QUANTUM RACING has a new partner – Celia Lager – Organic Gluten Free Lager from Zatec Brewery
Here is an interview with new Quantum Rider – Mike Israel
Rider Name: Mike Israel
Race the original 4 and 7 hour endurance series solo or in teams on one of the most popular tracks, the “Enduro Trail” at Mt Annan’s Australian Botanic Garden! We will use the entire trail network and put together the longest possible race track – it’s a track that will put your endurance to the test, but with its berms and singletrack goodness it’s a very rewarding one too.
Some of the strongest contestants in the four-hour race include current elite series leader Paris Basson from Narrabeen, Quantum Racer Michael Kafka as well as four-time World Enduro Motor Cross Champion-turned mountain biker, Stefan Merriman from Corlette. Max Richardson from the Central Coast and Canberra racers Callum McNamara and Ed McDonald are expected to enter a fierce battle for the seven-hour elite men’s series lead, which is held by Richardson by only 20 points at the moment and with three consecutive wins Newcastle’s Bryan Dunkin has the junior GP4 Hour series lead in firm hands.
The Wingello forest is one of my favourite locations for mounting biking. Home of James Williamson Enduro, Highland Fling, 3ring Circus and many more. It has the unique mixture of smooth single trails, steep hills and fire trails. Personally I am missing bit of rough or more challenging sections, which suppose to change as promised by local club in near future.
Jindra Knot, Ondrej Slezak, Michal Burda and Michal Kafka took this year 3ring Circus. The race starts at 10am, which in my opinion is the most appropriate time for racing. Arriving at 9am, giving us enough time to get warm up on Blue ring and jump in front of everyone at start line. All protagonists of this year 3ring Circus are lineed up at the start line, as last year winner Shaun Lewis, Ed McDonald, Brad Morton, Antony Shippard and Jack Lavis.
When you think single track riding can’t get any better the Chocolate Foot Promoters add a completely new venue into their series. “Mogo”
Mogo is 12 km in length of fast, flowing with long tempo climbs around 300vm per lap and super fast decents with high, long berms in every corner leaving you smiling from ear to ear. The surface is hard packed with what looks like kitty litter spread on top which almost left the coarse in the exact same condition from start to finish after 200 competitors had been ripping around it for 7 hours.
Jason English defends solo title at James Estate: fifth consecutive elite victory at JetBlack 12 Hour
Port Macquarie’s 24 Hour Solo MTB World Champion remains the JetBlack 12 Hour elite champion after claiming the title for the fifth time in a row at the event held at the James Estate Winery on the weekend. Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle was second ahead of Michal Kafka from Sydney. The fastest woman overall was master winner Meredith Quinlan ahead of elite female winner Wendy Stevenson. It was the first time the long-standing endurance event had been held at the unique venue in the Upper Hunter Valley.
Once a year Rockytrail Entertainment host a 12 hour mountain bike race. Previous years the event was held at Dargle Farm Western Sydney, 2014 was held at a new location 2 hours west of newcastle at James Estate Winery. The forecast was predicted clear skies with 25km westerly winds. The track consisted of 50% tight dry and very slippery single trail with small pinch climbs and large rocks and as the 350 competitors circulated the course it became very rough and bull dusty. The remaining 50% was a lot faster and more scenic as it wound through the vineyard with a few longer climbs.
The large mass start had some hot contenders mixing it up throughout all the categories, making for tight racing no matter what class you desired to race. The solos had a huge roll out with 30 competitors and Quantum racers Michal Kafka, Jingra Knot, Jason Pearce, Michal Burda and myself making up five of them. The 24 hour world champion Jason English, Apollo’s Grant Webster and On The Go rider James Ross also lined up in the solo category.
With a very late decision to race the Port 2 Port held basically in my back yard it would have to be one of my best decisions yet with a smile from ear to ear at the end of each day.
I am in my garage late at night pulling apart my bike after 4 days of hard racing in all sorts of conditions; it’s time for new bottom bracket bearings and a thorough clean!
As I do this I am thinking of the weekend just past and remembering the race that was. Strangely enough it’s not the “easy” sections of the race I am recalling, it’s not the flat fire road or awesome 70kph descents, or even the crossing the finish line moments.