Quirky race just what the doc or­dered

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Clowns on tan­dem bikes, a team of Emu Ex­ports and a trib­ute to the Brits’ favourite pas­time — whinge­ing.

Bur­rup Moun­tain Bike Club’s an­nual Yara Pil­bara Dr Baynton’s six-hour rem­edy race has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing a lit­tle out of the or­di­nary, and this year was no dif­fer­ent as 150 rid­ers hit the hills be­hind Kar­ratha for the quirky yet gru­elling day/night en­duro course.

Among a strong co­hort of lo­cals were rid­ers from as far afield as Ex­mouth, Parabur­doo and the South West, in town to take on the 5km and 9km cir­cuits.

Most rid­ers com­peted in teams of two to six, though there were 25 rid­ers crazy enough to take on the 9km course solo.

Of those rid­ers, Ex­mouth’s Phil Davies pipped Kar­ratha’s Rod­ney Gethin to take the crown for the men. Both rid­ers com­pleted 12 laps, with Davies com­ing in 4min. 34sec. ahead of Gethin.

With 11 laps, Tracey Chap­man won the ladies’ solo cat­e­gory ahead of Alana Kidd, on 10 laps.

Bur­rup Moun­tain Bike Club pres­i­dent Damien Muller said while the course was a chal­lenge, the main aim was to en­joy the day.

“Some peo­ple are suck­ers for pun­ish­ment but there’s some­thing about be­ing on a bike for that pe­riod of time — you get in a groove and ac­tu­ally en­joy it, be­lieve it or not,” he said.

“The prime theme be­hind the event is to have fun so to keep that at­mos­phere go­ing, we en­cour­age peo­ple to dress up.

Fe­male duo Kel­lie Mac­can and Su­san Grylls com­pleted 10 laps as the sole en­trants in their cat­e­gory.

Team Cun­ning Stunts duo Paul Mac­can and Dar­ren Clark won the male duo with 13 laps, one more than team Arnie and Danny, All Cy­cles Kar­ratha, the Whing­ing Poms, Dampier Rocks! and Scott Noth­ing On Us.

Heather Kevill and Daniel East­cott won the mixed duo. The Dirt Dig­glers won the male team of four event ahead of the Vik­ings and M&M&M&M on 11 laps each.

The Deadly Tread­lies won the fe­male team of four, com­plet­ing 10 laps.

Among the ju­nior teams, The Young Guns (19 laps) won the 5km team of six cat­e­gory.

With 21 laps, The Boys won the ju­nior team of four ahead of Cape Range Ju­niors (21).

The Bush Chooks, who were decked out on Red Can para­pher­na­lia for the race, com­pleted 18 laps to win the so­cial cat­e­gory ahead of the Raiders.

Muller said the six-hour race had gone from strength to strength since for­mal­is­ing the event five years a go.

“In 2013, a group of us who had been away to other pro­fes­sion­ally run events thought it would be pretty cool to run a sim­i­lar event here in Kar­ratha, so we in­vested a whole heap of time and ef­fort into cre­at­ing the Dr Baynton,” he said.

“That race turned out 80 rid­ers and we have pro­gres­sively grown from there.”

Whing­ing Pom rider Digby Jones goes through the Whing­ing Pom fea­ture on the 9km cir­cuit.

Podium fin­ish­ers for the team of four ladies’ cat­e­gory.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Bur­rup Moun­tain Bike Club pres­i­dent Damien Muller ad­dresses rid­ers at the start line.

Dampier Rocks! rider Alex Wright.

Damien Muller and Alan Kurilowski.

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