Mick and Tracey Hannah have had a incredibly successful off season with strong performances at Australian National Events as well as a host of sneaky Urban Races. It only got better with a podium for ‘Sik Mik’ here in Pietermaritzburg whilst Tracey put in a solid top ten performance. The rest of the team were right along side them with some equally impressive results. Everyone is now looking forward to the home town race of the two Australians, a tracks where they are sure to do well.
Road cycling and Mountain biking are both complex and deeply intricate sports. In the comparison of road and mountain biking at first it would appear that they are quite similar. But after further analysis it is clear that, they couldn’t be more different…
I have been a mountain biker since I was a boy. I have trained on the road since 2005 and also done a fair amount of road racing over the years. Last year I gave road racing a serious crack, a mountain biker would say I was ‘behind enemy lines’ and a road cyclist would say ‘Are you making the transition to road?’ Personally I just wanted to try something different and scope out what all the fuss was about. After racing both road and MTB at an international level, I have a deeper understanding of what Mountain Biking and road cycling is all about.
In basic terms Mountain biking is off road on a purpose built bike that allows the rider to overcome technical obstacle-filled trails and challenging terrain. Road bikes are made to go fast on smooth sealed surfaces. Speed is key in Road cycling and pushing as much power as possible through the pedals at crucial moments.…View More
Sam Hill is back along with his long time previous mechanic Jacy Shumilak. What will the pair be able to do in Pietermaritzburg. Is this another championship year?
Joe Smith returns along side as does new team member Mike Jones, who is suffering a broken hand. That’s enough chatter though, watch and see to how the first World Cup of the season played out.
You may know Alan Vogt as ones of the head honcho’s behind ‘The Mont 24hr’ or the spoke person of the mysterious Kowalkski’s but get this, he’s also the owner of one sweet backyard pumptrack. What do you expect from the guy who’s rarely seen away from the hand of a shovel! So without further adieu I give you Alan Vogts Pumptrack.
What inspired you to put a pumptrack in your backyard and how did you manage to get away with it with the other half?
We had the space and it’s way more fun than gardening. Upside for the wife is that I’m around the house.
Did you build it yourself or did you have outside help?
Ben Corey and Darren from Makin Trax built the track, I built the deck and clothes line.
How long did it take to construct, did you have to source special soil or anything like that?
The work took about 3-4 days. We were lucky and had good soil in the yard. …View More
Two disciplines. Two Days. Two Championship Titles.
This is the second year running that Rocky Trail Entertainment have run the Rollercoaster or All Mountain and the Downhill NSW State Championships back to back. Whilst it is a tight schedule to fit into two days that is not what makes these events come alive, it’s the timing. As one of the last days of Autumn before the Winter season and snow really rolls in, there is absolutely no telling what sort of weather Thredbo will turn on.
The All Mountain.
Arriving on Friday to rain shower, after rain shower, there was nothing to be done but to stay inside. Those that were brave enough to battle the elements looked like they and dived head first down the track sans bike, covered head to toe in sloppy mud. By Saturday morning the conditions had changed, little trail wise but for the most part the rain did stay away.
The most upper section of the Flow trail was shut due to the excessive 100mm or more of slop mud, that would surely only erode away with the two fifty plus riders on course for practice and racing. Timed runs would start next to Kareela Hut a long time famous stop off for those riding the downhill track. For those who have yet to experience Thredbo’s Flow track, it is a pretty straight forward affair, the trail traverses the ski runs, generally punctuated by some sort of 180 berm that spits you back in the opposite direction. It is a fun trail and there is nothing overtly technical about it and that has reflected in the results at previous events, being so heavily dominated by cross country riders. A little bit of skill and a lot of fitness serves you well here. …View More
Last weekends Wombat 100 was a true show of marathon racing with Cory Wallace attacking from behind to not only catch the break away but to then launch off the front for the win. It was a sincere show of skill from the visiting Canadian. Shaun Lewis and Chris Jongewaard rounded out the rest of the top three. Mel Anset our new National Marathon Champion claimed the Elite Womens win but don’t just read it here, click and watch to see how the race unfolded.
Over 100 competitors and well over 200 spectators were out at the Goat Farm, on the outskirts of Perth for the first round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series which went off in style! Goat Farm is a short sharp downhill track with some flat blown out corners, plenty of flow and some good rock gardens thrown in for good measure!
In 2014 Peel has brought in live timing, where riders were able to see their time displayed on a screen within seconds of passing the finish line. This made for some tense moments and excitement down at the bottom for each category. The live timing also meant the format was the same as World Cups – qualifying was used to seed the riders in each category so that the fastest went down last, hoping to sit in the hot seat. After racing was done the top 30 riders were then sent back up the hill to do one more run for the benefit of the spectators as well as bragging rights! …View More