Riders swarm in for Alfred MOUNTAIN BIKING By JUSTIN JENVEY
A RECORD number of riders lined up in this year’s Alfred 6 Hour charity mountain bike race in Bright on Saturday.
Just shy of 200 competitors rode the event which raises funds in support of emergency and trauma care at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
Organiser Ross Walker said it was the best weekend yet, with the race relocating to Baker’s Gully after being held on the Bright P12 College oval for the first three years.
“The number we seemed to hit every year was 150 and then we hit 187 on Saturday,” he said.
“We had on the day entries for the first time after deciding last year we could now manage it without too many problems, although we did still try to persuade people to get in early.
“It was great moving up to Baker’s Gully, I really wanted to use that Bakers Gully area because when mountain biking started in Bright that’s where it all started.
“We used some old trails and also built some new stuff for the race which I think everyone enjoyed.”
Walker expects to donate more than last year’s final tally of $15,000 to the Alfred with a percentage of the 187 entries and money raised from a charity auction at the Bright Brewery on Saturday night going to the cause.
The contribution will help purchase new cardiac monitors for the 12 new trauma bays included in the hospi- tal’s latest redevelopment.
Kevin Skidmore completed the most laps in the six-hour solo male category finishing with 15 while Tory Thomas clocked 12 laps in the female solo six-hour race.
Riders also had the option of PHOTOS: Justin Jenvey a three-hour solo race or could ride in pairs or teams of three. The day got underway with a number of kid’s races.
TRAILBLAZERS: Adrian Feltrin makes his way around the Bakers Gully trails, while Simon Ferrito (inset) nears the completion of another lap during Saturday’s Alfred 6 Hour charity ride.