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
Two disciplines. Two Days. Two Championship Titles.
This is the second year running that Rocky Trail Entertainment have run the Rollercoaster or All Mountain and the Downhill NSW State Championships back to back. Whilst it is a tight schedule to fit into two days that is not what makes these events come alive, it’s the timing. As one of the last days of Autumn before the Winter season and snow really rolls in, there is absolutely no telling what sort of weather Thredbo will turn on.
The All Mountain.
Arriving on Friday to rain shower, after rain shower, there was nothing to be done but to stay inside. Those that were brave enough to battle the elements looked like they and dived head first down the track sans bike, covered head to toe in sloppy mud. By Saturday morning the conditions had changed, little trail wise but for the most part the rain did stay away.
The most upper section of the Flow trail was shut due to the excessive 100mm or more of slop mud, that would surely only erode away with the two fifty plus riders on course for practice and racing. Timed runs would start next to Kareela Hut a long time famous stop off for those riding the downhill track. For those who have yet to experience Thredbo’s Flow track, it is a pretty straight forward affair, the trail traverses the ski runs, generally punctuated by some sort of 180 berm that spits you back in the opposite direction. It is a fun trail and there is nothing overtly technical about it and that has reflected in the results at previous events, being so heavily dominated by cross country riders. A little bit of skill and a lot of fitness serves you well here. …View More
Andrew Lloyd, runner up in last year’s 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Championship, won the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix endurance race on Saturday at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle. Lloyd completed an impressive 13 laps in just over seven hours and won against a strong Elite Men’s field and also took out the line honours of the overall race win. Newcomer Kirby Knowles from Boolaroo claimed the women’s title. In the four competition the locals challenged the Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace. After a tight race, Wallace took out the win just three minutes ahead of Erina’s Bradley Jolliffe and Tristan Gribble from Merewether. The hotly contested female category saw Lana Moy from Collaroy dominate the field, winning ahead of Susanna Fasold and Leah Childs.
The local club Hunter MTB Alliance hosted the first round of this year’s SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix endurance racing series on their trail network at Awaba MTB Park on Saturday. A field of 300 riders wasn’t scared off by the rain in the event lead up and organisers Rocky Trail Entertainment put on a 10 km racing circuit, which included some reverse trail configurations. “It’s all about keeping it interesting and fun for our riders”, explained race director Martin Wisata ahead of the race start. “We love racing at Awaba and together with the local club we tried to mix it up a bit this year. A lot of regular Rocky Trail racers are at the start today and quite a few new faces, which is very exciting.” …View More
Ed McDonald claimed the AMB100-miler Marathon race win for the fourth time in Canberra on the weekend, completing five laps on a gruelling monster circuit at Stromlo Forest Park in hot conditions. On the Canberran clean sweep elite podium Callum McNamara came in second with a gap of only seven minutes ahead of Sam Moffitt who took out the third position. In the three-lap challenge the race favourite Jarrod Hughes from Jerrabomberra won ahead of the locals Lewis Cressy and Aaron Bashford. Liz Smith from Wollongong defended her marathon 100-miler title from 2013 in the elite women’s field.
A field of 300 riders was set to race the AMB 100 Marathon event at Stromlo Forest Park, the inaugural race for new headline sponsor, the Australian Mountain Bike Magazine. With a race circuit of over 30km and a high proportion of singletrails the event has been considered as one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in Australia. This year a heat wave sweeping across the ACT on the event weekend increased the racing challenge even more. …View More
With my focus mainly on Enduro this year it took a while to reach my first race of 2014 but when it came it was a blast. The opening round of the Rollercoaster series from Rocky Trail Entertainment came together at Ourimbah with some great trails and excellent weather.
I may have overcooked the training leading up though with an over the bars resulting in a few dislocated ribs in my back. Not your typical injury but it does mean that I can ride albeit with a little preservation in mind. So the mornings practice was a lot more laid back than usual and instead of fitting in as much practice as I could on the day, I decided to take things a bit easier and saved it for race runs. …View More
The forecast was not looking pleasant in the lead up to the final round of the Red Ass NSW State Downhill Series at Awaba but what was surprising was that this rather foreboding incoming weather situation was delivering a mixed bag of opinions in the pits. Some were quite sensibly dreading the rain, whilst others were almost drooling for the sodden conditions.
To put this all into context (and let you judge for yourself), Awaba downhill track is known as one of the gnarliest in the country and is regularly referred to as being on par with tracks that appear on the World Cup circuit. With its rocky steeps, rutted chutes, tight corners and technical features, it has riders on their toes at the best of times. …View More