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Randall wins men's stage ahead of two breakaway mates

Wednesday marked the just over halfway point in the Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro-Red Centre with four stages and three days completed, including the toughest marathon stage done today.

Competition has heated up with the men's race having swapped winners in each stage and Adrian Jackson holding a slim overall lead over Jason English, Ben Randall and Andrew Fellows. In the women's action, American star Rebecca Rusch made a comeback to challenge the first race leader, Jodie Willett.

Stage four was a gruelling, 95km from Trephina Gorge back to Alice Springs. Freight trains were packed with the bikes last night, and competitors were bused to them at 5:15 am for a 7:30 am start.

Although a little chilly, the competitors were treated to a stunning setting with the sun rising over the MacDonnell Ranges. They had time to enjoy their surrounds before the start hooter sounded. The course varied from 4WD to singletrack to corrugated road. One thing was constant, and that was the sand.

With some hiking the bike a prerequisite through parts of the course, some used it as a good excuse for a rest. A breakaway group took the opportunity to work as a team and steamroll through it. Jackson, Fellows and Randall got away from the pack and rode together until 3km to go, when Randall and Jackson sprinted to the line. Randall took the stage win and was credited by Jackson saying, "Ben had legs of steel today," and deserved the win.

It was a similar scenario in the women with Willett, Rusch and eventual stage winner Gracie Elvin all working together. Rusch said, "We helped each other for three hours, pacing each other, sharing the lead. It was hard, but it was super fun." Elvin, from the ACT, stormed home to her first win in the event in just over five hours.

Of the race so far, Rusch said she's been, "scratched by gnarly sticks and had a kangaroo jump out in front of me, which was really exciting by the way, but I haven't had anything bad happen yet like a flat. But anything can happen. I really do feel like I'm slowly getting warmed up and every day keeps getting better and better."

It would take a disaster to catch Willett who now has a 15-minute overall lead with just three stages to go, but anything can happen.

Take Jason English, for example. He punctured at the 20km mark and lost a few minutes, relinquishing the yellow jersey back to Jackson. It's still very close though between the top three men with only three minutes separating Jackson, English and Randall.

Over the next two days, there are 90km over three stages to crown a deserving winner, one of which is the infamous night ride, the highlight of the week for many racers.

While there is a tussle at the pointy end of the field, it's not all about hard-core racing. In fact, the majority of competitors are just there for an adventurous holiday. A group from New Zealand made the trip, doubling their holiday as has Edmund Hoh from Singapore, who is accompanied by his sister. Hoh thought the race would be a great way to discover Australia. Some racers are opting for tourist activities after the riding is over in the morning by visiting places like The Desert Park and Simpson Gap, and others others are opting to hang out around the pool, beer in hand boasting of their riding feats over the past few days. Either way, new friends are being made as the race rolls onward.

Full Results

Men 18-39 - stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Randall4:14:39
2Adrian Jackson0:00:00
3Andrew Fellows0:00:48
4Ben Henderson0:03:35
5Jason English0:03:37
6Jarrad Burrell0:12:29
7Simon Dec0:14:38
8David Johnston0:17:06
9Oliver Klein0:18:55
10Christopher Hanson0:20:06
11Brenton Jones0:21:47
12Clarke Petrick0:24:50
13Peter Butt0:31:13
14James Devonshire0:32:36
15Jarad Kohlar0:34:55
16Ed Holinger0:35:18
17Jeremy Inglis0:39:04
18Jarrad Needham0:40:50
19Mark Simpson0:42:49
20Simon Ball0:42:50
21Jamie Burton0:43:06
22Ken Allen0:43:48
23Chris Herron0:43:49
24Anthony Shippard0:43:58
25Damon Wicki0:45:17
26Grant Brow0:46:42
27Lloyd Newell0:47:10
28Damian McGrath0:49:06
29Carl Patton0:50:38
30Callum Haigh0:52:31
31Simon Drew0:52:36
32Dave Nairn0:57:47
33Neil Gledhill1:04:25
34Robbie Hucker1:06:32
35Jason Halls1:07:33
36Jason Hatzimihail1:07:46
37Ben Drew1:10:49
38Kevin Wells1:14:09
39Benjamin Bruce1:21:17
40Adam Kelly1:21:22
41Phil Mawbey1:21:26
42Chris Cooper1:24:28
43Adam Taylor1:26:34
44Jason Finlay1:31:09
45Kris Bitz1:31:29
46Shane Jenkin1:40:41
47Aaron Lee1:41:01
48Craig Baylis1:41:06
49Vaughan Sketcher1:41:06
50Andrew Baker1:41:40
51Grant Rieger1:46:10
52David Randabel1:47:10
53Adrian Dillon1:48:01
54Chris Browne1:49:45
55Peter Gill1:49:46
56Nigel Adcock1:49:47
57Mick Ross1:54:48
58Hugh Watson1:55:36
59Andrew Packer1:59:05
60Pete Keach1:59:09
61Stephen Fortuyn2:05:30
62David Lee2:05:33
63Wayne Dickinson2:08:00
64Chris Jenkins2:16:57
65Leigh Fitzgerald2:18:39
66Craig Storey2:20:23
67Sam Stow2:20:23
68Jason Hikawai2:30:08
69Kim Mason2:46:53
70Adam Younie3:08:43
71Carlos Aberasturi3:28:51
72David Cooney3:28:57
73Ashley Dunn3:43:18
74John Macfarlane3:46:36
75Jason Stephenson3:47:31
76Adam Reinhard3:54:55

Women 18-39 - stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gracie Elvin5:05:50
2Rebecca Rusch0:00:53
3Jodie Willett0:00:58
4Jenni King0:14:33
5Jenny Fay0:21:06
6Emma Bradley0:34:59
7Rebecca Ormsby0:35:02
8Kate Heynes0:46:02
9Megan Dimozantos0:51:27
10Courtney Shinn0:52:17
11Melissa Anset1:03:37
12Julia Anders1:15:42
13Simone McCallum1:24:38
14Claire Garcia-Webb1:24:38
15Nikola Terry1:33:09
16Alexandra Stephens1:36:45
17Lyndall Smythe1:57:13
18Susan Brooks2:04:50
19Lisa Quinell2:15:35
20Paula Sutton2:22:22

Men 40-49 - stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Darvodelsky4:54:34
2Jason Blair0:03:39
3Mark Winnen0:06:57
4Aaron Caden0:07:13
5Bill Murphy0:07:14
6John Whittington0:11:51
7RIchard Peil0:12:36
8Alan Carpenter0:24:26
9Johno Fausch0:32:05
10Chris Edwards0:32:19
11Les Heap0:34:11
12Steve Munyard0:34:39
13Mark Hardy0:40:45
14Helge Suhr0:41:20
15Phil Blum0:51:14
16Erik Lock0:54:02
17Neil O'Leary0:57:48
18Peter Svara0:59:05
19Franco Cavalieri0:59:42
20Ken Donovan1:03:23
21Scott Yaxley1:05:20
22Darby Lee1:05:31
23Jim Bettridge1:06:41
24Michael Heyburn1:11:29
25Damian Tice1:15:50
26Wayne Johnson1:19:07
27Andy Everest1:21:23
28Michael Tyrrell1:22:01
29Lester Hamilton1:22:27
30Craig Mitchell1:26:14
31Jules Leaver1:26:53
32Cameron McDougall1:29:59
33David Henley1:30:03
34Jack Heyward1:32:04
35Leon Nardella1:33:44
36Ross Mcnally1:38:02
37Andrew Herod1:39:43
38David Michelmore1:41:57
39Stuart Taylor1:46:51
40Ken Moloney1:47:18
41Ron Hollingsworth1:48:03
42Mark Obrien2:01:19
43Matt Aldridge2:13:37
44Paul Bevis2:29:21
45Antony Wickham2:36:16
46Mike Valmadre2:39:05
47Scott Wood2:39:06
48Drew Quartermaine2:39:07
49Jonathan Sutcliffe2:44:54
50Tim Turner2:57:00
51Peter Pearse3:02:19
52Stephen Brady3:03:22
53David Moyes3:21:04
54Paul McDonald3:30:04
55Clive Smith3:30:05
56Stuart Vassiliou3:36:53

Women 40-49 - stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kim Beckinsale5:45:26
2Sharon Heap0:18:11
3Kellie Robinson0:24:31
4Karen Fausch0:35:31
5Meg O'Leary1:07:10
6Ciara O'Sullivan2:06:09
7Cas Ryan2:27:15

Vintage 50+ men stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Allison5:05:42
2David Mcloskey0:04:27
3Robert Watson0:11:30
4Bert Floss0:18:13
5Bob Banfield0:36:42
6Malcolm Lynn0:36:53
7Micheal Lentas0:41:42
8Alf Bluch0:42:02
9Finlay Luff0:42:46
10Paul Verheijden0:43:34
11Gus Crichton0:48:32
12Charlie Bottero0:49:57
13Allan Stancombe0:50:20
14Greg Pointing0:58:24
15Paul Fowler0:58:45
16Dave Sutton1:01:34
17Bruno Wicki1:08:14
18Gavin Brown1:09:57
19Vince Langford1:11:50
20Geoffrey Clarke1:15:44
21Stephen Williamson1:32:22
22Ken Fallaver1:35:43
23Lindsay Gault1:39:18
24Mark Barrett1:39:34
25Terry Snee1:45:34
26John Jenkins1:51:26
27Bill Vandendool2:08:36
28John Lascelles2:19:19
29Colin Smith2:53:02
30Clem Ryan3:06:58
31Steven Liaros3:27:27
32Shane Mulcahy3:49:46

Vintage 50+ women - stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Leverton6:12:27
2Carolyn Jackson0:12:20
3Ronice Goebel1:03:13

Junior men 18 & under - stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Billy Sewell4:57:31
2Jack Hazelgrove1:00:14

Men 18-39 general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrian Jackson8:59:37
2Jason English0:00:58
3Ben Randall0:03:36
4Andrew Fellows0:07:59
5Ben Henderson0:12:15
6Jarrad Burrell0:40:09
7Clarke Petrick0:42:24
8Brenton Jones0:48:01
9David Johnston0:53:41
10Christopher Hanson0:57:51
11Peter Butt1:02:38
12Oliver Klein1:05:32
13Robbie Hucker1:19:33
14Jeremy Inglis1:24:45
16Jamie Burton1:26:37
17Ed Holinger1:26:52
18Simon Ball1:29:32
19Chris Herron1:32:54
21Dave Nairn1:39:47
22Damon Wicki1:42:21
23Ken Allen1:45:16
24Damian McGrath1:46:00
26Mark Simpson1:48:24
29Carl Patton1:49:08
30James Devonshire1:49:34
31Jarrad Needham1:50:27
36Simon Drew2:00:12
37Lloyd Newell2:04:39
38Grant Brow2:07:48
41Anthony Shippard2:14:19
42Jason Halls2:15:05
45Neil Gledhill2:17:31
47Callum Haigh2:20:32
48Jason Hatzimihail2:24:54
49Kevin Wells2:26:23
52Ben Drew2:35:12
55Phil Mawbey2:44:36
58Chris Cooper2:51:07
60Jason Finlay3:07:58
61Adam Taylor3:08:18
64Adam Kelly3:13:05
65Benjamin Bruce3:14:02
67Vaughan Sketcher3:16:46
77David Randabel3:36:07
79Shane Jenkin3:39:34
83Kris Bitz3:43:34
85Mick Ross3:44:50
88Grant Rieger3:54:05
94Chris Browne4:06:49
95Nigel Adcock4:06:50
96Peter Gill4:07:00
105Andrew Baker4:27:17
108Pete Keach4:37:45
112Hugh Watson4:49:00
114Chris Jenkins4:49:09
117Stephen Fortuyn4:51:27
130Wayne Dickinson5:19:35
137Sam Stow5:33:33
138David Lee5:37:27
140Leigh Fitzgerald5:40:43
142Andrew Packer5:47:39
147Adrian Dillon5:59:58
152Jason Hikawai6:24:01
160Kim Mason7:11:02
163Carlos Aberasturi7:30:41
165Ashley Dunn7:37:45
166John Macfarlane7:50:17
167Adam Younie8:01:52
170David Cooney8:20:49
174Adam Reinhard8:49:15

Women 18-39 general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
33Jodie Willett10:53:24
39Rebecca Rusch11:08:46
43Jenni King11:14:55
44Gracie Elvin11:15:07
53Jenny Fay11:42:23
63Emma Bradley12:11:53
68Rebecca Ormsby12:17:41
74Megan Dimozantos12:27:42
80Kate Heynes12:39:19
86Courtney Shinn12:50:59
91Melissa Anset12:57:34
121Julia Anders14:00:22

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
127Nikola Terry14:12:19
139Claire Garcia-Webb14:38:04
146Lyndall Smythe14:53:04
150Paula Sutton15:11:43
157Lisa Quinell16:02:37
159Susan Brooks16:06:53

Veteran men 40-49 general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
15Paul Darvodelsky10:24:29
20Jason Blair10:36:18
25Bill Murphy10:47:35
27Aaron Caden10:48:21
32Mark Winnen10:50:46
34RIchard Peil10:58:46
35John Whittington10:59:25
40Alan Carpenter11:11:56
50Mark Hardy11:32:15
51Les Heap11:33:54
54Steve Munyard11:43:08
56Johno Fausch11:46:27
66Phil Blum12:14:27
70Peter Svara12:23:20
75Neil O'Leary12:33:54
82Erik Lock12:39:34
84Jim Bettridge12:44:07
90Ken Donovan12:57:31
93Damian Tice13:04:36
99Jules Leaver13:09:05
100Michael Heyburn13:09:56
106Michael Tyrrell13:30:00
107Stuart Taylor13:35:01
109Andy Everest13:38:11
110Franco Cavalieri13:44:16
115Andrew Herod13:48:57
116Cameron McDougall13:50:53
118Matt Aldridge13:53:22
119Wayne Johnson13:55:52
120Craig Mitchell14:00:14
122Darby Lee14:02:50
123David Michelmore14:03:08
128David Henley14:18:45
131Scott Yaxley14:22:36
136Leon Nardella14:28:17
141Ken Moloney14:40:34
149Paul Bevis15:04:33
151Ron Hollingsworth15:12:37
154Ross Mcnally15:38:31
155Mike Valmadre15:42:24
156Mark Obrien15:45:34
161Tim Turner16:20:14
162Drew Quartermaine16:22:44
164Scott Wood16:34:56
171Stephen Brady17:24:37
173Peter Pearse17:33:53
175Clive Smith17:50:32
176David Moyes18:05:43
178Paul McDonald18:42:46
179Jonathan Sutcliffe18:44:26
180Stuart Vassiliou20:21:07

Veteran women 40-49 general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
62Kim Beckinsale12:10:39
78Sharon Heap12:38:26
89Kellie Robinson12:55:25
134Karen Fausch14:27:08
153Meg O'Leary15:34:57
169Ciara O'Sullivan17:09:42
172Cas Ryan17:33:18

Vintage 50+ men general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
46John Allison11:18:56
57Robert Watson11:49:38
59Bert Floss12:03:08
69David Mcloskey12:22:22
71Charlie Bottero12:24:22
72Paul Verheijden12:26:20
73Paul Fowler12:26:56
76Finlay Luff12:35:05
81Bob Banfield12:39:22
87Malcolm Lynn12:53:04
92Alf Bluch13:01:25
98Allan Stancombe13:07:50
101Vince Langford13:19:55
102Gus Crichton13:21:55
103Micheal Lentas13:23:00
104Dave Sutton13:23:35
111Gavin Brown13:48:05
113Geoffrey Clarke13:48:46
126Bruno Wicki14:10:11
129Ken Fallaver14:18:52
132Terry Snee14:23:48
133Stephen Williamson14:25:40
135Greg Pointing14:27:55
143Mark Barrett14:48:00
144Lindsay Gault14:48:17
158John Jenkins16:05:06
168Clem Ryan17:09:12
177Colin Smith18:11:32
181Shane Mulcahy21:06:21

Vintage 50+ women general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
124Carolyn Jackson14:07:39
145Jan Leverton14:51:30
148Ronice Goebel15:01:03

Junior men general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
28Billy Sewell10:48:27
97Jack Hazelgrove13:07:01

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