TASMANIAN STATE DH ROUND #3 – WILMOT
Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan….!!
This weekend the riders made the journey north to Wilmot for Round #3 of the 2013/14 Tasmanian Interclub Downhill Series; despite sunshine for the previous two rounds, the weather forecast this time was a little suspect….
The track was in the best shape ever thanks to the efforts of the gang at Next Level Mountain Bike; a mix of fast flowing trail, tight forested sections, rock gardens, hips, drops, gaps and kickers. The new rhythm section had a few riders scratching their heads early on during Saturdays practice, though pretty soon everybody had the track dialled.
By lunchtime, and in glorious sunshine, the final sender on the finish straight started to get a working over as riders began preparing for the inaugural mid-Series ‘whip-off’. In total, twenty-three riders stepped up to the challenge; three jumps, each jump receiving a score based on length, height, and of course, style.
The whip-off generated thrills and spills galore. In a break from the ‘strict’ regulations imposed by the judges, the riders chose to form a train for their practice run; carnage ensued though only a few egos were hurt. …View More
Alpine Gravity had their latest event at Mount Buller on the 7th-8th December, the event saw a good turn out of 280+ riders and the longest track the series has seen to date, 15kms with average times of 35 minutes. JL Media was there once again to bring you a video of the event, the next event is at Calignee on the 22nd-23rd February.
Fat Tyre Flyers and JL Media have put together this edit to showcase the tracks at Granton and Narbethong. The next round of the Victorian Downhill Series is to be held at the famous “Narby” track and you can still can get yourself entered for that here : www.vdhs.com.au
In 2014 the Single Track Mind race series is set to expand, with several new events alongside old favourites including the Kalamunda 50 and Jarrahdale 6 Hour.
The series will kick off in April with the Jorgenson Park 4 Hour. The open, flowing course is perfect for new riders and those who love to go fast. This event is available to solo and team entrants, and is the perfect way to start the mountain biking season. The series will then head to the classic trails of Marrinup and Turners Hill for the Dwellingup 50. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Reece Tucknott to assist him to race in Europe. The following round will then be at Langford Park, where riders can indulge in the flowy trails during the Jarrahdale 6 Hour. The pinnacle event of the series will be the Kalamunda 50. Now in it’s 4th year, if you are a lover of singletrack this is the race for you! The Kalamunda Collective have put an enormous amount of work into expanding the Kalamunda trail network, allowing us to put together a fresh course of the finest singletrack for 2014. Once again this event will support the Kalamunda Collective’s trail building efforts through a donation to assist them to build more trails in the area. …View More
The World Trail crew has recently finished construction of the 2014 World Cup XCO & DH tracks, in Cairns Australia. These innovative styles of world class race tracks have evolved over years of professional builds, by World Trail. These tracks will cater for a whole new breed of Mountain Bike racers, both XCO and DH.
A full detailed video, profiling these unique courses, will drop in the coming months, until then, here is a short teaser of what to expect in the jungles of Far North Queensland.
This final little bit of brief clubby news comes to you a tad later than usual but it’s all because I’m coming down off the high that was the final Sutherland Cycling Clubs Short Track race of the year. Santa was there (in the shape of a very ill disguised and roadie thin Troy Glennan), horderves were on offer and there was a whole bunch of kids out to race. However the most exciting race, as always, was A grade and it truly was the best of the year. The competition was thick amongst a very very mix aged field and it started off with a bang when Aaron Felton took the holshot off of Callum Carson.
This battle on the front continued for several laps, whilst Matt “Panther” Potter controlled his efforts, laying in wait in third. There was some spectacular mid field action, most especially when young 13 year old Ben Metcalfe out sprinted McNaughton and Glennan down the main straight, narrowly bringing it back in before the singletrack re-started, earning him a standing ovation from the crowd.
McNaughton and Morgan were also hanging onto the front end and probably helped bring the pack together making for some incredibly tight racing. In the end Felton faltered and Carson wasted energy then defending off Felton , their collected heart rates pushed through the roof, allowed “Panther” to break past both of them and seal the win with a generous gap. …View More
While most of the TORQ team, based in Victoria came across to Hobart, Tasmania via the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ the rest of the crew flew into a somewhat dry Hobart. Unfortunately it was probably the driest weather we have had for the whole time whilst we were there.
I was greeted at the airport by Ben Forbes, Em parkes and Mark Fenner in one of the two camper vans that team owner Dean had hired for us to stay in at the race village. We soon arrived at race HQ, which was looking pretty wicked with the massive TORQ set up and the beer/bar trailer serving the ‘hell brew’ things were kicking off in style.
The Hellfire Cup is primarily a pairs / teams based multi stage race based out of the one event centre. So through my connection with ‘Huon Genesys’ team, I paired up with team Sky bound Nathan Earle, who hasn’t really done much mountain biking… Approaching the race both of us weren’t really expecting a good result and to come away with the win was amazing. Plus taking home the massive prize money for overall ($15,000) that was up for grabs was a massive surprise. …View More