I arrived at Taree for round 1 of The Finish Line Single-track mind series which was due to be held at the awesome trails of Kiwarrak state forest also know as the “Tip Trails”, And as usual the Taree trail fairy’s had been at it again with not a leaf or stick out of place! The atmosphere was pumping and everyone was ready to have a ball for either 4 or 7 hours.
This time I would be going solo for 4 hours, it was something different to the usual races I go after with most only being an hour to 2 hours long, it was going to be a great challenge. With Port To Port only just around the corner it would be the perfect race to get some quality kilometers in the legs. …View More
When it comes to the Cross Country Eliminator Aussie Paul Van Der Ploeg is a natural. Oh and a World Champion. However with a recent shoulder surgery and not a single XCE race since Pietermartizburg last year, the odds were against him.
The weather was no picnic either, the heavens opened up and the rains poured down. From the start line there was about 3 metres of hard wooden boards and then the real fight for traction began. There simply was not a 100% chance to lay down power bar the finish straight, it was all about picking your chances and staying upright. …View More
An excellent little blog entry from Cam Ryan we really think you should check out. There is a short version or a long version depending on your interest but more importantly there is a helmet cam of every stage of the race, you can find that after the jump.
I’m always excited to have the opportunity to race interstate, but I legitimately struggle to sleep in the lead up to a race in Bright: steep, technical, loamy tracks; awesome town, huge river, what more could you want? (I’ve included longer descriptions of how the days went, but if you’re lazy like me and don’t want to read stuff I’ve put together some 35 word summaries for ya! (Helmet Cam footage, pictures of trees and full stage run-downs are below)
Friday (35 word summary): Rode shuttles with some fellas from Adelaide in the Giant van, super muddy. I got to practice most stages but didn’t have time to get familiar, was a rad time crashing my brains out everywhere.
Friday: After arriving in Bright late the night before, it was time to get up and do some shuttles in an attempt to remember the stages we’d be racing in the coming days (although shuttling isn’t really the spirit of enduro we had two massive days ahead so I was going to do anything I could to save energy!) I was lucky enough to snag a spot in the Giant van, riding with Adelaide guys Craig Yates, Craig Felix, Chris Dimbill and Simon Buzzacott; I even got to do a run or two with 2001 Junior World Champ and all round top bloke Ben Cory which was pretty sick! We managed to get 1-2 runs in on each of the nine stages, although I couldn’t really remember anything apart from the first 3 turns in each stage come Saturday Morning… View More
Get a little more Josh Carlson and Adam Craig in your system with this short from the Giant Factory Offroad team.
The 2013/14 Giant/Yarra Valley Cycles DH Team at Round 1 of the VDHS… Their first chance to jump on board the new 2014 Giant Glory, decked out with SRAM, Rockshox, Mavic, Maxxis, and new riding kit from Fox & Atlas Brace.
Old school handycam techniques, flash helmet cam footage and rock’n roll beats. Jase Zecchin captures Cam Ryan in his element.