Riders from far and wide were in attendance at last weekend’s inaugural race at Woodford Island, approximately 50km North of Grafton.

Being the final round in the MTBA 2017 GE National Series, a strong outing was crucial for some in order to secure the series title; in the Under 17 Men’s category a total of four riders were in contention for the series title.

With only days since the finishing touches were added to the trails used for the weekend, it offered a rare opportunity for out-of-town riders to approach a race weekend without being at a disadvantage to the locals. The sandy terrain and rocky features provided plenty of challenges to overcome for all riders, with even the Elite riders coming to grief in some sections.

Across the top level podiums, Ben Cory took the win in Elite Men, Angela Williams in Elite Women (plus 3rd place in the series), and Harrison Dobrowolski taking out the win in Junior Male plus the series title. Clarence Valley Council mayor Jim Simmons was on hand to present the medals and prizes, and reinforced the council’s commitment to continuing to develop mountain-biking in the region.

Full race results are available at http://whitelightningevents.com/Woodford/

Photos and Story // Mike Molloy for Element Photo and Video Productions