We loaded up the MBA RAV4 and headed for the hills at Awaba for a sizzling finale to the 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series.
Round Six of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series played out in extreme heat at the Awaba Mountain Bike Park near Newcastle. Over 360 riders arrived to get some hot dirt action in the scrubby, swoopy trails of Awaba—even forecasts of temps in the mid-thirties were not enough to put riders off!
Sydney’s heatwave turns into advantage for new JetBlack 24 Hour solo champion from the Northern Territory
The new JetBlack 24 Hour Solo Elite Champion is Chris Hanson from Darwin! More than 500 riders were at the start at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan at Rocky Trail's fifth JetBlack 24 Hour race on the weekend and in the sweltering heat the passionate endurance rider from the Northern Territory dealt with the afternoon temperatures in the high 30's the best. Benji Morris from Shelley Beach (NSW) came in second and Kevin Pullen from South Australia claimed third place.
We had an early start on Sunday 18th November when we drove to the Ringwood Bypass in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. We had to be there by 5:30 am ready to set up for the third annual Hannover ConnectEast Ride For Home.
Hannover Connect is a Melbournebased charity that provides crisis and transitional housing for people in need as well as a range of other support services.
They contacted Eastlink, managers of Melbourne’s Eastlink toll road about running a unique event that sees the six lane motorway completely closed to all traffic.
The Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships were held at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra on 13-14th October
Some 2,000 riders took part in this year’s Scott 24, with entries in 22 categories comprising male, female and mixed, solo, pairs, threes, fours, and six person teams.
Yet again Jason English dominated the solo male category, claiming his fifth consecutive title at this year’s event. He was pushed all the way this year by Euro champ Matt Page, just 22 minutes behind, and Andy Hall in third. Liz Smith rode an impressive race taking out the women’s solo title, followed by Philippa Rostan and Kate Penglase in third.
Its one thing to casually ride a bike up a mountain on a smooth bitumen surface, but quite another to race, in the rain, off road, in temps approaching zero, in the dead of night.
September saw the completion of ONE80TC’s 13th Annual Cycling Classic, which in recent years has been renamed the ‘Sydney to the Hunter Cycling Classic’.
Originating in 1999, Phil Latz, Founder and CEO of Bicycling Australia, first envisioned the ride to help raise over $1,000,000 for the life saving work of ONE80TC, a charity who helps young men (18-35) overcome life controlling issues.
Round 4 of the SRAM Single Track mind Series had 250+ keen mountain bikers heading for the Southern Highland’s town of Welby. It was a foggy start to the day and most hoped that the touch of rain the night before, might have settled some of the dust.
Charlie Walsh, Head Cycling Coach of both track & road cycling at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1987 to 2001, and past contributing writer for Bicycling Australia magazine, wrote to us with a response to the interview with Robbie McEwen we published in two parts across the July / August 2012, and September / October issues in 2012. Here is that response...
If you’ve been watching the Tour and you’re inspired to go and ride some of those Cols next year, then you’re going to need a decent bike bag. The Aero Comfort range from Sci-Con are designed to provide maximum protection yet still be compact enough to fit into a small car. The model shown here has external shields for greater protection. The base has a frame for mounting your steed for stabilisation during transport, a skewer pocket, anti-tear outer, and four wheels for easy airport manoeuvrability. This bag weighs 7.7kg and is just 188x25x90cm when fully packed.