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Competitors accelerate away from the start line at the National Cup held at the New Italy circuit. Photo Hixit

Over 90 riders competed in the two days of national cup tier 1 racing hosted by the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club at their New Italy track earlier this month.

It was the first time the local club has hosted a national event that attracted riders from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and locally.

Tier 1 is the highest level of competition organised by Mountain Biking Australia and plenty of spectators turned out to the see the skill and speed of some of the county’s top riders, treasurer of Dirty Wheels Nigel McDermott said. 

‘It’s good exposure for the club and the local trails,’ he said.

Ten locals were among the riders looking to accumulate points towards winning this year’s national championship.

‘Two of our junior riders, Darcy Harris and Hayley Oakes, won their very competitive categories.

‘Both are exceptionally talented and committed riders that deserve the results they are getting,’ Nigel said.

Each race day over the weekend included different categories of riding for men and women and for ages from seven years all the way up to mature masters.

The club has 230 members but some were daunted by taking on some of the sport’s top riders, Nigel said.

The 6.5 kilometre circular track at New Italy was in good condition for the ride and offered spectators plenty of vantage points.

The club has also been busy looking after its new facility at Duck Creek near Alstonville that has 13 trails across almost nine kilometres of track.

The new facility opened in December after two years of construction.

The Duck Creek circuits have more variety than New Italy and are more technically demanding.

The club regularly holds race days for youngsters as well as social events and rides.

More success

Dirty Wheels members Liam, Jethro and Tobi all had good results in round one of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series at Kooralbyn last weekend.

Taking part in their first gravity enduro Liam took fifth place in the U/15s, while Tobi and Jethro managed second and third in the U/13s.

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