Riders swarm in for Al­fred MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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