Forrest rider and 2010 world 24-hour solo champion Jessica Douglas will make an appearance at tonight’s round of the Thunder Point Dirt Criterium Series.WARRNAMBOOL Mountain Bike Club members will be spoiled at tonight’s round of the Thunder Point Dirt Criterium Series with a world champion in their midst.
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Forrest rider and 2010 world 24-hour solo champion Jessica Douglas will make an appearance at the fifth round of the series.

Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club committee member Jeff Mutsaers was excited to welcome the star, who is also a two-time Australian 24-hour solo champion.

“She’s sponsoring the dirt crit series,” he said.

“Her and husband Norm run a mountain bike training business called MTB Skills, which basically teaches people how to ride mountain bikes.

“Our handicap winner will be given free training courses with her.”

Mutsaers described Douglas as an influential athlete, particularly due to her persistence and passion.

“She’s no spring chicken,” he said.

“She’s in her late 30s.

“She’s quite an inspirational lady and she’s a great rider who is really passionate about junior development and attracting people to the sport.

“She just loves it, which is why she was really quick to jump on board when we spoke to her about supporting the series.

“It’s really great to have somebody like that who has competed at international level.”

Douglas said she enjoyed visiting local clubs.

“I love to experience the social side of club racing, as well as the fast hit-out that you wouldn’t get training by yourself,” she said.

“It’s also good to have a laugh and say hi to a few people afterwards.”

The 39-year-old is coming off a strong result in last month’s Kona Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon, which covered 100 kilometres from Apollo Bay to Forrest.

“It was my sixth year racing this event (and) I finally had a result that I have been working so hard towards,” she said.

“While not first, it was a close second, coming in one minute and 16 seconds behind the winner.”

The marathon was part of Douglas’ preparation for a 24-hour event in Italy in May. She is also gearing up for a series of 100km marathons.

Tonight’s fifth round of the Thunder Point Dirt Criterium Series starts at 5.30pm, with Douglas to be at the track from about 5pm.

She also hopes to make an appearance at the final round of the series on March 30.

Meanwhile, Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club is hosting a Clean-Up Australia Day event on Sunday from 9am to noon, when it will tidy up Thunder Point.

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