Andrew Lloyd, runner up in last year’s 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Championship, won the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix endurance race on Saturday at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle. Lloyd completed an impressive 13 laps in just over seven hours and won against a strong Elite Men’s field and also took out the line honours of the overall race win. Newcomer Kirby Knowles from Boolaroo claimed the women’s title. In the four competition the locals challenged the Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace. After a tight race, Wallace took out the win just three minutes ahead of Erina’s Bradley Jolliffe and Tristan Gribble from Merewether. The hotly contested female category saw Lana Moy from Collaroy dominate the field, winning ahead of Susanna Fasold and Leah Childs.
The local club Hunter MTB Alliance hosted the first round of this year’s SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix endurance racing series on their trail network at Awaba MTB Park on Saturday. A field of 300 riders wasn’t scared off by the rain in the event lead up and organisers Rocky Trail Entertainment put on a 10 km racing circuit, which included some reverse trail configurations. “It’s all about keeping it interesting and fun for our riders”, explained race director Martin Wisata ahead of the race start. “We love racing at Awaba and together with the local club we tried to mix it up a bit this year. A lot of regular Rocky Trail racers are at the start today and quite a few new faces, which is very exciting.” …View More
SAM HILL spending his last minutes of pre season with the DRIFT BIKES crew in sunny ol’ Awaba getting his schralp on.
Watch Graeme Mudd as he trains before the NSW State DH final at Awaba. Thoughtfully captured in a pretty darn good go pro edit from the guys at Yardsale Check out their page at www.facebook.com/yardsaleoptics to stay up to date with our latest product and shenanigans
The forecast was not looking pleasant in the lead up to the final round of the Red Ass NSW State Downhill Series at Awaba but what was surprising was that this rather foreboding incoming weather situation was delivering a mixed bag of opinions in the pits. Some were quite sensibly dreading the rain, whilst others were almost drooling for the sodden conditions.
To put this all into context (and let you judge for yourself), Awaba downhill track is known as one of the gnarliest in the country and is regularly referred to as being on par with tracks that appear on the World Cup circuit. With its rocky steeps, rutted chutes, tight corners and technical features, it has riders on their toes at the best of times. …View More
There can be only one word to describe Sunday’s SRAM Singletrack Mind Series event and that’s “perfect!” Glorious spring weather greeted riders as they rolled to the start line for Round 3 of the 5 event series and with mild temperatures all day, a course that was in excellent condition and a large, high quality field entered, a day of tight and thrilling racing was assured.
Off the start, the first riders to hit the front were talented youngsters Harry Wiles (Stevens Bikes) and Jack Lavis (Target Trek Racing) and experienced road racer turned solo rider Cameron Peterson. Recording the fastest lap of the day, Lavis took the lead in the overall race and the Men’s Pairs category while Wiles gave his team a solid lead in the Male Threes.
The solo categories featured some new and some absent names. With the World 24 Hour solo championships coming up soon many were keen to give the legs a final hard hit-out while some, including Series leader Ed McDonald, decided they’d start their taper period and skip the round. This would present an opportunity for others including Andrew Lloyd who trails McDonald in the Series by just 25 points. Lloyd wouldn’t have an easy run to the 80 points on offer as wildcard entrant Cameron Peterson kept the pressure on in the early laps but Lloyd kept to his race plan never relinquishing his lead. The Female Solo category saw an equally entertaining battle between Lana Moy and current solo 24 hour National Champion Liz Smith. Moy taking the early lead but Smith’s experience showed through as she put down a set of very consistent lap times to pass Moy and establish a small but decisive lead. Smith taking her first win in the Series this year after a pair of 2nd placings. …View More
Round #1 of the 2013 Rocky Trail Grand Prix Series was held on Easter Monday in Awaba, NSW.
With two races in one, participants can choose to race in the 4hr (Fast) or 7hr (Furious) and there was a great turn out of around 250 riders, the most popular catergory for the day was easily the solo 4hr.
The day was picture perfect with the race beginning at 9am, it literally started with a bang as one of the race favourites,(last years series winner) Jon Odams layed it down with broken crank. This created temporary chaos, however with 3hrs 59min remaining little was to be lost.
After throwing out the quick “are you ok” when they are clearly not – a winded Odams replied … Yeelp ! (which clearly combinded – yep and help) Rider after rider snaked there way into the first section of sweet Awaba trails. The race was lead by Jayden Ward followed by Anthony Shippard and I was about 20th at this time due to a road block. …View More