The Mont 24hr Mountain Bike Race

Date Posted: 29-Mar-2010

“Ok, this is how it’s going to be, if the students beat the teachers…” With those 14 words, Murray Bothma had created a race within a race – the teachers and parent team versus the students. Two and half thousand riders had gathered at Sparrow hill just outside of Canberra for a 24 hour Mountain Bike Endurance race.

Setting up camp on Friday afternoon there was plenty of anticipation about what the race would be like, how it would start, and what order our teams would ride in. With last minute maintenance complete we headed down the starting line to watch the race get under way. The race started with a 600 metre uphill sprint to collect your bike, before heading out on to the 19 kilometres of fire road and single track trails. The racing was very close with the teachers opening a small gap in the first 5 hours and as we headed into the darkness and the head lights were switched on, the teachers were confident they could hold their lead. Racing through the night was an exciting challenge. It was terrific to see the way the team of students worked together to make sure the next rider was waiting at the transition zone for the passing of the baton before heading off to their tents for a well earned but short rest before they set out again 4 hours later.

Just before dawn, the students were lapped, but never did they give up. They continued to produce consistent lap times. Murray Sullivan and Mr Bannister had the pleasure (I’m not sure if that is the right word!) of being on the track as the sun rose and the lights got switched off and we entered the last 5 hours of racing. Throughout the night a few riders involuntarily dismounted as fatigue and the crumbling trail took its toll, but thankfully there were no serious injuries and only a good story to tell about where, when and how it happened.

The 24 hours of racing was fun, but the whole weekend was a wonderful experience. The twelve riders and 5 support crew were exhausted but all agreed that it was a great experience. The riders would like to thank Mrs Post, Mr Sullivan and Mr Mackay for their help in organising food and equipment before and during the race.

With the 2010 race now past, we’re hoping to enter more teams in 2011. And who knows, may be the students will strike back and beat the teachers!

Stay tuned for video. Check out the Twitter updates on the school's Twitter account.

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Rod Post commented on 30-Mar-2010 05:03 PM
It was a great time for all who came. I was stoked at the way everyone did there bit. Our shirts had "Jesus all about life" on the sleeve, and the feedback I have heard is that all our competitors participated in a way that did not detract from nor give others the chance to think otherwise. Well done guys, you really did make us proud. We prayed together for safety before the race and again giving thanks for safety granted after the race. Thank You God.
Rod Post
Bill Rusin commented on 31-Mar-2010 09:37 AM
Well done gentlemen. What a great effort for a first time entry into the race. I look forward to how this will grow in the future... Who knows, maybe a girls' team?
Thank you for the way in which you represented the school!
Chris Bannister commented on 31-Mar-2010 12:00 PM
I would like to say thank you to Mr Trevaskis the motivator for all that he has done in organising and training everyone. Mr Bannister
Vanessa Post commented on 31-Mar-2010 04:16 PM
It was a privilege to be a part of the support crew.
Sir, Madam Bothma commented on 01-Apr-2010 07:15 PM
It was an awesome challenge made easy by a great support team, good cooks, team mates always there to do the next lap and God's love in our camp to welcome you back after a tiring ride!
Dan MacKay commented on 01-Apr-2010 09:14 PM
The ride was long, but it was so fun, so you sort of forgot about the the distance you're riding. I really recommend this for young and keen riders

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