Rid­ers pull out all stops to win

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

IT WAS a win­ning week­end for Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club mem­bers, with a host of rid­ers putting the foot down at the Zach Mach Adventure Chal­lenge on Sun­day in Mackay.

More than 160 ath­letes of vary­ing fit­ness lev­els at­tended the third an­nual event, which in­cludes a 30km moun­tain bike ride, 10km kayak, 11km trail run and a 30km road bike round.

Par­tic­i­pants can choose to en­ter as in­di­vid­u­als, in a pair or in a re­lay. The women’s solo cat­e­gory was hotly con­tested this year, but ul­ti­mately it was Whit­sun­day’s Chris Labes who pipped Nikki Giles for the win.

Nikki won the fe­male team cat­e­gory at the Hamil­ton Is­land Hilly Half Marathon ear­lier this month but it was Chris who crossed first in 4.20 hours.

In the solo men’s cat­e­gory, Whit­sun­day’s Dave Mor­ris fin­ished in 5.02 de­spite punc­tur­ing a tyre on the last leg.

Whit­sun­day ath­letes took gold in the pairs’ cat­e­gory for women, with Aimee Sulzberger and Kirsten Le­grand clock­ing 6.29 hours.

The re­sult was even more im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing it was Aimee’s maiden multi-sport event.

Fa­ther and son duo Fred and Josh Fiedler claimed bronze in the men’s pairs, clock­ing 4.51 hours.

The next multi-sport event is the Ad­ven­turethon on July 4 in Townsville.

WIN­NER: Chris Labes takes out the fe­male ti­tle at the Zach Mach Adventure Chal­lenge in Mackay on Sun­day.

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