Martin riding high as winning run continues

HEAD DOWN: Orange’s Thomas Carroll is focused.
HEAD DOWN: Orange’s Thomas Carroll is focused.

JANET Martin is becoming unbeatable on a bike.

The Orange rider took out the women’s solo title at the Singletrack Mind Series race at Kinross State Forest on Sunday.

Competitors numbering 300 had to complete as many laps of the 8.4km track in seven hours.

Martin rode 13 laps in seven hours, 21 minutes and 31 seconds at the event hosted by the Central West Off Road Bicycle Club.

Her nearest rival, Bathurst’s Vanessa Bennett, finished a full lap behind Martin in 7:26:19.

Orange’s Kate Heynes, in her first ride back since having a baby, finished fourth with 11 laps in 7:07:11.

Martin said she felt comfortable on the bike throughout.

“I was pleased with how I went. After every few laps I knew I was going well,” Martin said.

“It’s a great track. It’s very technical and tight and quite hilly. It’s a great single track.”

The win continue’s Martin’s success on two wheels, which includes taking out the women’s division of the Blayney to Bathurst Extreme Challenge last month.

“I’ve won, including team events, my last eight races,” she explained.

“There’s been road races and mountain bike races.”

The 39-year-old said she felt suited to the endurance rides.

“I’m really starting to enjoy the enduro mountain biking,” she said.

“I think the longer races suit me. I’m not as fast as I used to be. I’d done team races before where you do a lap and then sit out for a lap. I think now I prefer to just ride the whole thing myself.”

Winning her next race will be tougher as Martin will test herself this Saturday in the Convict 100.

The event takes riders over a 100km convict trail through the Dharug and Yengo National Parks around Wisemans Ferry.

Martin has entered the elite women’s category and is looking forward to testing herself against some of the top female riders.

Last Sunday’s Singletrack Mind event had some hot competition with Edward McDonald taking out the male solo division.

McDonald completed 16 laps in 7:15:04.

Andrew Hall was second with 15 laps in 7:00:54 and Andrew Lloyd was third, also with 15 laps, in 7:24:27.

Orange's Matt Cordery took out the Clydesdale class, which multiplies the combined weight of a rider and their bike with the number of laps they complete.

Fellow Orange rider, Amber Batson, combined with Catherine Moore to finish second in the female pairs with 12 laps in 7:29:45.