It’s Rev­o­lu­tion…

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At the end of this month, Alexan­dra will be home to the Rev­o­lu­tion moun­tain bike race. This is a one­day multi-stage event, where rid­ers will earn points for their plac­ing in each stage, to de­ter­mine an over­all win­ner.

The in­au­gu­ral Rev­o­lu­tion was held in Alexan­dra in Au­gust 2015, and re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back from com­peti­tors. Lo­cal rider Mike Sang­ster took out the ti­tle of over­all male, with Kath Kelly win­ning the over­all fe­male cat­e­gory. A strong field is ex­pected to be on the start line again in 2016, and with a re­vised course, the 2016 Rev­o­lu­tion is an­tic­i­pated to be even bet­ter.

This year, there are three dif­fer­ent lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion avail­able, pro­vid­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one. There is 3-stage Elite and Sport cat­e­gory, for the more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers (aged 16 years and over). Plus, for the more recre­ational rider, there is the 2-stage ‘Mini’ Rev­o­lu­tion, and this is open to rid­ers 10 years and over.

The Rev­o­lu­tion course is mak­ing use of the pur­pose built moun­tain bike tracks re­cently de­vel­oped by lo­cal moun­tain bike club, Moun­tain­bik­ers of Alexan­dra (MOA), with the Elite and Sport rid­ers be­gin­ning at Flat Top Hill, and the Mini Rev­o­lu­tion rid­ers at Boot Hill, on the out­skirts of Alexan­dra. All cat­e­gories will then com­plete a time trial along the Alexan­dra to Clyde River Track. The Elite and Sport rid­ers will fin­ish their day with a chal­leng­ing up­hill/ down­hill near Clyde.

The Rev­o­lu­tion is a great show­case of the rid­ing around Alexan­dra, and it will let com­peti­tors see the area for the com­plete moun­tain bike des­ti­na­tion that it is.

En­tries are now open for the Rev­o­lu­tion, and lo­cal rid­ers are en­cour­aged to join in, with stan­dard reg­is­tra­tions clos­ing this Fri­day.

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