First full XC race of the year and Awaba was buzzing – and not just because we had a Coffee Van on site!  With 74 riders entered in the main XC Race, at least a dozen young shredders in the Kids Race, all of the supporters and the DH Crew milling around the carpark areas there was certainly a great vibe out at the track today.

Dean K set a ‘balanced’ course today – tough and fun in equal measures.  Climbing up the lower half of ‘Skids for Kids’ is always a challenge but rewards with some fun flowy trail on the downside.  With temperatures climbing riders felt the pressure of knocking out up to 5 laps of the punchy course – Brian Dunkin, Owen Tooley and Nick Woods were like a freight train motoring though the singletrack overtaking backmarkers, crossing the finish line in that order.  Well done gents.

And a great performance from some determined ladies out there today – Em Dreaper made the call to step up to ladies A Grade and powered through 4 laps to take the win.  Claire Knott came in second female (with plans to step up a grade next time!).

A big congrats to the youngsters that looped around the Development Course – Dallas lead an eager crew around multiple laps with the following riders chalking up the most circuits:

1) Leon Cho
2) Mason Corley
3) Jonann Thompson
4) Riley Tongue
5) Caleb Cho

Having Oneills Mobile Coffee Van for a caffiene and carb hit at the finish line was certainly welcome and something that we hope to continue throughout the year.

Full race results can be found here (any queries – email

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Round 1 – 170219


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