Well it was a huge, action packed, weekend of racing with Argonaut riders travelling to Tasmania and Bathurst to compete in the first NRS race of the season (Mersey Tour in Tassie) and the NSW Hill Climb championships/Bathurst racing. An interesting twist this year was that these events were held on the same weekend and this had a significant impact on the racing at Bathurst, with most of the big teams sending riders to Tassie for the Mersey tour instead of Bathurst.
In the weeks leading up to these events all riders were training hard and the indications were that there would be some top results as well as a stream of PB’s. However, race days don’t always go as planned and while there were definitely some great results there was also some bad news with two riders sustaining broken bones.
The 24hr solo MTB championships were held at Majura over the Easter weekend and while the pros were busy working their way towards monumental laps numbers and distances there were also a group of dedicated age group athletes set for the challenge of riding for 24hrs straight. Angus McKay and Nathan Schubert were two of these riders. The boys ride for Team Hot Designs and they proudly displayed the kit throughout the event. Training for this event started in earnest around three months ago and many km’s later the boys took to the start line at midday on Saturday.
As always with events of this nature there are times when things don’t quite go to plan and unfortunately for Nathan things started going off plan after 7 laps, with stomach problems forcing a stop after lap 8. A quick (or not so quick nap) later Nathan was feeling better and bravely got back on the bike the next morning and ripped out another 5 laps to finish with a total of 13 laps in around 12 hours of riding.
Angus’ event was a stark contrast with the big diesel engine that is Angus McKay primed for a long one. He rode consistently until 4:30am (16.5hrs ) before it was time for a break with 14 laps in the bag. A quick nap and then back onto the bike just after sun up to join Nathan for another 4 laps to finish with a total of 18 – just one lap shy of qualifying for the world championships.
All up the boys learnt heaps in their first 24hr solo race and are sure to improve when they next toe the start line.
Well done and congratulations on your results and all the hard work just getting to the start line.
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