Mackay Christian College has taken out the inaugural 2017 MTBA Schools National Championship on the final day of racing at Nerang on the Gold Coast.
After three days of competition ranging from time trial, cross-country and a enduro style team relay, it was the North Queensland school that claimed the perpetual trophy after amassing 1839 points, more than 300 to second placed Moreton Bay Boys College and St Mary’s College Toowoomba.
MCC teacher Peter Lister said he never came to the event with his team expecting to win, instead hoping it would encourage more children to ride bikes.
More than 130 mountain bike riders from schools as far away as the Northern Territory and Tasmania competed in the three day event.
The action began on Friday with a time trial through Bond University, with riders having only one lap to produce the quickest time to get the points, before Saturday saw racing head out to Nerang, where sections of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games MTB Course were used.
Riders from Under 13 to Under 19 headed out onto the 4.1km course, again with vital points on offer for their schools. Kenmore State High’s Cameron Wright produced the fastest lap of the weekend with a 10:06.6 to take out the Under 19 category.
While Saturday saw individual winners, Sunday would be focussed on the teams event with a four hour relay.
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