Ricky Smedts.WARRNAMBOOL Mountain Bike Club (WMTBC) will close its season with another two-hour enduro tonight before returning to the drawing board to work out its next chapter.
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WMTBC committee member Jeff Mutsaers said tonight’s race would mark “the end of chapter one”, with the club’s permit to use Thunder Point expiring with daylight savings.

He said the club was keen to continue hosting races in Warrnambool, particularly after its competitive schedule had been embraced this season.

Mutsaers believes hosting local races is crucial when it comes to the growth of the club.

“It’s really all come to an end so we have to go back to the drawing board and try and get another year,” he said.

“We’re really hopeful that we can make that happen.

“We’ll be working with the council and DSE to come to some sort of arrangement.”

WMTBC is ending its season with an eventful couple of days, with 2010 world 24-hour solo champion Jessica Douglas visiting the club last night to run junior clinics.

This afternoon the Forrest rider will assist coaches with a mountain bike skills session, which is part of her training business.

“The nucleus of the club is that we exist for juniors and development,” Mutsaers said.

“In this sport, generally what happens if you make it, you have to leave town and you spend a lot of time on the road chasing competition.

“Generally when somebody gets to that level, they’re not interested in little local events.”

But not Douglas, who is willing to share her knowledge and passion with clubs and give youngsters an insight into what it takes to reach the elite level.

This afternoon’s coaching session will be followed by the season-ending two-hour enduro, which will also incorporate the Thunder Point Dirt Criterium Series, as the first lap will count towards competitors’ handicaps. WMTBC held an enduro race in January, which attracted about 50 riders.

While the dirt criterium series is focused on improvement as riders compete against themselves, the enduro is a more competitive event.

“It’s who can do the most laps in two hours,” Mutsaers said.

Ricky Smedts took out the enduro in January and will be one of the riders to beat tonight.

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