PROFESSIONAL mountain bike rider Morgan Pilley managed to incorporate the 19th Annual Mauri Kautto Team Time Trial into his intense training schedule.

Pilley is preparing for the World Mountain Bike Championships in South Africa on June 29.

Yesterday he rode from Yamba to compete in the 100km event which starts and finished in Grafton, then rode home again.

"I rode about 240 kilometres," said Pilley, who normally rides between 100 and 200 kilometres per day.

Even for an athlete who is used to pushing himself to the limit, he admitted he started to feel the pinch during the day.

"I hit a bit of a food bonk and went low on energy during the time trial," he said.

"My diet's on a razor's edge at the moment because of World's coming up in three weeks and I've dropped a bit of weight."

Pilley teamed up with Yamba mates Matt Muir, Tristan Allard, Andrew Ford and Rod McPhillips to form the Flightless Birds, finishing the event in 10th overall.

He is yet to decide if he will contest the Yamba Shores Criterium today at 11am.

"I will see when I finish training in the morning.

"I'll ride for three or four hours, then hopefully get back in time and go for a bit of a roll."

Meanwhile, the winner of the 100km team time trial was Financing Property, a team comprised of cyclists from Muwillumbah and the Gold Coast, Peter Gwynee, Chris Thompson, Matthew File, Nicholas Booth and Peter Roper. They crossed the finish line in two hours, 22 minutes and 58 seconds.

Second place went to the University of Queensland Cycle Club team of Tim O'Donnell, Tim Chalke, Michael Owen, Robert West and Tim Goulding just over a minute behind the winner.

Third was Kerrod Parker, Daniel Alcock, Chris Jahnz, Alex Swadling and Alex Beedie from Coffs Harbour.

The best placed local team was Nowhere To Hyde - a formation of predominantly Yamba cyclists consisting of Elvery, Aaron Watts, Greg Allen, Liam Magennis and Lindsay Wall who came home in the fifth fastest time (2:30.46), representing Grafton Cycle Club.



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