Round 1 of the Shimano Rockytrail series was held at Awaba. Originaly this race was suppose to be held several weeks ago but due to intense rain it had to be re-scheduled. After a couple of days of light rain the organisers decided to still hold the event. I went out on the Friday before the race to check out the track conditions and spin my legs as I was backing up from a 12 hour the previous weekend. The coarse was very different from most other races held at Awaba as they designed it with a mixture of the main coarse in forward and reverse direction resulting in a whole new venue feeling. It would be around 30 minutes long with a mixture of long low gradient fire trail climbs and short steep single trail climbs. Read more…
After Capital Punishment last week, The Quantum Racing team was heading towards to James Williamson Enduro at Wingello in the Southern Highlands a 1:30h drive south of Sydney.
The weather forecast was promising a nice day and trails around Wingello Forest are one of our favourites. Also our team members have some nice memories. It would be 2 seasons since Ondrej Slezak (our team manager), finished 3rd in Elite.
Some of the team travelled to Wingello forest on Saturday afternoon for early registration and so they could wake up nice and relaxed for the start. The organizers were well organized offering food and coffee and music to create a great atmosphere.
“Just a training ride” in Czech-lish they say as Michal, Ondrej and Myself bolt off the start line at the A grade Landowne criterium last Sunday morning. No surprise that the pace was fast from the beginning of the race as a number or riders attempted to get away from the 40 or so rider strong pack.
After a few failed breakaway attempts by others due to the chasing strength by Michal and Ondrej, Aaron broke away with 4 others in what he thought was “the breakaway”.
Quantum Racing has few new members so we will run weekly articles about our new riders.
WSMTB Weldite Summer Series 4 hr round 3
After being off the Mountain bike for some time, I was keen to get back to racing and the WSMTB 4 hr twilight race was the perfect event to kick off my 2014. Being only 5 km’s from my house I headed down the week before and smashed out a few quick laps to get the feel for the newly upgraded track, with modified pallet drops and rain a few days earlier the track was perfect, and I was excited.
Wembo 2013 Worlds #1, Jason English and #2, Andrew Lloyd proved they were the dominating force for the first annual running of the Tamworth Dusk to Dawn. The race was run over a 10.4 Km Course in an old refuse site just north of Tamworth comprising of Single Trail and Technical Rock Features, being approximately 32 minutes in duration and around 200 metres climbing per lap.
The Annual Duo Classic has again been run and won for 2014. The unique inaugural partners race incorporates a similar structure found to that of the ABSA Cape Epic – one of the worlds largest and toughest duo races. Canberra’s Duo Classic organised by Olympian Bec Henderson aims to bring some of this format racing to Australian shores. Duo to such a unique format of racing participant numbers are growing every year as mountain bikers of all ages and levels seek to get involved. The 50km course (2 x 25km loop) took advantage of the flowing, twisting singletrail of Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill.
Quantum Racing entered 4 teams of 2 in the 50km event, in what was the first race of the 2014 season for most Quantum Racers.
Quantum Racing 1 – Michal Kafka and Jindra Knot
Quantum Racing 2 – Jacob van Egmond and Matt De Pomeroy
Quantum Racing 3 – Ondrej Slezak and George Skocilas
Quantum Gentlemen – Paul van Egmond and Hans-Ulrich Haegele
Quantum Masterminds – Angelique Geilen / Claudia Fiess
The social end of it all.
The Rocky Trail Entertainment, Jet Black 24hour mtb race at Mt Annan is squarely planted at the end of the MTB season and the beginning of the “ wet” aunty like kiss of the Xmas festivities and the bombardment of Christmas carols begins.
As with all Rocky Trail events, the atmosphere is relaxed, fun, and offers up the goods with more generosity than Santa himself, to riders and all ages and abilities and entertains supporters and kids. Music lovers too are treated along with the taste buds. The regular assortment of Euro electronica was blended with a mix of old Aussie faves, with one interruption for the Happy Birthday song. The song Sung to celebrate Rocky Trails 100th event, was followed by cake, but no wet Aunty kisses thankfully. Well maybe “ Crafty” (The non-stop MC) handed a few out.
The track had been groomed by Friday’s rain, washing the loose dust off to the sides, making the straight sections fast and the corners and tech sections perfect for being ridden hard.
What happened to our beautiful weather ?
Quantum racers were met with single degree temperatures and drifting rain, as we arrived at Bundanoon in the dark for 100km registration of the Highland Fling on Sunday morning.
Aaron was sceptical about his chances of even making the finish due to the worst ever recorded case of man flu during the week. The usual pre-race preparations and activities were a little harder with shivering hands today, but soon the peloton was out of the start gates and off down the fire road into the farmland trails. The 100km veteran contingent of Quantum racing comprising of Werner Van Der Merwe, Michal Kafka and Aaron Lakeman, The three had a team oriented race plan which played out to their advantage on the day. By staying together they were able to ride to their strengths and hang on for the ride, where their skills were surpassed by a fellow team mate.
Recent import and first time flinger, Werner, was literally thrown into the deep end of the numerous creek crossings as he rode past others who chose to hike a bike through the deceptively deep crossings. The racing excitement continued as a pair of local kangaroos was spooked by the leading bunch, hopping across the track causing the front riders to take evasive action. Werners “fling” experience was to continue literally, as we tried to hold Michal’s wheel through the first set of single track, was flung over the handlebars into muddy trail. Michal’s reputation of being a downhiller with roadie legs was apparent to us both as we each tried to hold his wheel through the singletrack on his new TWE dual suspension bike with little success. Only after the race was finished he felt it necessary to tell us “I just take it easy through those parts”.
Husky 100 and 50 MTB race.
The date of the race had changed, the course had changed, and both were big bonuses for this race. The weather was perfect, the track dry and in great condition with mud and ruts at a minimum, the result of holding this race at a later time in the year or due to the dry spell we are having, I don’t know, but it was perfect.
With masses of prime single track in the new stages, there was plenty of entertainment to be had.
Ondrej in his relaxed mode following knee surgery a few weeks ago rocked up the day before and enjoyed the treats of the bay, heading out spear fishing to catch his pre-race dinner. Is Jervis Bay a Marine sanctuary? well it sounded delicious anyway what he caught and cooked.