Riders flock to 24 hour race
HIDDEN Vale has played host to a 24 hour mountain bike marathon, with cyclists from across Australia flocking to the event.
The Merida 24 Hour Super Enduro mountain bike race and the third event in the 2011 MTB Enduro Super Series, involved riders competing for the highest number of laps of a 15km track from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.
The race is regarded as one of the top two endurance events on Queensland’s mountain biking calendar along with the Flight Centre Cycle Epic.
The event was won by Merida Flight Centre mountain bike team member, Jodie Willett, who was using the event as part of her lead up to London Olympic Games selection, said the event attracted elite riders from all over the country.
"I decided three weeks ago that I would do this, because I thought it would be fun," Ms Willett said.
"Twenty-four hour races are very popular among the mountain biking community and the Super Enduro is a tier one event that consistently attracts some of the best endurance riders in the country.
"There are a lot of recreational riders as well, and I have the utmost respect for them going in and giving it a go simply because this is something they wanted to do.
"Competing in a range of events is a great way to mix it with the best cyclists in Australia and build confidence for Olympic trials.
"My last 24-hour race ended at 18 hours with three broken ribs so I was hoping for a better result this time around.
"I kept going the whole time, and while some people sleep then get up and go again, I knew if I stopped, there was no way I would start again.
"Gaining selection for London is a tough prospect with the number of great riders in Australia and participating in a range of event disciplines is a great way to build confidence."