QLD MTBO Champs - a resounding success

by Linda Burridge

QLD MTBO Champs - a resounding success


The Sunshine Coast was the venue for the Queensland MTBO Champs over the weekend. With three races in 2 days, it was an awesome weekend of riding and racing.

The Sprint Champs on Saturday morning at Boondall Entertainment Centre were in an urban stadium complex comprising native bush, open grassy areas and multiple paved areas. The Middle Distance followed at "CREEC" Environment Centre, Burpengary: an urban environment comprising Council parks and forest reserves, sports grounds, an environmental centre and an educational facility. The event concluded on Sunday morning with the Long Distance Champs held at Beerburrum State Forest in undulating to hilly terrain with forest tracks and trails. This event was held in honour of Gordon Howitt who was a foundation member of Sunshine Orienteers and worked tirelessly for the club, inspiring all around him.
Congratulations to the overall winners in all three races. M21 was dominated by Aussie rep Joel Young who won all 3 races, although Oskar Booth did well to be only 4 minutes behind in the long.

W21 was shared with Kate Riseley winning the sprint & middle & Clare Leung having a convincing win in the long. Alastair Matthews won all M20 races, while Tamsin Barnes (W40) & Reid Moran (M70) also completed the trifecta of wins.

Thanks to the hard-working team for putting on a great event and to the army of volunteers. It would not have been possible without you.


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