After five exciting rounds, the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series was set for an action packed finale at the Awaba Mountain Bike park near Newcastle. As the largest round in the Series with over 360 entrants, it’s pretty clear that the swooping singletrack of Awaba is universally adored! Not even the thought of 8 hours of riding in temperatures around the mid-thirties could put riders off.
The series standings featured some battles that were set to go down to the wire in the final round, the solo men especially so. Despite winning 3 out of 4 rounds, Ed McDonald would still need to beat his mate and nemesis Andrew Hall to claim the overall Series victory. Hall won the final round and the Series last year so McDonald knew he would have his work cut out for him. After marking each other for 4 hours, the decisive moment came on the short but very steep Camelback climb as McDonald accelerated away from Hall and slowly prised open a gap that would remain until the conclusion of the race. McDonald taking the Series, Hall in 2nd for the race and the Series. …View More