Unlike most monarchys, this King and Queen of the hill had to work hard to win their respective titles.  King Jeremy had Simon on his case for the duration ensuring an honest effort.  Queen Alana also put in a solid effort with the mountain yielding nothing.  The Mapp Track provides a perfect warm up before the big climb up to Vernon Trig at 422 MASL.  It is a daunting track and probably best not to think too much about it until you are actually there, and then hope that enough is in the tank to reach the summit.

Newcomer Matt, tried the climb for the first time and turned back when his tank was empty.  The remaining 24 riders somehow reached the finish line.  Hugo put his hands up to using a shortcut so Jack was the first junior to complete the course.  He crossed the line in a sprint with Bailey, continuing their summer long rivalry.  Another pair to renew a long standing rivalry were young Finn who got the better of the not so young Eugan.  It must hurt trying to find a sprint in those tired legs. 

Jeremy and Simon were also very close at the finish with just a few seconds separating them.  Merrick left nothing out there and was completely spent after gaining third slot.

First in the open men category was Simon T. with Warren A taking out the Masters Men, Steph was best Masters Lady.

Great to see Craig and Kathryn popping over the hill, Craig managed to ding his bike riding yesterday but it got him to the finish line so presumably just cosmetic damage or a hint for Christmas.

See a PDF of the results HERE.

RACE INFORMATION - (For reference only)

The race/challenge starts at 9.30 am from the Wither Hills carpark at the top of Redwood street. PLEASE BE THERE FOR 9:00 REGISTRATION

Riders will follow the Mapp Track east then turn right and begin the (Grand Traverse) main gravel farm track climb to the top of Mt Vernon before sidling around the head of Sutherland Stream and climbing up to the top of Harling Ridge. Riders continue west following the ridgeline to the top entrance of the mountain bike park. Cross the stile and head down Squawking Magpie trail to the bottom of the park. An extended loop of the mountain bike park may be included and advised on the day depending on conditions but will finish by descending the Scenic Route - Muncher and Cams Run trails to the Rifle Range Track which riders will follow back to the finish near Redwood Street. 

  • Approx 1 - 2.5hr race time.
  • $10 entry fee for all.
  • Plenty of spot prizes available kindly sponsored by Cycleworld.
  • Trophies and bragging rights for first male and female finishers.
  • Event will be timed so test yourself against others or the clock.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is desirable.
  • If weather or fire risk conditions are unfavorable on the day event may be postponed or cancelled.
  • Club members don't forget your race plates!

THANK YOU to Matt at Visio Creative Studio for the fabulous poster!