At last the Sutherland Short Track has returned to wednesday nights, that perfect little mid week break to catch up with some mates, elevate that heart rate and have a bash round some berms. I had missed the first round but I'm certainly glad I didn't miss this one as there was some exceptionally close racing in A Grade. Jon Odams made the holeshot in front of Troy Fisher and Matt Potter but it was all a question of how long would it last? With Odams cracking around on a 150mm enduro whilst the others were on hardtails, it would truly be a test on a course that pretty much could be ridden on a rigid.
Mid race and Odams continued to hold the lead, Fisher had dropped back and Potter had begun his attack. Aaron Felton also on his enduro steed was making a strong play for third. Potter soon had the lead but was unable to drop Odams, with a measley two or three metre gap separating them out.
Coming into the final turn the race looked to be all in Potters favour but a tremendous sprint in the final straight saw Odams pip Potter on the line by perhaps a quarter of a wheel. Tight racing. In B Grade Connor Mackne made gravy sprinting ahead of the pack early on to take the lead and win with ease. …View More
Disco Short Track is one of the best local mountainbiking events in Sydney, every year the crowds turn out for some disco fever and this year was no different. Late afternoon and the ball gets rolling, the kids racing packing out the place. Some kids race around by themselves whilst others are pushed by their parents, a real family vibe is in the air.
The kids racing finishes up as darkness sets in and the disco lighting comes into full effect. There are disco balls, strobe lights, lengths of light rope and in the depths of the course a bubble machine lets loose as kids dance around with glow sticks. Continue reading
In Southern Sydney what started as a pristine blue sky day, soon turned to overcast skies and then a consistent light and sometimes heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Still no rest for the die hards and Short Track was on!
Arriving just in time for A & B Grade, Troy Fisher put his BMX skills to the test gaining a early lead cutting off the attacking Bike Culture boys and gaining the hole shot to boot. Two laps in however he began to falter just as Jon Odams hot on his tale used his CX bike to his advantage, gaining the lead along the straight. Soon Luke Dale had joined Odams ahead as Fisher fell back through the field.
As the rain came down the pair of Odams and Dale broke away from the group and it was on. In the latter laps Dale began to fatigue with too much time off the bike playing right into the hands of the short sharp race, Odams moved ahead for a clear win and Matt Potts rode smoothly into second with a late charge. …View More Images
The monthly event of Sutherland Short Track was back for another round. After finally emerging from a dark winter and the early stages of daylight savings it was disappointing that overcast skies presided over the race.
The course was especially dust with a thin layer of powder in every corner making grip a little hard to find for all classes.
In C grade Andrew Herlihen took the scoop from Trent Spencer. Di Gbel won out over Erica Galea in the womens. B Grade was hotly contented with Chris Schofield who looked to be a early favourite, eventually falling into third with Anthony Schnakel in second and Matt Price pulling through for first. Ben Metcalfe took a impressive fourth against men twice his age (literally).
A Grade was a little depleted, with a few of the usual crowd awol. The competition however was as fierce as ever, Jon Odams led out hard from the line putting a reasonable gap on Sid Taberlay with the rest of the field holding on behind. Troy Glennan slid out on the second lap and DNF’d after rolling his bars.
Short races mean fast pace and Odams and Taberlay were fast breaking away. Young Harry Wiles unable to hold onto the pace of the front fell back to fight it out with Brad Glennan ,Tim Bateman and Gavin Williams.
After bridging the gap and riding Odams wheel for a lap, Taberlay made the pass before the final lap. Sid Taberlay wins, with Jon Odams in second and Tim Bateman a hard fought third. …View More
The sun came out just in time for the final short track of the year, another action packed round on the dry and dusty course. The clearest battles being fought in B and A Grade. In B Grade Connor Mackne lead from the outset never really looking in any real danger, with the main position swapping happening behind with Murray Mackne, Thomas Lau, Tim Bateman and Chris Schofield mixing it up. In A grade, Mitch Codner took and early lead but couldn’t make it stick, falling back through the placing by mid race. Still somehow Codner was able to climb back into position pipping Matt Potter on the line. Moving up from second Sid Taberlay powered off the front with a impressive lead to claim the win.
1st Sid Taberley
2nd Mitchell Codner
3rd Matt Potter
1st Connor Mackne
2nd Thomas Lau
3rd Tim Bateman (SS)
Yeah, you really should have seen that title coming. Disco short track is a night race and short track race unlike any other, flashing lights, disco balls , strobes and fog machines litter the course, creating one crazy atmosphere and one interesting race scenario. Situated within a small piece of land behind the Sutherland Shire Cycling clubhouse, the trail twists and turns, with bermed and un bermed corners in every available bit of land and it was here where the party would be.
This year it was set to be big and arriving mid afternoon, there was not a parking space to be seen, rare (it never happens) for this small sydney club. The place was packed with families and their children all eager to get their first taste of racing.
In the afternoon light they rode, u7′s, u9′s, some pushed by mums and dads all cheered on by family members. The elder racers started to arrive socialising and in general trying their best to harass the lead moto (Codner on a bicycle).
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