The weather has played a significant role in the SRAM Singletrack Mind series over the past year with the 2012 finale played out in sweltering conditions, the 2013 series opener also raced in the heat while the 2nd and 3rd rounds had to be rescheduled due to torrential rain. Mother Nature again played her hand for the 2nd running of Round 2 at the Coondoo Rd course at Nowra, with strong westerly winds making for challenging conditions on course but more particularly in the event centre as riders and their supporters had to keep everything secured and pegged down against the gusty winds.
The wind only served to make the racing all the more tactical as riders tried to seek shelter behind others on some of the longer fire road sections, echelons of riders snaking across the dirt, like a scene from the Tour de France. …View More
Expect some original Australian humour in this fast paced edit from Bike Culture and the most recent round of STM series. Video credit to Joe Killen from Eastern Edge Films
Nowra hosted the third round of the six event SRAM Singletrack Mind Series. As the midpoint of the Series, contenders for the overall category podiums are starting to become apparent and they were all in attendance, making for a very competitive field. The entry list also featured one of the biggest junior categories yet seen in the Series with 8 teams and, in a first for the Series, one of the teams was an all-female line up of Vincentia High School students. The Coondoo Road course at Nowra is a favourite amongst Series participants and has featured in every year of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series. For 2012 a new layout was set with a fresh singletrack section which would result in making the normally quite flat course even flatter and ensuring super-fast racing! At the conclusion of the start lap the front of the race was dominated by the male pairs teams with Australian MTB team representative Cam Ivory leading the pack followed by Brad Morton and Series leader Jon Odams, while 10 seconds back Mark Tupalski led the solo men with Andrew Hall and Ed McDonald only another 10 seconds behind, and Series leader Janet Martin led the sizable solo women’s field.
With the unrelenting nature of the course, the lead in most categories changed throughout the 7 hour event, the Junior category featured a see-sawing battle between Series leaders The Young Guns and Jett Racing, only 6 minutes the difference in the end, The Young Guns adding to their overall lead. The Mixed Threes saw another strong performance from the BG Three, while in the Masters Threes, Horccules Vs The Chocolate Footed Monster again triumphed over What the HORCC, a clean sweep thus far in the Series. With the lap record holder on their team it was little surprise to find that Stevens Bikes took out the Male Threes while in the Female Threes, Accident Prone bested their rivals, and when asked if they were accident prone they admitted to a small unscheduled exit during the race!