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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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.
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.
Here is an interview with new Quantum Rider – Mike Israel
Rider Name: Mike Israel
Rocky Trail Entertainment 2013 GP Round 4 – Mt Annan from Michael McClean on Vimeo.
Race the original 4 and 7 hour endurance series solo or in teams on one of the most popular tracks, the “Enduro Trail” at Mt Annan’s Australian Botanic Garden! We will use the entire trail network and put together the longest possible race track – it’s a track that will put your endurance to the test, but with its berms and singletrack goodness it’s a very rewarding one too.
Some of the strongest contestants in the four-hour race include current elite series leader Paris Basson from Narrabeen, Quantum Racer Michael Kafka as well as four-time World Enduro Motor Cross Champion-turned mountain biker, Stefan Merriman from Corlette. Max Richardson from the Central Coast and Canberra racers Callum McNamara and Ed McDonald are expected to enter a fierce battle for the seven-hour elite men’s series lead, which is held by Richardson by only 20 points at the moment and with three consecutive wins Newcastle’s Bryan Dunkin has the junior GP4 Hour series lead in firm hands.
The Wingello forest is one of my favourite locations for mounting biking. Home of James Williamson Enduro, Highland Fling, 3ring Circus and many more. It has the unique mixture of smooth single trails, steep hills and fire trails. Personally I am missing bit of rough or more challenging sections, which suppose to change as promised by local club in near future.
Jindra Knot, Ondrej Slezak, Michal Burda and Michal Kafka took this year 3ring Circus. The race starts at 10am, which in my opinion is the most appropriate time for racing. Arriving at 9am, giving us enough time to get warm up on Blue ring and jump in front of everyone at start line. All protagonists of this year 3ring Circus are lineed up at the start line, as last year winner Shaun Lewis, Ed McDonald, Brad Morton, Antony Shippard and Jack Lavis.
When you think single track riding can’t get any better the Chocolate Foot Promoters add a completely new venue into their series. “Mogo”
Mogo is 12 km in length of fast, flowing with long tempo climbs around 300vm per lap and super fast decents with high, long berms in every corner leaving you smiling from ear to ear. The surface is hard packed with what looks like kitty litter spread on top which almost left the coarse in the exact same condition from start to finish after 200 competitors had been ripping around it for 7 hours.