From the “Border Mail” ANDREW MOIR 23 Oct 2016, 5 p.m.
Tim Fitzpatrick and Kylie King have won mountain biking’s RAMBO series
KRIS IN CONTROL: Border competitor Kris Meyland won the Albury leg of the RAMBO series. He completed 10 laps of the circuit in just over three hours. YOUNG GUN: Riley Corke won the Albury race in the regional RAMBO series. A number of other events cut the junior numbers. The youngster is from Wangaratta.
Tim Fitzpatrick has won the Riverina Alpine Mountain Bike Open event. Dubbed the RAMBO series, Fitzpatrick proved too strong over the six-leg event. And Albury Wodonga Mountain Bikers’ Kylie King claimed the elite women’s from club-mate Kathryn McInerney.
“Albury’s track has quite a lot of natural rock on the hill,” Albury Wodonga Mountain Bikers’ Michael Ross said. “It’s quite a lot rougher than some other events. “Bright, for example, through the pine forest, is a lot smoother course.” Beechworth, Bright, Mount Beauty, Wagga and Albury each hosted a round, while Wangaratta uses Beechworth’s circuit.
The Border’s Kris Meyland won the elite men’s race on Nail Can Hill, completing 10 laps, or around 40 kilometres, in just over three hours on Saturday. And Alice Debney claimed the women’s event, racking up eight laps in three hours and 20 minutes. Officials were happy with the field of around 50 competitors, as they tackled the final round in the three categories. Wangaratta’s Riley Corke won the juniors’ race. The juniors’ race is over 90 minutes.
“The numbers for juniors took a hit with a number of other events on,” Ross said. “We would normally have 30 to 40 kids at our race meets generally.” At the elite level, competitors can hit speeds of 40 kilometres per hour, while they average just under half that over the circuit. “On the descending trails, the riders can go really quickly, but there’s other areas where they fall back to single-figure speeds,” Ross said.
The RAMBO series serves as a winter option for competitors, ahead of the busier spring and summer seasons. It’s been running for around seven years. Albury has a number of major events towards the end of the season. Nail Can Hill will host the Victorian Endurance Titles, a six-hour event, in late March following races in a number of areas. The Victorian Gravity Enduro tour will be held in April.
2016 Monumental Kids Race Series –
- Round 3: 28 Aug. Nailcan Hill 9am
- Round 4: 18 Sept Nailcan Hill, 9am
- Round 5: 29 Oct – T.B.C.
This year the Kids Race Series will continue, but with a few changes. The 5 rounds will be run in conjunction with the club’s big race events. The Kids Races will be run at the same venue and day, but on a separate track from the senior races. The tracks will still be ride-able for 4-year olds on small and balance bikes, but should be fun enough for kids up to the age of 12 to enjoy. This year there will be a cost of $20 for the 5-race series and riders will also need to have a “Dirt-Master” race license, which can be obtained from the MTBA website; www.mtba.asn.au . Registered riders will receive a free club t-shirt at the second round. Thanks to Monumental Ice Creamery for their continued support of the “Kids Series”.AWMTB-kids-poster-1
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Well done to our 2015 club champions!
Our 2015 club championsips were held over at Hunchback hill Wodonga in November.
XC Male–Darin Lynch
XC Female–Kathryn McInerney
XC Junior Male–Brodie Paterson
Gravity Male–Trent Parker
Gravity Female–Julia Boer
Gravity Junior Male–Casey Griska