With a victory in the GP7-hour competition, Callum McNamara from Canberra is the new elite solo men’s series leader of the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix. More than 250 racers participated at Round 2, which was held at the James Estate Winery in the Upper Hunter Valley. Max Richardson from the Central Coast came in second and Jason Pearce from Sydney was in third. In the women’s solo elite category, Laura Renshaw won her first GP7 Hour event ahead of new series leader and fellow Novocastrian Kirby Knowles and Deb Davies from Weston near Cessnock. In the popular GP4 Hour race, Paris Basson from Narrabeen took out first place in the elite men’s and Brook Rowlands from Canberra won the women’s category.
It was the second mountain bike event to be held at the James Estate Winery after the inaugural SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix race there last year. The efforts of the winery’s General Manager and trail builder Graeme Scott and the team didn’t get unnoticed as riders from all over NSW and the ACT praised the 10km race track, which led them through more than 5km of fast and flowy bush single tracks and then straight through the vineyards and the actual winery, past the cellar door and across beautiful meadows with scenic views of the Upper Hunter Valley. …View More
The country seems to be gripped by finals fever, football here, football there, thank goodness Rocky Trail could focus us on our favourite sport and the Series Final of the Shimano Gran Prix. But what a controversial week it had been leading up to the Finals weekend, with mountainbikers literally being thrown out of the Appin trails, the location that had been locked-in for the Series Final. In true premiership style Rocky Trail swiftly negotiated a new location at the famed Ourimbah trails. In fact it must have been a special moment for a lot of solo riders when they were informed they wouldn’t have to face the tough and treacherous trails of Appin.
The sun came up to be a cracking Saturday out the back of the Central Coast, with a light shower overnight, the trails were in superb conditions, coming up dry and mostly hard-packed. Having recently moved to the area Rocky Trail had scoped out some of their new favourite routes around Ourimbah for us to have fun on during the Grand Prix. There was the amazing Jurassic Park and suitably named Rollercoaster before the Graveyard, racing through the flatlands and the Meadow Trails before climbing back towards the transition area.
In the GP4 Central Coast local James Lamb, who had most recently seen his King of Kincumba title slip through his fingers only a weekend prior, was keen to produce a good result. James was pushed all the way by Jorge Baron who placed third in the Male Solo Elite Category. Out in front though was Jarrod Hughes, the 2012 Tour de Timor KOM (King of the Mountain) jersey winner gained a commanding lead from the first lap and steadily gained time through the first three hours, finishing with close to a ten minute lead on James.
The dominance continued for Wendy Walker in the Female Solo Elite Category for the GP4. Wendy has been duelling with Vanessa Boatwright throughout the series and the GP at Ourimbah was no different. Vanessa didn’t have the pace of Wendy and the podium was rounded out by Eliza Eldridge Bassett. …View More