Words by Flow, Red Hill Riders MTB Club | Images by Andy Rails Photography

The Arthurs Seat Trail Network on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is home to the inspirationally zealous Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club. As advocates and caretakers of the trails, they welcomed everyone to join in the fun at their premiere event, the Red Hill Gravity Enduro Presented by Mercedes-Benz Mornington.


Saturday morning practice, heading to the hills.

The two-day event attracted a sell-out field including two-time marathon national champion King and Paul van der Ploeg who recently returned to Australia after racing at the Enduro World Series Finale in Italy.

Paul Van Der Ploeg having a good old natter before starting.

Paul Van Der Plow boosting into stage 6 on Saturday’s practice.

Mornington Peninsula born Jenni King and Rowville’s Jeremy Hamilton were crowned Red Hill Gravity Enduro Presented by Mercedes-Benz Mornington champions at Arthurs Seat on Sunday.

“It feels great to have taken the win at this year’s Red Hill Gravity Enduro,” said Hamilton, who was second in the 2016 edition. “I had six fairly clean stages and pedalled hard all day! Thanks again to Red Hill Riders MTB Club and everyone for putting on another well run event.”

Jeremy Hamilton putting the power down while practising stage 2 on Saturday.

Hamilton feeling confident halfway through the race

For King, it was a return to both her hometown and racing after a year away from mountain biking. “Having had a year away from mountain bike racing, I had a few nerves leading into the Red Hill Gravity Enduro,” said King who grew up in the region.  “However I pretty quickly relaxed, enjoyed the trails and was lucky to have a great bunch of girls to ride, and enjoy the amazing views, with. The trails that made up the six race stages were some of the best I’ve ever ridden and I had such a fun time pushing my limits down them. To finish up on top of the podium was a bonus to cap off a great day out,” said King.

Jenni King looking fresh as a daisy after stage 2.

Two riders push up the very steep liaison from the end of stage 2.

Races like this don’t happen without a crew of dedicated volunteers. Thanks, guys!

The event consisted of six timed ‘stages’ throughout the 32km course, which took riders from the top of Arthurs Seat to the Boundary Road Reserve in Dromana before competitors rode back to the start, taking in 1200metres of climbing and stunning views over Port Phillip Bay.

Jack Hewish, U19 winner, pinning the Rock Roller on Stage 3.

Club President Terrence Toh was thrilled with the event’s success. “This year’s Red Hill Gravity Enduro Presented by Mercedes-Benz has been a huge success with a sell-out field of entries and an awesome atmosphere all weekend on Arthurs Seat and in the event village. Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club are proud of this unique event, which showcases our club, our trails and the Mornington Peninsula. I’d like to thank Parks Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire, and all of our sponsors for the event including Mercedes-Benz Mornington who have put in a huge amount of effort to support not only the event but the Red Hill Riders MTB Club and what we do.”

Club President, Terrence, blasts through Pins and Needles, Stage 5 on Saturday practice.

RESULTS

Elite Men

1. Jeremy Hamilton, Rowville (17:07.26)
2. Paul Van der Ploeg, Mt Beauty (17:16.08)
3. Shannon Hewetson, Werribee (17:19.67)
4. Murray Stephens (17:27.42)
5. Nicholas Swayn, Rosebud (17:39.13)

Elite Men’s Podium

Elite women

1. Jenni King, Mornington Peninsula (21:31.69)
2. Ellie Wale, Somers, Mornington Peninsula
 (21:51.62)
3. Kate Braithwaite, Mornington Peninsula (23:18.67)
4. Mandy Davis (24:28.49)
5. Kathryn Visser 24:56.22)

Elite Women’s Podium

U19 Men

1. Jack Hewish (18:33.68)
2. Timothy Milliner (19:28.18)
3. Finn Morcombe (19:50.42)
4. Bryce Heathcote (20:09.30)
5. Lachlan Ingram-Smith (21:47.37)

Under 19 Men’s podium

Stage Sponsors

Shimano Stage 1

DHaRCO Stage 2

Life of Bikes Stage 3

Canyon Stage 4

Hillview Quarries Stage 5

Mornington Cycles Stage 6

The Red Hill Gravity Enduro was held on October 7 & 8 at the Hillview Community Reserve, Boundary RD Dromana, Victoria. For more information head to www.redhillriders.com.au or visit the Red Hill Riders MTB Club Facebook to view the full event photo album.

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