MTBO National Series

Round 3  National MTBO Series in Queensland this weekend

Five Vic MTBO Nuggets will be riding at Beerburrum, Queensland, this weekend in the final round of the 2009 National MTBO Series. The 2-day Queensland MTBO Championships will kick off with a Middle Distance race (over 70 entries) on Saturday afternoon and conclude with the Long Distance Championship on Sunday. Victoria will be represented by

Alex Randall (YV, M21-E), recently returned from Europe and currently in second place in Elite Men,

Thor Egerton (BK, W21-E), currently holding first place in Elite Women,

Martin Boland (BK, M21-E), currently 11th in M21-Elite,

Heath Jamieson (CH, M-20 E), undefeated in the 5 Junior Elite races in 2009,

Di Mittag (BK, W21-E), currently third in Elite Women.

This will be the first time that Thor Egerton (BK), formerly representing Queensland, will ride as a Vic MTBO Nugget since moving to Melbourne in March.

NSW representatives are

Melanie Simpson W21-E, a strong chance to take a top three National place

Anthony Darr M21-E, recently returned from Europe

David West M40-, currently ranked in top 60 in the WRE rankings

Rob Prentice M50-, a perennial place getter in the highly competitive M50- class

Queensland will have the majority of the 70 entries with strong performances in the home forests expected from Chris Furman M-20E, Josh Neumann M-20E, David Tay M-20E, Jamie Dougall M21-E, Craig Flintoft M21-E, Sue Yan Tay W40-, Andrea Harris W50-, Peter Young M50- and Reid Moran M60-.

Victoria holds strong leads in all four elite classes (M21-E, W21-E, M-20E and W-20E) and overall lies in first place

1 Victoria 149

2 Queensland 71

3 NSW Stingers 68

4 South Australia Arrows 19

5 Canberra Cockatoos 9

Victorians will be supporting the Elite team in Queensland with M50’s Ric Armstrong (AW) and Norm McCann (AW), and M60’s Ray Sheldon (YV) and Blake Gordon (EU) riding in the senior classes. Good performances at these two events will enhance riders’ National Ranking and will sew up the National MTBO Series crown for Victoria for the second year cycling.

-Blake Gordon