ON THEIR BIKES: Mountain bike G-BomB participants navigate the course during the race at Bom Bom State Forest on Saturday. PHOTO: DEBRA NOVAK
ON THEIR BIKES: Mountain bike G-BomB participants navigate the course during the race at Bom Bom State Forest on Saturday. PHOTO: DEBRA NOVAK

Riders brave the heat to tackle G-BomB 12-Hour

IT WAS endurance racing at its absolute toughest in the Bom Bom Forest on Saturday.

Riders braved heatwave conditions to complete the 6-hour and 12-hour events as the mercury tipped 37 degrees in Grafton.

"Stinking hot," race director Michael Powell said.

"But we had no problems other than the heat."

Despite the heat, a record 200 riders hit the 10km single track circuit.

The majority of riders were entered in the six-hour team events. But the winner of the event's overall 12-hour solo was Mark Wood.

Wood, who recently competed in the World Solo 24-Hour Championships in Canberra, completed 17 laps in 11 hours 19 minutes to take out the title.

Brisbane's Michelle Newstead was the overall female winner with 14 laps in 11 hours 46 minutes, two laps ahead of Armidale's Kirby Knowles (12 laps, 11h 45m).



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