$3OOO up for grabs at bike race

COOMEALLA-Mildura Mountainless Bike Club will hold its annual three-hour enduro event this Sunday at the club track near the Coomealla Golf Club.

More than $3000 worth of prizes will be available to competitors on the day.

The format of the event allows riders to go flat out or at a relaxed pace for the duration, 

With a variety of age-based classes, and ability to share the riding with a partner, anyone interested can enter by going onto the club website

www.mountainlessbike.net.au or last minute entries will be taken on the day between 8.30am to 9.30am.

All that is needed is a mountain bike and an approved helmet and drink bottle. 

As the recent high flows passing down the Murray River had inundated some areas, members recently tested the new 10km track for the enduro.

After the previous round held at Merbein River Road course, members were keen to find their way around the familiar patch at Coomealla.

Sam Barnden quickly took on the now familiar position of holeshot rider with Jason Dawes keeping the pressure on, along with Errol Schmidt and an improved Damian Gibson.

The increased performance of Gibson saw the regular B Grade rider knocking out times faster than most A Grade opponents.

The large pack of B Grade rider positions were regularly changing around the solid 10k course, with riders doing three laps – those with the better fitness started to shine by the second lap.

Mike Erny and Tyler Beruldsen could not be separated, swapping positions during the race, with speed lifting on the last lap.

With some three kilometres to go, Beruldsen pulled the passing move, but Erny again came around, leading a sprint finish which Erny won by just 0.3 seconds, one of the closest margins recorded.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Thursday's Sunraysia Daily 20/09/2012.

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