OnTheGo Racing Rider takes over SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix
Article courtesy of Australian Mountain Bike Magazine. Full article can be viewed here; http://ambmag.com.au/events/callum-mcnamara-takes-over-shimano-mountain-...
29th April 2014, Canberra, Australia.
With a victory in the GP7-hour competition, Callum McNamara from Canberra is the new elite solo men’s series leader of the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix. More than 250 racers participated at Round 2, which was held at the James Estate Winery in the Upper Hunter Valley. Max Richardson from the Central Coast came in second and Jason Pearce from Sydney was in third. In the women’s solo elite category, Laura Renshaw won her first GP7 Hour event ahead of new series leader and fellow Novocastrian Kirby Knowles and Deb Davies from Weston near Cessnock. In the popular GP4 Hour race, Paris Basson from Narrabeen took out first place in the elite men’s and Brook Rowlands from Canberra won the women’s category.
It was the second mountain bike event to be held at the James Estate Winery after the inaugural SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix race there last year. The efforts of the winery’s General Manager and trail builder Graeme Scott and the team didn’t get unnoticed as riders from all over NSW and the ACT praised the 10km race track, which led them through more than 5km of fast and flowy bush single tracks and then straight through the vineyards and the actual winery, past the cellar door and across beautiful meadows with scenic views of the Upper Hunter Valley.
More than two-thirds of the field stayed in the region and also camped on-site, including the new series leader Callum McNamara, one of the many event participants who came all the way from Canberra and was in strong form clocking in the fastest male lap time in 29:02 min. “This was a fantastic event – such a good mix of single track and fire trails, plus such a convenient event centre set up. I had a great race, can’t wait for the next one”, he said.
Second place-getter Max Richardson and runner up in the series currently agreed, “You notice right away that the single track has had over 5 years of blood sweat and tears poured into it, so it’s well thought out and keeps you wanting more. And the fire road sections are through the winery itself so it’s very picturesque riding. The race was great – everyone out there was all smiles.”