The last three months have been possibly the busiest and most ambitious 3 months of my entire life. When you roll together the XCO series plus a couple of marathons, training, one full time job and one part time job, a family consisting of three challenging yet gorgeous teenagers, one of whom is doing his HSC, you might say I bit off more than I could chew.
So it was with some relief and a sense of accomplishment when I slumped in my seat on the flight home Saturday night and looked back over the last 3 months. It climaxed with a 4 day conference in Melbourne and then a quick detour via Forrest for the Otway Odyssey. Actually I was just thinking, I made it, thank goodness I didnt miss that flight! I just need to get home.
Looking back at the last three months.
9 races in 5 different states
6 flights and 5 road trips (You Yangs, Toowoomba, Pemberton, Stromlo x 2, Forrest, Yellowmundee)
Car hires galore with a little bit of Uber thrown
AirBnb and hotels also feature heavily on the Credit Card statement
1 new bike + bike bag
countless bottles of Gatorade, gels, coffees
SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix launches 2015 Series at James Estate
Rocky Trail Entertainment: Shimano Grand Prix Mountain Bike 2015: Round 1 James Estate Winery 14th March 2015 from One Ski Digital on Vimeo.
Rocky Trail Entertainment assembled more than 250 racers for the first SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix race in 2015. Round one of the six-race series took place at the James Estate Winery in the Upper Hunter Valley. A new general classification (GC) ranking crowned seven-hour winner Andrew Finlayson from Sydney ahead of Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle and Jason Pearce in the men’s. Newcastle’s Su Pretto took out the female solo win ahead of Melinda Allen from Sutherland and Eva Ritter. In the four-hour competition, Tom Patton and Lana Moy are the GC winners.
On the weekend of 21 and 22 of February, Quantum Racing Alex Kooijman and Angelique Geilen went down to the Snowy Mountains for the Inaugural Snowy Mountains MTB Festival. The Snowy Mountains Festival is a 2 day, 4 stage race through some amazing scenery organised by in2Adventure.
It was a long 5 ½ hour drive from Sydney, but it was well worth it…. Lake Crackenback was the Events Head Quarter for the weekend and a total of 160 riders had signed up for the stage race with an additional number of riders joining in on the Sunday Marathon stage.
The weather was perfect, and a bit of rain on Friday, had settled most of the dust. On Saturday morning, Stage 1, the Time trial started a 5.5 km lap through the flowing single track around Lake Crackenback Resort. Riders were released in 30 second intervals. It was a short but very intense ride.
WSMTB 4hr – Wylde Mountain Bike Park
Turning up to this, the third round of the Stan’s Summer Series with an overcast sky, brought back memories of a similar scenario some 6 weeks earlier where we were ready to ride, the heavens opened and the race was postponed. Almost an identical scenario unfolded with a large group of riders turning up to be the first to race on this great 12km twisty track.
Photo: Jude Keogh
Start of the race at 10am, what a lovely surprise. There was plenty of time for breakfast from Way2live and warm up on trainers from JetBlack Products. Thank you for your support.
At the start line for Quantum racing, we had five riders in the Andrew, Ondrej, Alex, Steve, Michal. We also had some ex team mates/ competitors from Ashfield Cyles Olivier Vallee and Mark Griffin racing in pairs category. It was 10am sharp and 250 rider took of into the 1st lap. Jason English charged up the hill and entered the single track right behind one of Ward brothers in Team of 2. Since then we have not seen the “Teacher” again.
The Duo Classic has firmly cemented itself early in the MTB season as a race offering great trails, keen competition and a fun way to race with a mate and support our nation’s World Cup contenders. The Quantum Racing team were well represented on the weekend and featured proudly at the pointy end of the field with some great performances.
The Duo Classic is one of a kind in Australia, being one of the only races to use the pairs format where each team pair has to complete the race together. Selecting a closely matched partner is very important to make the most of both rider’s abilities and over 140 pairs lined up on the start line.
Michal and Ondrej: 7th overall
Jacob and Aaron: 18th overall
Alex and Steve: 3rd Masters male
Jindra and Derek: 61st overall
George and Guillame: 38th Open male (riding SS)
Angelique and Paul: 8th Masters Mixed
FOX Rollercoaster #Enduro Series raises heart rates at Killingworth
Rocky Trail Entertainment launched the fourth season of their Rollercoaster gravity enduro series on the weekend with its new naming rights sponsor FOX Shox Australia and major sponsor BH Bikes. In a first for the popular racing series, the Elite Men’s category ended up in a tie between no less than three riders and the Elite Women finished within 10 seconds of eachother. The popular race combined neutral uphills to get to the start points of three different race tracks and with more than 150 starters attracted record female and junior fields from all over NSW and the ACT.
What is better than to finish the year in style by racing the 8 hour Wicked Wombat in Jindabyne, I have been asking myself a few times? Last year I had an excuse (not), and the year before I didn’t have a working MTB bike. So finishing 2014 on the MTB wasn’t a bad idea …. Or was it?
The week before the race I have been tossing up whether to ride the 8 hour Wicked Wombat solo or in a pair. EIGHT hour solo? I must be out of my mind, not having ridden a 7 hour race in 2014. Pairs … right .. but whom with? Trent Moore came to mind and he accepted.
The Bungarra Alpine Centre was race central for the day, which is located in the heart of the Snowy Mountains set on a 300 acre property 5 min drive south of Jindabyne. At Bungarra, there is approximately 20km of mountain bike trails professionally built by Paul Gardner from Rolling Ground Jindabyne. The Bungarra trails used for the Wicked Wombat race were different from previous years to mix it all up. The track was around the 9.5km long, depending if you chose to ride the A-line or the B-line in three places along the course. The most interesting A-line was the use of the full length of the Wild Goat Trail. Technical but short, with very tight switch backs which could save you about one minute.
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 shire.
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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