The second round of the 2016 Cross Country series was held on the Smithfield Trails on a beautiful North Queensland Winters day. The 6km loop included a new section of trail ‘red belly’, which was given the approval from all riders as fun and flowing.
There was plenty of quality racing today with a hotly contested Elite Men field. Early race leader and winner from round 1, Dominic Hoyal withdrew mid way through the second lap, with a mechanical. This left a bunch of 3 containing Oliver Phillips, Daniel Rubach and Jeff Rubach in contention for the win. The bunch stayed together until half way through the final lap, where Oliver launched his attack to bridge a gap on Daniel and Jeff. Oliver increased his lead for a comfortable win, completing 5 laps in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 25 seconds. Taking out the sprint finish for second and third was Daniel Rubach, then Jeff Rubach respectively, some 45 seconds back. In the Elite Women, Sarah Kaehler took the win with 4 laps in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes 27 seconds.
It was great to see some close racing in the other categories and plenty of camaraderie and good cheer as everyone crossed the finish line. Results for the day are below by category as well as individual lap records.
Thanks once again to all our volunteers who helped to mark out the course, setup the venue, be there for safety as course marshalls and make sure events like this run smoothly and safely. We are always in need of helpers, as without them, races won’t happen. The next XC will be confirmed soon, stay tuned to this website, facebook and the club emails for details.