Toowoomba bicycle owner saddles up for marathon problem
MOUNTAIN BIKING: Elite Toowoomba mountain biker Jared Graves is about to tackle one in all Australia’s hardest marathon occasions.
Greater than 700 contributors are set to converge on Hidden Vale Journey Park west of Brisbane this weekend for the two-day 99 Bikes Cycle Epic.
Now in its 18th yr the occasion guarantees an action-packed program for all ages and talents – with occasions starting from 22km to the gruelling 100km Epic.
Race organiser Hayden Brooks stated the E-bike pleasant race card would have “one thing for everybody” from high rivals to households merely eager to get pleasure from a day exploring world-class bike trails.
“E-bikes are allowed, making the weekend accessible for all health ranges,” Brooks stated.
“We’re thrilled to have this yr’s occasion proceed regardless of earlier uncertainty on account of COVID-19 restrictions, and to keep up our unbroken document as one in all Australia’s premier cycle occasions.
“Whereas the occasion usually attracts 1500 riders and 2000 spectators throughout the weekend – and we’ve needed to cap the numbers this yr – the motion can be each bit as coronary heart thumping.
“Some contributors have been with us proper from the beginning, with their private aim to notch up 20 occasions.
“With a few of them now within the mid to late 60s, they understandably want to make sure that they don’t miss any probabilities now!’’
With assist from Merida and Norco, the weekend begins with the 99 Bikes 55km pursuit on Saturday at 8am, adopted by the Allclear 22km Chaser at 2pm. On Sunday, the 99 Bikes Cycle Epic and the Merida 55km Pursuit 55 each set off at 8am.
Graves will fulfil a long-held ambition when he strains up for the principle occasion on Sunday.
Recent from victory on this month’s 97km Gatton to Warwick Cunningham Traditional highway biking race, the extremely versatile Graves, 37, is now aiming for a serious marathon mountain biking title this yr.
“I’m in good type proper now and to get straight to the purpose, I’m in it to win it,” Graves stated.
“I’ve all the time needed to race within the Epic, however with racing in Europe for the previous 18 years I haven’t had the possibility to do this till now.
“Marathon mountain biking could be very completely different from what I do internationally, however I’m actually wanting ahead to it. It is going to be an awesome take a look at – particularly because it enters the final couple of hours.”
Brooks stated the winner of the 100km epic was anticipated to take about 4 and a half hours to finish the course, which contains round 2000m of elevation to check the resolve of rivals.
“There is no such thing as a query the principle race is a troublesome occasion,’’ he stated.
“The tracks are in high situation nevertheless and we’re anticipating some robust competitors throughout the sector.”