Cycling Australia today announced that the Silverback 100 MTB event will no longer proceed due to lower than expected entry numbers.
The second round of the Real Insurance XCM Series had been set to take place in Batemans Bay on March 30, however Cycling Australia has made the decision to cancel the event following discussions with the three key stakeholders: Eurobodalla Shire Council, Real Insurance and Mountain Bike Australia.
“We would like to acknowledge the support of the Eurobodalla Shire Council as we endeavoured to establish this new XCM event,” said Cycling Australia CEO Adrian Anderson. “However entry numbers are well below forecast and the event is no longer viable as a result.”
Anderson went on to add, “Eurobodalla continues to present itself as an outstanding host for future mountain bike events and we look forward to working closely with the Shire on new initiatives to help attract more cyclists to the region.”
The remaining rounds of the XCM Series will proceed as planned, with the first race set to unfold in Bright this coming Monday, March 10.
The Australian Marathon MTB Championships at Mt Joyce, an hour outside of Brisbane, will become the second round when they are held on Sunday April 6. Riders will then head to Woodend, Victoria the following Sunday to take part in the Wombat 100.
The penultimate round of the series will be held on Friday April 25 in Atherton, where the Tablelands Classic will form part of the UCI MTB World Cup weekend in Cairns.
The Convict 100 XCM event in St Albans NSW is now set to become the 5th round of the series, following today’s decision regarding the Silverback 100.
Celebrating its 10th year in 2014, the Convict 100 will become the final round of the series on Sunday May 3 and is expected to again attract healthy entry numbers.
Further information on the Real Insurance XCM Series can be found here
Image courtesy of Cycling Australia
Over 200 competitors from Australia, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Guam and New Zealand will race in cross country, downhill and cross country eliminator events at this coming weekend’s Oceania Mountain Bike Championships at Mt Hutt.
A top-class field in the cross country will compete in UCI Elite, U23 and U19 categories along with good numbers of non-UCI age group riders. Young local riders such as Anton Cooper and the Oliver brothers are excited to have an international event on their region’s tracks. Australian challenges will come from riders like Rebecca Henderson and Jenni King and Daniel O’Connell (Elite), Michael Crosbie and Kyle Ward (U23) and Mitch Greenway, Reece Tucknott and Michael Potter (U19).
The downhill has attracted the best of the New Zealand Elite riders, with a strong contingent of young, fast Australians. Unfortunately the new New Zealand Elite Men’s Champion, George Brannigan is out of the race with a short-term injury, but Elite Women’s champion Sarah Atkin will be on course, joined by a feisty line-up of Elite riders like Cam Cole, Matt Walker, Wyn Masters, Mat Scoles and a gang of other Elites nipping at their rear tyres.
The chance to earn valuable UCI points prior to the start of the World Cup season in mid-April in South Africa, followed by round 2 at Cairns, has attracted aspiring riders to Mt Hutt chasing entry.
Host clubs, Bike Methven and Gravity Canterbury are excited to be hosting the Oceanias for the first time. Gravity president and MTBNZ executive member, Howard McConachie, looks forward to welcoming everyone to Mt Hutt for a great weekend of mountain biking and plenty of local hospitality.
Entries for the Oceanias close at the end of Tuesday 11 March. Enter online: www.gravitycanterbury.org.nz
As Australia counts down to host the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series this April, last year's under-23 Cross Country (XCO) World Cup series winner Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) is preparing for a challenging debut in the international elite ranks.
Henderson, who in 2013 claimed two world cup victories before taking out the overall series has had a smooth transition so far with the 22-year-old claiming the XCO national title over the weekend, adding to her victory in Australia’s national series.
"Last year there were a few things I wanted to tick off the list before I left the under 23 category," explained Henderson.
“Obviously my first year in the elite ranks is going to be really tough and it will be interesting to see where I fit in, [but] I’ve been racing in elite in just about everything except for the world cups for the last few years anyway. But the world cups are the toughest races and the races that have the most depth."
Adding to the challenges of the elite field, is the challenging Cairns course which Henderson tested in late February.
“The course is going to be one of the toughest of the year, it’s technically challenging but it’s also going to be really physically demanding. There is so much climbing and other factors like the humidity and heat will be something we’ll all have to battle."
Henderson’s busy early season schedule continues in March with the Oceania Championships in New Zealand (15 – 16) before traveling to America to meet up with her Trek Factory teammates ahead of the World Cup Series’ opener in South Africa on April 10.
“I’ll be flying straight from South Africa to Cairns,” said Henderson. "This year the world cups are really spread across the world with one in Canada, America, Africa, France and one in Australia so the Europeans will be travelling a lot as well.
"For me my two big goals are the Cairns World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, I’ll definitely be prepared and will do anything possible to be climbing well in Cairns.” Henderson added.
Also expected to compete in Cairns will be Henderson’s Trek Factory teammates, Emily Batty (CAN), who will be looking to improve on her third place in the 2013 Val Di Sole Italian World Cup, and Great Britain’s Annie Last.
Catch Henderson and all the elite women's XCO action from 1pm on Sunday April 27.
Pre sale tickets are now available. Head to worldcupcairns.com.au for details. Those who purchase a ticket before April 1, go into the draw to win four VIP passes and a jersey signed by all the #Cairns2014 winners.
The Australian Gravity Enduro Series kicked off with its first race on the weekend with the NSW Round being held in the Glenworth Valley near Gosford.
Victoria's Dan McMunn won with the two best race runs ahead of fellow Victorian Ryan De La Rue, Simon Buzacott from South Australia. With Genevieve McKew and Vanessa Thompson two NSW Elite Women took out first and second places ahead of Rosemary Barnes from Canberra.
More than 120 racers from all over Australia competed in the inaugural mountain bike race on the brand-new gravity enduro track at the Central Coast's Glenworth Valley Adventure Park, which was put together by the local mountain bike events promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment.
They founded the Australian Gravity Enduro Series together with Alpine Gravity from Victoria. The first round attracted 20 interstate racers including gravity enduro gun Dan McMunn from Spring Gully in Victoria, winner of last year's Alpine Gravity Enduro Series and the only competitor to break the magic mark of a 5 minutes.
He recorded the fastest race time of the day with 4:51 min in his first run and followed it up with another 4:55 min for a total race time of 9:46 min resulting in the very impressive gap of 17 seconds to Ryan De La Rue. Simon Buzacott (SA) came in third only two seconds behind and Michael Ronning and Jason Blackmore from QLD came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Elite Male category.
“This was a challenging track, but it was so much fun”, said Dan MacMunn at the finish. “We're all so thrilled to be travelling to all these awesome and different trails across the country and I can't wait to race all these guys at the next round in Bright at the end of the month. This series will shape gravity enduro racing in Australia and kudos to Alpine Gravity and Rocky Trail Entertainment for putting it on!”
Two major contenders from NSW notably were absent from the start – Jon Odams from Sans Souci fell ill right before the weekend and Wyong's Brad Kelly suffered a major mechanical in a training ride on the Saturday. The fastest NSW racer was Ryan Connell from Wollongong, who placed eighth in the Elite Male with 10:22 min.
Women embrace gravity enduro format
Genevieve McKew is one of the regulars on the NSW downhill state series racing circuit and has become one of the most successful elite women in the gravity enduro format.
The 2013 Rollercoaster NSW State Series winner took out the Elite Women's series lead of the Australian Gravity Enduro Series with 12:31 min at Glenworth Valley ahead of former 4X State Champion Vanessa Thompson from Yanderra and the Canberran Rosemary Barnes. Katherine O'Shea from Melbourne came in fourth ahead of Sydney's Katherine Bicknell, one of the most passionate gravity enduro ambassadors. Said Bicknell, “Spread the word, tell the mountain biking girls out there how much fun this is – I'm hooked!”
Australian Gravity Enduro Series moves on to Victoria next
“I'm stoked that the first round attracted such a national field of riders right away”, said Ben Watkins from Alpine Gravity of the almost one fifth of interstate riders at the event. Watkins took the chance to race himself and took out the Veterans category at Glenworth Valley in 10:39 min. “Rocky Trail and we think alike – it's about the fun for the riders and it's great that we will be able to showcase such a wide variety of tracks and formats throughout the series. In Bright I'll put on a staged event – riders will have to complete nine timed sections across two days”, he said of the upcoming round in Bright (VIC) on 29+30 March.
For detailed results of the NSW Round, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com
Top NSW Round Results:
1. Dan McMunn / Rowney Sports-YetiOz / Spring Gully (VIC) / 9:46 min
2. Ryan De La Rue / Specialized AU, Lusty, TLD, Go Pro, 5.10, World Trail / Colac (VIC) / 10:03 min / +17 sec
3. Simon Buzacott / Focus Bikes, Dissent labs, ion / Somerton Park (SA) / 10:05 min / +19 sec
4. Michael Ronning / Giant, Fox, Oakley, Drift / Hope Island (QLD) / 10:07 min / +21 sec
5. Jason Blackmore / Giant Australia / St Lucia (QLD) / 10:08 min / +22 sec
1. Genevieve McKew / Endless Flow Cycles, Knolly Bikes / Chatswood (NSW) / 12:31 min
2. Vanessa Thompson / Yanderra (NSW) / 13:22 min / +51 sec
3. Rosemary Barnes / Swell Design Group; Onya Bike Canberra / Lyneham (ACT) / 13:37 min / +1 min 6 sec
4. Katherine O'Shea / Port Melbourne (VIC) / 14:03 min / +1 min 32 sec
5. Kath Bicknell / FLOW Mountainbike / Sydney (NSW) / 14:59 min / +2 min 28 sec
Further category winners and series leaders after the NSW Round:
U19 Male: Aaron Felton / Bikeculture Sans Souci, Whyte bikes, Lucy's expresso, sscc / Sans Souci NSW / 11:17 min
Expert Male: Anthony Elliot / Wallaroo (NSW) / 11:19 min
Sport Male: Alistair Schaefer / Kingsford (NSW) / 12:24 min
Sport Female: Coleen Boyes / Thornton (NSW) / 15:27 min
Veterans Male (30+): Ben Watkins / Yeti, Dakine, Teva, Endura, Magneto, Muc Off, My Mountain, Maxxis, Met, The North Face, Alpine Gravity / Bright (VIC) / 10:39 min
Master Male (40+): John Hardwick / Mountain Biking Austrlia / Wollongong (NSW) / 10:56 min
SuperMaster Male (50+): Michael Green / Cromer (NSW) / 12:19 min
U17 Male: Jarrod Murphy / Mount Marha (VIC) / 11:29 min
U15 Male: Nicholas Gulaj / Narara (NSW) / 13:38 min
Full NSW Round Results
Australian Gravity Enduro Series Portal Rocky Trail Entertainment
Australian Gravity Enduro Series Portal Alpine Gravity
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Mountain bikers cranked it up on the renowned downhill single tracks today at Stage 2 of the Bike Buller MTB Festival, presented by Kona, and goes into today’s final stage as race leader.
Stage 2 held on Sunday 9 March, was made up of three different elements; the popular Mavic CrossMax Enduro where riders hit laps on a downhill circuit of approximately 7.5km, over a time-frame of 3 hours and 45 minutes, before they flew off down the hill to the finish at Mirimbah.
The Northside Express Chair Lift formed part of each lap (with times for ski lift NOT included in a riders overall time); and placing’s determined by the most laps ranking above those with less.
Alex Swann cranked out 8 laps (1 of 4 people to do so, but with the quickest overall time); not bad considering last years’ crown for most number of laps went to Gravity Enduro World Series Rider Josh Carlson who also clocked up 8 laps. Kate Maffett was the only female to crank out 7 laps in the allotted time – a fantastic performance.
Placing’s in the Premier Category for Stage 2 saw Will Geor and April McDonough once again dominate, with results calculated by the quickest three laps of the downhill circuit, plus their descent time down the ‘Super D’.
Those in the top order after yesterday’s stage used race tactics during the Mavic CrossMax Enduro which saw most of the riders going for the overall weekend win, whilst others headed out for the overall Stage 2 win.
In the women’s field, Jody Bush sat just one minute behind April McDonough, so having 3 x World 24 hour solo MTB Champion Jess Douglas in the same starting time-slot seemed favourable. Whilst Douglas still sat 20 minutes behind on the general classification, the pair were able to push each other through three fast and wild laps and a cranking descent down the Delatite. (You can read more on Jess and Jody’s day from Jess Douglas’ Stage 2 blog HERE)
However McDonough was still able pip Bush by just over 3 minutes to keep her premier category lead.
For the men’s premier category, Geor holds just over a 3 minute lead on Joey Esterhuyzen, with placings staying the same moving into Stage 3 today
Part three (Stage 2b) was the ‘Super-D’; a flowing 12km 1100 meter vertical descent, also finishing at Mirimbah.
Shannon Rademaker took line honours with the fastest Stage 2b Super-D descent in a time of 39 minutes and 35 seconds; and Junior U18 Rey Logan took out the women’s title in a time 54 minutes and 41 seconds.
Other highlights of the day were the Red Bull team located at the bottom of the Chairlift, providing refreshments for all ridings along with some pumping tunes on each lap.
As one content competitor summed up, “I had awesome fun, and it was great to have the staggered starts – good for chasing people, so it made the stage really interesting; plus I love the downhill single track.” Said Jason Beetles of Sydney returning with a group of mates for the second year running.
The final stage at Bike Buller MTB Festival 2014 is the Cornhill Cranker, a 25km XC that uses parts of the Copperhead Trail. Results and Review available this afternoon.
STAGE 2 MAVIC CROSSMAX ENDURO: PREMIER CATEGORY (Fastest 3 lap times, plus Super D time.)
· Click Here for Overall Stage 1 & 2 Standings/Results
STAGE 2B - SUPER D:
1. Shannon Rademaker 39:35
2. Harry Irvine 41:09
3. Chris Mucha 41:27
1. Rey Logan 54:41
2. Bowiem Harris 57:46
3. Simone Thierstein 58:43
STAGE 2 MAVIC CROSSMAX ENDURO: (Most number of laps within 3 hours 45 minutes, plus Super D time)
· Click Here for Detailed Results
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