The establishment of equal prize money for men and women in the mountain bike discipline has received a boost from South Africa.
The organisers of the famous Absa Cape Epic (23-30 March) and the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek (12-18 October) have taken another step in the promotion of women’s cycling: they will offer equal prize money for the 2013-2014 season. These two events, raced in pairs, are the only two South African races to have the UCI label.
Andrea Marcellini, Project Coordinator at the International Cycling Union, has competed in the mythical 800km Cape Epic. She welcomed the decision: “South Africa is doing a lot for mountain bike but also for cycling in general. I am delighted by the country’s initiative. It is a demonstration of the organisers’ respect for the athletes and their desire to increase female participation at their events.”
The UCI had already led the way by offering equal prize money at the World Championships and World Cup. The initiative that has followed from the Cape Epic and the Bridge Cape shows that private organisers are also capable of following suit and contributing to the promotion of women’s cycling.
Andrea Marcellini adds: “Equal prize money will help professional women cyclists take on their careers with more serenity. This sort of initiative can only encourage more women to enter the sport. It is excellent news but it is only one step in the recognition of women’s cycling.”
Photo: 2013 Absa Cape Epic / spotrzpics.com/Karin Schermbrucker courtesy of UCI
NZXC Racing, in partnership with Torpedo7 is delighted to announce an exciting new development on the NZ MTB scene: The Torpedo7 NZXC Junior Development program.
The brainchild of NZXC director Sam Thompson, the program features a team of 8 talented up and coming athletes from around New Zealand, coming together to be supported in their quest to become the best athletes they can be.
It is not just about providing sponsorship. Through its close association with Waiariki Institute of Technology, and alignment with the NZXC Elite team, the Torpedo7/NZXC Juniors will not only provide professional race support; but coaching, sports science services, athlete mentoring, and guidance from some of NZ’s most experienced MTB athletes.
Torpedo7 spokesperson Lester Perry said “We are extremely proud to announce our support of the NZXC Junior squad right through the 2014 season. With our roots being in Mountain Biking, we’re super excited to get behind this professional setup, not only to help the team out over their race season, but to support the development of some of NZ’s future MTB stars!
The association with NZXC Juniors is a great way for us to showcase our ever growing range of mountain bike gear, as well as get our website in front of the mountain biking public. Needless to say we’re looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Sam, Cabin, and the team members, and are looking forward to seeing some podium finishes in the team’s new Torpedo7 NZXC Juniors kit!”
Thompson hopes to see the program help support the continued development of XC racing in New Zealand to become a powerhouse on the international scene. “Through the program we hope to provide a pathway and inspiration for all young athletes in NZ. It is about showing what is possible and encouraging a high performance culture. We are excited to see what we can achieve.”
The team put on a weekend training camp in late November, attended by 26 young athletes from all over NZ. The level of talent, enthusiasm, and commitment on display was outstanding, and following that, management had the tough task of selecting an initial intake of 8 athletes.
Torpedo7/NZXC Juniors Development Programme is proud to introduce the class of 2014…
•Nathan Johnston (Rotorua): A rider that has being dominating his age group for that last 12months, Current U17 National Champ.
•Eden Cruise (Wellington): At only 15 Eden is already producing outstanding results in the U19 category. Current U15 National and Oceania Champ.
•Harrison Mudgway (Tauranga): Steady improvement in the last year and impressive results in the last 6months hint at what a talent this young man is.
•Jessica Manchester (Auckland): At only 14 her outstanding attitude and clear talent has her already giving riders in the U19 age group a run for their money.
•Jemma Manchester (Auckland): Jemma showed very promising results in the 2013 season before she underwent major back surgery, she has made a remarkable recovery and is determined more than ever to come back stronger and faster.
•Aaron Carr (Auckland): Current U17 Auckland Champ. Continues to make great strides in development. Demonstrating the attitude and ability to earn a place amongst the top U19 athletes.
•Robbie Bradshaw (Wellington): Possessing an excellent work ethic honed in the tough environment of rowing, Robbie has shown rapid improvement in the last 12 months, a talent to watch out for.
•Scott Barr (Nelson): Former MotoX rider, Scott has an impressive list of results in both road & MTB. Consistently producing lap times faster than most open grade athletes.
Alongside the incredibly successful NZXC Elite team, members of the Torpedo7/NZXC Juniors will be on show in a variety of prestigious MTB events throughout NZ in 2014. Building towards their key targets
•NZ National Championships – Rotorua – February 15/16th
•Oceania Championships – Methven – March 15/16th
For further information check out the teams website: www.nzxcracing.com
Image of Scott Barr in action courtesy of BikeNZ
The JetBlack 24 Hour mountain bike endurance race was held at the iconic Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan last weekend.
More than 500 racers were at the start of the 100th race hosted by organisers Rocky Trail Entertainment. Brett Bellchambers from Canberra took out the Solo Elite victory ahead of local Jonathan Battle from Campbelltown and Ben Jacka from Newcastle.
Cory Wallace, the Canadian National Marathon Champion wins the 6+6 Hour Solo Elite race and first time-solo racer Ange Delamont from the Southern Highlands wins the female solo title.
The JetBlack 24 Hour event offered more than 28 different racing categories to solo and team riders on the weekend. The prestigious 24-hour solo elite title for 2013 was claimed by the reigning Singlespeed 24-hour World Champion Brett Bellchambers from Canberra with 38 laps in 22:19:12 on the 8.5km course at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.
Second was the local racer Jonathan Battle from Campbelltown who completed 35 laps for the Australian Defence Cycling Club team ahead of Newcastle’s Benjamin Jacka on 31 laps.
“I love this track and Rocky Trail puts on such fun events, this just had to be my final race for the season”, said Brett Bellchambers at the finish, admitting, that a 24-hour solo race on the tough Mt Annan course on his singlespeed bike had probably been a “silly idea”. “I’m hurting now, but I really enjoyed it out there”, said the racer who has become a legend among Australian mountain bikers with his uncanny humour, friendly attitude out on track and his infamous bearded style.
For the first time in the history of the JetBlack 24 Hour event, the overall line honours went to a racing pair: the “Last Minute” team with 24-Hour Solo World Champion runner up Andrew Lloyd (Newcastle) and team mate Callum McNamara (Canberra) who completed 52 laps over the course of 24 hours.
Cory Wallace takes out 6+6 Hour solo win
Another very popular racer at Mt Annan was Cory Wallace, who competed in the 6+6 Hour Solo Elite category. The 6+6 Hour riders represented about a third of the field and got to rest overnight after six hours of racing on Saturday before completing another six hours on Sunday. “I expected a much flatter course and the track was tough but a lot of fun. I’m stoked that I finally got to race a Rocky Trail event.
These guys run a solid show and an awesome event, hopefully I can come back next year to defend my title”, said the Mongolia Challenge winner and Crocodile Trophy runner up of 2013 who completed 26 laps in 24:03:17 and won ahead of Daniel Beresford from Wagga Wagga (NSW) and Duncan Middleton from Dungog (NSW).
In the female solo race Ange Delamont completed her first solo endurance race and took out the win with 16 laps in 23:41:21, finishing over 20 minutes ahead of Linda Stahlgren Bouveng from Canberra and 6 full laps ahead of Nardeen Hayden from Dubbo (NSW).
Centenary of events for Rocky Trail
“This event is always one of our racing highlights and thanks to our major sponsor JetBlack Cycling, our industry supporters and loyal riders it has been growing every year”, said race director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail for whom the JetBlack 24 Hour in 2013 marked the company’s fifth anniversary and the major milestone of 100 races held since 2008.
Rocky Trail confirmed that the JetBlack 24 Hour will return on the weekend of 29-30 November 2014 as the season finale for their 18 races ranging from downhill to gravity enduro to cross-country endurance and a mountain bike marathon next year. For full JetBlack 24 Hour results and the Rocky Trail events calendar for 2014 visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com
Top Category Results JetBlack 24 Hour 2013
24H Solo Elite Male
1. Brett Bellchambers / #1 / Jeebus Racing / Canberra, ACT / 38 laps in 22:19:12
2. Jonathan Battle / #6 / Team Battle / Campbelltown, NSW / 35 laps in 23:30:33
3. Ben Jacka / #9 / Maitland, NSW / 31 laps in 24:04:05
24H Solo Elite Male Master (40+)
1. Simon Kane / #42 / Turramurra, NSW / 25 laps in 22:0:25
2. John Van Den Ham / #43 / Wingello, NSW / 15 laps in 18:15:31
24H Team 2 Elite
1. Last Minute – Andrew Lloyd (Newcastle, NSW) and Callum McNamara (Canberra) / 52 laps in 24:10:28
2. Beyond – Patrick Callaghan and Raphael Muller / Leumeah, NSW / 36 laps in 23:37:09
3. Wild Turkeys – Shay Wharlich and Steve Baldwin / Bombala, NSW / 28 laps in 24:07:39
24H Team 4 Elite
1. ADCC Racing – Shane Taylor, Michael Crummy, Michael Hernan, Mark Astley / Canberra-Sydney / 51 laps in 24:04:09
2. Ride Ettalong Elite – Ben Howarth, Leigh Mitchell, Alex Yallouris, Sam Coulter / Central Coast, NSW / 51 laps in 24:07:48
3. Cannot say No (this time) – Ken Mann, Troy Thomas, Steven Bennett, Matt Reed / Central Coast, NSW / 47 laps in 24:06:03
6+6H Solo Elite Male
1. Cory Wallace / #101 / Kona Factory Racing / Vancouver (CAN) / 26 laps in 24:03:17
2. Daniel Beresford / #117 / Wagga Wagga, NSW / 25 laps in 24:09:38
3. Duncan Middleton / #124 / Dungong, NSW / 25 laps in 24:12:08
6+6H Solo Elite Female
1. Ange Delamont / #122 / Philthy Angel / Moss Vale, NSW / 16 laps in 23:41:21
2. Linda Stahlgren Bouveng / #123 / Braddon, ACT / 16 laps in 24:17:08
3. Nardeen Hayden / #130 / JetBlack Racing Female Solo / Dubbo, NSW / 10 laps in 22:25:49
6+6H Solo Male Master (40+)
1. Phil Welch / #148 / JetBlack Racing Crocman / Fairlight, NSW / 25 laps in 24:26:12
2. Clayton Locke / #149 / Chicken Legs Racing / Canberra, ACT / 23 laps in 24:00:48
3. Paul Rowan / #141 / Sniper Club Master / Warilla, NSW / 18 laps in 24:17:26
6+6H Solo Male SuperMaster (50+)
1. Peter Selkrig / #153 / JetBlack Racing Fluroman / Kurri Kurri, NSW / 22 laps in 23:38:37
2. Andrew Radcliffe / #152 / Iron Jaw Radcliffe / Macmasters Beach, NSW / 21 laps in 24:28:31
3. Marko Sibila / #154 / Cecil Hills, NSW / 20 laps in 24:12:31
>> Link to detailed Results
PMBC Dirt Criterium Championships: Jorgenson Park, Kalamunda (WA):
The Dirt Criterium Championships started with an idea that there wasn't enough racing for the juniors. The idea grew to including a Cyclocross class and a simple format of A,B and C grade for the senior mountain bikes. All of the funds raised from this event are going towards the PMBC junior development program.
Because the racing is short, we also wanted the races to be on at a time that didn't interfere with peoples Saturday or Sunday morning rides, so it was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. This turned out to be better than we could have expected as the event turned out to be quite the social gathering.
The course was designed in such a way that the riders came past the spectators twice on each lap. And there is nothing quite like a loud and heckling mountain bike crowd to get the riders fired up.
The Cyclocross (CX) racing started of hot at 4.30 pm, pretty much the same as the weather at 35 degrees. The thing was the racing got even hotter as the temperature dropped and afternoon turned to evening. The CX racing was first so that the CX riders could also race their mountain bikes. The CX course proved to be fast, yet slippery on the tricky pea gravel with a few guy's puncturing out.
The Junior racing was awesome with a great representation from Track Cycling, Road Cycling and the dedicated mountain bikers. The Under 13 class proved to be the most popular with riders as young as 7 years old competing.
The C Grade race proved very entertaining with everything from young guns to super masters competing. Mark Rubery came down on his old beat up hard tail to watch his sons race. But being the racer he is couldn't help himself and entered C grade. He then spent the next 25 minutes killing himself to try and win the race coming up just short in second to Alvin Lim.
However, it was the A grade and B grade races that everyone was waiting for and they didn't disappoint. The B grade race ended up a three way battle for the lead and it was changing every lap. The final sprint was won by the young legs of Sean Maggs, but he had to work for it. Stephen Dew was second and Greg Murison was third.
The A grade race was simply stunning and even faster than had been predicted. Clive Jones set the pace early but couldn't maintain that brutal pace. There was attack after attack but it was Craig Cooke took line honours by a tyre width from Reece Tucknott and fast young gun Sam Rubery took out third place.
The biggest question of the day though was.................................... when is the next one? I don't know yet, but stay tuned.
Image courtesy of Scoopex Photography
Having been one of the most popular rounds of the 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series, promoter Chocolate Foot decided that the trails in Kinross State Forest near Orange would make the perfect finale to the 2013 series and they didn't disappoint.
As weather events affected the series all year, it was of great relief to be gifted superb weather for racing while the coastal regions of the state were experiencing downpours. And with the trails in excellent condition after many hours of work by the hosting club, Central West Off Road Bicycle Club, all factors were in place for a stunning close to the Series.
With series honours on the line as well as the round win on riders minds, it would make for a fascinating race as it played out over the 7 hour duration. With so much at stake, the pace was on from the gun with Jack Lavis leading Lewis Cressy though the start loop followed Cameron Peterson. Cressy of the Onya Bike team established a significant lead overall and in the Males Pairs category by the end of the first lap, Lavis in second and leading the Mixed Pairs with Brooke Rowlands.
With only 10 points separating the top teams in the Junior category and a 15 point difference for the win it was to be an epic battle for the Alltrack Juniors and Target Trek Racing Juniors. Alltrack got off to a great start with all three riders lapping around the 26 minute mark but Target Trek's trio kept the pace on all day and with only 90 minutes to go finally passed Alltrack to win the round and win the series by a mere 5 points. The Junior Terrors of Holy Spirit College, Bellambi won the School Shredders category for the series.
There were many other great battles, the Masters Threes were only separated by 7 points and with many other teams in the mix for this round it would make it difficult for the category leaders, the Elderly Illegitimates. SXC Racing led from the opening lap with the Sad Angry Cooked Nuts in hot pursuit but further back the series battle raged, Hunters Rule 5 finishing one position ahead of the Illegitimates, but with not enough points to overtake their nemesis, resulting in the Elderly Illegitimates celebrating their second series win in a row. The Female Threes was dominated all year by the Powered by Cadbury team, winning four out of the five rounds, including Kinross. The Male Threes also saw domination by BMORC winning round 4 and the finale, finishing with more than double the points of their competition.
With the 24 hour solo world Championships in Canberra thrown into the mix this year, it's been a tough year for the soloists. Two of the favourites for the series, Ed McDonald and Eliza Kwan, had been hit by fatigue and in the final round decided to team up in the Mixed Pairs category. This would take the pressure off Andrew Lloyd who had a significant lead in the series after winning the last two rounds. Callum McNamara and Duncan Middleton kept him on his toes however, with all three riders finishing on 15 laps but it was Lloyd who took his third win and the series overall. Liz Smith wrapped up the Open Female Solo with a second win and a comfortable overall win in the series. The Masters Female solo was again dominated by Wendy Stevenson, who won the round and took out the category overall for a third year in a row. Another repeat winner was the ageless Garry James. Fellow Canberran Paul Brodie again gave James a solid run for his money, but in the closing hours of the race James passed Brodie to finish the season on a high with the round win and a convincing repeat victory overall.
The special solo categories were hotly contested this year, the Clydesdales a particular highlight. Cory Dimmer was clearly looking to finish the series on a high and streaked to the lead early to record his third win in a row and easily win overall. Malcolm Bradley came second to Stephen Tomczyk in the finale but his consistency gave him the overall win in the Male Singlespeed category.
With at least five highly favoured teams entered in the Mixed Pairs, this was destined to be a great battle on the bike. Better known on the road, Cameron Peterson has shown he's adapting well to the dirt and his climbing prowess set him up well for the hilly nature of Kinross. With race partner Lauren Pevy, they slipped into second place early on but would have a tough job ahead to catch Brooke Rowlands and her super-sub for this round, Jack Lavis of Target Trek, as well as fending off the super-soloists team of Kwan and McDonald. Danielle and Doug Pollock and series leaders Gary Harwood and Martine Robin were also in the mix as positions were traded busily throughout the day. Rowlands and Lavis never surrendered their lead with Kwan and McDonald also finishing on 16 laps in second and the Ride in Workshop pair of Peterson and Pevy eventually taking third. After consistent results all series and 5th place on the day, Gary Harwood and Martine Robin retained the series lead with Danielle and Doug Pollock second overall.
The other pairs categories were no less entertaining, after some well-humoured trash talk prior to the event the team of Benny & the Jet lived up to their hype, narrowly beating Ren & Stimpy but their podium positions were the reverse for the series presentation with Justin Millington and Steven Powis having the edge on them in the points score. The Female Pairs was well subscribed for the final round, 7 teams entering and series leaders the Short Circuit Chicks facing new competition in Lana Moy and Vanessa Boatwright. The Altitude Training Systems duo took control from the gun to win by a whole lap but with three wins across the series Erica Galea and Marisa Bertoia walked away with the gold medals for the series with Kelly Mapleston and Sophie Wood second overall. The Male Pairs has been hard fought all season, series leaders Altitude Training Systems had a significant lead but would need to finish in the top 10 to stave off the Onya Bike team of Aaron Bashford and Lewis Cressy. Onya Bike showed they meant business early taking the overall lead of the race and the pair recording the 8 fastest laps of the race. After 7 hours of racing they were the only team to score 17 laps, winning the category over Oliver Dharma-Ratne and Lucas Laxale, but Altitude had enough points in hand to claim the series honours from Onya Bike and the Cowpat Climbers.
The SRAM Singletrack Mind Series continues to be the most lucrative and highest quality endurance race series in the country, with over $62,000 in cash and prizes given away over the five rounds, courtesy of sponsors SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Hammer Nutrition, OnTheGo, Finish Line, Serfas, Deuter, Bellwether, James Estate Wines, Cycology, Giant, Frameskin, Aussie Butt Cream, Mountain Biking Australia, and Flow.
Plans are well underway for 2014 and promoters Chocolate Foot are scoping exciting new venues to add to an already highly regarded series.
Full results and 2014 dates are available at www.chocolatefoot.com.au
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