10 Aug 2018

The good times keep rolling for Team Giant-Shimano at Reef to Reef MTB, the powerhouse pair of Jon Odams and Brendan Johnston still in the lead after day 2. Here's Jonny O's rundown of the day.

Car Tetris.

545am – Breakfast and packing the car straight up. The standard game of car Tetris gets in full swing. A cup of instant and we are on the way (a little behind schedule).

Race faces, but no warm up.

730am – We arrive at the race HQ for the day at Davies Mountain Bike park. Kit up and intend to do a warm up. Unfortunately we cut things a little too fine and we are straight into the start area.

8am – The start keg is banged and the race is on. Some smooth but undulating fire road  takes the race through the first half hour with a couple of creek crossings to cool off.

Briony Mattocks getting loosened up.

10am – We finish on some great singletrack sections through some ant hills. and get the stage win after riding smoothly and pacing well. This was a really enjoyable stage.

Port Douglas, here we come. Lock up your poppers.

11am – Post race interviews completed and warm down underway. Brendan goes for a long road spin and I opt for a short spin and a dip in the creek. I think all mountain bike parks should install a crystal clear watered creek for post ride relaxation. Good vibes.

12pm – Stage presentation. Car Tetris round 2.

Ah, that’s better.

1pm – The all important message to my lovely wife to let her know I am in one piece and we got the win. full tourist mode switched on at Kuranda. Burgers and thick shakes to make me feel human again. Amazing t-shirt selection I might add.

139pm – we are on the way to Port Douglas and tonight’s accomodation. Education session on electric ants after a road signs suggests we should not spread them around. They don’t like tortoises by the way.

Hello Port Douglas!

3pm – Arrive at port Douglas. Hotel score is a ten. Bike wash completed in prompt fashion to get into the pool.

5pm – Pool side review of the days stage complete aided by a few cc’s and a whole lot of laughs discussing training and other important topics.

This is racing?

6pm – dinner time with the race crew at Hemmingsway brewery Port Douglas. Good chat with team Shippy / Moderate and Team Fox and Raccoon.


730pm – Ice cream stop on the way home and it’s time to put the legs up and catch up with my wife Alyce about home life.