The sometimes tough and always scenic Wildside race concluded this morning with the 36 km 7th stage in Strahan, on Tasmania’s west coast. The MTBO-ers at the event: Adrian Jackson, Alex Randall and Katrin Van der Spiegel posted spectacular results.
All rode consistently through the 7 tough stages to place in the top of the 300 strong field. Adrian placed 4th in the general classification and 2nd in the U23 category, beating a swag of Australia’s top MTB XC riders, including those who’ve raced world champs and world cups.
Alex placed a briliant 3rd in the Open Men class, 2nd only to the best two MTB riders in Australia, Chris Jongewaard and Sid Taberlay. He was also 7th in the general classification.
After running 3rd in the Open Women’s category for the first 3 stages, Katrin Van der Spiegel showed her strength and form by winning the individual time trial last night. In the final stage today she continued the superb form with a 2nd place to Niki Fisher and beat Lisa Mathison by 5 minutes, who placed 10th in the Athens Olympic race.
Full Wildside results*
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