LOVE TO RACE: John and Jacob Provan compete in cross-country mountain bike events across the country.
LOVE TO RACE: John and Jacob Provan compete in cross-country mountain bike events across the country. Claudia Williams

Father and son duo all in to race

MTB: For John and Jacob Provan weekends are spent driving to and competing in cross country mountain bike events all over the country.

For the past year the father and son duo have been travelling all over Australia to compete in the national cross country series.

"We are in the car for 10 hours straight to Orange, or 13 hours to Canberra and 10 hours to Mackay,” John said.

"It is almost every second weekend and if we aren't going to a big event we are going to a local one to get miles in.

"I had to buy a new car because I got so many miles on the old one.”

But the hours on the road are worth it with Jacob and John both succeeding in races all over Australia.

Last weekend Jacob competed in the cross country marathon national championships and crossed the line fourth in the under-17 age category.

"We were expecting something but I wasn't expecting that,” Jacob said.

The race was contested over 34 kilometres including 800 metres of climbing.

This is his best result to date and follows his confidence boosting second place result in U19s over 76km and four hours last month.

The 2017/18 season was the first time Jacob has contested the cross country national series which consists of eight events in Orange, Nerang, Pemberton and Canberra.

John decided to compete in the national series because Jacob was racing and thanks to podium places in number of events took out the masters five category.

"When he entered the national series I decided to race and see what happens,” he said.

"I got some podiums at Nerang and podiums at Pemberton and because it was the best five out of eight I accumulated enough points and won the series.

"It has probably reduced some of the distractions for him because he did his thing and we raced at the same time and I'm not on the sidelines heckling I'm just doing my own thing and he can do his thing.”

Jacob will race at the first round of the Queensland Sunshine Series this weekend and the results from the series are used to decide the riders seeding for the state championships in November.

Jacob will work on improving his skills in the series ahead of next season.

"It will all be building towards next year when he is top age in under-17s, John said.

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