|Results - Round 2 MNC MTB Series Kempsey 01/05/2011|
Blue skies greeted riders, however, sections of the 8.2km course were best described as extremely muddy, challenging the technical skills of riders who are not used to difficult trail conditions. The majority of the usually dusty Kempsey track held up well to the recent rain and riders used the firm trail base to remember that it was actually a race not just a survival course of between 3-6 laps.
Coffs Harbour has a number of promising junior riders with Charlie Watson putting in a strong race to win the Under 15 males in the trying conditions. The under 19 womens was a tightly contested category with Coffs junior Emily Parkes coming second to Armidale rider Holly Harris by only 26 seconds after 1.5hrs of racing.
In the Elite males, Evan Jeffery capitalised on his recent good form from a top 10 finish at the National MTB Marathon titles in Queensland to dominate the category while Geoff Gilchrist was edged into third place by Kempsey local Tim Wynan.
Coffs Harbour Triathlete Aaron Newman has shown he also has the skills to succeed at mountain biking by convincingly winning the 19-29yr male category whilst Peter Marshall stayed upright long enough to hold onto first place in the 30-39yr males.
Jaye Gilchrist was relegated to 3rd place in the Masters Women at Kempsey after winning the opening round of the series in Coffs Harbour. The Masters male category usually draws the most entrants and Coffs riders Tim Cotsell and Mark Wood staged their own battle throughout the race with Tim (4th) finishing less than a minute ahead of Mark (5th) after nearly 2.5 hours of racing.
The dominance of the Coffs Club in the region continued with Jeff Paul taking out his second win of the series in the Supermasters male. With Trevor Creighton (2nd supermasters male) & Sue Webber (1st supermasters female) recently moving back to the Coffs Coast, the club will benefit from their years of experience within the cycling industry.
Congratulations to all riders who made the trip down to Kempsey, particularly Jason Paterson who has had to contend with two very slippery trails in his return to racing after a 2 year hiatus. There will be a womens only Mountain Bike event in Grafton on Sunday May 15. This is a fantastic opportunity for any girls/ladies who want to try mountain biking in a fun and supportive environment. Contact 66427890 for details.
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