Filmed the You Yangs 8 Hour Enduro race on the 19th of April and this is what I came up with. Song is Floating Vibes by Surfer Blood. Keep up with Knox productions on facebook.
It’s no surprise that Christmas 2013 is done, we’ve welcomed in the New Year, started the SA Downhill season and felt like it’s all happened within the space of a couple weeks! The big surprise was that the AIR DH team had Steve Gebert in the start gate at Round One, when the original goal was to get him back on the bike for Round Five!
Since splitting his patella, tearing 90% of his posterior cruciate ligament and pushing his tibia wildly out of place in late December, Steve has been through two surgeries and a ton of rehab at the physio and in the pool to get his knee just moving again. Initial goals for his recovery had him working towards racing the latter part of the SA State Series and sticking to light peddling around the Cross Country trails until he regained enough strength around his knee to support his basically non-existent PCL. “I’ve been working pretty hard to get flexibility back into the joint and it has certainly come a long way,” Steve said. “The physio basically told me to live as I normally would and we will see how it all holds up. It was pretty sore after the first couple XC rides but it feels pretty good now.” …View More
Tropical North Queensland tourism have put together this excellent little advertisement featuring the one and only trail building god Glen Jacobs and it is amazing. “Glen Jacobs builds trails for runners and mountain bikers all around the world, but his paradise is right here in Tropical North Queensland.
Join Glen at the Smithfield mountain bike park at dawn for a ride through the rainforest he loves, as he explains his process and his love for the environment. It’s a fascinating insight into the world of trail building from a man who’s been doing what he loves from an early age.”
It feels great to have the first World Cup done and the 2014 race season officially underway. I am really happy to put last years disastrous week in South Africa behind me and have a solid race in Pietermaritzburg.
I really enjoyed the course this year, some technical sections added although the risk compared with the World Championships had definitely decreased, and plenty of climbing added making for an overall tough but fun race course.
I started with plate number 16 and was on the second row of the start grid. I didn’t have huge expectations coming into the race, I wanted to have a good race and then I could see where I would fit in and assess from there leading into the season.
I had a great start to the race, I was really calm leading into the race and throughout the warm up. I was focused but never really felt nervous until we headed over to the start boxes. I felt a lot less pressure than the World Cup last year. Last year I had put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well but at this first World Cup I had no outside expectation to do anything miraculous so I was very relaxed. …View More
I’ve watched the Cape Epic unfold from the comfort of my laptop over the last few years and as I’ve gotten to know more and more about both mountain bike marathon and stage racing, I realised that this is the premium mountain bike stage race on the planet. Whilst watching on my laptop, I also realised that this was a race I really wanted to be a part of, at least just once.
Apparently, it seems the UCI also thinks the CAPE EPIC is the premium mountain bike stage race as this race has a UCI code of 2.HC, the highest categorisation possible for event, without it being a world cup or world tour event. It is one of only two MTB stage races with this UCI classification. In short, it is the highest ranked (read hardest) mtb stage race an amateur racer can enter. This only made me more determined to race this event.
Entries are very hard to come by for the EPIC, with only 1200 riders (600 odd teams) permitted entry each year, there are many more people who wish to ride and race this event than the promoters can cater for. Way back at the end of March in 2013, I sat up very late, logged on to the entry website, trying to secure an early bird entry for the 2014 race. I was too slow on the ‘ol refresh’ button, – we missed out. I hadn’t had a very good race season in 2012/2013, so with no results of note, meant we had no chance of a ‘preferred entry’ so we resigned ourselves to enter the lottery along with many, many other hopefuls. Of course, we missed out on the lottery as well and went straight to the waitlist. …View More
Ben Hill is at again, whips and all at sunny old Stubbs Rd. This time it’s with the chilled crew from Broken Image and it makes for one easy watchable edit. Check it out.