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
Quantum racing was out in force for this ‘picnic’ in the vineyards. Many of the lads trying out their 2013 TWE bikes at a race for the first time. The Rocky Trail pitch for this race was pretty enticing “Round 2 promises to be not only the inaugural race at James Estate Winery but also a culinary highlight. James Estate is located in the Upper Hunter Valley, about 2 hours West of Newcastle. The race track will be just under 10 km long and feature awesome single track through the bushland surrounding the vineyards and offer spectacular views of the Upper Hunter Valley wine country as you make your way back to the event centre, right in front of the cellar door.”
Wow, new trails, racing in a vineyard and Rocky Trail races are always well run friendly events. Let’s do it. Half the team elected to camp and the other half drove up the morning of the event. Campers were the winners this time with atrocious condition on the coast and the culinary delights of the vineyard to take advantage of.
When we arrived, Martin from Rocky Trail did not lie, the vineyard was certainly picturesque and it was clear from the numbers of people at the start line that this was a well-attended event. Apparently there were 250+ starters with at least 20% girls which is awesome to see. The most popular categories between the 7hr and 4hr formats was for 4hr in solo, 7hr in teams. …View More