Oliveira delivers commanding performance
Matthew Oliveira took control and never looked back in the Male A division of the fourth race of the Flying Colours Mountain Bike Race Series at the weekend.
A smaller field led to closer racing at Admiralty House Park, but Oliveira seized command on the first lap and never looked back, finishing in first place.
Gary Raynor held a comfortable second place and Chequan Richardson finished third spot after battling with Adam Kirk.
Visiting rider Felicia Stancil, who won gold for the United States at the Pan Am Games in Toronto last summer, was the only rider in the Female A division. In the Veteran division, Chris Roque once again secured first place, Padraic Browne took second and David Byrne came in third. In the Male B division, Conner White finished first, Blake Camara was second and Charles Swart third.
Elizabeth Jorden was the only rider in the Female B division, while in the Male Novice class, Manuel Lonfat came in first, Andrew Packwood second and Garth Fleming rounded out the top three.
In the Female Novice division, Zina Jones enjoyed a maiden win, just ahead of Caitlin Conyers, who narrowly beat Wenda Robers into second place.
There was a close fight in the Male 13-15 division, with less than three minutes separating the top five. It ended with Nicholas Narraway taking first place, Blake Oliveira second and Finn Clarkson third. Lea Balestreri was the only Female 13-15 rider.
In the Male 12 and under division, Keyen Webb won, Gordon Smith took second place and Odin Heinz was third.
Zahriah Outerbridge claimed first in the Female 12 and under division.
The series takes a four-week break, before it heads to Great Head Park in St Davids on Sunday, January 15.