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Round one of the Yakima Sunshine Series for 2014 opened at Cedar Creek for a weekend of loose runs down Nik Jasinski’s track – “Hell’s Descent”. The famously steep and dusty track was raced late in the 2013 season, the dusty brown powder from last years race was replaced with grip and hero dirt for the 2014 opener. Chris Kovarik said the track was in the best condition he had seen it. The prime conditions set the scene for a fast weekend of racing, with a stacked top end of the field showing up to start the season.

Despite the perfect conditions, the track still proved to be a big challenge. Saturday practice saw a heap of the corners starting to get blown out – a sign of things to come. The gradient of the hill left little room for error, bad line choices had a bunch of riders taking trips through the bunting and over the bars. Each run revealed new loose rocks and tree roots were gradually being carved out of the dirt. Riders were working out the fine balance between holding it wide open for the fast top and bottom sections of the track, while trying to carry momentum through the technical switchbacks down the middle. …View More

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Chris Kovarik monstered the course at Glenorchy

Oceanias was perhaps not the event it could of been, seriously who thought putting it on the Easter long weekend was a good idea, with inflated prices from airfares to accomodation. So it was that, the Oceanias of 2013 recorded one of the lowest field entries in some time.
The weather blustery stayed away from the rain for the most part and the trails were quite dry and loose all round. Saturday the day of days for the cross country world saw another strong showing from the Trek Factory pair with Bec Henderson strolling into the win in U23′s and Dan McConnell taking a solid margin to not so local anymore Sid Taberlay and Luke Fetch in Elite Mens.
In U23′s New Zealands Anton Cooper and Jack Haig dualled it out over several laps with Cooper eventually sealing the deal for the win. Finally in Elite Womens Karen Hanlen (NZ),stole the show from Launceston local Rowena Fry and Tory Thomas. …View More

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