Two riders from the south of the shire blitzed the opposition to take top honours in the second round of the Tarra Motors Winter Warmers MTB Series at Tathra over the weekend.
Bald Hills riders Toby Stewart and Tasmin Eade took out the male and female divisions of the “Tuff 20” race, contested over Tathra’s challenging Bundadung Circuit.
A robust field of 41 riders lined up for the 20km event, which included the three tough climbs and three exhilarating descents.
Race director Andrew Johnson said he was buoyed by the support for the series, with riders coming from Cooma and Canberra for the race, as well as a strong local contingent.
“It was heartening to have three male divisions, including a well contested junior men’s category with eight riders under 20.
“We also had six women, which is great to see.
“I think more riders are realising that mountain biking isn’t that scary and are giving it a go”.
At the final post, 20-year-old Stewart was the fastest male of the day, barnstorming his way around the circuit in 59 minutes and 47 seconds, holding off younger brother Roly Stewart by three minutes.
Bega’s Sam Parker was third home in one hour, three minutes and 50 seconds to win the men’s over 30 division.
It was another southern rider in Peter Remert who won the men’s over 45s division in a competitive one hour, nine minutes and 50 seconds
In the ladies, Tasmin Eade, who has only been riding and racing for 12 months, dominated the women to win in a time of one hour, 19 minutes and 24 seconds.
Stacey George and Taylor Peet came in just four minutes behind.
The third and final round of the Tarra Motors Winter Warmers MTB Series will be held at Tathra on Saturday, September 13.
The event will be a unique format, where riders nominate the time it will take them to complete a specific course.
Riders nominate their times, and then set out without the help of any on bike timing, garmins or watches.
“The aim of the race to see who can pace themselves the best,” Johnson said.
“It’s a race, but only against yourself - the fastest rider probably won’t be the winner.
Johnson said it’s a light-hearted theme to have a fun finish and urged everyone to head along.
“It’s a fun way to finish the winter, on an easy course.
“I hope we have lots of new starters,” he said.