Urs Huber claims Crocodile Trophy title number four; Alice Pirard is the Women’s Champion in Port Douglas

The 22nd Crocodile Trophy finished after eight days of racing through its home in Tropical North Queensland in Port Douglas.  The legendary event started last Saturday in Cairns with a lap race at the Smithfield MTB Park and continued onto the Atherton Tablelands on Sunday. It was the climb onto the Atherton Tablelands and the tough undulating course of the second stage was the hardest, the riders all agreed. Three stages were raced in the Atherton MTB Park and also in the Herberton State Forest and surrounds, very technical and demanding on the riders. huberarrival_08_croc16_hr-3431 sebcarabin_urshuber_finish_08_croc16_hr-3438 urshuber_alicepirard_crocstaff_08_croc16_hr-3760

From the rainforests in Cairns into the bushlands of the Tablelands and via the so iconic Outback to Skybury Coffee Plantation was next on the stage plan. The racers enjoyed two nights in the tropical Skybury estate and raced through the Mareeba Wetlands on Thursday.

Yesterday the race stopped over at Wetherby Station after a marathon stage via open Outback Highways – a fast race in glistening heat. Riders were in for a treat – a 30km timetrial down the infamous “Bump Track” from Wetherby Station into the holiday paradise of Port Douglas with the final finish on the beautiful Four Mile Beach.

Urs Huber wins his fourth Crocodile Trophy title

The Swiss Marathon National Champion claimed his fourth Crocodile Trophy victory after winning before in 2009, 2010 and last year. Only one man before him has won this legendary race four times, Jaap Viergever from The Netherlands (1997, 1999, 2001 & 2002). 

He said the race was a tough mind game for him this week clocking in a total of 23h52:51.6.

“The week was really tough, not physically but mentally because the gap [to Sebastien Carabin] was always really small and I had to stay concentrated for the whole week. I couldn’t make any mistakes – I could manage that really well and so, the win is here. 

He complimented his biggest opponent Sebastien Carabin as being equally as strong. “We both were very strong. He just had one bad day and I didn’t. And in the end, that was the difference.”

The “bad day” was stage two from Cairns to Atherton, which pushed most of the riders to their absolute limits. A long stage in very hot and particularly humid conditions, so hard that even a world-class rider like Sebastien Carabin suffered and ultimately cost him too much time. 

Overall, only 1:48 minutes separated the top two finishers of the 2016 event with Huber taking the day’s stage in 52:59.3 with a gap of five seconds to second-placed Carabin.

With an incredible performance in the time trial the Belgian Michiel van Aelbroeck defended his third position overall and has a gap of 1h05 to Huber. The 40-year old Dutch racer Bas Peters took out fourth (+1h11:05.4) and the Austrian Matthias Pliem came in fifth (+1h16:29.0).

Alice Pirard wins the Women’s Trophy

The Belgian Marathon National Champion finishes her 2016 season with a win at the Crocodile Trophy, her second appearance at the legendary stage race. With strong performances all week she dominated the technical stages and the dark horse, but well-known rider, in the field Annemiek van Vleuten was a strong opponent. The Dutch Olympic road racer had claimed to “race the Crocodile Trophy as a holiday”, but half-way through the week caught the racing bug on the flat and less-technical stages.alicepirard_finish_08_croc16_hr-3504 14715590_1247584418646064_4748425118571155972_o 14882202_1247587928645713_8765333415381208905_o

Twice riddled with bad luck by missing turns and loosing a lot of time, Annemiek van Vleuten still claimed three stage wins and was the fastest woman in the time trial with 1h03:45.6.

Overall the women’s result has Alice Pirard finishing with 30h34:45.0 ahead of van Vleuten (+44:15) and the Australian road racer Ruth Corset (+1h06:27). 

The marathon specialist Sarah Kaehler from Cairns came in fourth (+5h39:57).

For detailed race results, visit www.crocodile-trophy.com


TOP RESULTS ELITE STAGE 8:

Elite Men:

1. #11 Urs HUBER (Team Bulls)  / SUI / 0h52:59.3 

2. #1 Sebastien CARABIN (merida wallonie-Vojo Mag) / BEL / 0h53:04.7 +0:05

3. #4 Michiel VAN AELBROECK (WMTB.be) / BEL / 0h55:13.2 +2:13

4. #2   Matthias Grick (KTM Ebner Transporte Cycling Team Graz) / AUT / 0h56:01.5      +3:02

5. #10 Manuel PLIEM (Team KTM-RAD.SPORT.SZENE) / AUT / 0h56:05.6 +3:06

Elite Women:

1. #22 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN (Orica-AIS / Scott) / NED / 1h03:45.6

2. #25 Ruth CORSET / AUS / 1h05:30.1    +1:44

3. #21 Alice PIRARD (Merida-Wallonie MTB Team) / BEL / 1h09:57.0    +6:11 

4. #23 Sarah KAEHLER (Astute Financial Racing Team) / AUS / 1h17:38.3     +13:52

 


OVERALL RESULTS AFTER 8 STAGES:

Elite Men:

1. #11 Urs HUBER (Team Bulls) / SUI / 23h52:51.6

2. #1 Sebastien CARABIN (merida wallonie-Vojo Mag) / BEL / 23h54:39.6 +1:48  

3. #4 Michiel VAN AELBROECK (WMTB.be) / BEL / 24h58:44.0 +1h05:52.4  

4. #3 Bas PETERS (MijnBadLiv/Giant offroad team) / NED / 25h03:57.0 +1h11:05.4  

5. #10 Manuel PLIEM (Team KTM-RAD.SPORT.SZENE) / AUT / 25h09:20.6 +1h16:29.0

Elite Women:

1. #21 Alice PIRARD (Merida-Wallonie MTB Team) / BEL / 30h34:45.0

2. #22 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN (Orica-AIS / Scott) / NED / 31h19:00.2 +44:15

3. #25 Ruth CORSET / AUS /  31h41:12.4 +1h06:27

4. #23 Sarah KAEHLER (Astute Financial Racing Team) / AUS / 36h14:41.7    +5h39:57

Further category and leader jersey winners:

  • Amateur & A3 category winner men: Daniel Beresford (AUS / Croc For Kids) in 28h21:38.2
  • Fastest Australian & A2 winner: Lincoln Carolan (AUS / Astute Financial Racing Team) in 28h38:23.4
  • A4 category winner men: Garry James (AUS / Specialized Australia) 29h39:09.8
  • A1 category winner men: Blake Coppo (AUS / Corry Cycles ACE rACEing) in 32h59:30.0
  • Amateur women: Anita Narula (AUS / Liv Cycling) in 34h00:52.0

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Cape to Cape MTB 2016 – Stage Four: Glory, Achievement and Ultimate Satisfaction.

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A total cracker of a day greeted riders on the final day, from Thursday to Sunday it just kept getting sunnier and warmer.
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Peta knew she only had to beat Samara by a mere 15 seconds, was she to do it?
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Beaches, vineyards and rural scenes are so lovely over here.

Despite this event challenging all participants, regardless of ability, the tangible sense of achievement at the finish made it more than worthwhile.

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The smell of bacon and chamois cream filled the air.
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Cycling and coffee, it goes without saying. John Carney gets a cup of muddy heart starter into him before setting off.
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Morning sun and potassium on a stick.
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Not only was there coffee, it was good coffee!

As the riders rolled in, so did the stories. Perhaps the best summary of the event came from Samara Sheppard, winner of the elite womens category who said ‘everything from the diversity of the trails, the huge field and the locations make this event so special’.

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The fastest of four days, a day to find a bunch, work together and munch down the miles.

The day’s racing was as exciting as expected. Tasman Nankervis had a two-minute lead coming into the stage, which he held onto seemingly effortlessly, with his Torq troops keeping the lead bunch under control. The camaraderie amongst the Torq team was clear to see, with Nankervis’ teammates riding hard to support ‘Tas’.

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It wasn’t going to be Brendan Johnston’s day, plagued with a few small mechanicals, the National Marathon Champ was always close and won a stage, but missed the overall title he came for.
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Odams loving his first Cape, riding comfortably and stylishly through the turns as he does best.
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Local Craig Cooke hot on the heels of the top four, taking fifth overall with a consistent four days of hard yakka.
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You could get lost in here if it wasn’t for the course markings! The trails of Middle Earth are a labyrinth of berms, turns, log-rides and fast descents.

‘This race has been one of the easier stage races I’ve done. The Torq boys worked so hard for me at the front that I almost never touched the wind, and I just enjoyed the singletrack,’ said Nankervis. We’re excited to see more of this humble young man.

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Sarah McLachlan held onto eighth on the day and seventh overall, clearly stoked with her time in the singletrack today.
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Jo Bennet is a classy rider, her pedalling style is so easy and effortless and her smiles are huge, it’s always nice to see her fluidly weaving her way through the trails. Fourth on day four, and fourth overall.
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Yeoooo, legend wheelie guy strikes again! His front tyre must be in mint condition after this week.
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The unique landscape of Middle Earth was fun to walk through, and everyone was quite chirpy to be riding through it!
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Grass trees, banksias, burnt logs and pea gravel.

With no change in the overall standings due to the tactical racing of the Torq squad, the race was animated by Reece Tucknott, who was accompanied initially by none other than Paul van der Ploeg.

The pair attacked early in the stage, and were building a dominant lead in the singletrack before disaster struck for van der Ploeg, who suffered a mechanical that left him unable to continue.

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Oooooooh, micro fairy floss balls!
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Twisty goodness.
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Spotto!
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TAKE THE A-LINE.. YEAHHHHHHH!

The fighting spirit all the competitors showed today was embodied by the effort of Reece Tucknott at the front of the field. Alone, deep in the pain cave, the media vehicle tracked Reece battling on the long straights that made up large parts of stage four. The West Australian showed the fight that every finisher of the Cape to Cape showed by never giving up.

With his father Tony on the microphone calling the event, the crowd waited nervously to see if Reece could hold his advantage to the line. When Reece came across the line solo, the emotion was obvious. Today’s win was a very classy performance indeed, kudos Reece.

‘I won a stage in the Port to Port, but to take the win today with all of the riders that are here and the awesome crowd is huge for me,’ said Reece.

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Swim?
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The wind in the willows as wheels whoosh by.

Reece also worked on the event, organising the Sundown Shootout, which was an event highlight: ‘It’s been a real eye opener for me this year working on the event, seeing just how much work goes into it all. I’ve got so much respect for everyone involved.’

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After four days of racing, it was nice to have a faster day to spin out the legs.

The women’s race ended with similarly exciting scenes. It was neck and neck between Sheppard and Mullens all day, before Sheppard again demonstrated her strength, dropping Mullens and crossing the line solo. Sheppard has now completed the Port to Port and Cape to Cape double in the same year- a first in the elite female category. When asked about whether she would return, Sheppard asked ‘How could I not defend the pink jersey?’.

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“Some days you just gotta do, what you gotta do”

‘This race has been so hard because Peta (Mullens) is so strong. I was trying to make an attack stick from the first day, so when I finally got a break yesterday I was almost in disbelief. Winning this amazing event, and just being a part of the atmosphere makes all the training worth it,’ said Sheppard.

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DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!
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Yeoooooo, welcome to the finish buddy!
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Reece Tucknott made a mighty strong attack and rode a solo 40km to take the win, a courageous effort from the strong Trek Australia rider.
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It’s not easy to attack in the singletrack and stay away from the chasing pack, but Reece timed it to perfection today.
WINNER!
WINNER!

In the mens masters, Jon Gregg sealed back to back wins in the overall. An unbelievable result considering the depth of talent at this year’s event. We’re eager to see if Gregg can back up his unbelievable consistency next year.

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YES!

In the womens masters, Marie-Claude Baars also sealed the win. ‘I’ve loved the singletrack throughout the event. Stage three was simply amazing,’ said an elated Baars at the finish. Baars and Gregg’s domination of the masters’ categories has been fantastic to watch.

Scratching underneath the ‘race’ exterior however, it’s clear to see that the Cape to Cape is much, much more.

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Congratulations Samara! Winning the final stage and the overall, bloody excellent stuff mate!
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Plenty to smile about, it’s a mammoth effort to win here, especially with such a talented field.
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Peta is a champ, her racing and presence at the event made it all the better. Gracious in defeat on the final day, with the first three stage wins still in the bag.
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Don’t look too closely if you have a weak stomach…
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Sprint it home!
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Frothing fans galore! It’s so nice to see the faces on the supporters as their riders finish the event, warm and fuzzy stuff indeed.
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Not content on leaving anything out on course, this guy put it all on the line.
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Loud reception!
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, cooked.

For many riders today, simply finishing this gruelling course was an amazing achievement.

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Yeoooo local legends.
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The face of ultimate satisfaction.
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“You again!?”
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A proud mother and supporter wearing the shirt that her son made for her, so awesome.
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The event director Chris Heverin personally shaking hands of the competitors and presenting the finish medal.
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Straight to the pool room.
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‘I’ve loved the singletrack throughout the event. Stage three was simply amazing,’ said an elated Marie-Claude Baars at the finish.

Riders at the finish line were talking about just how well this event encapsulated not only the best mountain biking, but amazing scenery, wonderful venues like the Xanadu Winery and Colonial Brewery, and a unique atmosphere amongst the thirteen hundred plus competitors.

 ‘It’s good that the stages start so early, it means that you can go and explore this beautiful region after the race each day,’ ‘We’ve done lots of activities: visited a few wineries…’ ‘It’s good to get a few days away from the family with mates and ride together and just have a laugh,’
‘It’s good that the stages start so early, it means that you can go and explore this beautiful region after the race each day,’
‘We’ve done lots of activities: visited a few wineries…’
‘It’s good to get a few days away from the family with mates and ride together and just have a laugh,’
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‘This event is unlike nothing else in the way it melds riding with socialising, and the amazing sights,’
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Copped a high-speed podium cork, RIGHT in the head, cheers Samara!
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Bennet, Mullens, Sheppard, Mattocks and Simpson on the elite women’s podium.
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Tasman Nankervis loving his new yellow jersey, he rode superbly this week and with the support of his team he sealed the deal.
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Sweet sweet victory.
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Ward, Johnston, Nankervis, Hamilton and Cooke.

Entries for next year’s Cape to Cape, which features a layout change to focus more specifically on the exploding number of trail centres in the region open tonight. We’re already counting down the days, and you should be too!


RESULTS

FEMALE OPEN
1. Samara Sheppard – 02:21:13
2. Peta Mullens – 02:24:36
3. Briony Mattocks – 02:29:28
4. Jo Bennett- 02:33:07
5. Holly Harris – 02:33:25

MALE OPEN
1. Reece Tucknott – 02:15:23
2. Tasman Nankervis- 02:16:05
3. Brendan Johnston – 02:16:05
4. Kyle Ward – 02:16:22
5. Chris Hamilton – 02:16:34

FEMALE GC
1. Samara Sheppard – 08:38:22
2. Peta Mullens – 08:41:45
3. Briony Mattocks – 09:05:50
4. Jo Bennett – 09:14:00
5. Jessica Simpson – 09:21:11

MALE GC
1. Tasman Nankervis – 07:45:01
2. Brendan Johnston – 07:47:21
3. Chris Hamilton – 07:48:06
4. Kyle Ward – 07:48:33
5. Craig Cooke – 07:52:27

For a full list of categorised results, please click here!

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The other side of the Cape, the north end, Dunsborough and its insanely green and turquoise water.
And we're out! Cheers everyone, we've had a blast once again!
And we’re out! Cheers everyone, we’ve had a blast once again, see you for the big ten year anniversary next year!

Cape to Cape MTB 2016 – Stage Three: Through the Pines and To The Bar

If you closed your eyes in today’s pristine Margaret River singletrack you could’ve mistook the deafening buzz of freehubs for  swarms of bees. The reality of perfect singletrack is far more appealing though, so we’ll steer away from bizarre ponderings.

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The start of a really great day of riding, and the grape vines were lapping up the sunshine as much as the riders.

Stage three of Cape to Cape 2016 began with a neutralised mass rollout from Xanadu Winery. The sight of over thirteen hundred riders snaking their way through Xanadu’s vineyard-lined driveway was truly spectacular.

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The absolute definition of a ‘blue bird day’, there was not a single cloud in the sky, which sure had a positive impact on the vibe at the start. Tired bodies but happy nonetheless.
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The classic rollout, from Xanadu winery the monstrous field snakes through the vineyards and out towards the Margaret River township.
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There’s always one, but perhaps not to this level… The big personality and wingspan of Paul Van Der Ploeg can’t keep his frothing levels down.

From the winery, the riders cruised through the main street of Margaret River. The excitement this event generates not just for mountain bikers, but all of the local residents was evident by the huge crowds lining the main street.

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With the main street in town closed off for the neutral roll-through, the town were treated to a real show. 1300 riders flooded the street like a dam wall bursting, letting a sea of colour and waving riders flow through the crowds.

After the spectacular rollout, the excitement was maintained by an all-out sprint at the front of the field into the first section of trail. Paul ‘Plowking’ van der Ploeg could be seen powering up the road, but it was last year’s winner Kyle Ward who timed the holeshot, leading into the first section of trail.

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Guns and tongues out for Andrew Liddawi, he loves day three too!
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And they just kept on coming! How many riders!??
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And as soon as they reached the arch, it was ON! With Reece Tucknott chomping at the bit to get into the singletrack.
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No doubt about it, this place is so damn nice to visit. We’re huge fans of the amazing variety of great things to do here, it’s tops.
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The pine forests that surround the town are in operation but there seems to be a great relationship between the recreational users of the forest and the owners of the trees, hence the bliss-full singletrack. The history of timber production continues to this day with the logging industry in the Margaret River pines.
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Odams and PVDP flashing through the woods.
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Yeeeehaaaa! This is the ultimate, flowing berms, pumping and floating through the pine forest. Perfection at its most perfect.

Today’s stage twisted and turned through the Margaret River Pines singletrack, which had riders pumping and weaving through uncountable berms and rollers amongst towering pines.

In the elite male field, it was another story of Torq versus Trek with Kyle Ward fending for himself.

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WA’s fastest XC kid, Nav Coole is holding his own amongst the big guns this week.
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Sadly the Specialized trio of Cam Ivory, Jenny and Andy Blair fell sick through the night, a tough pill to swallow for the race leader, Cam Ivory that was looking and feeling damn good!
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Odams closing in on his goal of a top ten finish in WA.
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Brendan Johnston and his quiet and smooth style through the singletrack on the way to a stage win, well done buddy!
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Powering through the native forests.
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With a wet winter behind us, the forest was a wash of colour with native flowers and bright greenery. We’ve never seen it looking this good!
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Hitting mach 10 on one of the many fast singletrack straights, the traction and rolling speed has contributed to super fast racing times overall.

The lead group of Chris Hamilton, Tasman Nankervis, Brendan Johnston, Michael Potter and Kyle Ward retained a healthy advantage over the field for the entire race. Coming up the day’s final climb, a brutally steep fireroad, their pace was unsurpassed.

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Welcome to WA, now hold on! It’s pea gravel time, this stuff will scare the living daylights out of any east-coaster. Don’t turn too hard, brake too much or do anything sudden with these little marbles under your tyres, it won’t be pretty!
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Ethan spraying our camera equipment with pea gravel, you owe us a beer mate…

Brendan Johnston took the stage win, but the story of the day was race leader Cam Ivory, who had lost over five minutes only halfway through the stage. Unfortunately, the entire Specialized team of Ivory, Andy Blair and Jenny Blair fell victim to a stomach bug, hence Ivory’s battle to even make it to the start line today. Andy didn’t make the start, Jenny pushed hard but when she caught up to a suffering Cam Ivory on course their support team pulled them straight off the course and into the car. We hope they recover soon and can still enjoy their time all the way over from the east coast.

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Pretty lushness, we hope it didn’t go entirely unnoticed by the riders, the trails today are particularly scenic.
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Tricky rock section to catch you off guard, don’t snooze or you’ll lose.
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Sam Hill breezes on by with hardly a noise or any visible effort in the technical rocky section.

Tasman Nankervis and Chris Hamilton rounded out the elite male podium, with Nankervis taking the leader’s jersey from Ivory, a great achievement from the talented young rider.

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All smiles for famous guy!
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Tree hugging hippies everywhere around these parts.
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Ka-splat.

“I really enjoyed today’s stage, it’s been a while since I’ve ridden anything that well-groomed,” said Giant’s Jonny Odams at the finish line. Judging by the hundreds of riders splayed out across the Colonial Brewery lawn recounting stories and sharing a beer, it was a sentiment shared by all.

The first attempts at profiting from Jarrah timber was when a party of convicts cuts the first jarrah timber for export from Augusta. The work took so long due to difficulties with the tough jarrah that no profit is made and the convict party was recalled.
The first attempts at profiting from Jarrah timber was when a party of convicts cuts the first jarrah timber for export from Augusta. The work took so long due to difficulties with the tough jarrah that no profit is made and the convict party was recalled.
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Awwwww, nice.
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From 1900-14 about 17 million railway sleepers were cut from Augusta-Margaret River forests.
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A bridge crossing on the old railroads makes for a nice walk, ride or kiss.
The advantages of Jarrah was first noted in 1832 when the severely damaged hull of HMS Success was repaired using jarrah and successfully sailed back to England.
The advantages of Jarrah was first noted in 1832 when the severely damaged hull of HMS Success was repaired using jarrah and successfully sailed back to England.

In the elite women’s race, it was also an exciting stage that saw the leader’s jersey change hands. Peta Mullens and Samara Sheppard traded blows for most of the stage once again, before Sheppard broke away with ten kilometres to go and held the lead to the finish. With a slim margin between the two, tomorrow’s racing will be very exciting. A strong ride from Briony Mattocks saw her take third place.

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Ewwwwww guys! All the way from Alaska, this pair stuck together and made the most of it today.
The timber industry supported infrastructure and commercial growth in the region such as number of mills (Kudardup, Karridale, Boranup and Jarrahdene) and two long jetties (Flinders Bay and Hamelin Bay).
The timber industry supported infrastructure and commercial growth in the region such as number of mills (Kudardup, Karridale, Boranup and Jarrahdene) and two long jetties (Flinders Bay and Hamelin Bay).
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Samara Sheppard kept close to Peta Mullens but made a decisive attack and came over the last climb ahead taking the stage and earning valuable seconds.
10 Mile Brook Dam was created in the mid-1990s to create a new supply of water for the quickly growing Margaret River and other townships.
10 Mile Brook Dam was created in the mid-1990s to create a new supply of water for the quickly growing Margaret River and other townships.
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Yeoooooo, finished!
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Jess Simpson and some tasty fuel.

The question we’re left asking about the masters’ categories, for both the men and women is whether anyone can threaten Jon Gregg and Marie Claude-Baars, who have demonstrated consistency and strength all week.

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One for me, one for you, the frothies were flying out the doors of the Colonial Brewery.
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We reckon this guy saw his beer waiting for him from 100 yards, well earned mate!
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The vibe-omiter was running high at the brewery, a seriously nice afternoon to relax, re-fuel and reminisce on the great ride achieved.
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SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!
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A mountain bike race or a food and beer festival, we’re confused…

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Time for another.
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Fresh buns for sore buns.
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Down from Perth, and her first time mountain biking this was the favourite day so far. Congratulations!
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The race finished at a brewery, did we mention that already?
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Is this a violation of some sort of dress code?
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On tap inside, or tinnies in the sun.
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Legend!
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Pushing out the knots that only 3006987 sweet corners can inflict on the body.
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Tasman in yellow, the young shredder admires his new jersey.
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Samara takes the lead in what has been a great race thus far, It’s coming down to the wire tomorrow!
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It’s a rotating podium this year, with lead changes and upsets galore. Tomorrow will be tight!

Tomorrow is the final stage of this year’s Cape to Cape. The riders will travel 64 kilometres from Colonial Brewery to the Dunsborough Country Club. The race will take in two singletrack hubs in the ‘Middle Earth’ trails and also the flowing trails at Meelup.

Riders have loved the variety of trails on offer at the event, and tomorrow is no exception. Be sure to tune in to see all the action from the trails, as well as how the racing ends up!


TODAY’S RESULTS

FEMALE OPEN

1 Samara Sheppard 02:11:38

2 Peta Mullens 02:12:16

3 Briony Mattocks 02:16:40

4 Jo Bennett 02:20:17

5 Jessica Simpson 02:23:11

 

MALE OPEN

1 Brendan Johnson 01:56:47

2 Tasman Nankervis 01:56:48

3 Chris Hamilton 01:56:53

4 Kyle Ward 01:57:09

5 Michael Potter 01:57:10

 

For a full list of results, click here!

Cape To Cape 2016 – Sundown Shootout: Top Guns Blazing Amongst the Pines

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Biggest crowds EVER! Surely a lot of them to see this man cut sick on the descents, and everyone got what they came for. Sam Hill, pinned.

Generally, mountain bikes work best with two grips. During today’s Sundown Shootout, Kyle Ward decided to give the technical Paper Trail a crack with only just one, unsuccessfully.

The Sundown Shootout is an awesome event during the Cape to Cape that embraces the Margaret River region’s amazing singletrack only minutes from the town centre in a spectator friendly format. Rider came hurtling down the track at thirty second intervals, with the top pros and locals, a couple wild cards including five time downhill World Champ, Sam Hill.

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“Yeah, apparently you can jump from here down there…” “Hahaha, yeah ok mate”
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Holly Harris shreds turns, here she really let fly.
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This young maniac didn’t make the final, his rear wheel didn’t have the stamina after being punished on the rocky landings over and over again. He rules the boost comp.
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Cam Ivory calm, low and fast over a lippy double.

The course, which featured a technical descent followed by a punchy switchback climb was built by local trail building company Common Ground, who are littering the Margaret River Pines with some of the best singletrack in the country.

There are rock gaps, deep berms, double jumps and multiple lines everywhere. It’s the type of track you could to 20 laps on and really get into the rhythm, bouncing across the features and laying off the brakes going super quick.

The most common question we heard throughout the event was if Paper Trail was in the race tomorrow! Unfortunately not folks, but it will be included in next year’s event- it’s great to see the race organisers are in tune with the wants of the riders and continuing to refine.

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Hopping out of his time machine and onto the race course this guy has been all smiles this week riding some kind of rigid single speed thing in Jesus sandals, flower power shirts and flared jeans. Peace, bro.
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Grommets galore, the Friday night party was in the Margaret River Pines tonight.
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The old saying that kids bounce, and don’t break is true, we had an up-close demo. No worries!

In the elite male racing, Cam Ivory continued his domination of this year’s Cape to Cape, taking the win over Australia’s best jack of all trades rider, Jonny Odams.

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Singapore’s downhill national champ is out racing Cape to Cape, smooth but slightly reckless at the same time.

It was a similar story in the women’s event, with Peta Mullens continuing her clean sweep of the stages thusfar.

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Sharks in the water, sharks falling from the sky and straight at the landing ramp, nose first. He made it through, somehow….
Some things can't be un-seen, like a shark in sweaty light coloured undies.
Some things can’t be un-seen, like a shark in sweaty light coloured undies.
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The whole crowd erupted when Kyle Ward blew off course, and rode a rodeo through the crowd and over the rocks. It’s a miracle he stayed upright, didn’t hurt anyone and still managed to clear the double afterwards! He must have not been able to reach the brakes he was in such fright, pulling his left hand grip right off the bar instead.

We couldn’t believe how pristine not just the Paper Trail, but all the trails in the pines were- it’s clear that the mixture of passionate local riders and professional trail development is working wonders for this region. Cam Ivory loved the event, asking ‘why aren’t there more trails like this at World Cups?’

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How does one pull a grip off the bar, Kyle?
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Sam Hill digging deep in the 400m uphill switchback climb to the finish.
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Without any doubt Sam was head and shoulders above anyone else through the roughest section of the descent, insanely pinned even our camera’s focus couldn’t quite keep up!
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PVDP cracking out the skin suit and showing the rocks who is boss!
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Peta Mullens on the way to her third victory, she’s loving it and riding so well this week.
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Rohin Adams drops in and cops an earfull from another land-dwelling shark.
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Russel Coight raced today, taking the fastest time in the locals category, probably because he spent most of the time flying and not riding. He launched from the rock wayyyyy down into the corner, scaring the berries out of the crowd. Wild man!
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The Paper Trail will be in next year’s Cape to Cape, it’s phenomenal. So poppy, flowing and fun to ride. Hats off to the builders, they sure have put a lot of thought and time into the lines and layout amongst the pines.
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Chris Hamilton doing what he does best, going up like an elevator.
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Michael Potter tipping it in through a monster berm.
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On the gas, Cam Ivory gains more time over his chasers with a bonus from the Shootout, well played.
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Peta is so great to have at a mountain bike event like this, always smiling and jumping on the microphone to share a tale and give the spectators a real insight into the racing. Let’s hope we see her riding on the dirt more in the future.
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CASH and TIME! The ultimate bonus!

Tomorrow, the race travels 57 kilometres from Xanadu Winery to Colonial Brewery. After three days of hard riding, we think the riders will make full use of the convenient finishing point.

It’s not just the riders that are excited however, we can’t wait! Be sure to check in tomorrow for more Cape to Cape goodness.

Cape To Cape MTB 2016 – Stage Two: Absolutely Prime.

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Surfer’s Point was GOING OFF this morning!
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Yeah, surfers wear helmets around these parts. Must be something to do with the monstrous waves and gnarly reef.

We love coming back to Hamelin Bay for the stage two- the natural beauty this area has to offer is on another level. The bay’s picturesque reefs, untouched white beaches and Peppermint trees are a visual delight.

The bay is also known for its friendly stingrays. Some riders were lucky enough to witness these intriguing creatures next to the boat ramp, feeding on scraps left by fishermen.

‘It’ll probably go off right from the start,’ said Reece Tucknott when asked about how today would pan out at the front of the field. Spot on Reece!

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Hamelin Bay ain’t a big place, it was bursting at the dunes today with eager racers.
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No better way to warm up than to be thrown headfirst into a stinger of a climb up to the top of Sam Hill Downhill.
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Picture perfect singletrack, open turns, soft fluffy loam and clear vision. Worth ALL the pain getting to the top.
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Brendan Johnston leads into the first singletrack again with his calm and fluid riding through a very fast piece of trail.
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Reece Tucknott hot on the heels of the lead bunch.

For the elite men, the day began with Chris Hamilton teasing an attack on the road rollout, before Trek’s Michael Potter launched up the first climb in a series of race-animating moves that had the fans frothing.

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Rocky road surprise!
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Everyone wanted to be Sam Hill today, this guy railed the bottom turn just like him.

The rest of the race was all about the lead group of seven, who drove the race at a frenetic pace.

Early attacking from Potter kept himself and teammate Brendan Johnston together, whilst the ever-consistent Torq team surprised no one with Tasman Nankervis and Hamilton also in the lead group.

As the stage rolled into the snaking driveway past Xanadu Winery’s vineyards, Potter launched another ambitious attack. His valiant effort ended well short of the line with Kyle Ward pedal-mashing himself into pole position.

Eventually however, it was some wily racing from race leader Cam Ivory, who timed his move perfectly to take the win and retain the yellow jersey. A great comeback from Johnston, who was struggling earlier landed him second place, with Hamilton in third.

The elite women’s race was no less exciting. For the majority of the stage Peta Mullens and Samara Sheppard were neck and neck, with Jenny Blair also in the mix. On the tough ascent out of Contos Beach the determination of Mullens and Sheppard was plain to see- it was stage racing at its finest.

Like the men before them, the race came down to an exciting sprint finish. Mullens moved early, but held a long sprint over Sheppard, showcasing her power yet again. Jenny Blair rolled in just behind- the women’s race is thrilling and we can’t wait for more!

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Ducking the 29″ wheels through The Tunnel, a blissfully smooth and fast rolling piece of singetrack that forms a eye-bending tunnel through the forest, kinda like when they hit light spded mode in Star Wars, but with more trees.
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Day two is a feast of variety, fast and open to twisty and technical, it has it all.

The singletrack in Boranup forest is one of the highlights of the stage. Soft, tacky black soil means riders can trust the traction, and local Cape to Cape legend Michael Brookes from Bootleg Brewery had gone through the snaking lines with a rake and a leaf blower beforehand. Does it get any better?

Adding to the stoke levels, the local trail builders have been hard at work this year, adding more raw, flowing singletrack throughout the stage. From the whoops and hollers, it appeared riders appreciated the hard work. Today’s stage was an almost perfect mix of prime singletrack, scenic fire roads with high speed descents interspersed with the odd road section for riders to throw down some fuel.

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Chris Hamo leads the gang into the Lord Of The Rings jump, no wild cartwheels for this talented shredder.
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Light speed, the best way to tick off the miles.
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Number one plate wearing Kyle Ward pulling hard on the front along the coast, he spent plenty of time in this position.
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Samara and Peta stuck together today, minimising any more time losses and coming down to a sprint at Xanadu.
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Jayden Ward takes his turn on the front ahead of Andy Blair who is all smiles this week.
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For those riding Cape for the first time, it was loaded with challenges and surprises as the terrain changed about 590 times.
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Luke Skyshredder powers on towards the finish.
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Yeooooooo! No pedalling!
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This guy seriously went up the climb with no hands on the bars, someone scan his bike for a motor!

In the mens masters, Jon Gregg continued his utter dominance, rolling in with the second elite group and retaining a healthy lead in his category.

In the womens masters, Marie-Claude Baars also retained her lead with another strong ride.

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Chardonnay contemplation.
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Something about vines, the way they make you want to sit down under a tree with a chilled glass and….

Riders were elated to lie down on the grass outside the Xanadu Winery after the tough stage today, but for the elite men and women the day isn’t finished yet with the Sundown Shootout this afternoon.

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After they reeled in the attack from Michael Potter, Cam Ivory made his decisive move and nobody could match his explosive sprint.
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Peta jumped Samara in the final hundred metres for her second stage win.
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Fine racing between these two classy riders!
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The chill roll into a loud reception.
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The grounds of Xanadu Winery are pretty plush, worth spending a nice day there!
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Go for the sprint glory!
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The crowd was cheering for everyone! Riders were chuffed to be welcomed in after a long day under the sun.
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A sight for tired eyes!

There’s been talk traded amongst the top riders about who’ll take the cake on the technical Sundown Shootout course in front of a huge crowd- keep an eye out tonight for all the action!


RESULTS

FEMALE OPEN

1. Peta Mullens – 02:14:08

2. Samara Sheppard – 02:14:11

3. Jenny Blair – 02:14:48

4. Briony Mattocks – 02:19:04

5. Jo Bennett – 02:19:04

MALE OPEN

1. Cameron Ivory – 02:00:19

2. Brendan Johnston – 02:00:20

3. Chris Hamilton – 02:00:20

4. Tasman Nankervis – 02:00:20

5. Craig Cooke – 02:00:22
For a full list of results, click here!

 

Cape to Cape MTB 2016 – Day 1: Record Rider Rollout

Last year we started our Cape to Cape coverage by discussing the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, and its role making sure the 28 wrecks off the Cape don’t become 29. Today, you wouldn’t have been able to concentrate on the sea over the swathe of over 1300 mountain bikers forming a long, snaking line across the Leeuwin peninsula.

Good morning, Western Australia!
Good morning, Western Australia!
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A birds eye view of the biggest field in the nine years of Cape to Cape.
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Adult bikes on top, kids out the back.
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WA’s strong man, Reece Tucknott with a pensive pause before the stage gets underway.

If you chat to riders at the Cape to Cape, from elite racers to families riding this magnificent event for the first time, you’ll likely hear about ‘the beach’. For the elites, the unpredictable Deepdene Beach threatens to derail long, hard hours of training. For other riders, the thought of potentially running across a two-kilometre beach incites less enthusiasm than a sales meeting at Samsung.

With the strong red sea from Trek Australia and the orange army of Team Torq Australia we were expecting huge battles out on course.
With the strong red sea from Trek Australia and the orange army of Team Torq Australia we were expecting huge battles out on course.
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No footprints, crazy greens and blues, the myriad of uninhibited beaches around this place is incredible.
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“Are you coming for a warm up?” Said Andy Blair, “This is my warm up nowadays…” Jenny Blair and young Remi.
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Cheers to these flat pedal warriors.
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Open Google Maps on your phone and type in Cape Leeuwin… Yep, it’s way, way down the bottom right of the continent. Amazing experience number 1!

 

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Always a great family vibe at this event, especially when the sun comes out to play.

In the elite male category, the race began with a vicious attack up the first climb from Torq’s Chris Hamilton, who recently signed with World Tour road-cycling team Giant-Alpecin.

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Bets were on, who would enter the descent first? The winner of this climb would give us a very clear indication on who’s in for the best shot at a win overall.
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And it was the 60kg motor, Chris Hamilton cresting the lung burner in pole position.
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And it was National XC Marathon Champ, Brendan Johnston keeping everyone in check on the crazy fast descent.
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The low flying A380 of mountain biking, Paul Van Der Ploeg leads out masters category hammer, Jon Gregg.
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One of the smoothest riders out there today, Jon Odams having a great time in his first Cape.
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Jenny Blair showing everyone she’s always in for a strong showing through the singletrack.

 

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Old mate popped a wheelie, then nearly lost his head on a low obstacle, we’re looking forward to seeing this guy do more reckless stunts tomorrow.
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We’ve never seen so many spectators all over the whole course. The event provides super clear spectator access and the best viewing locations, and they were out in droves today.
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This spectator had the cheering power of a maximum capacity discotheque on ACDC covers night.

 

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The strong lead quartet of Tas Nankervis, Brendan Johsnton, Cam Ivory and Chris Hamilton.

Following Hamilton’s attack, the Torq team continued to apply the pressure. A group consisting of Torq’s Tasman Nankervis and Hamilton, Swell-Specialized’s Cam Ivory and Trek’s Brendan Johnston flew down the first high speed descent of the day, having broken away from a stacked elite field.

Nankervis and Ivory broke away from the group of four during the much anticipated traverse of Deepdene Beach, attacking with such pace that the pair beat the media vehicle arriving to photograph the lead riders. Close behind the pair were last year’s winner Kyle Ward, wily veteran Andy Blair and Hamilton.

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The first chase group lost touch but never lost pace.
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The event organisers were really scraping the barrel for volunteer help this week, but this guy had riders heading in the right direction.
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The massive team behind the Cape to Cape was in full swing, it’s a monumental task to pull off and hats off to them all for a flawless day.

 

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Chasing Peta was Samara Sheppard, with the Port to Port win in the bag for her this year, she’s hungry for more podiums.

 

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Tail winds across the paddock today, thank Huey for that one!
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Dags in the fence.
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It’s called Hamstring Hill, not Cheery Crest, get pedalling mate!

 

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Andrew Liddawi in the hand cycle category, always charging hard through the trails and loving it.

 

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Faces lit up when we yelled “all downhill from here, folks!”
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Cheers, buddy! Sorry for taking photos of you crashing earlier…

 

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Jenny, Peta and Samara take to the podium on day one.

In the elite women’s race, which also hosted a bevy of talented riders, Samara Sheppard led for most of the race. In the closing kilometres, last year’s winner Peta Mullens overtook Sheppard after chasing her for most of the race, demonstrating the power she’s become renowned for across many disciplines. An ever-consistent Jenny Blair rounded out the women’s podium, despite claiming not to be in great form coming into the race. We expect her to be a threat over the next few days considering her record, and the fact the grandparents have come down to babysit little Remi.

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Tas, Cam and Hamo stamp their authority on the 2016 event with a strong performance on the hard day one.

The elite men’s race was won on ‘Hamstring Hill’, the final climb of the day. Ivory attacked Nankervis and Hamilton, maintaining a short lead to the finish. Tomorrow’s stage will be interesting, with the strong Torq team looking to put a rider in the leader’s jersey, as well as Trek Factory Racing Australia, who will be supporting Brendan Johnston.

In the mens master’s field, Jon Gregg once again proved his Cape-to-Cape dominance, winning his category by nearly ten minutes and finishing ninth overall!

In the womens master’s field, Marie Claude-Baars took the win with a strong ride.

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Here for their 60th birthday from NZ, these two happy ladies were blown away by the scenes at Hamelin Bay, it’s a breathtaking part of the world.
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Warmer and sunnier forecast for day two, bring it!
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Flow’s FROTHING for what day two may have in store.
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Cheers, Margs! We’re stoked to be here.

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Tomorrow the riders have 57 kilometres of racing, from Hamelin Bay to the excellent Xanadu Winery just outside Margaret River. The spectacular scenery will continue, with the stage winding through the Boranup forest and some of the many vineyards that inhabit this stunning region. We’ll be bringing you all the action, so stay tuned!


RESULTS

 

FEMALE OPEN

1. Peta Mullens – 01:52:43

2. Samara Sheppard – 01:52:48

3. Jenny Blair – 01:57:56

4. Jessica Simpson – 02:00:42

5. Briony Mattocks – 02:01:06

MALE OPEN

1. Cameron Ivory – 01:32:38

2. Tasman Nankervis – 01:32:46

3. Chris Hamilton – 01:34:29

4. Brendan Johnston – 01:34:29

5. Kyle Ward – 01:34:45

For a full list of results, click here!

 


Two of Western Australia’s fastest take on Sam Hill Downhill ahead of the race on day two.

Once the day one’s race had wrapped up, we scored an amazing opportunity to watch Jonny Waddell and Sam Hill shred some loamy turns on the Sam Hill Downhill, which riders will tear down at the beginning of the second stage.

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Racing: Chris Panozzo and Philippa Rostan Enduro Win National Titles

Panozzo made it back to back titles in the elite men ahead of Ben Cory and Jordan Prochyra, while Rostan claimed her first ever Australian enduro title in the elite women leaving Shelly Flood and Emily Parkes to fill the minor placings.

Despite Saturday’s compulsory practice being dry, Sunday was the total opposite, with the venue receiving around 46mm of rain forcing race organisers to cut some of the stages.

With sections of stage 3 unrideable, the race director started riders at the half-way mark before by passing stage 4 all together and finishing on stage 5.

“I’m glad that cut that top bit out on stage 3 as that clay can just turn icy like and you’ll slide all the way down,” Rostan said.

“I rode really well on the first two stages despite the conditions and I knew Em Parkes was really fit, so I just had to pedal as hard as I could on the first stage.”

The South Australian local was consistent across the four stages, with an overall time of 17min 51:23secs, 17 seconds in front of the reining title holder in Parkes.

It capped off a remarkable 2016 enduro season for Rostan, having taken out the national series with three wins and now the Australian title.

In the elite men, Panozzo, the current national champion, admitted it would be a tough ask to hold on to his title in the bleak and slippery conditions.

 “It was hard to know how hard to push, you know if you’d done enough and what conditions would be like so an interesting day for sure.”

“Everyone probably had a stack at some point in the day given conditions, it was a nervous wait.”

Panozzo held off the challenge of this season’s national series winner in Ben Cory, to finish with an overall time of 13min 37:24secs, while Troy Brosnan, who was riding for fun, finished fifth in his first time back on the bike in three weeks after the completion of the UCI MTB Downhill world championships. 

Panozzo thinks there are good signs ahead for the 2017 and 2018 national championships also to be held at Eagle MTB Park.

“I think Adelaide has got a huge amount of great trails and hopefully this is a learning and year and can only get better.”

Click here for full results.

Entries for The 2017 Santa Cruz NZ Enduro Open Sunday!

After two successful sold out years the third annual Santa Cruz NZ Enduro opens for registration this Sunday October 16th. This three day multi stage enduro race will take place from March 10-12, 2017 in beautiful Marlborough on the top of New Zealand’s South Island, home to some of New Zealand’s most scenic and sacred trails.

The entry link will be posted on the event Facebook page here and NZ Enduro website on 16th of October at 4pm AEST. 

Entries will be open for 48 hours, the 140 entries will be selected using a combination of lottery and ‘first come first serve’ system, as well as some invitational entries.

You will be able to submit group entries and successful applicants will be notified by direct email.

Santacruz NZ Enduro MTB Stage race.

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Nelson Summer 15/16

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Basic Facts: Three days of multi stage enduro style racing format, March 10-12 2017. Marlborough, NZ.

Close to Ferry terminal of Picton and towns of Nelson and Blenheim. Natural trails, native NZ forests and jungle, scenic, challenging, fast, flowy, technical and steep at times with a laid back vibe and atmosphere. No start order or set liaison times, but with professional timing and the chance to ride with your friends and have a swim if you want. There’s good food, beer, coffee and of course great trails.

NZ enduro 2017 from NZ enduro on Vimeo.

Race entry costs are $345 NZD and that includes a helicopter shuttle, food and good times.

The Santa Cruz NZ Enduro, for those visiting for the EWS, it is perfectly timed to dust off your race cobwebs here in the sunny southern hemisphere.

 

N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Chapter 14 “The Glorious Chapter”

On August 21st 2016, N1NO Schurter completed his collection of Olympic medals by winning Gold in Rio de Janeiro, after winning the Bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, and Silver in London in 2012.

The 5x UCI MTB World Champion had not only set himself the biggest goal, but also put himself under tremendous pressure to succeed in his Hunt for Glory. Now that the hunt has ended in glory, N1NO breaks down the last few years for us.

Video: Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

Today Red Bull Media House releases “Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out” – the next fascinating and entertaining riding clip from Danny MacAskill. The latest blockbuster clip sees the world-renowned street trials rider take a rare day off and go for a spin on his mountain bike in the glorious Scottish countryside.

Only two weeks after launching his first autobiography, Danny is already adding to his legacy with his next unreal two-wheeled expedition. Unique from anything he’s released before, Danny jumps on his Santa Cruz 5010 CC this time and takes mountain biking to another level.danny_macaskill_03_by_fred-murrayred-bull-content-pool

This time the 30-year-old takes his viewers on a trip through Scotland, whilst being accompanied by the lively tune of “National Express” by “The Divine Comedy”, which will surely put a smile on every viewers face. Thereby he presents his home country as it most probably never has been presented before. Danny transforms natural features of rolling Scottish hills into the ultimate rider’s playground; combining the best of technical trail riding with Danny’s impressive trials skills.

With moments of incredible riding combined with a portion of tongue-in- cheek scenes, the fun-loving clip sees Danny pull off never-seen-before tricks; most of which would normally be assumed impossible on a mountain bike. Unique tricks include – a scrub to barrel roll, a submerged water crossing and hay bale ride.danny_macaskill_02_by_fred-murrayred-bull-content-pool

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out is the latest in an unrivalled portfolio of smash hit clips from MacAskill, such as Epecuén (11 million views), Cascadia (17 million views), Way Back Home (38 million views), The Ridge (44 million views) and Imaginate (58 million views).

Of the new project Danny says, “Although I’m doing very abnormal riding, I set out to make a video that hopefully relates to the normal rider. Every rider has had to ride through a puddle when it’s been a bit unknown how deep the centre of that puddle is, it just so happens that the puddle in my film is 6ft deep. I wanted to do a video on the mountain bike again and give myself creative freedom with this film. It’s meant to be a fun day out on the bike, so I wanted it to be quite light hearted.”

 

2016 Gravity Enduro National Championship powered by SRAM – This Weekend

Two more Australian champions will be crowned in Adelaide, South Australia this weekend with the 2016 Gravity Enduro National Championships converging on Eagle MTB Park, Mt Lofty.

Over a hundred riders will test themselves over the five race stages, which will see them take on a variety of trails, and celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the park. Race director Andrew Byrne from hosts Inside Line Gravity MTB Club, says the course has pulled up in excellent condition after the past few weeks of wild weather in Adelaide.

“A 35km loop that links 5 trails of amazing diversity, the gravel, sand and rock of eagle, the black loam and crystal clear creek crossing of Cleland and the insane off camber, tight tech madness of Waterfull Gully, the course will really challenge all riders.”

“We have cleaned up some sections which have been long forgotten to really make it an equal playing field.”

Plenty of locals are expected to turn out for the championship, which will be held in Adelaide for the next two years. Chris Panozzo will compete in a bid to defend his Australian title on Sunday and Troy Brosnan is one local who will saddle up for the event. The world number four men’s downhiller has been off the bike for nearly a month since his podium finish at Val di Sole, and admits enduro racing is certainly not on his professional radar, but he’s still looking forward to hitting his home trails for a national champs.  

“Haven’t been doing any training, haven’t even touched my bike since I came home after world champs. But it will be kind of fun couple of days of riding and racing.”

Brosnan competed in two rounds of the Enduro World Series earlier in the year, and admits while Australia has a long way to go to reach the heights of the overseas events, it is building.

“I think it’s good for the younger Australian guys and even just the guys who want to go overseas and race in the EWS, it’s good to have the national champs where you can get points towards it.” “I guess it’s just a little taste of what’s over there and this weekend will be pretty decent and great tracks to race.”

The national championship has been recognised as a qualifying event for riders to earn ranking points in a bid to compete on the Enduro World Series stage. 

Registrations open on Saturday morning with the course open for practice all day.

Racing will get underway from 9am on Sunday.

For more information head to the Official Event Website.

Race Into Spring at the Armidale Leg of The 2016 Evocities MTB Series

Shake off this winter’s wet weather blues and get ready for a weekend of sunny spring adventure when racing continues in the 2016 Evocities MTB Series at Armidale on Sunday, 30 October 2016.

Taking place the same weekend as ‘Day On The Green’ at Peterson’s Winery, the ‘High Hunnit Marathon MTB Race’ promises to deliver a 100km marathon with 50km and 17km options for solos, pairs and teams on a 17km loop.

2016 Evocities MTB Series Coordinator, Tracey Whillock, said the fifth race will feature a fast and flowy loop that all riders will enjoy.

“Most riders will be able to complete six laps in the cross country marathon which begins at the Charleston Willows Recreation Reserve at the Armidale State Forest and is a 17km loop with an elevation of 170 metres per loop,” Ms Whillock said.12402011_534042120084051_2436027451564300736_o

“Around 65 per cent of the loop (11km) is track that has never been raced on, with majority of the race being flowy single track that will take riders across causeways, alongside the riverbank, snaking up hills and dropping to the green.”

“Solos, pairs and teams can take on the 100km race with a 50km option for recreational solos, teams and juniors and a 17km option for recreational solos.”

“It will be a fantastic weekend in Armidale. The track will be open and marked from 9am on Saturday so why not come and practice with a lap or two before heading to ‘Day on the Green’ that afternoon and making a great weekend of it with friends and family.”

“There will be free camping for competitors at Charleston Willows Recreation Area where the race kicks off with set up from 9am Saturday. Throughout the race on Sunday Altitude Coffee Van will be delivering hits of caffeine and Drummond Memorial Public School will run a canteen,” Ms Whillock said.

The Evocities MTB Series is the richest mountain biking series in Australia thanks to the generous support of sponsors including Fairfax Media; QantasLink; Forestry Corporation; NSW Mining; Charles Sturt University; Macquarie and Orange Anglican Grammar Schools; Spinifex Recruiting; Maas Group Properties; and Prime 7.
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Online registrations for the ‘High Hunnit Marathon MTB Race’ can be made at www.evocitiesmtb.com/enterarmidale. To stay up to date with the series, visit www.facebook.com/evocitiesmtb or www.evocitiesmtb.com.

About Evocities:

The Evocities MTB Series is supported by Evocities, a campaign that showcases the abundance of opportunities in seven of NSW’s leading regional cities due to the lower cost of living, stronger career and business prospects and enhanced lifestyle.

The seven Evocities are Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga. Living in an Evocity means less time commuting, working and stressing and more time for you and your family to enjoy NSW’s beautiful natural surrounds.

Video: EWS 8, Stop the Clocks. Finale Ligure Highlights, Italy

Through eight rounds in 2016 the Enduro World Series has taken riders on an epic journey across the globe. With each round a journey within itself, this final round was one of so many stories; retiring legends, new champions, first time winners.29445461333_bff0ea2b5b_h 29778116460_1ed5f477d3_h 29444642374_3fb3299747_h 29445444973_95dce0c139_h 29989040201_0a8c9e1bdc_h 29445459743_8ac19410ce_h29445452913_4699495b12_h 29445451233_b32483855e_h 29444639774_9640f73fec_h

Finale Ligure, a place that has provided so many memorable moments, once again served up a tasty delight to end the season.

Ride the Otway Odyssey in 2017

Entries are now open for Australia’s premier mountain bike marathon, The Otway Odyssey presented by Focus, which is back for an 11th year and sees two new gravel grind races join the line-up in 2017.

The inaugural Great Otway Gravel Grind (The GOGG) will take place on the Sunday with 49km and 97km races following spectacular courses along the 2WD and 4WD dirt roads that criss-cross the Otway rainforest.

The Otway Odyssey MTB courses are well known for their tough climbs and technical trails but with the GOGG joining the line-up the Odyssey now welcomes road riders, cruisers and those looking for a new off-road journey to join the challenge in the Otway Ranges. 

Whether you’re a fan of epic single track, lung busting hills and blitzing descents on your mountain bike or prefer your skinny wheels rolling over traffic-free roads in the rainforest then we welcome you set your sights on the 2017 Otway Odyssey.

It’s set to be one epic weekend.


What is The G.O.G.G?

The Great Otway Gravel Grind (GOGG) 49km and 97km are the newest addition to the suite of off-road events in the Otway Odyssey.

The Otway Ranges surrounding Forrest have a near endless network of quality dirt roads, making for some superb riding on traffic-free roads through the wilderness.screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-00-37-am

GOGG Big Ring 97km

The 97km GOGG Big Ring will take riders on an incredible journey along the 2WD dirt roads through the mighty Otway Ranges to the coast and back again. The course will include plenty of climbing with some sizable ascents but will provide some magical riding through a timeless landscape with tall trees, massive tree ferns and a great sense of journey as you power through the hills.

GOGG Small Ring 49km

The GOGG Small Ring (49km) is a shorter version of the Big Ring, including a similar mix of smooth rolling dirt roads through the Otway rainforest, and plenty of wow-factor riding you don’t get when sticking to the main roads.

The GOGG is designed for all riders on all types of bikes – ridden most comfortably on a gravel grinder or cyclocross bike, they can easily be completed on a road bike as well as mountain bikes and hybrids. screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-01-21-amscreen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-00-15-am screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-00-00-am

The all new GOGG races will make their debut on Sunday 26th February, following on from the action of Saturday’s 100km Odyssey, 50km Shorty and 30km Rookie mountain bike races, and before the Otway Pioneer 10km.

Find out more…


The MTB races

All the action of the Otway Odyssey gets underway on Saturday 25th February with epic races on some of Australia’s best single track in the MTB mecca of Forrest, VIC.

These races are the most well regarded in Australia and provide an incredible MTB experience for any rider – from Australia’s elite to our new-start kids. With a 10 year heritage these are landmark races. screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-01-38-am screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-00-49-am

  • Otway Odyssey 100km
  • Otway Shorty 50km
  • Otway Rookie 30km
  • Otway Pioneer 10km
  • Otway Grommets – fun riding for (little) kids

Find out more…

All races start and finish amidst a huge bike expo and food festival at the Forrest Football Ground.


What the riders say

The Otway Odyssey has continued to be a drawcard for many elite riders, returning stalwarts and everyone in between…Here’s what the rider’s think:

“The Forrest singletrack is amongst the best in Australia and everyone should tick it off their bucket list!” Adrian Jackson, 2010 winner

“This race is a must do if you are even remotely into the marathon racing scene. Even if you’re not you should get it on your list of events to hit up. To date, I have not ridden an event that offers so much varying terrain in one hit. Bitumen road, forest roads, firetrail, unknown overgrown dangerzone singletrack, groomed singletrack and so much more are what is on offer here. It truly tests all of your abilities in one unique condensed course over 100km,” James Downing, 2016screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-59-51-am screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-59-43-am

“The Odyssey is a journey race, you ride through so much different terrain and it’s all magic with some pretty sensational single track to numb the pain!” Jess Douglas 10-time Odyssey rider

“I love returning to the Otway Odyssey each year for the stunning location, quality trails and the friendly vibe out on course but above all it’s the challenge of completing one of the toughest marathon races on the calendar. I do lots of races each year but when you roll up to the start line of the Giant Odyssey you know you’re in for an adventure!” Neville Bird, 10x 100km finisher

“I return because it is such a big time race in my world. It has all things amplified; the steepness of the climbs, the radness of the descents, the depth of the field and the awesome vibe that Forrest has over that weekend. It rocks.” Jason Archer, 10x 100km finisher 

Read more…


Do both events?

And claim The King / Queen of the Otways crown

There’s no shortage of prizes on offer at the Otway Odyssey with $3,700 up for grabs in the GOGG and over $7,000 for the MTB races, including a swag of cash prizes for timed climbs and descents. CLICK HERE to find out more.

The inaugural King / Queen of the Otways will be awarded to the overall male or female who has the fastest combined time for the 100km MTB Otway Odyssey on Saturday and the 97km GOGG Big Ring race on Sunday.

Riders entering both GOGG and MTB events receive 20% off the combined entry fees – so dare your friends and sign up for this epic challenge!


And for the kids…

There’s no way we would let the kids miss out on their slice of the action, so there is two special events for young riders. Why not make it a weekend for the whole family?

10KM PIONEER

A fun event designed for young mountain bikers, to give them a taste of the action.

The Otway Pioneer is designed for kids and junior riders and will provide you with a taste of the thrills and spills of this fantastic sport. The course includes a steady mix of 4WD tracks, swooping single track, rainforest, roads and country scenery. It’s a loop that gives kids the chance to develop their riding skills and non riders the chance to have a bit of fun.screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-59-35-am screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-01-05-am

GROMMETS

A fun ride and activities for little kids on pedal bikes and balance bikes at the Event Expo area at the Forrest Footy Ground (best for kids aged 3-8yrs)

The Grommets Ride features a range of activities for kids including bike limbo, slow races, ride the plank and more, and is based around fun and not competition.


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Cannonball MTB Festival 2016 – Entries now Open.

The richest and most exciting event on the Australian mountain bike calendar, the Thredbo Cannonball Festival, is back with a fresh line-up of events and entertainment plus a massive prize purse of $50,000 up for grabs.

The mountain will be alight from 8-11 December, 2016 as amateurs, rising stars and the world’s best descend on Thredbo for four days of non-stop gravity action. Thredbo, will play host to five major events highlighting the array of terrain on offer throughout the Thredbo Mountain Bike Park, bring it on!

Registration is now open for the event – click here to visit the website and register now. Save 15% off your entry fees when you enter before midnight October 31st and online registration closes 6pm Wednesday December 7th 2016.

This is set to be a huge weekend filled with action both on and off the mountain with incredible biking over the four action packed days and an awesome line-up of DJ’s and live music firing up the village all weekend long.

Enduro Racing Comes to the Mornington Peninsula

Mountain biking on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has achieved a significant milestone with the first ever race conducted on trails constructed within the Arthurs Seat State Park.

Organised and promoted by the Red Hill Mountain Bike Club, the Red Hill Gravity Enduro was conducted on the weekend of September 24-25.

A full field of 190 riders ranging from juniors to international level elites competed for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes over a six stage course on trails built by the Red Hill Riders.

Mornington Peninsula is a stunning spot for a race.
Mornington Peninsula is a stunning spot for a race.

The winner of Men’s Elite was Melbourne-based New Zealander Shannon Hewetson, who completed the six stages in 17 minutes and 23.14 seconds and won $1000 in the process.

However, Hewetson’s overall time out on the tracks was more than three hours as the riders had to also climb 1100 metres in the six stages that linked each of the competitive stages.

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The winner of Women’s Elite was Dora Bettridge from Glen Waverley, taking top spot on the podium in a time of 24 minutes 45.53 seconds and less than a minute back was Lyndsay McAlpine.

“The riders had a great time, the organisation worked smoothly and there is no doubt we have learned a lot,” said Red Hill Riders president Mark Gardner.

“Considering we formed the club nine years ago with the dream of one day having dedicated trails and a venue capable of hosting high quality racing as well as recreational riding, this event was a big achievement.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the co-operation of the Parks Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula Shire, so we extend a big thanks to them.

“We also need to gratefully acknowledge the sponsors which made the event possible; Canyon bicycles, Shimano bicycle components, Continental tyres, local bike shop Chain Brain, DT Swiss wheels and Hill View quarries.”

Gardner said the mountain bike park had the potential to further boost the Mornington Peninsula’s as a tourism region.

“We had riders come from Melbourne, country Victoria and even some from interstate,” he said. “We know plenty stayed for the weekend and that’s great for the wider local economy.

The venue is one hour from Melbourne, five minutes from freeway access and at the heart of a tourism region that offers plenty of attractions once the riding is done for the day.

“Now that we have successfully got underway, the next step is to conduct another event,” confirmed Gardner. “We’re already looking forward to it and we’re sure plenty of riders are too.”

Falls Creek Is Gearing Up For An Epic Summer

Despite snow still in the forecast this week and record winter visitation, Falls Creek focus has turned to spring and summer activities.

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Over the last 4 years, Falls Creek has been developing single track mountain bike trails. On Saturday, 19th November the trails are set to double with stage 4 official opening to riders. Blue Dirt will be hosting the inaugural ‘Ignition’ weekend of fun with demo bikes, drift bikes, guided tours, shuttles and a beer hall to entertain everyone. They will also be operating vehicle shuttle services, bike hire, skill clinics every weekend for the entire summer. 

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“During the peak holiday period, from 26th December, Blue Dirt, will be operating every day for the month” says Falls Creek Resort Management Marketing & Communications Manager, Jo Prothero.  “Last summer saw a big increase in riders so we are looking forward to continuing that trend this summer with the opening of several beginner trails and the epic Flowtown trail connecting the Summit all the way to Howman’s Gap.” 

In addition to mountain bike riding, visitors can enjoy road cycling, trail running, kayaking and hiking, to name a few activities.  The kids will be entertained throughout January with a daily kid’s club, including activities such as fishing, nature walks, cooking and games.   img_8138 img_8147
Collingwood Football Club will return for the third time this November to put their players through a training camp utilising the resorts many natural attributes, which is a testament to what is on offer at home rather than travelling overseas.   The Australian junior cross country team will also host a dry land camp in November.  

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Events play a big part on the calendar and commence in November. The resort comes to life with visitors’ taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and unique natural surroundings.  We are biased but can’t think of a better way to avoid the crowds at the beach this summer. 


WHAT & WHEN

  • 19th & 20th November 2016     Official opening of stage 4 NEW Mountain Biking Trails and inaugural Ignition
  • 26th & 27th November 2016    Alpine Challenge Ultra Trail run
  • 24th December 2015                 Village Christmas Carols
  • 26th December 2015 – 8th January 2017               Athletes weekly program
  • 28th January 2017                    Dragon Boat Regatta
  • 3rd February 2017                    Jayco Herald Sun – Start of stage 3
  • 11th & 12th February 2017      Mountain Raid Adventure Race & Trail Run
  • 12th March 2017                       Peaks Challenge Falls Creek & Junior Peaks
  • 31st March 2017                       Regional Longest Lunch
  • 14-16th April 2017                    Falls Creek Easter Festival & Hedonistic Hiking Weekend
  • 23rd April 2017                         Mountain bike closing weekend
  • 25th April 2017                         Anzac Dawn Service
  • 6th May 2017                            High Country Harvest Bonfire

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