Editor: Congratulations to Quantum rider Andy Lloyd who won the 2014 Australian 24 Hour Solo MTB Championship at Mt Annan on the weekend. Just a week out from his wedding is quite a feat and although we cant understand why he likes tight twisty courses and off camber corners, we can understand why he is marrying what must be a very understanding and supportive young lady! In all seriousness, it was a superb performance in very hot conditions completing 30 laps of the punishing course in just over 24 hours non-stop. Here is Andy’s race report.
Marathon season is over, but Summer is full of short racing as well as XCO Nationals. To get the speed and power up, Ondrej and Michal went for Twilight Criterium at Sutherland shier.
With not much experience to race criteriums, our MTB boys set in B grade. First 2 laps has been in typical roadie style, no one wanted to do any work and all riders waited for someone to lead the way. Ondrej and Michal, supported by Tai Huynh from TBSM, took charge of the race and started to increase the pace. Working together all the way to the last sprint, where Tai’s legs, hidden behind Michal, kicked in and finished it off.
-Tai got 1st overall
-Michal took 2nd place in 2nd sprint and finished 3rd overall.
As a preparation for this “fast” Summer of racing, our Quantum racing team will be attending criteriums at Sutherland, Waratah Master criteriums at Lansdowne, as well as track racing at Tempe velodrome with Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club.
See you there.
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Camlebak Highland Fling 2014
It was only 3 weeks after Crock and our team Quantum racing were off to Highlands for 10th annual Fling. Forecast was promising 25 degree with light winds, the ideal racing weather. The highlanders always deliver their unique atmosphere and this year was no exception. The Fling for this year was 115 km long and has 2400m of climbing. As a last race of the Maverick series, the race in elite was promising quick pace.
Start of the Veteran category was set for 7:20am as well as for 100 mile category. As a fist group on the trail, boys were enjoying quick and undisturbed ride through the open fields. After fist water crossing and first climb the 100 milers get away and Michal found himself in gap between 1st bunch and 2nd chasing group. With no reason to waist more energy than necessary, Michal slowed down and waited for the Troy Glennan’s train to arrive. Working together all the way to 1st feed station.
So about a month ago now was the 2014 Annual Australian Cycling Uni Games. This had me focussing on road strength and neglecting the mountain bike in months leading up the games. I was sure that this would be the event to round out the season, before Uni exam time was upon us. However, on the way home from the last day of the games I noticed a large banner out the front of the Kings School Parramatta advertising their ‘Kings MTB Classic’ annual event. It looked like an interesting event with some pretty good prizes, and what I knew was a great trail – 4.5km/lap of prime singletrack cut into the bush right on the Schools Campus. So I took advantage of the free entry cost and put both my (Jacob) and dad (Paul)’s names down.
Crocodile Trophy 2014
After 6 days of trying not to over eat myself every single time I went around a fridge, I went for 1st XC ride after the Crocodile Trophy.
All nine days of riding TWE dually at the Crock Trophy, I was thinking about one thing, would I be better of (quicker) on TWE hardtail. In our team, Way2live Quantum racing, it was one big pre race discussion, as well as during the race. Ondrej and I, we had done the Crock 2 times 2011, 2012. From our experience we knew the Crock starts to bite after 5th day of racing. So our choice was simple, TWE dually with TWE wheel sets fitted by Rubena tires and powered by JetBlack, RockTape, Spiral Food, Way2live, Celia, EFFFI and EBL.
Saw completed the race from Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands, Irvinebank, Skybury Coffee Plantation and the historic Wetherby Cattle Station to Port Douglas in a time of 26hr 53min.
He finished 7min 53sec ahead of Canadian Cory Wallace with Milton Ramos of Spain ahead of Dutchman Bekkenk on the final general classification.
Skybury Coffee – Wetherby Station – 101Km/1400M
Your authentic outback cattle station experience in Far North Queensland Australia.Since it was established around 1878, Wetherby Station has been renowned for good hospitality in the bushman‘s unique Australian style. Today, Wetherby continues this tradition of hospitality and a good time. The restored homestead, gardens and facilities are offered as an authentic outback North Queensland ve-nue for private functions and groups.Wetherby Station operates as a sustainable beef catt-le enterprise in conjunction with the established tourist and ecotourism enterprises. High-grade commercial Droughtmaster beef cattle graze improved and natu-ral pastures.A diverse range of soil types, wetlands, savannah and flora provide a safe haven for many species of mam-mals, birds, reptiles and insects. In fact visitors marvel at the close presence of Agile Wallabies and birds in the homestead gardens and surrounding pasture land.
Irvinebank – Skybury Cofee 127km/1300m
Skybury is Australia‘s oldest producing coffee plantationand Australia‘s largest exporter of home growncoffee. Our family owned company has been producingArabica coffee and tropical fruits (papaya, bananasand longans) from our 300 acre plantation near Mareeba(1¼ hours drive from Cairns) for 25 years.The growing conditions for coffee and tropical fruitsare excellent with mild winters and warm summers.The coffee harvest is usually in June and July whenthe cool mornings assist the maturing process on thetrees and extend the fermentation process in our wetfactory. Papaya and bananas are harvested throughoutthe year.Our coffee and tropical fruits are grown under an IPM(Insect Pest Management) system where we generallymanage pests without the use of insecticides.60% of the fertilisers supplied are organic, with the balancebeing commercial grade fertilisers selected tobe beneficial to the soils and fauna they contain. Thefertilisers are supplied through the irrigation system.
Irvinebank – Irvinebank 101 km / 1700 m
This new stage on Crocodile Trophy calendar was one of many with hot weather, lot of sand, sharp rocks and river crossings.
In 1880 the Great Northern tin discovery was made at Herberton, 25 km east from Irvinebank. Two years later three prospectors, James Gibb, Andrew Thomson and James McDonnald, found promising tin lodges in the catchment of the Gibbs and McDonnald creeks, in the vicinity of the future Irvinebank. The Glen Smelting company in Herberton, managed by John Moffat, aquired several of the tin shows in Gibbs Creek in 1983
Usually stage at Crock Trophy starts with long and steep climb and today was no exception. Finally after few days of not feeling well on the bike, I found my legs and get in to racing. On top of the climb I over took Andrew Lloyd and stick together with 3 more riders. Road went up and down and pace was high. After 30km we get on the group of 10 riders, just before we hit rough and technical single track with lot of loos rocks. After 5km in, I had my first puncher, for this year Crock. I quickly get going again and start to pick up lost positions. Than I had my 2nd puncher. After this I puncher one more which make up to 3 punchers in total. I lost about 35 minutes today. Not a nice day in office.
Today I feel the best before the start then I have felt all week. I was pushing hard along the flat till the first long climb. About half way up the hill my legs blew up so I decided to drop the intensity and enjoy the stage a bit more. From 40km-70km really suited me with a lot of loose rock and sandy creek beds. I could push a little harder here and began to overtake a lot of riders again. As we hit the last feed station there was 30km left and I had caught back up to Gary James and one other rider and we worked together to make it to the finish.
With a 101km to go for today, the strategy was to keep pace but not overdo as stage 7 would be even longer. Stage 6 started with a nice long climb which loosened the legs and made the lungs work hard right from the start. Most of this stage I rode with fellow A3 category riders in a bunch, until the more cross country style track appeared. I pulled away in a group of four and kept going till the last feed zone. The group pulled apart and I found myself doing the 15km on my own pushing as hard as I could.
Another round of flats. Race started really fast with first attack within 2 minutes from the start. We have split into many smaller groups. First Groups containing Ivan was ahead of our chasing group of 5 riders. We went in really solid pace turning around 400w. We have passed the first feeding station without stopping and kept going in solid pace, making turns and going through local fire roads. 10km after second feeding station we got ourselves into really technical section where I was leading the bunch and was slowly pulling away. I had pretty good legs and I maintained my pace. Around 300m before last feeding station my rear tire went flat. I tried to quickly fix it, before my group arrives. It did not happen. My group passed and I left about 3 min behind them. Passing last depot without collecting any water. Last section was 20km on hilly fire road with strong head wind so I had no chance to catch 5 riders working together. After around 10km I started feeling dizzy, first sign of dehydration. Jiri Krivanek came pass and I wasn’t able to stay with him. I was barely had enough power to hold my handlebars. Than Yuki came pass and same story. Got myself to the finish, shaking with cold, not able to hold balance and loosing vision. Hana got me to the bed and I tried to sleep for 3 hours, while drinking around 6l of water. Could have been great day topping up 5th of 6th spot, but my tires had different idea.
Today would be a long and very challenging stage starting at the gun club in Atherton and finishing in Irvinebank. Irvinebank, a rural village and former mining and tin-smelting town, would be hosting the crocodile trophy camp for two nights. The weather so far has been good with colder nights (some with some rain) and cool mornings with top temperatures at around the 25 – 30 degrees during the day. Perfect conditions for a race day like today, which promised to be demanding.