After the threat of bush fires necessitated the rescheduling of round 4 of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series, a more favourable day dawned in the NSW Southern Highlands venue of Welby. With next to no rainfall in the previous month, the trails were set to be dry, dusty and loose in sections but with the hard work of the Southern Highlands Cycle Club the 10km circuit was superbly prepared to take on over 200 riders for the 7 hour duration of the race. Welby is a great example of reusing degraded land for recreational purposes as the site was formerly a rubbish tip but has been remediated and subsequently become a great asset to the local community and the wider region’s mountain bikers.
From the start the pace was being driven by the Onya Bike Hitters team from Canberra but in hot pursuit was solo rider Andrew Lloyd who, only 3 weekends before, placed 2nd overall in the 24 hour solo World Championships to multiple World champion Jason English. Lloyd’s rival in this series has been 2012 Singletrack Mind Series champion Ed McDonald who had a strong start to the Series but Lloyd’s form has come together at just the right time as his recent results would suggest. Lloyd put in a string of fast laps early in the race to distance McDonald, a gap he would not be able to close upon. Callum McNamara fought his way back from 8th place to secure the final spot on the podium. …View More
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
After receiving nothing less than glowing praise after last Sunday’s opening round of the SRAM Singletrack Mind series, the incredible flowing trails of Kiwarrak State Forest at Taree are likely to see mountain bikers descending en masse to experience them first hand. Race promoter Chocolate Foot has helped put Taree firmly on the MTB map making it part of the prestigious SRAM Singletrack Mind series.
Now in its fourth year the SRAM Singletrack Mind series is well established as the premier east coast endurance mountain bike series and attracts a host of highly-credentialed riders and teams such as OnTheGo and Target Trek. The star entrant for round one was none other than Port Macquarie’s 4-time World solo 24 hour and 2-time MTB Marathon National Champion, Jason English. Fresh off his second Marathon Championships win the previous weekend his main rival, Canberra’s Ed McDonald, would be hoping that the tough course at Atherton might have drained English’s legs.…View More
The Bike Culture crew are back for episode 6 and the final round of the Single Track Mind series at Awaba. There are high speed stacks, reflections on the season and plenty of action so make sure you check it out!
After five exciting rounds, the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series was set for an action packed finale at the Awaba Mountain Bike park near Newcastle. As the largest round in the Series with over 360 entrants, it’s pretty clear that the swooping singletrack of Awaba is universally adored! Not even the thought of 8 hours of riding in temperatures around the mid-thirties could put riders off.
The series standings featured some battles that were set to go down to the wire in the final round, the solo men especially so. Despite winning 3 out of 4 rounds, Ed McDonald would still need to beat his mate and nemesis Andrew Hall to claim the overall Series victory. Hall won the final round and the Series last year so McDonald knew he would have his work cut out for him. After marking each other for 4 hours, the decisive moment came on the short but very steep Camelback climb as McDonald accelerated away from Hall and slowly prised open a gap that would remain until the conclusion of the race. McDonald taking the Series, Hall in 2nd for the race and the Series.…View More
Hall back on top as SRAM Singletrack Mind Series hits the Highlands. The third new venue of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series for 2012, Welby in the NSW Southern Highlands served up a course that had something for everyone. Lovingly crafted by the Southern Highlands Cycling Club the venue is a great reuse of what was formerly the Council tip, however the trails are far from “rubbish” with fine swooping singletrack, technical rock sections and fast flowing descents, receiving overwhelming praise but with the soloists noting they would be in for a tough day out.
Off the start a number of solo riders held top 10 positions including Canberrans Mark Tupalski and Andrew Hall. Tupalski set to establishing a lead on his rivals but a major mechanical half way through the first lap saw his race essentially come to an end. With Tupalski out and his nemesis for the Series Ed McDonald also out due to injury, Hall might have thought he’d be in for an easier day but Andrew Lloyd had other ideas passing Hall after three laps and spending the next 3 three hours in the lead. Hall’s trademark is his endurance and as Lloyd’s lap times started to blow out Hall’s were the definition of consistency not deviating by more than 60 seconds. Hall, the 2011 Series champion taking his first win for 2012. The Solo Masters Male category went to Garry James for his 3rd win of the Series.