Wantirna Osteopathy’s mountain biking star, Drew Blatchford, recently competed in the Forrest Mountain Bike Festival. A two day 5 race event set in the very hilly Otway ranges. The event has been running for 5 years now and attracts some of Australia’s best mountain bike racers.
After competing in this event last year, Drew was motivated to increase his training in a bid for bigger results this year. He had a successful weekend taking out 4 of the 5 stages in his category and ended up winning the Veterans 30-39 year old category.
This gruelling event comprises of five separate stages of short and long races over 2 days
Stage 1 was a short 15km circuit sprint race, Stage 2 was a timed 4km hill climb, Stage 3 was a timed descent. The last stage on Saturday was a 5km head to head race, where riders raced against their closest competitor in the overall standing. Sunday was the longest of the stages at 50km winding through the bush around the town of Forrest.
Drew rode strongly on the Sunday holding his own with leading elite riders. Overall, Drew finished 10th defeating several Elite riders. As a result of his great performance he will now have to compete in the Elite category next year.