May 15, 2017
Celebrations as the MoreTon Bay MTB Series Kicks Off With a BANG with Handyside & Stone taking Elite Honours
Brisbane, Queensland: South East Qld’s newest mountain bike series kicked off on Friday night as riders took a journey to the Dark Side at the LunarC 8hr XC Enduro as part of the MoreTon Bay Mountain Bike Series. Starting at 10pm on Friday night and finishing at 6am on Saturday the event saw riders from across the country from as far afield as the ACT and Hamilton Island taking on some of the Regions most challenging MTB trails in the aim to complete the most laps of the 9.4km course overnight.
Heralded by a full moon, LunarC started with a bang at the opening ceremony as riders sped off into the night encouraged to ‘Ride the Night Away’ courtesy of Aussie favourite Jimmy Barnes and a memorable lights display to start the event.
Most riders set out hard before settling into a steady pace with 8 hours of riding ahead of them. Among the riders were Stewart Boswerger of SLRV Expedition Trucks and Callie Le Roux from Brisbane Truck Centre from team Desert MAN Can who started training in preparation for their cycle across the Simpson Desert in August this year at LunarC.
There were grimaces and smiles throughout the night as solo and team riders tackled the 9.4km course which included a combination of fast flowing single track, fire trails as well as some technical riding on the Mordor, Madness and Moria trails which have become an integral part of the LunarC experience. Brenden from Bikefix Mobile was on hand at Race HQ ready to assist riders with any mechanicals and expertly kept competitors riding throughout the night.
As daylight drew nearer some riders pushed themselves to reach HQ in the aim to punch out one more lap before the 6am deadline while others welcomed the finish line and headed straight for the magnificent brekky Pizzas from Alfresco Woodfire Pizza and Australia’s best Coffee from Tarryn at Jungle Bean.
It was an amazing night and we would like to pay tribute to some outstanding performances.
The Ultra Lunartics
After all was said and done we discovered who the real Lunartics were on the night with some amazing performances including:
Top Male Riders – Solo
- 13 Laps – John Sloan (40-49) 7:55:52
- 13 Laps – Wayne Thompson (Single Speed) 8:00:13
- 13 Laps – Peter Bigaila (50+) 8:10:45
- 13 Laps – Simon Nendick (40-49) 8:22:04
- 13 laps – Terry Franklin (30-39) 8:29:31
- 13 laps – Alex Austin (30-39) 8:31:08
Top Female Riders – Solo
- 11 Laps – Rebecca Stone (Elite) 8:07:32
- 10 Laps – Julie Hadzic (30-39) 8:24:15
- 9 Laps – Sara Eastwood (50+) 7:44:12
Most Number of Laps on the Night
- 16 Laps – Planet Cycles (Team of 3)
2017 LunarC 100 Club
And an elite few joined the LunarC 100 Club, pushing out over 100km of riding over the 8 hour period. 2017 members of the 100 Club include:
A big thanks goes out to all riders who competed in the true spirit of the event and kept smiling through the pain while keeping it really friendly and respectful on the course. This is truly what LunarC is all about.
Full results can be found on line and a huge thank you to Jeff Kingston our volunteer photographer on the night who has made all the action photos available on facebook to download on the links below. As we wrap up race 1 we look forward to welcoming riders for Race 2 of the series, the Back 2 Back which includes three 20km races across two days as well as junior, and dirt kids events and camping on site. So grab your mates, grab the family join the excitement of SE Qld’s newest MTB experience.
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