The first East Gippsland school team mountain biking championship was held on Tuesday the 26th of November in the Sate Forest and National park on Premier track. 

22 eager and excited adventurers from Mallacoota P-12 college, Cann River P-12 college and Orbost Secondary College lined up to grab the glory. They were facing a two lap six kilometre course that consisted of sand based track, holes, sticks, huge climbs and speedy downhill sections.

It was a team format with Mallacoota and Cann River joining forces (10 students) competing against Orbost (12 students), in a top 10 time team total. Students participated in an extensive safety briefing and had each other’s health as a priority. The students pushed themselves and all were rewarded with 100% finishing the challenging and demanding track. They should all be extremely proud of themselves. Photos of the entertaining event will appear below.

Under 15 best time Mitch Fenner (Orbost Secondary College) with 26 minutes and 36 seconds.

Over 15 best time Mark Hooper (Mallacoota P-12 College) with 25 minutes and 47 seconds.

Orbost Secondary team time. 344 minutes and 17 seconds.

Mallacoota/Cann River P-12 team time 310 minutes and 47 seconds. 

Arranging an event like this is extremely challenging, I am extremely lucky to live in such a supportive community. Thanks must go to Jesse Nation from Parks Victoria who assisted with the extremely tricky area of permits. Thanks to Andrew Hammond From DEPI who expedite the permit. Thanks to Terry and Ambulance Officers for joining us on the day and giving us peace of mind! Thank you to Luke Molan and the Mallacoota SES for equipment and expertise. Thank you to Darren Fellows and the Mallacoota Surf Life Saving Club for assistance with setting up of the track. Thank you to school leadership supporting us and allowing an event as exciting as this to run. 

Finally thank you to the students who supported the event, had a blast, and really pushed their owners personal boundaries. Special thank you to Orbost SC and Cann River p-12 who drove to Mallacoota (we loved not having to drive anywhere!)

Thanks to Marc and Jaidyn for developing this footage from the GoPro Tom was wearing.


Simon Berry