On Thursday 28 August and Friday 29 August students from Gymea Technology High School attended the CORC ACT Schools MTB Champs with 3 Teams competing in the Senior Category.
A record crowd of over 550 secondary schools, from the ACT, Wagga, South Coast and Sydney, descending on Stromlo Forest Park for the CORC ACT Schools MTB Champs. It was a great opportunity for our students to ride purpose built Mountain Bike trails, be exposed to the talent in other schools around the two states and to bond as a group who share a passion for this unique and fun sport.
Our students competed to the best of their ability in the relay-style race, where one rider per team is out on the track at a time. Our students were doing 12 minute laps on the challenging 4 km course, in the race that lasted 4 hours. Even up to the last 30 seconds we had students, exhausted but ready to take to the track, to try to bump their ranking over other schools they were level with. Matthew Simpson and Jared Ross did well to get back to transition just in time to make this happen and thus this strategy proved successful with them jumping two ranks.
Results were as follows: (out of 47 Teams in their category)
Josh Bates, Ben Challen and Jared Ross Ranked 14th (Team: Team Legsbstromlo (Gymea Technology High School)) Time: 4:15:56 Laps: 18
Matthew Simpson, Cameron Rae and Joseph Whyte Ranked 35 (Team: Team Syndicate (Gymea Technology High School)) Time: 4:15:59 Laps: 16
James Scott, Josh Farrell and Luke Andretta Ranked 42 (Team: GTHS Bikers (Gymea Technology High School)) Time: 3:24:12 Laps: 13
It was a long two days, with training rides to the top of the mountain on Thursday (10 kms of challenging uphill climbing with a downhill “that leaves you smiling for days”) , the normal camp shenanigans Thursday evening and race day on Friday. Their behaviour and attitude toward the organisation of 11 bikes and themselves, the way they interacted as a whole and in teams, and their will to compete even when exhausted were commendable. The boys returned drained and sore, but were fantastic representatives of our school.