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.
On Sunday, 27th October 2013, the 19th Crocodile Trophy finished on Cooktown’s Grassy Hill and for the first time in eight years an Australian claimed the win. Mark Frendo from Brisbane conquered the oldest and hardest mountain bike stage race in the world and after nine days, 900km and more than 15,000m of elevation finished in 30:40:17 ahead of the Canadian Cory Wallace and Jiri Krivanek from the Czech Republic. Paul Mashford (AUS) is fourth and with the final stage win Josef Benetseder (AUT) finishes in fifth place. Fantastic result by Liesbeth Hessens from Belgium – the fastest woman finishes as 21st in the overall classification and wins ahead of the Italian racers Giordana Sordi and Maria Cristina Prati.
The oldest mountain bike stage race in the world started in Cairns on 19th October and took its riders across the Atherton Tablelands to historic mining towns deep in the Australian Outback. The race tracks throughout the nine day event included singletrails in Smithfield, marathon races through rain forests, across Outback Highways and rough mining trails and the 2013 edition also included a time trial stage on day seven. Sandy terrain, corrugated roads, narrow and flowy singletrails, gruelling climbs and fast descends – the Crocodile Trophy showcased the best mountain bike trails that Far North Queensland has to offer.
The Australian Mark Frendo claims his second Crocodile Trophy stage on the marathon race from Cairns into Lake Tinaroo and defends his overall leader jersey today. He increases his race lead, winning ahead of the Austrian pro-road racer Josef Benetseder and the Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace. Liesbeth Hessens was the fastest woman again, showing a strong performance on the gruelling climbs through the Dinden National Park.
Most of the riders in the Crocodile Trophy race had regarded today as the real start of the action. After yesterday’s lap race at Smithfield for stage one the 90km marathon race from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo had its official start high above town on the road towards Copperlode Dam and a large lead group of almost 30 riders set a high pace right from the start. After gruelling climbs and steep descends that seemed to never end, the first feeding zone was located deep in the tropical bushland of Dinden National Park and by then an Austro-Australian breakaway group had formed with race leader Mark Frendo (AUS) and the two Austrian racers Wolfgang Krenn and Josef Benetseder. With a gap of only a minute, Cory Wallace (CAN) and the Czech rider Jan Fojtik were in hot pursuit, followed by Matthew Page (GBR), Jiri Krivanek (CZE) and M1 rider Mario Färberböck (AUT).
Crocodile Trophy summons 15 nations into Cairns
The 19th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday with a lap race at Smithfield in Cairns. As the world’s oldest mountain bike stage race the Crocodile Trophy has become known as the hardest and most adventurous event. This year more than 80 riders will race for 900 km through the Outback and the rain forests in Queensland’s Tropical North including Canadian’s National Marathon Champion, Cory Wallace, last year’s third finisher Wolfgang Krenn from Austria and Lotto Belisol pro-team rider, Sander Cordeel from Belgium.
Rocky Trail Entertainment Shimano GP Series Race
8th Sept Mount Stromlo – Final Round
Rolling into the carpark at Mount Stromlo after a 5am departure from Sydney, we fearfully extracted ourselves from the car expecting a bitter, windy Canberra morning. We were pleasantly surprised by warm calm conditions, it was going to be a good hot day. (Most people forgot the sunscreen though!!) Martin and Juliana of RTE had setup the start line just after the bridge at the top of the car park, instead of starting down on the crit track like normal, which made everything more accessible and user friendly. The field was interestingly let go with a rolling start, Martin leading us out, (he always wanted to lead a race) until he pulled aside and we were into the single track.
To a scene of clear blue skies and a crisp morning we rolled into the carpark at the Dargle Farm property, which is just a stones throw from the Wisemans River. The distinctive Jetblack Start Finish arch was standing ominously in the centre of the camping area, surrounded by tents like an modern version of Stonehenge.
Rte race report round 3 at mt Annan botanical gardens.
Rocky Trail Entertainment 2013 GP Round 4 – Mt Annan from Michael McClean on Vimeo.
A 9 rider strong quantum racing team was present at last weekends Rockytrail entertainment Grand Prix supported and motivated by the valued team photographer and generous support staff sacrificing their Saturday morning for the team! Read more…