There was no shortage of sunshine as the Hot Day at Otway event brought perfect conditions for all sorts of mountain biking enthusiasts Saturday.
The second annual event at the Otway Nordic Centre is put on as part of the Throwdown Adventure Festival. Director of Mountain Biking for the competition, Andrew Steele says the course was no walk in the park for both men and women riding in advanced and expert classes. “It was a way longer course, a lot more technical sections with some big climbs and brought out a lot of the more seasoned riders.”
In fact, the course distance ran 12.3 kilometres with an uphill climb of about 300 metres. The winners in each respective category for Saturday are as follows:
Expert Women: Nikki Kassel
Advanced Women: Emmy Blouin
Advanced Men: Corwin Bower
Expert Men: Tom Skinner
Sunday’s itinerary consists of a learn to ride clinic for those just starting out, the novice cross country kids race and an enduro event in the afternoon. So far, Steele says he’s pleased with the turnout. “We had a little over 30 riders in between the classes today so we’re hoping for even more tomorrow and an even bigger turnout than last year.”
Steele mentions that even if you’re not into mountain biking, the Throwdown Adventure Festival brings something for everyone. “Just come watch the racers, watch the kids ride, the RCMP will also be on site to register your bike to track it down if it gets stolen, so be sure to come check us out.”
Sunday’s bike clinic begins at 10 a.m, followed by the 2016 kids race at noon, and the enduro event at 1 p.m.