Tassie adventure for mountain bike rider
MONTHS of rigorous training and preparation will have gun Gladstone mountain bike rider Dane Linforth geared for the rugged terrain of Tasmania.
He is the only local who will be among a field of almost 200 riders that will tackle the track in the 2016 XCM National Championships in Derby on April 10.
Linforth has form on his side as well.
"I won both the Inaugural Gladstone Mountain Bike event as well as the Rockhampton three-hour race," he said.
"I also finished fourth in round six of the Subaru X-Country Nationals in Toowoomba."
Linforth will compete in the Masters 40 to 49 year age group and said the track will be demanding.
"It's a 70km track and is a more of a technical road with a bitumen start," Linforth stated.
"The course is a purpose-built mountain bike track called the Blue Derby and it's used to reinvigorate the economy."
Linforth described that it's almost a sacrifice to not appreciate the views.
"I almost feel ashamed to ride in it because the scenery is so beautiful," he said.
His side-kick from Gladstone Michael England will not compete in Derby, but for Linforth, replicating or even beating his second place in 2015 is the aim.
The race is designed to cater for the classes and also at national level.
"To finish in the top five of the nationals is acceptable and that's my aim," Linforth said.
His program includes 15 to 20 hours of base training on top of yoga for flexibility and balance.
"It's funny that with all the training I did feel sluggish, but now my fitness is coming together and the body is starting to feel more powerful," Linforth said.
The Gladstone Port Authority employee said he has received great support from mountain bike rider and M1 Cycles manager Matt Jenkins.
"Matt has been excellent," Linforth said.
IN FORM DANE
EVENT: 2016 XCM National Championships
WHEN: Derby, Tasmania
FORM: 1st in Gladstone and Rockhampton events; 4th in Toowoomba