A DIVERSE range of ages and mountain bike racing experience is among the field for this Sunday’s running of the Magellan Bendigo Cycles six-hour classic at Sedgwick.
After representing Australia in the under-19s cross-country race at last week’s world titles, Strathfieldsaye’s Tasman Nankervis and Strathdale’s Chris Hamilton will pit their skills in the enduro.
Both will be in the six-hour showdown.
Nankervis will team with his brother, Russell in the pairs, and Hamilton will join forces with Jason Lowndes.
Bendigo Mountain Bike club president David Macauley said Sunday’s racing had already attracted 180 entrants on-line.
“There may be another 50 or 60 riders, who are waiting on the weather outlook, who will sign up Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning,” he said.
Macauley said enduro racing was growing in popularity on the MTB circuit.
“Last year’s event was a great success,” he added.
Sunday’s racing includes the Try Bike Challenge and a three-hour event.
“We are aiming to cater for a wide range of abilities and cycling experience,’’ Macauley said.
“We have some elite MTB riders from across the state who will compete, as well as many novices.”
Classes in the six-hour enduro are solo men and women; 40-plus men and women; pairs for men, women and mixed; triples for men, mixed and 40-plus; and the schools triples for under-19 competitors.
Racing starts on the Cavagna’s Road circuit in Sedgwick, off Storey’s Road, and will be across some tricky outcrops and descents on a 9km loop.
The field in the Try Bike Challenge includes Jo Wall and some Bendigo clubmates who will later volunteer to assist with the running of the running of the six-hour and three-hour events.
Groups in the Try Bike Challenge are a minimum of three and maximum of six.
Practice is on tomorrow between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on the Sedgwick circuit.
Registration for the six-hour and Try-Bike Challenge is at 8.30am on Sunday.
Sign-up for the three-hour race at noon. The race begins at 1pm.
Presentations will be from 4pm.