It seems that it does not matter on what form of two wheels, whether it is a Road Bike or a Mountain Bike, that Matthew Oliveira just cannot be stopped! He lapped the complete field in A Division action of the Flying Colours Mountain Bike Race Series, presented by Beck’s Beer and Furniture Walk, producing an amazing win after completing 12 laps in a time of 53:47.9 around the newly designed Arboretum course.
The new course includes a few new turns and an optional 2 foot drop off for the riders who wanted to gain a vital second or two over their competitors. Following behind Oliveira was Chequan Richardson in 53:38.1 and rounding out the top three was Adam Kirk, fresh off his B Division Road season winning title recorded a time of 50:07.6.
Alyssa Rowse stepped up to the plate and was the only Female A racer completing 9 laps in a time of 53:07.9.
The Male Veteran Division is looking to be the Division to watch with the top 4 racers finishing within 3 minutes of each other. Andrew Hern took the 1st place in 42:05.3, Charles Swart was in 2nd in 42:24.5 and Padraic Brown was 3rd clocking a time of 44:03.3.
Female Veterans Karen Smith and Sarah Bonnett battled it out on the course, with Smith taking top honours in 42:45.2 and Sarah Bonnett following just behind her in 2nd place in 43:40.1.
The Male B Division saw Revelin Minihane lapping the field and finishing in 1st, recording a time of 42:28.9, Brian Steinhoff taking 2nd in 40:17.6 and Jenai Robinson took 3rd place in 40:49.4.
There were only two females racing in the B Division, with Tristan Narraway taking 1st in 42:03.1 and Zina Jones finishing in 2nd clocking a time of 47:47.3.
The top three places in the Novice Class were Garth Fleming in 1st place, Andrew Packwood in 2nd place and Wendell Burrows in 3rd place.
The slowly growing female Novice Division saw the win go to Wenda Roberts, with Caitlin Conyers and Belinda Castree crossing the finish line together in 2nd, after battling throughout the entire race.
In the 13-15 Division, Matt’s younger brother, Blake Oliveira, took 1st place, Tommy Marshall took 2nd place and Liam Flannery came in 3rd.