2013 Australian Interschool MTB Championship

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Words by Tim Windshuttle | Images by Ronnie Grammatica (ronniegramatica.com)

The 2013 Australian Interschools MTB Championships presented by Thredbo MTB saw around 250 riders from over 50 schools compete in the 4 different event disciplines.

Thredbo MTB are excited to be carrying on the tradition of the Interschools Mountain Bike Championships. Interschools MTB competition has been an annual event on the mountain bike calendar in Thredbo for the past 16 years now and it keeps getting bigger & better every year with more riders, faster racing and new friendships made every year.

Interschools gives riders a special chance to experience mountain biking, the enthusiasm and energy of this popular sport in a competitive, educational and supportive atmosphere. The primary aim is to promote participation and evoke interest in competitive cycling in the younger generation. All divisions are based on the riders school year, division 3 being years 7 & 8, division 2 years 9 & 10 and division 1 years 11 & 12.

The event kicked off on Friday with DH practice and the Dual Compressor in the afternoon at Friday Flat under bluebird skies. The course was littered with berms & rollers which made for exciting racing from the young guns.

Riders awoke on Saturday to more bluebird skies with the threat of a rain storm later in the day. The main Thredbo DH was being raced with one diversion around the famous ‘Snakes & Ladders’ section. We were in for some fast racing from the boys as the dark clouds started to roll in. The heavens then opened up and the rain came down before everyone moved to the Pump Track for the Thredbo MTB Pump Track Challenge. The Pump Track Challenge being a fun side event was open to only one rider from each school. Some quick laps were put down and we even saw Alec Reid from Edmund Rice beat Troy Brosnans 2 lap Thredbo Pump track record.

Sunday saw the final event the X-Country. Riders made their way back to Friday Flat in the freezing temps early on Sunday morning. The XC course was a shortened version that was used for the national round in February.

Interschools are about getting the riders to excel over all disciplines regardless of their background which has led to the King & Queen of the Mountain awards. To be eligible for King or Queen of the mountain the rider must enter all 3 main events and place highly in each of them.

In the end Rachel Weinert & Riley Lowe took out the Div. 3 Queen & King. The Div. 2 was taken out by Nicole Thiele & Alec Reid.

Josh Lea and Kellie Weinert taking the Div. 1 King & Queen respectively.

The champion school trophy was taken out by Heathcote High School who had nearly 50 entrants!

Huge thanks to Thredbo MTB for putting on events like this. These events promote the sport to the younger generations and also create our future stars!

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