James Murphy in action
James Murphy in action

2013 Queensland Downhill Titles

Two North Coast riders have done well in the spectacular sport of downhill mountain bike racing. Riders pit their skills against the steep terrain and the clock to decide the rankings. Last weekend Peter Young from Goonellabah and James Murphy from Eureka travelled to the Mt Joyce cycling complex at Beaudesert and competed against 130 riders from all over Queensland in the downhill State Championships.
Peter in the over 30 class (veteran class) came in a creditable 3rd after bouncing off a tree in his race run and still ended up only 5.025 seconds behind the class leader. Peter will be known to many students in North Coast high schools in his role as a SRE teacher (Special Religious Educator) .
After qualifying first in the Elite class James (OFF THE BRAKES CYCLE TEAM) was pipped at the post by his arch rival Max Warshawsky . This follows steady improvements by James since winning the state under 19 class in 2011. The possibility for error is great in downhill events and yet races are won and lost frequently by only several seconds, James missing out on first place by just 3.551 seconds.
Many riders on the North Coast continue to casually enjoy the exciting and healthy sport of downhill, this area being ideal with its many hills and forested areas.
We wish Peter and James well as they continue to excel and represent the North Coast in Downhill Mountain biking.

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