Riders return for popular Karri Cup

Shannon BochenekManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Riders at the start line of the 100km Northcliffe Karri Cup MTB Challenge rider Number 91 Bruno Wicki, a regular competitor at 72 years of age.
Camera IconRiders at the start line of the 100km Northcliffe Karri Cup MTB Challenge rider Number 91 Bruno Wicki, a regular competitor at 72 years of age. Credit: Picture: Georgia Clifford, Georgia Clifford.

More than 350 riders took part in the Karri Cup Mountain Bike Challenge in Northcliffe at the weekend with Dave Hind taking out the open 100km division.

Hind crossed the finish line less than one second ahead of Rowan Brown in a time of 3hr 43 min 22.68 sec.

Hind and Brown were closely followed by Stephen McNeilly who crossed the line third but secured first place in the Veteran division with a 3hr 45min 38.52sec ride.

Run by the Northcliffe Visitors Centre committee, the 2018 event saw about 75 volunteers prepare and host the race.

Rider registration for this year’s cup exceeded the 2017 numbers by more than 100 riders and Northcliffe Visitors Centre committee treasurer Trevor Hulcup estimated the event attracted more than 1000 people to the region.

Rider 272 Martin Lowell amid the pack as they begin the second 25km stage.
Camera IconRider 272 Martin Lowell amid the pack as they begin the second 25km stage. Credit: Georgia Clifford.

“We were very pleased,” he said.

“They’re a terrific bunch of people, the mountain bike community.”

Mr Hulcup said the event’s volunteers had worked hard and produced an event that was very well received.

Pemberton's Mark Hudson on the third stage of the 100km Karri Cup, one of several locals who competed this year.
Camera IconPemberton's Mark Hudson on the third stage of the 100km Karri Cup, one of several locals who competed this year. Credit: Wendy Eiby.

“The feedback we got from riders was that this is the best run mountain bike event in the State and they’re eager to come again next year,” he said.

Mr Hulcup said Jim Sale deserved acknowledgement for his key role in organising the event, and estimated Jim and his team travelled about 2000km ahead of the event to prepare the track.

Manjimup locals Sharon Johnson and Julia Green take on one of the many hills in the 50km Karri Cup.
Camera IconManjimup locals Sharon Johnson and Julia Green take on one of the many hills in the 50km Karri Cup. Credit: Georgia Clifford.

“He really is a major contributor and he does it all for free,” he said.

Riders competed across 25km, 50km and 100km courses with people of all ages joining in across open, social, masters, veteran, junior and sub-junior divisions.

Alistair Milne tackles the third stage of the Karri Cup. After Milne competed annually in the Karri Cup his son Calum joined him to competing in the Northcliffe Karri Kids Race as a 4 year old in 2008. This year at age 14, Calum completed the 100km duo with his dad.
Camera IconAlistair Milne tackles the third stage of the Karri Cup. After Milne competed annually in the Karri Cup his son Calum joined him to competing in the Northcliffe Karri Kids Race as a 4 year old in 2008. This year at age 14, Calum completed the 100km duo with his dad. Credit: Wendy Eiby.

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