AFTER 100 kilometres of torturous inclines, rickety goat trails and near- exhaustion, a bit of romance shone through at the Blue Dragon Mountain Bike Challenge.
At the completion of yesterday's 48-kilometre circuit of Weldborough and Blue Tier, Blue Dragon organiser Ben Mather proposed to his girlfriend Rowena Fry - Launceston's former national mountain bike champion.
Mather made his proposal during the post-race presentation and Miss Fry, who was among the competitors over the weekend, said "yes".
"I sort of had it planned for a while," Mather said.
Day 2 racing results saw Saturday pacesetters Alex Hunt and Stephen Matthews first over the line again, five minutes ahead of the second- placed Ross Farrell and Michael Smith and the third-placed Ken Allen and Daniel DeGroot.
Yesterday's result saw Hunt and Matthews named overall winners in a time of 4 hours, 36 minutes and 31 seconds.
Allen and DeGroot were 14 minutes behind, followed by Farrell and Smith six minutes later.
Mather said this year's challenge unfolded perfectly.
"We couldn't have asked for a better weekend," he said.