King of the mountain
MOUNTAIN biker Alex Beedie is the toast of cycling after winning the Australian Under-23 MTBA/CA 24-hour solo championship race at Mount Annan.
A member of the Subaru Albion Cycles Development team and Coffs Harbour Cycle Club, Alex was tipped to be a contender but final success is still sinking in.
Heatwave conditions prevailed through the first six hours as riders established their race position and strategy. Alex was able to gain an advantage around the eight-hour mark when other riders began to feel the pressure.
However, fatigue began creeping in around 4am and the young Coffs rider admits he almost fell asleep on the bike - which one competitor actually did.
Sunrise delivered his second wind and he really started to push on.
By full sunlight, Alex had established a four-lap advantage and was then able to back off and enjoy the prospect of being the national champion for his age division.
For good measure, he decided to add on some extra laps so he couldn't be overtaken. At 10am, Alex was able to step off the bike after 22 hours.
Clubmates Mark Wood and Mark Winter also took part and gave encouragement all the way. Wood was second in his age group and fifth overall in the single speed division. Alex also finished 23rd overall, a great result in his first 24-hour solo event.