NIAS MTB at Copeton Dam Event

(Written by Head Coach Michael Crummy, 11th November 2020)

Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) Cycling Program are completing their year with numerious local club events. This week they visited the trails at Copeton Dam with host club Inverell MTB. This is the 10th annual Copeton 6hr, with around 100 participants lined up to ride, including five of NIAS's enthusiast MTB athletes.

The Copeton track was well prepared by Inverell MTB club, with a great mix of fast flowing ascents and descents. The Copeton trail and event hub was conveniently close to the Reflections Park kiosk and the Inverell MTB volunteer staff run a smooth event.

One of the NIAS pair teams was Harry Fairfull and Lawson Walsh. Harry has this to say about his race, "Lawson started the race enabling us to get a good start. We rode fairly well with both of us having similar times." Harry went on to ride 4 laps with Lawson completing 5. "It was a good experience riding at Copeton, technical features included steep rocky climbs and sandy descents. We ended up fourth in our category (Open Male Pair, which included adults)". Both athletes stepping up to the challenge with an outstanding performance.

Our other NIAS pairing of Campbell Walsh and Jock Hollis also raced in the Open Male Pair category. Again both athletes performed to a high standard with near perfect race conditions and no mechanical issues. "It was a good day and a great turn out of people. Everyone seemed to enjoy," Campbell said about his local event. Campbell and Jock have learnt a lot in the last year, having been paired together on many occasions, and relish the measure a pairs race can bring. The boys went on to place third in the Open Pairs category.

Lachlan Butters rode in team with previous NIAS athletes, the Roberts brothers, in the Teams of 3/4 category. After a fast start by his team mates Lachlan had a flat tyre mechanical on his lap, he did however recover from this to put in three fast laps and help his team secure first place in the category.