THERE was generally agreement that the Gippsland Mountain Bike Championships (second round) held at Foster on Sunday were a great success. Some described the tracks – through the Cement Hill bushland at the top of Foster – as some of the best in Victoria.
The round attracted 60 riders, some from as far away as Melbourne.
The event ran for three hours, including a loop that was six kilometres in length and took about 21 minutes for the top riders to complete. It could be done solo, in pairs or in groups of three.
Local rider Adam Wiggins edged out Justin Mathews from Korumburra by nearly four minutes to take the win. The local team of Ashton Webster and Shem Hawking were outright third for the day and took out first place for the team event. Fourth place outright went to last year’s series champion, Brad Fisher. Other locals to do well were Mitchell Hilder and Scott Allott, who came 3rd in the team event.
The day ran extremely smoothly and the weather made for perfect riding conditions. Although the trails were quite technical and tricky in spots there were no reported injuries for the day.
A big thankyou has to go out to Parks Victoria for the support and help leading up to the event and the local riders who gave up many hours of their time to make the Foster event such a success.