Competitor attracts riders from near and far

FUN AND FITNESS: Canberra resident Aiden Guinness and Thirlmere resident Nat Carroll were the youngest competitors. Photo: Emily Bennett

FUN AND FITNESS: Canberra resident Aiden Guinness and Thirlmere resident Nat Carroll were the youngest competitors. Photo: Emily Bennett

More than 170 riders participated in the Australian MTB Orienteering Championships on October 7 and 8.

The event was held at Wingello State Forest and attracted competitors of all abilities from across Australia and New Zealand.

Participants used a map and a compass to ride courses through parks, forests and built-up areas.

There were competitive and recreational events for participants to choose from.

One of the youngest competitors was 12-year-old Nat Carroll from Thirlmere.

Carroll said he enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the event.

“I like that there’s lots of route choices and different tracks to choose from. I’m glad I got to do it,” Carroll said.

“I’ve enjoyed riding through the different terrain and the social aspect of the weekend.”

Carroll’s fellow competitor Aiden Guinness participated in the two-day orienteering course with his father.

“It was fun and extremely challenging,” Guinness said.

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