North­ern Beaches on trail of bush glory

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - Matt Cruick­shank

NORTH­ERN Beaches Cy­cling Club took a road trip south to host the open­ing round of the WA Cross Country Moun­tain Bike Cham­pi­onship.

More than 250 rid­ers de­scended on the Mar­rinup Moun­tain Bike trails near Dwellingup, to take part on Sun­day, March 25.

Race di­rec­tor Mark Pa­padopoff had his hands full mak­ing sure the day went off with­out a hitch for the club’s in­au­gu­ral moun­tain bike event.

He was ably sup­ported by a large num­ber of en­thu­si­as­tic club mem­bers, who en­sured the day was roundly praised as a suc­cess by rid­ers and spec­ta­tors alike.

On the trails, the club also had a num­ber of rid­ers com­pet­ing.

Jessie Alexan­der, although rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced in moun­tain bike rac­ing, con­verted her fam­ily’s road rac­ing pedi­gree into first place in the women’s un­der-17 event.

Richard Reeves, tire­less in his event man­age­ment and trail prepa­ra­tion in the lead-up to the event, squeezed in a D grade race.

Reeves was aptly de­scribed as “tak­ing off like a spooked rab­bit” and built a lead of 30 sec­onds on his first lap.

This was cut back to 10 sec­onds on his sec­ond lap but he saved the best for last lap, pulling away to win with a 50-sec­ond lead over the field.

The next round of the cham­pi­onships will be in Kala­munda on May 13. For more in­for­ma­tion, email nbcc@north­ern­beach­escy­cling.com.au.

Pic­ture: Will Wishart

D-grade men and B-grade women start line.

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