Bronze for White
WHAT started as a weekend getaway has turned into a mountain biking obsession for the White family.
Mark White and his children Bridie and Henry completed the sixth and final round of the Queensland-based Sunshine MTB Series held at Mt Cotton on Sunday.
"We've been involved with mountain bikes for about four years now, but this was the first year racing seriously for the kids," Mark said.
"We bought a campervan at the beginning of the season and it's been good going out on family camping weekends."
In their first season of competitive racing Bridie finished third overall in the Under-13 Girls on 350 points behind Toowoomba pair Emma Jackson (440) and Sarah Craft (355) while Henry fifth of 31 riders in the highly competitive Under-15 Boys division.
Preoccupied by the lure of a sport thriving north of the border, the Whites only competed in two of seven events in the smaller North Coast based 2015 GNaTPACK Series. However, it was enough for the two youngsters to show their wares and gain selection in a North Coast team that heads to Armidale this weekend for a three-day training camp hosted by some of Mountain Biking Australia's top coaches with a view to representing the region in 2016.
PUMP UP AT BOM BOM
BOM Bom Racing this week confirmed Queensland company Pump Track Creations will begin building an $18,000 'pump track' to add to the range of mountain bike facilities on offer at Bom Bom State Forest.
Pump tracks are designed for riders to be able to get through without pedalling but instead working up momentum by pumping through the various sections.
"The club had received some grant money from Rotary for junior development," Bom Bom Racing secretary Mark White said. "After seeing some of the really top tracks in Queensland we decided to build a pump track, which will help riders work on their pump skills.
"It should be finished by end of September."
It is hoped extra events will be held on the new track to add to the spectacle of the annual G-Bomb 12-Hour Enduro scheduled for October 17.