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Boylan knows the race will be hard to win

IN FRONT: Toby Boylan leads series leader Michael England on the first lap in expert mens race in round three of the XCO series. Photo Contributed
IN FRONT: Toby Boylan leads series leader Michael England on the first lap in expert mens race in round three of the XCO series. Photo Contributed Contributed

TOBY Boylan is no stranger to spending hours in the saddle - on the track and road Boylan has thousands of kilometres in his legs and when he is in form can be hard to beat.

He knows it and his opposition knows it, it's just in the Bundaberg Mountainbike Club's XCO series this someone forgot to tell Gladstone's Michael England.

Boylan will be racing in round four Sunday and he said he was not very optimistic on his hope of beating England over the 4.5 laps of the course.

"(Will I beat Mick?) no, no way - he is on a class of his own," Boylan said.

"He is an ex-pro who raced in Belgium and we should make his own division.

"When he goes he just goes, you can stick with him for half a lap but then he just takes off."

Boylan finished second to England in the expert race of round three and on a perfect day at Cordalba enjoyed his time flying through the bush.

He said the major difference in riding offroad made it harder than on the bitumen.

"It's the hardest type of riding because you can't hide anywhere," Boylan said.

"On the road you can sit in the pack but offroad it's a real grind.

"It's good to get out in the bush because it's real peaceful and you don't have to deal with the traffic."

Boylan has been riding offroad for eight years after Brad Davis introduced him to the sport and he said he was happy to watch the sport grow to new heights thanks to Bundaberg Mountainbike Club.

"I think it's great we have the club in Bundy. It good they have it because it gives people the opportunity to ride."

England is the clear leader in the expert class but there is still a few battles being fought out in some other categories.

Angela Williams leads the woman's class and Ash Ramage leads the over 40s with Duncan and Austin Allan sitting close together in the juniors.

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