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On December 1-2 2012, Rock Trail Entertainment ran the wildly successful Jet Black Cycling 24H at Mt Annan Botanic Garden. Full results, sponsor lists and updates for future events are available at rockytrailentertainment.com
The event was covered by Jupiter24 Productions. You can hear more from us at facebook.com/Jupiter24 or our website, jupiter24productions.com.au
With all but one of the SRAM Inside Line SA Downhill Series over, the Adelaide Commencal Racing team packed up and headed down to Willunga for the final round of the Series. After a super consistent season so far, Steve was sitting on top of the leader board with Cycleworx Santa Cruz’s Ngari Jenkins not far behind in the points.
The track that has been raced at Willunga in recent years has been a favorite for many riders in the past, but this year the course was a re-hash of one raced in the late nineties. Few guys had raced this line down the hill, and those that had barely remembered it. There really isn’t a better way to level the playing field for such a close final than to race a new track that nobody has practiced in the leading weeks!
Rocking up almost late after a near serious time wasting, yet picturesque detour , I headed through the Jet Black flagged gated entrance as the full mass of the field and tent empire looms before me in, well , a field. For 364 days of the year Dargle Farm is a working farm, cattle, paddocks, abandoned moto jumps the lot but for that one other day it is Sydney’s favourite twelve hour. The Jet Black/WSMTB 12hr.
In the realm of multiple hour enduro racing this would have to be up high in the list, it just has that vibe, that every rider craves . Also time wise it is not so long that you are longing to go home but long enough that you have to test your limits. That may not sound fun to you but from go to woe, enjoyment levels never really seem to drop at this one
Whilst the telly the night before hinted at rain, everyone was lucky enough that it was only overcast skies and wind that greeted us at the start of the race. Abandoning the pre race riders meeting, I headed out to a more interesting vantage point, standing just outside of the event centre looking back across it. Even a couple hundred meters away I could hear the start, the countdown and then the distant screams of family members cheering on loved ones. Then it was on.
The calendar told us that the second race to be held at the Fox Creek site was on a track ‘TBA,’ and rumors were whispering about a new course being built away from the main group of downhill runs in the area. As it turned out, there may be a new track in the pipeline for Fox Creek but the fifth round of the SRAM Inside Line SA State Title Series was going to be held on the existing, and never before raced, ‘Fox Fast’ track. For those unfamiliar with the course, it lives up to it’s name not because of the steep, brakes off, balls out approach the title suggests, rather that it seems to be over before you know it and you’re loading your bike to go up again soon after you jump the fence at the top!