Wellington Shire Council hosts Gippsland XC Series opener with Shimano MTB GP at Blores Hill
Rocky Trail launched the Gippsland Cross-Country Mountain Bike (MTB) Series at Blores Hill MTB Park this Saturday. The race was the first of three Shimano MTB Grand Prix events in the region and was endorsed by the local club Gippsland MTB Inc and supported by the Wellington Shire Council.
The Shimano MTB GP was established by Rocky Trail in 2009 and has its roots in the traditional lap-racing cross-country scene. Podium chasers can line up with Australia’s elites and experienced amateur endurance racers plus casual racers will have a blast, all feeling safe and part of an inspiring community, says Rocky Trail’s National Event Manager Jo Parker. The Shimano MTB GP’s events are all about ‘seriously fun racing’
The race track at Blores Hill was set at just over 11 km and an elevation of 150vm and the local gun Angus Neaves from Newry was very fast. The 19-year old completed 8 laps in 4:24.44 and claimed overall General Classification (GC) in the Solo Men’s win. With a fastest lap time of 31:17min the talented endurance racer also secured the Sprint accolade and was the fastest man on the hill climb. With 2:23min he took out the “King of the Mountain” title too and stayed ahead of the best team for the outright line honours. Samuel Krajnik from Avoca (VIC) came in second in the solos ahead of Stathi Kavadias from Morwell.
In the women’s classification, the Kate Kellett nee Penglase won the female GC. The 42-year old World 24hr runner up in 2018 would have placed 5th overall. The racer from Torquay was at the start at Blores Hill together with husband Brett, a multi MTB and Cyclocross Masters National Champion, who won the 50+ category. Kate confirmed her start at Rocky Trail’s Jetblack 24 Hour in Lithgow NSW, which will host the 2022 AusCycling 24 Hour Solo National Championships.
Huge result by the Voa Stokrom family who collected 4 first places across various age categories and a KOM 2nd place for Adam Van Stokrom.
It was great meeting so many new #rockytrailracers like Xavier Harper. The 9-year old did 2 laps with Dad Stewart. Best part of his day was riding with dad he said but he did look great in a Rocky Trail jersey!
Lisa Still-Baker had driven down from Cairns to visit family and we convinced her to have a race. And the Podmore family had a good day out with Remey winning the Junior Female and Melvey winning Junior Male classification. Both will get free entries to the next round thanks to event sponsors Loan Market.
Rocky Trail’s cross-country event line-up in Gippsland continues with a 4-hour at Haunted Hills, which will be part of an “epic” Halloween MTB Weekender on 28-29 October. For dates and venues, visit rockytrailentertainment.com
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