Moun­tain bike rid­ers scale the heights

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Moun­tain Bike Club mem­bers have taken on the third and fi­nal round of the Rock­wheel­ers Grav­ity En­duro.

The three-race se­ries, held over four months, saw rid­ers from Ather­ton to Air­lie Beach con­test a phys­i­cally and tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing course.

It took com­peti­tors nearly 2.5 hours to com­plete the 21km down­hill track, with Whit­sun­day trio Michael Sor- ley, Jamie Jochheim and Ben Rowe cross­ing in a tight fin­ish - just one sec­ond sep­a­rated the for­mer and the lat­ter.

Over­all, all three rid­ers man­aged to fin­ish in the top 10, with Jochheim col­lect­ing third ahead of Rowe (fourth), Sor­ley (seventh), Mark Ben­nett in eighth and Dan Agresta in 10th.

Lo­cal Sam Sor­ley also tasted suc­cess in the women’s field, tak­ing out gold.

The club’s cross coun­try rid­ers chose the south­ern route at the week­end, trav­el­ling to Eun­gella for the Mackay Moun­tain Marathon.

Five rid­ers took part in the 38km sport course, with Dar­ren Sim­monds (2.51 hours), Andy Pol­son (3.02), Ja­son Whitham (3.08), Tony Hadley (3.22) and Leigh Smith (3.48) all im­press­ing.

If that wasn’t enough to keep mem­bers happy, a con­tin­gent of six rid­ers took part in the 80km marathon course, fea­tur­ing more than 2000m of ver­ti­cal climb­ing.

Justin Lyons fin­ished strongly to clock 5.02 hours while Chris Labes proved the fastest fe­male with 5.13.

Mar­ried cou­ple Brian and Anne-Marie Kehres also sur­vived the dar­ing race, as did Dave Mor­ris and Char­lie Wilkie.

TRI­FECTA: Jamie Jochheim (third), Joshua Clauss (first) and Chris Olsen (sec­ond) ex­celled at the Rock­wheel­ers Grav­ity En­duro at the week­end.

VIC­TO­RI­OUS: Sam Sor­ley won the Grav­ity En­duro women's race at the week­end.

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