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Tough on the Trails

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CYCLING team manager Andy Hamon has heaped praise on his two mountain bike riders after yesterday’s gruelling race at the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails.

Team Jersey's Oliver Lowthorpe takes a jump in the men's cross-country mountainbike final at the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails yesterday Picture: Mike Egerton

Rhys Hidrio finished 14th in one hour, 27 min and 42 sec while Ollie Lowthorpe finished three laps behind, in 21st place at the back of the field.

‘I’m very of proud of both of them,’ said Hamon, adding: ‘It was a very tough race and really hard in the heat, it was 28 degrees with 95 per cent humidity so we really struggled with that despite taking all the fluids on board.

‘We did everything we could have done to acclimatise and it was always going to be tough because many of the other riders are race-fit because they are coming towards the end of their racing season’s while we’ve had very little racing.

‘it really was a demanding course; unfortunately Rhys had a problem with a brake dis on the axle and he was comfortably in tenth place at the time so it was disappointing for him to drop back after that.

‘Ollie did as well as expected and it must be remembered that he suffered a broken collarbone five weeks ago while racing in New Zealand.

‘We’ve given it our best shot against some excellent riders and both riders and I were pleased with their rides.’

Jersey’s team of cyclists now turn their attentions to tomorrow’s road races, for the men and women, the latter represented by Kim Ashton and Helen Ralston and the former by Dan Halksworth, Jack Rebours, Hidrio and Lowthorpe.

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