Round two of the National XCO series was drawing eyes left right and centre after Jared Graves’s win in the previous round in Adelaide just two weeks prior. Interest was piqued in areas of mountain biking that generally, just didn’t pay any attention to the world of XCO. Graves had put a deficit into some well known riders and won with a mechanical but with the main might of the Elite field missing at Eagle on the hill, there were still challenges to overcome. …View More
It’s hard to come across a good cross country chain guide. Having had a particularly hard time with a few other brands, I was delighted to see that this guide had addressed all the issues I could see in the others. We were given the post mount option for the guide and installing it on my nine speed hardtail was relatively easy. Ride wise it was faultless. This guide has been designed down to a T, at the bottom of the cage the carbon tapers inward and there is no room should the chain drop for it to fall and wedge itself. At the top it flanges outward so that the chain doesn’t rub when up and down shifting. The bolts that join the two pieces also have a rubber coating , which makes for a quiet ride. Whilst it was on(two months), a chain was never dropped and to sum up what more could you ask for.
Comes in a range of colours. A direct mount also available
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The sun came out just in time for the final short track of the year, another action packed round on the dry and dusty course. The clearest battles being fought in B and A Grade. In B Grade Connor Mackne lead from the outset never really looking in any real danger, with the main position swapping happening behind with Murray Mackne, Thomas Lau, Tim Bateman and Chris Schofield mixing it up. In A grade, Mitch Codner took and early lead but couldn’t make it stick, falling back through the placing by mid race. Still somehow Codner was able to climb back into position pipping Matt Potter on the line. Moving up from second Sid Taberlay powered off the front with a impressive lead to claim the win.
1st Sid Taberley
2nd Mitchell Codner
3rd Matt Potter
1st Connor Mackne
2nd Thomas Lau
3rd Tim Bateman (SS)
How WA Roll is Film Things first feature film, made in collaboration with Kian Esmaili Productions and Sean Lee Photography and it is more than worthy of a feature in any passionate mountainbikers DVD collection. Comprised entirely of rider sections Film Things How WA Roll’s is not essentially a mountainbiking film and although mountain bikers sections do preside over most of the running time of the film, this is about WA and the talented individuals it has across many disciplines, including Downhill, Cross Country, Moto, BMX racing and Moto trials.
Not particularly used to watching the last three options I sat down for my first viewing of HWAR, with a open mind. The riding in this film was top notch even from the locals out at York, Reece Tucknott showed just how smooth and fast you can go on a hardtail on pea gravel , Todd Madsen takes some suicidal lines in a quarry which would make for my personal favourite section, Luke Ball brings the usual whips, jumps and berm destruction we have come to expect from web edits we’ve seen and the Nolan Brothers who show off their impressive style in park bmx and trial motos. Skipping through some sections the second time it more than pumped me up for my afternoon ride. …Finish reading and find out about the How WA Roll give away
Nowra hosted the third round of the six event SRAM Singletrack Mind Series. As the midpoint of the Series, contenders for the overall category podiums are starting to become apparent and they were all in attendance, making for a very competitive field. The entry list also featured one of the biggest junior categories yet seen in the Series with 8 teams and, in a first for the Series, one of the teams was an all-female line up of Vincentia High School students. The Coondoo Road course at Nowra is a favourite amongst Series participants and has featured in every year of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series. For 2012 a new layout was set with a fresh singletrack section which would result in making the normally quite flat course even flatter and ensuring super-fast racing! At the conclusion of the start lap the front of the race was dominated by the male pairs teams with Australian MTB team representative Cam Ivory leading the pack followed by Brad Morton and Series leader Jon Odams, while 10 seconds back Mark Tupalski led the solo men with Andrew Hall and Ed McDonald only another 10 seconds behind, and Series leader Janet Martin led the sizable solo women’s field.
With the unrelenting nature of the course, the lead in most categories changed throughout the 7 hour event, the Junior category featured a see-sawing battle between Series leaders The Young Guns and Jett Racing, only 6 minutes the difference in the end, The Young Guns adding to their overall lead. The Mixed Threes saw another strong performance from the BG Three, while in the Masters Threes, Horccules Vs The Chocolate Footed Monster again triumphed over What the HORCC, a clean sweep thus far in the Series. With the lap record holder on their team it was little surprise to find that Stevens Bikes took out the Male Threes while in the Female Threes, Accident Prone bested their rivals, and when asked if they were accident prone they admitted to a small unscheduled exit during the race!
“Where the bloody hell are ya?” I’m sorry I just paraphrased one of the most annoying television commercials in history but I do have a point so hold on. NSW State cross country has seen a gradual decline in recent years, in fact it has been without a series in sometime and save for a yearly championships the pointy end of racing has fallen a little off the map. Whys that? Well with the emergence of enduro racing in its various multiple hour formats (8,12,24) and the ever popular marathon length races everyday riders have gradually turned away from this short form of racing. There is a perception that State racing is too competitive, a stigma perhaps, well hopefully I can change that view for you.
Headed south from Sydney to the picturesque Southern Highlands is always a thrill, trust me those back country roads are a heap of fun and Range rd certainly brought some meaning to rolling hills.
Sunny skies would hopefully yield some interesting racing at the second round of the series at Fitzroy Falls, a small town where the McGee family have a plot of land and a wicked cross country trail. Built by the McGee brothers it is only open on select race days throughout the year, the rest of the time it’s private property.