Mountains To Beach – A Big Day Out
Today saw riders leave the Snowy Mountains for a grueling 90km race stage followed by a 40km cruise into Bermagui on the NSW South Coast on the Shotz Big Day Out.
The day started with a loop around the Cooma Racetrack and then riding through the Monaro Plains to the now conquered Numeralla Mountain with Andrew Fellows the first rider to make it all the way to the top before heading down the escarpment through the spectacular rainforest of Wadbilliga National Park.
The best effort of the day goes to Jeff MacDonald, who late Wednesday night wasn’t going to ride the race stage as he thought it was going to be too hard and he wouldn’t make the cutoff. He completed the stage prior to cutoff and has every reason to be pleased with himself tonight.
At the front of the pack, Andrew Fellows again proved dominant, completing the ride in 3:38:10, followed by Garry James in 3:53:43 with Bart Hickson coming in third with a time of 3:56:16.
Today’s win by Andrew has extended his overall lead to 56 minutes and 8 seconds with an overall time of 9:59:55. Garry James is coming second overall with an overall time of 10:56:03, 8minutes and 21 seconds ahead of third place Bart Hickson on 11:04:25.
On a challenging day of deep river crossings and loose rock descents, Meg Carrigan was pushed by Helen Dorsett and Belinda Porter, but managed to win by 27 minutes and 8 seconds with a time of 4:25:57. Helen Dorsett came in second in 4:53:05, with Belinda Porter a further 4 minutes and 23 seconds behind in 4:57:28.
Helen Dorsett’s second today sees her move into third place overall with a total time of 14:39:29, 1 hour, 5 minutes and 40 seconds behind Belinda Porter in second place on 13:33:50, still 46 minutes and 29 seconds behind Meg Carrigan on 12:4:21.
Tomorrow, the final day, sees riders race up the coast to Narooma in the 50km Ground Effect Surf Safari. While Andrew Fellows looks like taking out the race, anything could happen, with river crossings, beach riding (pushing?) and tides to take into account. One small miscalculation could see riders lose valuable minutes to their closest competitors.
Full race results can be found at www.wildhorizons.com.au/mountains-to-beach/results-reports
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