The Sydney to the Gong is one of Australia's oldest and most successful mass participation rides. In fact, these days it has become so successful that the field is capped at 10,000 riders to prevent the course becoming too crowded.
More than 350 racers participated in this year’s JetBlack WSMTB 12 Hour endurance mountain bike race at Dargle Farm near Windsor. The reigning 24 Hour Solo World Champion Jason English from Port Macquarie claimed the elite men’s win at the Rocky Trail Entertainment event for the fifth time in a row and National 24 Hour Solo Champion Liz Smith from Wollongong won the women’s elite category.
This weekend just gone, we loaded up the Mountain Biking Australia Rav 4 and headed to Awaba near Newcastle for round three of the SRAM Singletrack Mind series. Run by the Chocolate Foot team, this five race series has been hampered by poor weather but thankfully the conditions were ideal this time around.
It’s on again! The opening round of the Chocolate Foot STM series was held at Kiwarrak State Forest in Taree for the very first time. In the weeks leading up to the day, the Manning Great Lakes Tip Riders crew spent some serious back breaking hours creating a race track that in my opinion is one of the best tracks I’ve ridden.
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!
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.
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.
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.