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On a cool and showery Friday 6 May, our Investigator College Mountain Bikers took on the trails of Craigburn Farm in the enduro style SA Mountain Bike Championships. Four teams rode the muddy and at times technically challenging trails over two hours for the Year 7/8 teams and two-and-a-half hours for the Year 9/10 team.

The objective of the day was for teams to ride as many laps as possible in the quickest time over the allocated time frame. This made for excellent and exciting riding, which pushed every rider to ensure that they were contributing to their team’s time. Students had to navigate the tight downhill section of the course, which was full of jumps, berms and assorted obstacles as well as the ‘hecklers’ that lined this section of the course, who were goading students to ‘send it’ over the jumps. Several riders from other schools had ride-ending ‘stacks’ on this aspect of the course. Once the downhill was complete students had a leg burning ascent to the top of the course to complete a lap and tag the next rider.

Investigator College secured their first medal in Mountain Biking with the Year 8 mixed team, Mecki Roesler, Mani Radcliffe, Elijah Jucius and Noah Fitton winning bronze. After two hours of riding, there was 30 seconds separating the first three teams. Unfortunately a flat tyre on one of our student’s rides was the difference between a gold and bronze and ultimately testament to the effort these students placed into their rides. An example of this was seen in the last lap of the day with Noah Fitton putting in a massive ride to finish two seconds within the two hour cut off time. We saw this sort of effort from all Investigator College students throughout the day.

Thank you to all the parents/caregivers and friends who transported students to this event and offered support throughout the competition. We are very fortunate to have your support and willingness to be involved. This sort of competition that requires the transport of people and equipment for an early start is often a statistical challenge.

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