There is noise at the edge. Chatter amongst the people….
It wouldn’t be a band wagon if people weren’t looking to get on. Frankly, we wouldn’t live in a commercial democracy if a comptetive advantage wasn’t being viewed jealously, or opportunistically from afar by someone planning on trying to do ‘the same but better’.
Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery. That is assuming it doesn’t create a distraction, or confuse as to ‘the original’.
The Marathon racers of Australia have every reason to be a bit confused. There was a series once called the Real Insurance Series, that was well received, was built of the best races on the calendar, and united the sport in a way that was unheard of in the past – bringing sponsorship dollars, TV coverage, a points system to review with your mates, and an ease to ‘season planning’.
Then it went away. In a flurry of ‘he said / she said / they did / we didn’t’ accusation and at least some ignominy, it was gone.A missed opportunity? Yes. Lost momentum? Certainly. …View More
The pack are at it again, off to Callignee South for the 4th round of the Alpine Gravity enduro series, then over to Maldon, Dano’s home town for round 5 of the VDHS.
Song: Seventeen – Winger
It seems like yesterday we were racing round 3 of the Victorian gravity enduro series up at Mt Buller. Yet another great weekend was had by all, it was such a good location for a race, with the finish line just meters from the refreshing Delatite river. The course was really tough physically, and at around thirty minutes long, it was at least three times the length of any other race so far. With a second place in the bag there we had a long break from racing over Christmas and January.
Before the end of the year I spent some time up in Bright, riding and filming with Jake Lucas, a great fella and super talent behind the camera. Christmas was a low key family affair, and I had the day off work which was nice for a change! My girlfriend Jo and I both had some time off in January so we packed up the car and headed off on a road trip, 1st stop gippsland. We hooked up with the crew for a few days riding in Callignee which would host round 4 of the vic series- an amazing tucked away property with a big hill to carve trails into.
We had a great weekend just having fun and drifting turns in the freshly cut track. …View More
2013 XCE (Cross-Country Eliminator) World-Champion Aussie Paul Van Der Ploeg and XCM (Cross-Country Marathon) Champion Aussie Jenni King recently traveled up to Sunny Cairns to check out the course and venue for the upcoming World-Cup being held in April. They were treated to an amazing, bright, vividly green layout and were blown away with the brand new courses. They both highly commended the level of technicality and variety in trail for the course, appreciating the changes of riding style and the buffet of line choices and ‘technical a-lines’ making up multiple passing opportunities as well as offering some spectacular viewing for the crowds! With all thumbs up, we look forward to seeing them back repping the rainbow jerseys and bringing Australia home to gold!
The first weekend of March saw the VDHS return to Maldon for the 5th round of the VDHS. The weather was epic all weekend with just the hint of rain early Saturday being the only snag, however it quickly evaporated into flawless blue skies as practice got underway. A new section toward the top of the track implemented this round saw many riders stopping to scope lines. Only a few opted to go head first into the brand new section, this method paid off for half the riders whilst the other half got caught up on hidden rocks and ejected over the bars or flatted. With the new section only just bedding in, rocks were moving about continuously and with no two runs through the top rock garden being the same, it was a while before the carnage abated. This is notorious Maldon track behaviour but after the first few hours, the the major riding lines were cleared by the riders and everything settled down. The remainder of the track was left pretty much untouched from previous years with only a few minor changes to some corners on the lower part of the track. Nothing really that could cause any further damage to riders. …View More
Here is the team video recap of the 2 first rounds of the Urban racing series. Mick and Fabien raced the Santos together and were then joined by Guillaume and Tracey for Valparaiso. Even though Tracey was not allowed to race (there is no female category in Chile), all boys had great runs and came out really amped from the huge crowds and scary tracks.