On Saturday the 7th of March, I rode the last ever Capital Punishment event in Canberra, ACT. After six years, race organiser Aroc Sport has decided to pull the pin and will concentrate on their other events; ‘Kayak for Kids’ as well as ‘The North Face 100’—an epic marathon run held in the Blue Mountains National Park.
The seventh JetBlack 24 Hour mountain bike endurance event was held at The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan in Sydney on the weekend. For the first time, the JetBlack 24 Hour also hosted the official Australian 24 Hour Solo National Championships and Jason English from Port Macquarie (NSW) defended his title in the men's overall. Victoria's cross-country racer Tory Thomas re-claimed the women's title after a victory in 2004 again at Mt Annan.
There’s lots of talk about ‘enduro’ these days with ‘enduro’ specific this and that being pushed by bike companies, but what’s it all about? We travelled up to Ourimbah last weekend to get our #enduro on and find out.
My name is Courtney Field, I’m 17 years old and I just came back from the 2014 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Korea. Luckily enough I got picked for the Australian team after my successful nationals in Adelaide. After that a lot of hard work had to come, having 6 months to prepare for the world championships.
If you’re looking for something a bit hillier and harder than your typical mass participation ride, then make the trip to Canberra next October for the annual Fitz’s Challenge. Like so many events, the Fitz’s Challenge started as a small, grass roots ride back in 1989 and has grown over the years to become both the major event and vital annual fundraiser for Pedal Power ACT.
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.