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Monty at the 2009 National BikeTrial Championship – Round 1, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

April 23, 2009

The 8th of March marked the start of a new season of competition. Round 1 of the 2009 National BikeTrial Championship was held at the rock climbing area of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, just off Dairy Farm Road. Similar to the last round of 2008, the competition consisted of 5 sections. Each rider had to complete 3 laps instead of the usual 2, to make up for the smaller amount of sections.

It has been a few years since a National BikeTrial Championship round was held at Bukit Timah, the last time being in 2006. Thus, many of the younger riders were not sure just what to expect. The first lap started out pretty slow with a number of riders having difficulties even completing the sections. But by the second lap everyone was more or less warmed up.

Round 1 was a first for the 3 riders in the Open category, but even with the lack of competition experience, they all rode their best.

In the J.Senior category we had a number of new riders who were promoted from last year. It would be a real challenge for them as the sections were more difficult and technical than in the Open category. Indeed it was a huge difference as they had difficulties completing some sections. However, they still tried their best and were all smiles no matter how tough it was, which was great to see.

Charissa Lee was the lone rider in the Femina category, however, her line was set more or less similar to the J.Senior line, and boy was she on fire.

She rode her best and did not lose concentration even when things got pretty sketchy. She ended the competition with a total number of points less than that of Andre, the J.Senior champion! It just proved why she came 3rd in the World Championships back in 2006.

Last but not least, the Elite category. There was a good mix of both short but technical sections as well as longer sections that tested the riders stamina. Somehow Section 4 was the most interesting of the lot, there was the case of some ”dancing” in the section. Basically Yong Kiong had thought of a way to take a dab, twist the bike, and then hop onto the other foot to maneuver through a tight sections of rocks. It looked really hilarious but it worked really well! Both Walton and Ben Loh followed and ”danced” their way through the rocks.

All in all, it was a nice and short competition, the weather held up and everyone had a great time.

The results at the end of the day were:

Open Category
1st – Jack Hii (Monty)
2nd – Glene Kan
3rd – Ben Leow (Monty)

J. Senior
1st – Andre Lim (Monty)
2nd – Joel Lim
3rd – Soon Zhao Hui (Monty)

1st – Ben Loh (Monty)
2nd – Walton Seah (Monty)
3rd – Matthew Tan

1st – Charissa Lee

Even all the way here in Singapore, Monty continues to dominate in the sport of BikeTrial.

(All photos courtesy of Benjamin Teo/OhCheese)

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