Riders tackle totally different terrain
Tuesday, 13th September, 2011
On September 4 six local and two ex-local mountain bike riders met in Parkes to tackle the 2011 Back Yamma Bigfoot mountain bike race.
The race was held just outside of Parkes in the Back Yamma State Forrest, which gave the riders from the hill some totally different terrain to conquer. The track was described as flat and fast, with some small climbs and true to their word it was.
The majority of the course was fast single track through heavy wooded forest, then opening up onto two wheeled fire trails. The single track was awesome but any mistakes saw you paying a visit to the first aid crews.
The 100km race started with 184 riders and amongst them were Joel Ryan, Bron Ryan, Steve Chinner, Nick Algate and Tasman Johnston. The pace was fast and dusty with so many riders and made passing on the single track near impossible.
Joel took off like a man possessed, closely followed by wife Bron and Steve who were all in the top 10 by the end of the first 50km lap. Meanwhile Nick and Taz were enjoying their own battle with the dust midfield, and to add to the fun, Taz broke his chain and then took a wrong turn with 15 other riders which added an extra 5km to the day.
By the end of the 100km Joel managed to hang on to third overall followed by Steve in 11th. Bron was in 29th but the second female over the line. Taz finished 93rd and Nick 110th.
The 50km/25km race started an hour after the 100km and saw 174 riders line up including Mark Fisher, Corey Sammut and Darren Sammut. Seventeen-year-old Corey led the entire field for most of the race until a broken chain and no spares saw him lose too much ground even after trying to literally out run the rest of the field. Thanks to a fellow rider’s help, Corey managed to get going again and ride home with father Darren in 63rd and 64th position, while Mark powered in to finish a very respectable 37th.
At the end of the day all riders came away tired and dusty with only a little cramping but a huge sense of achievement and were glad to see our pit crew Megan and Kassandra who kept us fed, watered and motivated. Thanks to the girls for their effort.