The XCM National Championships are over for another year. What a day in a great location!
If you ever considered going to Tasmania, you should include a ride on the Blue Derby trails. Derby a sleepy little town with a (tin) mining past in the North East of Tasmania has changed its appearance to take on the title of the best MTB trail in Australia. It has everything there is to offer for the keen recreational MTB rider all the way to the race minded individual.
The ~ $3 million investment in the Blue Derby mountain bike trails has been superbly spent.
Glenn Jacobs and his team from World Trails has worked tirelessly on the Blue Derby MTB trails over the last 8 months in preparation for the XCM National Championships which will be run in two consecutive years. The MTB trails are magnificent – enjoyable and challenging at the same time, while showcasing the area’s wonders from dense rain forest to stunning rock formations and forgotten mining relics.
Chocolate Foot MTB 4/7Hr Race Wylde Mtb Park – Evocities Race #2
The first Choc STM race for 2015 was held on Sunday the 12th April at the new(ish) Wylde Mtb Park in Western Sydney. This race is the second in the new Evocities series and co-incidently the second race ever to be held at Wylde. The first Wylde race (see archives) was slightly damper than the perfect conditions that presented themselves for this race. Some slight precipitation the day before had bedded the dust and track down perfectly and grip was very good and the track in perfect condition for racing. Rubena Scylla rear and Kratos front were perfect!!!!!
LASSETERS EASTER IN THE ALICE
Day 3: Lasseters last hurrah
STAGE 4 – 60KM
On the last day of the LEITA, the start would once again be in front of the Lasseters hotel, a great convenience for all participants staying there. Everyone had to gather in front of the Lasseters at 9:00am. In the welcome pack of the LEITA stage race, every participant had received bunny ears and a bunny tail. All participants were asked the day before to wear the bunny gadgets as a lead in to the race. The idea was to collectively cycle around 5km in a controlled cruise through town to the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
LASSETERS EASTER IN THE ALICE
During the Easter long weekend, when the rest of Australia is trying to pluck up the courage to ride through wind, rain and bracing cold temperatures, the mountain bikers in the Red Centre are enjoying warm sun and clear blue skies.
Quantum Racing represented by Angelique Geilen and Alex Kooijman went for the Lasseters Easter In The Alice Mountain Bike Muster (LEITA), which is a 3 day 4 stage mountain bike event run on the mountain bike trail networks in and around Alice Springs. The event is run by the Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR), and it is held in Alice Springs from the Saturday to the Monday of the Easter long weekend.
In 2015, the organisers decided to combine the stage race with the 90km “Bunny Buster” Epic stage on day one, which was also round 2 of the Australian National Marathon Series.
The event is comprised of 4 stages:
- Stage 1- Sat April 4, NT Government 90km “Bunny Buster” (with the 40km Zynke designs soft boiled option).
- Stage 2-Sun April 5, Subway Mt Gillen 40km Feast.
- Stage 3- Sun April 5, Penny Farthing Avanti Plus 10km night blaster
- Stage 4- Mon April 6, 60km Lasseters loop.
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