Crocodile Trophy – Stage 4

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Crocodile Trophy – day 4 – Atherton to Atherton

The Atherton Gun club was the centre of the action for today’s stage. The start and finish of yesterday’s stage would be the start and finish for today’s gruelling climbing fest to the top of the Great Dividing Range. The organisers suggested that today’s stage would be a tough one with 2200Vm of climbing through the Herberton Range State Forest. All in all a lovely day out in the saddle, surprisingly with a cool 18 degrees start.

From the point the gun went off, the Elite men sprinted off and started the ~ 10km climb to the top of the Great Dividing Range, with Ivan Rybarik, Cory Wallace and Greg Saw leading having an early breakaway from the pack.

….. Ivan  I try attack close after start, because yesterday bad luck stage was inspired me to try win today stage. Unfortunately on the top of first climbing my front Rubena got slowly low pressure and I had  stop and fix it. Third day with technical problems on Croc trophy pushed my moral power really down and I just finished stage like a training. Hopefully tomorrow I can show much better results than today.

Ondrej Slezak,

Race started in unusually slow manner. I still felt pain in my legs from stage 2 so I have decided to ride in my own pace and not to follow first breakaway. First break was launched by Ivan Rybarik after 3km in the race, but no one have decided to follow. We hit the first climb and field stared to split up. I rode together with Andrew Hall, Yuki Ikeda and couple of other riders. We rode together until first feed station, where I put little gap on the  small bunch of ours. Bunch caught up within 5 km and we rode together until around 40km in the race where all the climbing have started again. We have split into single riders and from this point of time I was on my own leaving the bunch behind. After second feed station all climbing started again and I saw David Rosa ahead of me and Jiri Krivanek approaching from the back. I have tried to keep my pace and rhythm to the end of the race finishing 7th behind David Rosa. Jiri Krivanek arrived into the finish less than 1 minute behind.

Tomorrow it is the hardest stage so we will see how my legs going to feel.

Jindra Knot,

I was feeling strong today, was hilly stage.in the first long hill I staying in the group with 4 riders till first feed station, after crossing the highway I was make a little gap and after 3 km solo ride,  puncher my rear tyre and lost some time for the following riders, but change was fast  and I started chase group and rode with them till 40 km of the stage when I still felt strong and fast and made the final break till finish line and cut off some time for my team mate Andy Lloyd. I was 13th overall and 1st in my cat.today.

Andrew Lloyd,

As I began to climb the first hill I could feel my legs would take a while to warm up so I stayed at a steady pace. I rode most of the stage with Michal Kafka until we hit another large climb around 40km. At this point I found a nice tempo so I put my head down and tried to catch some time back on Jindra Knot. Before the final climb I had a caffeine gel for some extra energy  as we still had about 1 hour left to climb and a long fast downhill. I lost a lot of time to Jindra today but I still hold the overall A1 category position.

Michal Kafka,

I was feeling good on first hill, staying behind Andy Lloyd to the top. Than on 35th km we followed sing Turn here, which tour out to be wrong decision. Riding 5km extra did not help me, I was running low on gels and water. About 10km from 2nd feed station,  I was counting every single meter. Finally I arrived to the bottom of our last climb, where the 2nd feeding station was set up. I took my time and ate as much gel and fruit as I could. My way up was slow and painful, but managed to get over the hill and on the way down also past some slower riders. With King stage ahead I am trying eat and rest as much as possible. In A2 category I am currently on 7th position.

 

Alex Kooijman

decided the strategy was to not overcook the legs on the first climb and set a steady but reasonable pace up the first climb. With the A3 category being the largest group of the Croc, there was plenty of opportunity to overtake the competition. It worked quite well, with a few A3 ‘mates’ not giving in too soon. Up the last climb on the way back, I squeezed the last bits of energy out of the legs with the knowledge that the last 10km was downhill only, ending up in 12th spot in the A3 category.

 

Crocodile Trophy – Stage 3

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Today’s stage started from lake Tinaroo with a neutral section of the stage under police escort to Atherton. Atherton is a sleepy little town on the Queensland Tablelands surrounded by natural beauty. Part of the hills around the east side of town have been transformed into one of the best MTB tracks in Australia. In 2013 the Australian marathon championships were held on the same course.

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Crocodile Trophy – Stage 2

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Day 2 Crocodile trophy

The stage started from the Cairns Esplanade where we rode a neutral part of today’s stage for 12km up to the Copperload Dam Lookout for the official stage start. From the official start we climbed 7km up over the Lamb Range. From there we would have thought everything was flat but after the Copperload Falls Dam we hit what seemed like never ending pinch climbs followed by steep decents. After the decent it flattened out onto farmed corn fields for approximately 30km. As icing on the cake we where presented with a steady 10km climb from 450vm to 1200vm which is the highest point in North Queensland.

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Crocodile Trophy – Stage 1

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Day 1 – Crocodile Trophy – 5 laps of the Smithfield MTB race course


Most of the Quantum team had arrived by plane in Cairns on Thursday to acclimatize and have one relaxed day before the race start. The other half of the team drove the vans up from Sydney with all the goods. On Friday the whole team got a chance to check out the conditions in Smithfield and find some good lines in advance to the day one start. With the Crocodile Trophy now being UCI sanctioned, there were a few rules to keep in mind.

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Spiral Foods – Team Sponsor

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We at Quantum Racing would like to welcome on board new supporter of our team . Spiral Foods – most of you probably know them, not realizing that you have been using their products.

Here are some brands you might know: Bonsoy, Spiral Organic Coconut Oil, Miso, Kukicha tea and many others. Our team supporter Way2live have been using their products in their recipes.

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Kowalski Classic

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Kowalski Classic

It’s becoming a bit of a habit, starting our week long retreat in Myola, Jervis Bay with a 100km race in Canberra and this being my 3rd race in 4 weeks I was keen to see where the form laid.  The Kowalski Classic is right up there in terms of enjoyment as you get to sample pretty much every metre of hand built single track on offer in Kowen Forrest and Sparrow Hill, so at 5am I jumped in the Santa Fe and headed west.  The drive through Nerriga is pretty and fast, it is beautiful country and I was happy to arrive for rego in plenty of time to get ready.  The only downer was the shortage of portaloos, that ended up cutting my warm up a little shorter than planned.

 

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Shimano RockyTrail Rd 5

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The final round of the Rockytrail Mtb GP was held at the famous Stromlo Forest Park. The course was the same as last years with very popular ABC switchback climb but only climbing half way and descending the final part of the downhill course which included insanely large wooden berms and a small rhythm jump section before slowly making the way over to a larger more rocky and technical climb which lead straight into the top of Skyline where we rode down to the luge and was able to hit it has fast as your ability would allow as the track was in perfect condition. The loop was just shy of 30 minutes and by the bottom of the descends you where busting to climb back for more.

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Quantum Team support campaign.

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NEW TEAM PARTNER

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QUANTUM RACING has a new partner – Celia Lager – Organic Gluten Free Lager from Zatec Brewery

 

 

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Interview: Mike Israel

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Here is an interview with new Quantum Rider – Mike Israel

Rider Name: Mike Israel

Age: 46

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