Grav­ity En­duro event gets bike riders pump­ing

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club has suc­cess­fully hosted their first Grav­ity En­duro race on the Con­way Cir­cuit at the week­end.

Thir­teen riders from Townsville and Mackay joined the lo­cal club riders on an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing course on Sun­day, which in­volved cy­cling to the top of the Honey Eater look­out be­fore rac­ing to the bot­tom then hav­ing to turn around and ride all the way back to the high­est point on the trail again.

The style of rid­ing was Grav­ity En­duro, which means par­tic­i­pants are not timed when they cy­cle to the top of each climb but are timed when they race down to the bot­tom. The low­est cu­mu­la­tive time for the two des­cents de­ter­mined the over­all vic­tor.

In the com­pe­ti­tion class, Townsville’s Tim Nor­ton claimed top hon­ours while lo­cal riders Josh Lock and Ben Roe rounded out the podium.

In the sport class it was again a Townsville com­peti­tor who tri­umphed.

Paul Frewell took line hon­ours while Chris Moore (Mackay) and Garry Juss (Townsville) fin­ished sec­ond and third.

“It was an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic day of rid­ing with the lo­cal club re­ally putting in a huge ef­fort over the past few months to bring the trails up to an ex­cel­lent rid­ing stan­dard and to put on such a won­der­ful and en­joy­able event that ran with­out in­ci­dent,” Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club sec­re­tary Chris Labes said.

Talks are al­ready un­der way with Townsville to po­ten­tially in­clude this race as one of the stages for their se­ries next year, which would see the Con­way Cir­cuit race mul­ti­ply in size.

Mean­while, the Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to de­ter illegal mo­tor­bike use on the Con­way Cir­cuit af­ter two riders were caught on the trail, ig­nor­ing clo­sure signs.

“The count­less hours of hard work our mem­bers put into main­tain­ing this trail can be wrecked in sec­onds by this illegal and reck­less be­hav­iour,” Labes said.

“Please join us on push­bikes in­stead, we al­ways welcome more mem­bers.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.whit­sun­daymtbc.com.au.

MOUN­TAIN CLIMB: Josh Lock tack­les the Con­way Cir­cuit on Sun­day for the Great En­duro race.

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