BACK UP: Mackay's Troy Garth won the national XCO marathon championship Cycle Epic round.
BACK UP: Mackay's Troy Garth won the national XCO marathon championship Cycle Epic round.

Mackay mountain bike rider hopes for home track edge

MOUNTAIN BIKIING: After taking out the Cycle Epic round in the national XCO marathon championship opens age group, Mackay's Troy Garth is looking to continue his success at the Queensland State XCO Mountain Bike Championships this weekend.

Mad Mountain Bike Club is hosting the event at Rowallan Park, which Garth hopes will give him the home track advantage, especially if the rain sticks around.

"It would be ideal for the local riders if it was wet,” he said. "The track is quite rocky, so it gets quite slippery in the rain, and we know where those rocks are.

"But we'll all do well regardless.”

His toughest competition will come from Townsville twins Daniel and Jeff Rubach and Gladstone's Michael England.

"I know they (Daniel and Jeff) are quite good on longer races but in the XCO shorter races, they're pretty good still, but they can't work together as much as they normally would,” Garth said.

It's his first time competing against England. He plans to get out in front straight from the start.

"I'll see what sort of pace they can hold and see if they can follow me and, hopefully, I'll come away with the win at the end.”



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