Cyclists flocked down to Cable Beach last Friday afternoon to compete in the AusCycling Fat Bike National Championships. The winds and tides were in the cyclists’ favour with it being a still afternoon, perfect for riding fat bikes on the sand. Mark Smith was crowned the champion in the elite men’s competition after rolling over the line first, with runner-up Chaice Kelly-Wilson hot on his tail just a couple of metres behind him and David Honeysett coming in third not long after. Next was the elite women’s race with Mikalya Smith taking out the top spot closely followed by Maura Geoghagan, and Caylah Batt taking the third spot on the podium. James Anderson won the gold medal in the 30-to-39-years-of-age men’s masters race. Richard Harraway won the 40 to 49 men’s masters and James Taylor won the 60-years-and-older men’s masters race. In the 30-to-59 masters races Ian Cooksey won the men’s race and Elise Hanley beat out the rest of the competition for the win in the women’s race. Greg Robinson came in second after Cooksey in the men’s race, with Mike Hanley coming in third shortly after, and Yindi Newman crossed the finish line after Hanley to take the runner-up spot for the women’s race. Next, the teens hit the sand, with Lachlan Forster crossing the line first and taking the win in the under-19s men’s championship. Kai Young and Scarlett Griffin were crowned the champions in the under-15s men’s and women’s competition. Stirling Smith and Frank Graffen took second and third places on the podium in the under-15s men’s race. The championships are a prologue stage to The Gibb Challenge — a five-day team relay cycling event tracing the Gibb River Road from Derby to El Questro raising community awareness and funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Inspired by the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships in North Carolina, the event is the only beach cycling race event held in Australia.