NORTHERN Rivers rising star, Haley Oakes had the best start to her teenage years when she won the U19 women's division of the Merida 24 hour and 4 hour MTB race at Hiddenvale on the weekend.
NORTHERN Rivers rising star, Haley Oakes had the best start to her teenage years when she won the U19 women's division of the Merida 24 hour and 4 hour MTB race at Hiddenvale on the weekend. Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club

Dirty Wheels riders clean up at the races

CYCLISTS from the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club put their hearts into their pedals and cleaned up at the Merida HV24HR event in Queensland on the weekend.

Held at Hidden Vale Adventure Park at Grandchester, Queensland, the event attracted some of the top tier riders from around NSW and Queensland.

Rising star Hayley Oakes won the U19 women's event on her 13th birthday, taking out the four hour solo event, while a plucky Jasper Hegerty, 9, won the under 10 female event, held at Hiddenvale on Saturday.

On Sunday, there was victory for the club when one of entered two teams of six for the 24 hour event who battled it out throughout the night, took out the gold.

The Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club's Osama Bin Ridin' team came first in the Merida 24 hour event on April 8-9, 2017.
The Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club's Osama Bin Ridin' team came first in the Merida 24 hour event on April 8-9, 2017. Alison Paterson

Team Osama Bin Ridin' which comprised Julian Napper, Sam Kent, Dave Hegerty, Andy Scott, Chris Irish and Darren Speers, knocked out 450km and took 1st place by two laps.

The second six man team, The Good, the Bad and the Dirty, comprising Scott Connolly, Andrew Oakes, Ryan Slater, Greg Staadar, Mark Bailey and Daniel Kaeslin in putting in a solid performance and came a strong 7th.

Other results included senior rider Dave Curtis who finished 13th amidst a strong field with more than 60 riders in the over 40 men's event.

NORTHERN Rivers mountain biker, Haley Oakes had the best start to her teenage years when she won the U19 women's division of the Merida 24 hour and 4 hour race at Hiddenvale.
NORTHERN Rivers mountain biker, Haley Oakes had the best start to her teenage years when she won the U19 women's division of the Merida 24 hour and 4 hour race at Hiddenvale. Supplied

Hayley said it was an exciting result not just for herself who completed 56km, but for her fellow club riders at the event.

"My time of 4.20:53 improved over an hour from last year,” she said.

"The 16km course had a bit of everything, there was mud, dust and rocks and some long and technical climbs, flowy trails and deep down-hills.”

Next up for Hayley is the Sunshine Series is a four race event and the schools national championships in June when she will represent Summerland Christian College in June.

Club president Dave Hegerty said the event was fantastic and he was very proud of all the members who participated.



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