Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
Mildura youngster Sam Barnden stormed to victory at the weekend in the annual Poker Race.
The 18-year-old took out the Men’s Open category in the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club’s biggest race with a time of 1:22:29.
The next fastest around the 6.6km couse was Steve Chinner (1:22:43) followed by Mike Osbourne (1:28:59).
Megan Algate won the Open Women’s section with a time of 1:37:31, while Trevor Barrie (1:39:39) took out the Veterans.
Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club Publicity Officer, David Goodman, said all riders had shown great stamina competing in 36-degree heat.
“It was a pretty warm day, the weather really tested everyone out,” said Mr Goodman.
“It cost us the potential for having a few more teams, a lot of people would have just said ‘It’s too hot I’m not going out there.’
“But from the club’s perspective we were very happy, it was a great turnout given the conditions.
“And from an organisational point of view, everything just pulled together on the day.”
Despite the heat a good amount of junior and social riders joined the race at Silverton, completing a shorter circuit of the standard track.
Tyler Berlusden (U/17, 51:17), Oscer Jones (U13 boys, 46:33), Oakleigh Olsen (U13 girls, 1:31:12) all set the fastest times in their respective categories.
Meanwhile Kaylee Olsen (54:52) was the quickest social rider, followed by Darren Orr (1:16:21). Steve Baldwin was also a winner on the day, taking home a Clark Barrett original painting for making the best poker hand.
Mr Goodman said the club may consider holding the race earlier in the year in 2014 to avoid again having to stage the event in such hot weather.