St Helena’s first mountain biking competition
This is a guest post from Christina Stroud of the tourism office.
St Helena’s mountain bike competition started off at 11:00 am at the Millennium Forest. Tourism Projects Manager, Merrill Joshua, welcomed spectators and riders. After a briefing, all riders were assigned their numbers and got ready at the starting line, the Millennium Forest. The route was across a five-mile challenging track, on route towards Cox’s Battery along hilly, steep terrain and eventually looping back to the Millennium Forest. It takes skill, dedication and fitness to reach the winning positions.
Remi Bruneton took the lead closely followed by Alonzon Henry, hot on their heels were Rick Walters, Ross Leo and Michael Davis. At the bottom of the valley there is a dangerous drop zone so all riders were advised to get off their bikes and walk this area. It was here that Alonzon Henry took advantage and got into lead position and continued to hold his position to the finish line at the Millennium Forest.
There were also other activities and family entertainment on the day with Mr Colin Peters providing musical entertainment, National Trust with a cafe, SanRay’s selling food and soft drinks, Leroy Fowler selling popcorn and candy floss, Creative St Helena with their kiddies creative section, National Trust plant a tree and paint a footprint trail, and also the Forestry Projects debut kiddie cycling track through the Millennium Forest.
Alonso Winner of the mountain bike competition
The event finished with a prize giving and a general message of gratitude to all that contributed and supported St Helena’s first mountain bike competition.
3rd Place – Ross A Leo, Mountain bike t-shirt and water bottle
2nd Place – Remi Bruneton, A portable barbeque
1st Place – Alonzon Henry, GoPro camera & trophy
Winner of the Kids track was Scott Thomas.
Tourism Projects Manager, Merrill Joshua said “It’s an absolute pleasure to bring appropriate wide world activities to our remote island for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Events such as this one brings the community together, offering an activity to anyone who is interested, and adds to our tourism product. Thanks to the participants and spectators, this event was a success and warrants more of its kind”. Another feather in our paradise’s hat”.