TRAIL BLAZER: Craig Evers on his way winning the 3-Hour Enduro at Bom Bom State Forest on Saturday.PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
TRAIL BLAZER: Craig Evers on his way winning the 3-Hour Enduro at Bom Bom State Forest on Saturday.PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Evers wins 3-Hour in classic finish

PROFESSIONAL road cyclist Craig Evers switched to the single-speed mountain bike to win the 3-Hour Enduro at Bom Bom State Forest on Saturday.

Evers was in a continuous battle for the lead with Graham Rankin throughout and needed to time his final sprint to perfection to grab victory.

"I realised while it was a fun ride, we're also racing now," the 24-year-old said.

"It was really cool. It definitely turned into a race, we just kept swapping the lead.

"On the last lap Graham was putting down some speed and had me on the edge most of the way. I took over and tried to crack him and it didn't really happen so it came down to that final sprint. I only had the single gear and limited speed so I made sure I was first onto the single track so I could accelerate and get ahead."

A road time trial specialist for the Data #3 Symantec Racing Team, Evers will be in action again today in the Yamba Shores Tavern Criterium.

"I like doing mountain biking because it gets you away from all the competition and serious business of it all," Evers said.

Meanwhile the overall 'chook' winner for closest to nominated time was Steve McPherson. Shahrynn Edmunds won the Open Women's event while Nambucca rider Lionel Campbell won the Over-50s division and was third outright behind Evers and Rankin.

In the juniors, Henry White won Under-15s, Jack Birieux Under-13s and Richelle McLean the Under-10s. Crimestoppers won the Mixes Pairs.

Bom Bom State Forest will reignite on June 26 when all the clubs throughout the North Coast converge for the Grafton round of the Gnatpack Series.



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