An early call was made on Thursday afternoon this week to move the XC race to Singleton. Awaba was quite wet in parts and the expected rain for the weekend helped make the decision. After the sunshine and heat of Friday and Saturday we were beginning to wonder if this was the right call – that was until the Saturday night storm and we felt vindicated.
51 riders made the trek to Singleton for the HMBA XC Race today. Saturday night’s storm didn’t cause any issues with the course, but rather left it tacky and perfect – no dust, no mud and plenty of grip. We had a big turnout of young riders filling up the field and they all enjoyed being out on the big track! It was also nice to welcome some new members to the club, and we hope you enjoyed your race and will keep coming back.
A Grade Mitch showed the audience at the jump how to dismount his bike over the handlebars but jumped back up to still win A grade. Also in A grade, Lawrence had a mechanical that saw him put his bike away and take out his spare bike and complete his 5 laps – unfortunately he didn’t take his number plate with him and therefore we don’t have any results for him.
It was good to see our XC Coordinator Dean out racing for a change. And he didn’t do too bad for an old bloke with a top five finish. Speaking of old…our oldest member was out there today and apparently discovered the gap jump on the A line unexpectedly. Good to see the years of experience carried him over without incident – well done Kevin! I must also mention that Kevin was racing with his son Rod and granddaughter Lilli in the same race – not many people can say that.
Thanks to Clint for organising the new number plates today. The new plates are generally colour matched to grades and having the same number on the front as the timing chip on the back will make it easier for registration in the future. Don’t forget to bring your plate to each race!