Mountain bike rider Matt Jenkins took first place for solo male in the Rocky MTB Clun 4hour XC. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Mountain bike rider Matt Jenkins took first place for solo male in the Rocky MTB Clun 4hour XC. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Sweet success for Jenkin after marathon triumph

AFTER a long, hard season in the saddle, Matt Jenkin is finally savouring sweet success.

Four hours on a bike riding through rough terrain would leave anyone feeling exhausted but for Jenkin, it was all worth it.

Gladstone's Jenkin finished off his 2013 mountain bike season on the highest note on Saturday when he locked in first place in the Solo Class Male division of the Rockhampton MTB four hour day/twilight event.

Describing himself as totally shattered after the race, Jenkin said he was feeling pretty pleased with his performance. "It was really good to get the win," he said. "I've had a very up and down season and this was my first win.

"The younger guys like Chris Carter were racing in the teams but to nail the win in the solo class was great."

Finishing just two minutes ahead of gun Rocky rider Rhys Jones, Jenkin said it came down to the wire.

"My biggest fear on Saturday was Martin Cooper and we were battling it out all race but he blew apart," Jenkin said. "It was really tough ... MTB really challenges me because it's not really my event."

The Gladstone rider said he owed his success to coaches Chris Carter and Cameron Jennings. "Chris Carter and his MTB tips have been training me and it has really helped my technique to ride smoother through the bush," he said. "Cameron Jennings also took me under his wing about a month ago."

While excited about his win, Jenkin was also delighted at the growth of MTB in the region.

"MTB is really big in the region, it has just taken off," Jenkin said.

"I've been riding in the Rocky MTB club but we are starting a club down in Gladstone very soon.

"There's something about MTB that is attracting some high profile local cyclists, it's really laidback and has a fantastic atmosphere. The hardest thing about it all is the drive home."

While the local MTB season is now over, Jenkin was looking forward to heading south in the hope of more success. "I was planning on racing in the Highlands this weekend but unfortunately I've fallen a bit sick," he said. "I'm heading to Rotorua and training in the redwoods forest for the Wildside MTB Race in Tasmania in January. I would just like to thank Rocky MTB for a great year of racing."

WINNERS

Elite Team: MTBtips.com Racing

Female Team: The Girls

Mixed Team: Team Newton

Sport Team: Mud Bulls and Music

Junior Team: MTBtips.com junior racing

Junior Solo: Sienna Linforth

Solo Male: Matt Jenkin

Solo Female: Zara-Lee Goodson



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