Day one of the Mitas Terra in the Berra mountain bike event took place in Canberra today. Rocky Trail Entertainment took on the event from the Canberra Off-Road Cyclist Club who founded the race in 2018. The three-day event will be a celebration of the vibrant cycling and mountain biking lifestyle in Canberra for local and visiting riders from all over NSW as well as VIC.
The event started with a short-course race at Majura Pines and a relaxed afternoon at Mount Majura Vineyard. The local favourite and National Marathon Champion Brendan Johnston took the lead in 1h28:24.4 among a high-profile elite field of riders with Paul Van Der Ploeg from Victoria (1h28:39.8) hot on his wheel finishing in second and one of the race founders Andy Blair (1h30:30.9) winning the Masters 40+ classification and coming in third overall. Tristan Ward (1h31:40.9) from Mugee placed third in Elite ahead of Canberra’s Marc Williams and Owen Gordon (1h31:55.2) from the Blue Mountains.
In the women’s Karen Hill from Melbourne completed the 3-lap challenge on the short-course at Majura Pines in 1h43:50.7, finishing in 19th place outright as the only Elite woman at the start. Master racer Susie Kluth from Canberra came in second overall in 2h02:50.5 ahead of SuperMaster 50+ competitor Margaret Clarke also from Melbourne in 2h23:54.5.
Murrumbidgee stage on Saturday
The event will continue tomorrow, Saturday 28 September 2019, on the Centenary and Murrumbidgee River Trails with a 40km ride, which will include 2 times race stages. Lots of fun for the whole family at Stromlo Forest Park with the Rocky Trail Kids MTB Fair and the Hills and Hops Spring Festival by The Handlebar Stromlo on the Saturday. The AMB100 Marathon will remain a stand-alone race and Terra in the Berra will hit the monster circuit on the Sunday together with the marathon racers.
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- Rocky Trail hosts the Terra in the Berra 2019 under the patronage of CORC.
- Rider briefing at Mount Majura Vineyard.
- Andy Blair, one of the master minds behind the Terra in the Berra at the start.
- Brendon ‘Trekky’ Johnston on track at Majura Pines ahead of Paul van der Ploeg.
- Fizo Cycling’s Jason Moxham on track.
- Family fun – accompanying and cheering for dad.
- Social afternoon to ring in the racing weekend with local goodies – delicious wines, cheese, beer and pizzas at Mount Majura Vineyard!