Local riders Darcy Harris and Haley Oakes won the U/17 races at the National Marathon Championships ran at Bayview in Brisbane by Mountain Bike Australia over the weekend.
The riders are both from Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club
They received national jerseys for their efforts.
The marathon event is a cross-country race over a long course of 100kms and a half marathon of 50kms. As a U/17 athletes the distance they are only permitted to race the half marathon.
It was covered at a furious pace with Darcy taking first by only half a bike length.
‘I ran my race to plan and took the lead just when I thought that I would. I didn’t expect second place to stay that close, very close,’ Darcy said.
Two weeks ago, the pair won their respective events at the Grafton Marathon.
Mountain Biking is a fantastic sport for all the family and the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels club runs events and has tracks at New Italy and Duck Creek. See Facebook for details.