Cycle of fun hits the trail

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
The Bad Ass Middle Aged Ladies team - Dale-Lyn Russel, Toni Ness, Elissa Harrison and Kelly Gudgeon at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy.
Camera IconThe Bad Ass Middle Aged Ladies team - Dale-Lyn Russel, Toni Ness, Elissa Harrison and Kelly Gudgeon at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Solos, duos, teams, juniors and socials riders started pedalling on Saturday and didn’t stop for hours as they competed in the 21st annual Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy.

The event, run by the Burrup Mountain Bike Club, attracted riders from all over Australia, with competitors coming from Queensland, Perth, Tom Price and Exmouth for the endurance challenge.

The Things - Emily Henderson and Alesha Meulener at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy.
Camera IconThe Things - Emily Henderson and Alesha Meulener at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy. Credit: Shannon Beattie

BMBC media liaison Alana Kidd said it was the challenge of the event that drew people, but it was also a lot of fun.

“It’s for teams, juniors and for riders of all ages and abilities,” she said.

“The course this year was a lot tougher than what it has been previously, there was a lot of climbing, single tracks and rocky trails.”

Jarrod Anderson at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy.
Camera IconJarrod Anderson at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy. Credit: Troy Dunbar

The challenges were different for each of the categories but the solo and duo divisions presented the highest level of difficulty.

“As a solo rider, they need to have their food and drink set up so as they come through they can quickly restock and go again,” Kidd said.

“Whereas in the duos, you don’t get to talk to your partner because as they come in, you’re going out.”

Dean Rogers at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy.
Camera IconDean Rogers at the Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy. Credit: Pictures: Troy Dunbar, Troy Dunbar

On top of all that, riders also had to deal with riding in the blazing heat for the first three hours and in pitch black for the second.

“At 3pm it was hot. In that first lap everyone was red-faced and couldn’t breathe because it was so dry,” Kidd said. “From 6pm onwards you needed your lights on, plus it got really dusty from there being so many people on the track and the day afterwards everyone was coughing up red dirt.”

The event is a staple on the Mountain Bike Australia calendar and will be back in 2020.

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