC men’s title decided on the last lap
The GC title in the men’s was decided on the last lap between local Brayden Martin and Joel Dodds with Chuwar-racer Dodds grabbing the win with a gap of 2min10, crossing the line with 7 laps in 4:20.02. The 17-year old Junior men’s Sprint Winner Thomas Johnson claimed the third podium spot in the men’s outright in 4:28.49 and a fastest lap time of 37:24min.
The line-honours went to the Pairs racing team of Patrick Flood and Mike Jones – both received major accolade trophies with Patrick claiming the KOM classification in 3:27,1min with Mike as his runner up. Mike Jones was the Sprint winner with the fastest male and outright lap time of 34:08min.
In the women’s, double XCO World Champion and Olympian Lisa Mathison and Tracey Knight won the teams classification with 5 laps.
The next cross-country event will be the Shimano MTB GP 4-hour double-header with the Summit Shoalhaven Gravel Ride on the NSW South Coast in Nowra/Shoalhaven. The QLD Series continues in August with events at Daisy Hill/Logan and Sugar Bag/Sunshine Coast.
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