24 hour test for cyclists
WARWICK State High School teacher Wayne Hoger won the Merida 24-hour Mountain Bike event in his age group at Peppers Hidden Vale near Grandchester last weekend.
Hoger was first in the 40 to 49 years age group and 11th overall.
Fellow Warwick High teacher Mike Zanda was sixth out of 18 riders in the 20 to 29 years age group and sixth overall in a field of 100.
Dan Graham, who taught at Warwick High last year, was ninth in the same category as Zanda. Hoger completed 329 kilometres in the 24 hours.
Current world 24-hour solo champion and Port Macquarie teacher Jason English won overall and completed 450 kilometres in the 24 hours.
“You get a good gauge of where you are when you race against someone like Jason,” Hoger said.
“Jason was very friendly on course and would offer all sorts of encouragement as he rode past you.”
The event started at midday last Saturday and finished at the same time on Sunday. Zanda rode 345 kilometres over rough terrain in 24 hours and rated the laps at dawn on Sunday as his toughest.
“My quickest laps were the first few on Saturday afternoon and between midnight and 3am Sunday,” Zanda said.
Each lap was 15 kilometres and Zanda said his fastest lap was 40 minutes and slowest a bit more than an hour.
They were supported by Hoger’s wife Jenny, Zanda’s girl friend Leah Gartrell and Warwick High students Julius Peters and Ryan Moore.
“My nutrition plan was very important, Jenny would hand me out drinks with special mixes as I rode and a small amount of solid food,” Hoger said.
“Rooster Lucas, from Redback Cycles, supports us with mechanical work and information on supplements and we also have sponsorship from GJ Gardner.”
Both Warwick riders qualified for the World 24-Hour Solo Championships in Canberra on October 9-10.