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Oliveira top of class as flats haunt riders

Out in front: Oliveira finished first in the Male A division (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Race five of the Flying Colours Mountain Bike Race Series took place in perfect conditions at Lodge Point Park in the West End.

With very short straights, the tortuous course produced some very close racing. In preparation for this summer’s America’s Cup, Lagoon is undergoing a bit of a facelift, which led to missed turning and braking points, the result of which were several flat tyres.

Matthew Oliveira finished first in the Male A division, with Kayden Hopkins second and Charles Swart third.

Once again, Alyssa Rowse was the only Female A rider to compete in her division.

Chris Roque took yet another win in the Male Veteran (Over-40) division, with Hans Hirschi taking second and Paulo Medeiro coming in third.

Sarah Bonnett beat out Laurie Orchard in the Female Veteran division.

Conor White took first in the Male B division, with Jenai Robinson second and Blake Camara rounding out the top three.

Garth Fleming won the Male Novice event, Chris Hands came second and Andrew Packwood third.

In the Female Novice division, Caitlin Conyers took first place, with Liz Browne second and Hiliary Carr third.

Nicholas Narraway took another win in the Male 13-15 division, Blake Oliveira came second with Finn Clarkson third. Megan Hands was the only rider in the Female 13-15 race.

Odin Heinz came in first in the Male 12-and-Under division, Jonah Trott was second and Devon Soto rounded out the top three.

Chelsea Lomas won the Female 12-and-Under race, ahead of Zahriah Outerbridge, in second, and Cara Bernhard in third.

The series, presented by Beck’s Beer and Furniture Walk heads to Ferry Reach Park on January 29.

For details about the race series, presented by Beck’s Beer and Furniture Walk, head to www.Fattiremassive.com or check Facebook.