From hesitance to G-Bomb victory
RYLEY Schultz was initially reluctant to start in the 2014 G-Bomb Mountain Bike Race at Bom Bom State Forest.
Punishing himself in the annual 12-hour endurance race wasn't Ryley's original idea of a fun weekend but not only did he join a team of prominent Coffs Coast riders, he later enjoyed the spoils of victory.
"The original team was Emily Parkes and Joel Harrigan and I admit I had to be dragged in at first," Ryley said.
"Then Josh Button agreed to join in and I thought we'd make a pretty formidable line-up.
"Still, it's a really punishing event and takes a lot out of you but everybody dug deep and it was fantastic to finish off as well as we did."
The Coffs quartet rode 27 laps, the most of any in the event.
For the first six hours they attacked a 9km course before moving on to the more gruelling 10.2km course for the final section.
"Competition among the riders was pretty close for most of the day but at some point later I suppose we got our second or third wind," Ryley said.
"Eventually we began to pull right away and it was fairly comfortable at the end of the 12 hours."
Coffs Harbour Cycle Club rider Alex Beedie was also a sectional winner after entering as an individual.
He decided to tackle Bom Bom as a training exercise for the Australian solo 24-hour championship race to be held in Sydney later this month.
Alex has been training constantly over the past few months and was named best-placed junior rider in the latest Grafton to Inverell race, where he finished 31st overall in B grade.
The race strategy of being consistent with lap times and having minimal stops to grab food and water paid dividends, with Alex finishing four laps behind the winning team.
Alex races with the Subaru Albion Cycles team.