Cousins win MTB challenge

2015-10-22 06:00
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Cousins Hayley Smith (left) and Darryn Purtell on the challenge.

PHOTO: Gavin/quickpix Cousins Hayley Smith (left) and Darryn Purtell on the challenge.

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SOUTH Coast cousins, Darryn Purtell and Hayley Smith, put together two days of flawless riding to win the very first Seabreeze Build It Bitter-Sweet MTB Challenge on Sunday 18 October at Rocky Bay.

The race was hosted by Rocky Bay Resorts and presented the ideal terrain for Purtell and Smith to thrive in.

With inside knowledge of South Coast trails they set out with a high pace on day one’s 60km route.

Day two’s 40km was shorter and they crossed the finish line in an overall time of 04:30:15.

“Because it a new event on the South Coast, was really exciting to win, especially being in our home grounds,” said Purtell.

Purtell said they would love the event to grow and as he was riding with his cousin, for her sponsors, the win was a cherry on top for them.

The cousins said that their knowledge of the track played a role in their winning.

Purtell said he and his cousin come from different sporting backgrounds, but they trained together for this challenge.

“Growing up on the South Coast and learning to ride here has been wonderful. It’s really rewarding to see how everything has evolved. My cousin and I have different sports backgrounds and most of the time we do not train together, but we did train a few times together for this challenge,” he said.

“It’s been great riding this weekend. The organisers have put in a huge amount of work getting everything in top condition for all of us. It has just been an amazing experience from the time we started on Saturday morning - the trails, the people, the hospitality, it’s all just been great,” Purtell said

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