A bumpy ride to the bottom

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Pictures: Gary Sissons

WHILE thousands of cyclists were pedalling along the level bitumen roads between Sorrento and Dromana in Sunday’s Around the Bay ride, hundreds of hardy riders were hurtling towards them from Arthurs Seat.

But for the riders on the hill there was no stopping for lattes or riding alongside another cyclist for a chat.

There was certainly no break aboard the ferry taking riders across from one peninsula to another.

Before they even reached the start of the steep, winding downhill bike trail near the Arthurs Seat summit competitors in the Red Hill Gravity Enduro faced a one kilometre hill climb.

The enduro, run by Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club, is limited to 250 entrants who must pad up for protection as they swerve, jump and bump their way to the trail’s end at Hillview Community Reserve, in Boundary Rd, Dromana.

Winners:

Jeremy Hamilton, Elite Men;
Jenni King, Elite Women;
Andrew McCaughan, Expert Men;
Ben Randall, Masters;
Steve Munyard, Super Masters;
Jack Hewish, under-19;
Tomasz Moson, Veteran;
Haydn Williams, Sport Men;
Danielle Garden, Sport Women;
Elise Empey, under-15 female;
Tom McMahon, under-15 male;
Ben Oliver, under-17.      

First published in the Western Port News – 10 October 2017

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