Cyclists ride high in Cairns

THREE of Bendigo’s best riders have finished inside the top 20 at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event in Cairns.

Chris Hamilton and brothers Tasman and Russell Nankervis competed in the under-23s event on Sunday.

The trio were up against cyclists from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany.

Hamilton was the best placed Bendigo rider, he finished in 11th spot, nine minutes and 59 seconds behind eventual winner Victor Koretzky from France.

Tasman Nankervis crossed the finish line in 14th spot while Russell Nankervis finished in 17th place.

Tasman Nankervis said despite the difficult conditions the trio of Bendigo riders were happy with how they raced.

“We were three very happy Bendigo boys after the race,” he said.

“We all did pretty well.”

Heading into the race, Tasman admitted he was unsure how he would go in the race after recovering from an injury.

“I am pretty happy with how I raced,” he said.

"I was stoked."

Tasman said the 26.1 kilometre course was a tricky one to negotiate.

“It was very technical,” he said.

“It rained every day leading up to the race and also during the practice sessions.

“It was very slippery and there was dense jungle and roots throughout the course, it definitely wasn’t like Bendigo.”

Tasman said he was now taking a short break from the sport before competing in the MTB Port to Port race in Newcastle. 

The four-day event will run between May 29 and June 1.

He also said the next few rounds of the Mountain Bike World Cup will be held in Europe.

“I would like to go to Europe but at this stage I won’t be going,” Tasman said. 

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