Newbie Nirvana is Mountain bike heaven
THE third and final round of Newbie Nirvana has been run, with a couple of dozen riders braving intense heat to take on the Gatton off-road circuit.
Newbie Nirvana is for newcomers to mountain biking and run under the auspices of The Riders Club at their Adare course.
The Riders Club boss John Pinnell said they were throwing their 3.8km circuit open to encourage newbies to take up the sport.
"Newbie Nirvana is a safe ride for people who haven't done it before or in a long time, or find it a bit intimidating to join more experienced rides," Mr Pinnell said.
"Some of these newcomers play winter sports like soccer and want to keep up their fitness."
The course is a rough figure 8 around the grounds with tricky corners and jumps.
"Normally it is a bit more muddy but we haven't seen much rain around here lately so riders need to take a bit more care," Mr Pinnell said.
Karmen Butler won the L Plate ladies from Lake Clarendon State School teacher Kylie Hohn and Brisbane rider Sharmaine Cox, Butler's third straight win gave her the championship from Hohn and Brisbane's Ainsley Elliott.
Steve Winn wrapped up the L Plate Mens series with his third win in a row from Grant Turner, while Gatton's Shane Reinke pushed hard to get his was first podium of the series, and his consistency was enough to give him second in the championship, ahead of Brisbane's Aiden Saamen.
L plate was by far the biggest class, and our other class was P Plate for riders with 5 races or less in the last 5 years, however Sheralyn Anderson was the only finisher on the day.
She won the P Women from Krystel Hanson and Di Mayberry, while the Men's P Plate series went to Gatton's Connor Carfrae from Richard Brock and Toowoomba's Leigh Brettschneider.
Local Alex Barons won the Kids 10-13 class from Toby McCann and another local Liam Fitzgerald, while the Kids 8-9 years class went to Toowoomba's Jaylen Watson from Gatton's Jesse Martin and Toowoomba rider Flyn Haycock.