Buchanan received the prestigious award ahead of fellow nominees, world champion downhill bronze medallist Tracey Hannah (QLD) and world championship Trials silver medallist Janine Jungfels (QLD).
The Canberra rider clinched her fourth Four-Cross World Championship title in Italy in September adding to the bronze she won in the dual slalom at Sea Otter 2016.
“It was a bitter sweet year for me. To bounce back like I did the rainbow jersey means a lot especially being in this room tonight,” Buchanan said.
English was awarded the male equivalent in a tough field, which included downhiller Troy Brosnan (SA) who claimed six top ten finishes on the world cup circuit and Sam Hill (WA) who won a round of the Enduro World Series and finished second in two others.
The Port Macquarie teacher won the 2016 World Solo 24hr title for the seventh consecutive time, a record unmatched by any rider in the history of the sport.
“It takes a lot to get this far and I couldn’t do it without my family supporting me so it means a lot,” he said.
After a 2016 which saw him claim silver in the junior men downhill at the Australian Championships in March, and a bronze medal at the Fort William round of the world cup circuit Jackson Frew (ACT) was named the MTB Junior Male Rider of the year.
“My very high personal expectations weren’t met this year, but that’s the way it is in this sport and it is certainly an honour to be sitting in this room with such amazing names.”
Fellow nominees were Remy Morton (QLD) and Joshua Clark (NSW).
Sian A’Hern (ACT) along with Sarah I’Ons (NSW) and Ruby Wilson (ACT) were nominated in the Junior MTB Female category, and it was the downhiller A’Hern who took home the award after a season which saw her win the junior women’s world cup as well as the national championship and series.
“Definitely learnt a lot this year and had amazing experiences and feeling more hungry and motivated more than ever.”
In the Masters MTB Categories, Sharon Heap (QLD) was honoured with the female award for her world championship cross country win in Italy, while Jason Archer (VIC) claimed the male award after he took out the world championship title in the Solo 24hr Masters 40-44 category in New Zealand.
“Massive honour, and to be recognised for mountain biking in a room full of epic people is awesome,” Archer remarked.
“I’m pretty excited and I’ve been chasing this award for three years and now I’ve finally cracked it,” an emotional Heap said.
Mary Daubert (nee Grigson) was also inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame, becoming the first mountain biker to be honoured.
Daubert, who lives in the United State and was unable to attend the ceremony, is still the only Australian female to have won an elite cross-country world cup race.
After a head-to-head battle with Canadian Cory Wallace, Jason English took a narrow win at the WEMBO 24 hour Solo World Championships in Rotorua.
At the same time, the Australian created history. His 7th title broke the record of Chris Eatough, another legend of international endurance mountain biking. English felt he just had a bit more more mongrel that Wallace.
An emotional Liz Smith made it an Aussie double winning her first women’s world title.
For many in the multi-national field it was more about finishing than winning.
See how the 24 hours played out.
Produced by EIVOMEDIA, Nduro Events and the Rotorua Bike Festival.
Yet another win for Jason English over the weekend at the 24 hour Nduro over the weekend in Rotorua.
A fine achievement by an incredible rider, but the story of the weekend is Rotorua local Lance Tavinor’s amazing effort to raise money for Kidney Health New Zealand.
Hero. Legend. Brother.
Rotorua mountain biker, Lance Tavinor was all those things and more when he took on the solo category in the 24 hours of Nduro in the Whakarewarewa Forest over the weekend.
With $5 from every entry going to Kidney Health New Zealand, he was riding for a cause close to his heart.
His older brother, Grant, is ill with kidney disease. Lance is undergoing rigorous testing to see if he is a suitable donor.
He also put himself through one of the most challenging tests for a mountain biker, when he started the Nduro at midday on Saturday.
“He went out a little fast with his race face on at the start,” said his pit crew boss, Benny Devcich who works with him at local bike shop, Cyclezone. “But he settled into a good rhythm as night fell.”
The weather and riding conditions were perfect. After one of the driest and hottest Januarys on record, there was rain on Friday night and the race started in a refreshing drizzle.
Lance was still going strong as dawn broke on Sunday morning.
He passed the 300-kilometre mark on the demanding 14-kilometre course as the clock ticked down to midday.
At the same time, multiple 24 Hour Solo world champion, Jason English, from Australia confirmed his favouritism to win the men’s race, with the New Zealand title going to David Rae in second place.
Another Australian, Liz Smith, was first over the line in the hard-fought women’s category with Kiwi, Anja McDonald, riding a brilliant race to take the women’s title.
Then the focus turned to Lance’s last lap. He was cheered on his way by a big crowd of supporters and arrived back to an even bigger round of applause. “I had to ride that last lap upright,” he said as he enjoyed a post-race beer. “My back was so sore I couldn’t lean in to the handlebars.” He took a long swig and then held out his hands. They were bruised and calloused. “Sleep next,” he added with his trademark grin.
He was cheered on his way by a big crowd of supporters and arrived back to an even bigger round of applause.
“I had to ride that last lap upright,” he said as he enjoyed a post-race beer. “My back was so sore I couldn’t lean in to the handlebars.”
He took a long swig and then held out his hands. They were bruised and calloused.
“Sleep next,” he added with his trademark grin.
“If there was a Spirit of Rotorua Mountain Biking award, Lance would be a front row contender,” said Rotorua Bike Festival event coordinator, Martin Croft. He was there to watch the end of the race, which was a dress rehearsal for the WEMBO 24 Hour Solo World Championships.
This will be one of the feature events at the 2016 Bike Festival.
This year’s festival launches on Friday February 15 and Lance will be there.
“I’ll see how the recovery goes,” he said. “It’s a great time to be in Rotorua at Festival time, with all sort of events to enter or watch.”
Last year, he channelled Elvis at the Bike Speedway in front of Rotorua’s historic Museum and Art Gallery.
“I might have to just sit in a chair and spectate this year,” he added with a grimace.
Fundraising for the Tavinors and Kidney Health New Zealand continues in April at the New Zealand Singlespeed Championships – very special 100th anniversary Anzac edition.
The seventh JetBlack 24 Hour mountain bike endurance event was held at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan in Sydney on the weekend. For the first time, the JetBlack 24 Hour also hosted the official Australian 24 Hour Solo National Championships and Jason English from Port Macquarie (NSW) defended his title in the men’s overall. Victoria’s cross-country racer Tory Thomas re-claimed the women’s title after a victory in 2004 again at Mt Annan.
Event promoters from Rocky Trail Entertainment gathered close to 400 competitors and over 300 supporters and event crews to one of the most iconic cycling events in Sydney. The JetBlack 24 Hour this year also hosted the official Australian 24 Hour Solo National Championships. Almost one fifth of the field competed in the race for the official national titles and in the men’s the big race favourite confirmed his dominance in the sport. The five-time 24 Hour Solo World Champion Jason English from Port Macquarie claimed the national title for the seventh time in a row on the popular 9.8km track that included some brand-new sections, which were launched right in time for the event.
“The last time I raced here was in 2011 and since then the track has changed a lot. It’s longer, has a lot more great features that are fun to ride and in a 24-hour race that keeps you on your toes. I have to admit that it was a very tough day out and looking at how it unfolded it could have been anyone’s race. I’m very happy to win number seven!” exclaimed an ecstatic English. Race conditions had been tough with temperatures climbing into the low thirties and the competition for the green and gold jersey of the overall solo winner was fierce.
Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle was one of the strongest contenders early on and eventually won his 23-29 age group title. Sam Moffitt and David Speering from Canberra came in second and third overall after 24 hours of racing and Michael Timp from the Central Coast’s Noraville in NSW claimed fourth. Kevin Pullen from South Australia was fifth.
Interstate riders flock to Mt Annan
Almost 50 riders from interstate competed in the JetBlack 24 Hour event – the Commonwealth Games racer Tory Thomas from Victoria took out the women’s 24 Hour solo national title and with 33 completed laps phenomenally claimed the fifth overall place in the entire solo field. Thomas last had won the coveted title in 2004 and spoke of her history in the sport.
“It’s great! I guess my 24hr career ended against my choice in 2005, I was hit by a car and so I took up cross-country racing but I just wanted one more crack”.
Liz Smith from Wollongong proofed to be Tory Thomas’ strongest competitor and attacked her fiercely in the early morning hours of the Sunday. Tory’s determination was unbeatable and Smith couldn’t bridge the gap, finishing in second overall and winning her age group title.
“To come second behind Tory Thomas who has collected so many accolades in her racing career so far makes me proud and I am satisfied with my result”, said Smith who plans to ramp up her endurance training to compete in a 24 Hour Solo World Championship event in the future.
With Meredith Quinlan, Wendy Stevenson and Briony Mattocks three regulars at Rocky Trail races from Sydney’s Northern Suburbs and national title winners in their respective age groups completed the top-five female podium.
Team and social 6+6H categories are popular at Mt Annan
Almost half of the entire racing field had competed in sub-categories, which provided participants with a break overnight between six pm and six am.“We find that these 6+6-hour categories are a great introduction into 24-hour racing and they are popular with racers across the board: from endurance riders who prefer not to race at night to juniors and groups of friends and couples”, said Race Director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail Entertainment.
The overall race win for the team with the most completed laps in the JetBlack 24 Hours race went to the Pedal4Pierce Onya Bike team from Canberra. A team of six riders clocked in 44 laps in just over 24 hours and took out the line honours of the event.
Australia’s Jason English (NSW) has won the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation (WEMBO) Solo 24 Hour Championship title for the fifth consecutive time over the weekend in Fort William, Scotland.
There are few, if any challenges in sport more difficult than racing a mountain bike over tough terrain for 24 hours, and English is without doubt the premier athlete for the sport on the planet.
Racing up against competitors from over 25 countries, English went with his tried-and-true formula of staying with his competition for the first half of the race and then pulling away to build a lead in the dark hours overnight.
He would carry this gap on to complete another outstanding win in an amazing career, racing 26 laps of the tough course for a total ride distance of 348.4 kilometres.
Australia also took the gold in the Men’s Single Speed category, with Brett Bellchambers (ACT) winning, completing 24 laps in the 24 hours while riding a bike with only a single gear.
The Oceania region can claim dominance in the sport with Kim Hurst (NZ) taking out the Elite Female title.
English has a punishing campaign of events each year and will now carry his always excellent form into his defence of the Australian title in Mt Annan, NSW on November 29 & 30.
Port Macquarie’s 24 Hour Solo MTB World Champion remains the JetBlack 12 Hour elite champion after claiming the title for the fifth time in a row at the event held at the James Estate Winery on the weekend.
Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle was second ahead of Michal Kafka from Sydney. The fastest woman overall was master winner Meredith Quinlan ahead of elite female winner Wendy Stevenson. It was the first time the long-standing endurance event had been held at the unique venue in the Upper Hunter Valley.
The goodness of the mountain bike trail at the James Estate Winery had been the talk of the endurance racing industry since the first Rocky Trail event there last year. But now, at the latest, it is clear that they have established themselves firmly on the map of Australian cycling destinations. For the first time the 11 km track with its combination of fun singletracks and fire trails with magnificent views of the winery and the Upper Hunter Valley was the venue for one of Rocky Trail’s major events, the JetBlack 12 Hour race.
Almost 400 competitors and more than 200 spectators were part of the event, which predictably saw Jason English race towards his fifth consecutive JetBlack 12 Hour elite solo title. Challenged by some of the best endurance mountain bikers in NSW and ACT, it had been the first race for the 24 Hour Solo MTB World Champion at James Estate. “All I can say is that I’m surprised”, said English during the prize ceremony after completing 22 laps in just over 12 hours. “I hadn’t expected a race track of such a high standard. It’s just perfect for lap racing with a good mix of technical singletrack and when you ride through the vineyards and even past the wine storage tanks, it’s very unique”, he added.
Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle, runner up in the elite 24 H Solo MTB World Championships last year, came in second behind Jason English with one lap down and a good half hour ahead of Quantum Racing team mate Michal Kafka from Sydney.
Notably, Singlespeed legend Brett Bellchambers from Canberra also claimed his fifth consecutive solo win in that division.
Magellan duo takes out line honours
Sydney-siders Paris Basson and James Lamb from Magellan Racing dominated the overall field all day and were the only team to complete 23 laps in the elite pairs division, taking the line honours. “I’ve been racing almost every Rocky Trail event this year and they just keep getting better”, said Paris Basson. “The atmosphere is just phenomenal! We heard the music on most parts of the track and the event centre was so well arranged, great food, great company – an awesome weekend out!” Team mate and solo endurance racer James Lamb agreed, “This was one of the best races I’ve ever been to. And this team racing thing is quite a challenge, man, you push each other to race as hard as you can, it’s actually tougher that I thought it would be.”
Another solo legend who found a taste for team racing at the start was Craig Gordon from Wollongong, who competed successfully for JetBlack’s BH Racing Team and took out the Team 4 Male Elite win. “I enjoy the group dynamic of team racing, we’re a good bunch of mates and I think you go even harder for that common goal – I’m happy about our win today”, the former 24 Hour Solo World Champion said.
Tough battle for overall female title
The elite and master female fields saw veteran women at the start line as well as 12-hour solo first-timers. As the day progressed, a battle between 49-year old elite racer Wendy Stevenson and the 42-year old Meredith Quinlan who competed in her age group (masters) erupted, which had spectators on the edge of their seats until the last lap. Stevenson had six minutes on Quinlan with an hour to go and was overtaken on the second-last lap. Quinlan dug deep and completed 17 laps, which was one more lap than Stevenson, who still claimed the elite women’s title of the day. Novocastrian Sue Pretto was the elite women’s second ahead of Alyssa Glyde from Canberra.
JetBlack 12 Hour to return to James Estate in July 2015
Mayor Martin Rush welcomed the event to be held in the Upper Hunter Valley, as he greeted the riders ahead of the race start, “It’s fantastic to see so many visitors to our region and hope that this event has found its new home at James Estate!”
Wine maker and trail builder Graeme Scott from James Estate and Race Director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail agreed, “This is an ideal venue for the JetBlack 12 Hour race, we’re looking forward to seeing it grow and prosper in the coming years and to bringing more and more mountain bikers and their families into the region.”
The trails at James Estate are open for social riding all year and the trail head is located right next to the Cellar Door at Baerami.
Merriman and English win race elite titles, Richardson takes over series lead at Ourimbah
Four-time World Enduro Motor Cross Champion Stefan Merriman took out the four-hour Elite Men’s race at the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix (MTB GP) near Wyong on the weekend, winning against series leader Paris Basson. With 14 completed laps Jason English won the seven-hour competition ahead of Andrew Lloyd and Max Richardson from Wamberal, who takes over the reigns as new series leader in that division. In the women’s competition, Lana Moy further increases her series lead in the four-hour event, whilst Kirby Knowles held onto her seven-hour series lead finishing second behind a dominant Laura Renshaw, the Elite Women’s winner of round three.
The depth of field was impressive as almost 350 riders gathered at the start line at Ourimbah MTB Park for the third round of the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Series. Multiple National Champions and the 24-Hour World Champion Jason English were at the start line, as well as one of Australia’s biggest names in motor cross racing: Stefan Merriman. After a win in the 40+ master category in round one with Rocky Trail earlier this year at Awaba, the 41-year old from Port Stephens showed that his talent for two-wheeled sports also extends into mountain biking and won in the elite male category with 8 laps completed in 4:01:13, putting none other than series leader Paris Basson in second ahead of Qantum racer Michal Kafka who came third.
The race track at Ourimbah MTB Park was just over 10 km long and regarded as the toughest one in the series yet. With its fast descents, tight corners and rocky climbs it is under the guard of the Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club and one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular mountain bike trail networks.
Richardson new local series leader
The new SHIMANO MTB GP series leader in the seven hour competition is Max Richardson. With 13 laps in 7:09:27 the 21-year old from Wamberal claimed the third place behind Quantum Racer Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle and race winner Jason English, the multiple 24-Hour Solo World Champion from Port Macquarie and only solo racer who completed 14 laps on the day.
“This was a tough and long lap – with such a huge field the guys from Rocky Trail included a lot of sections we don’t normally race to increase the length to over 10km. That played with my legs and with my head – I wasn’t used to it,” said Max Richardson who was happy that his top-placing on his home track resulted in the series lead.
In second, by 26 points is Newcastle’s up and coming mountain bike marathon and endurance racer, Andrew Lloyd. Right from the start he was in for a tight battle with Jason English who was able to break away towards the end, taking on the challenge from his student Billy Sewell and team mate Tristan Ward for the overall race win and line-honours. “For English to hang onto us as a two-man team is just phenomenal”, said National World Cup team racer Ward, who secured the overall race win at Ourimbah for his team on the last lap.
In the women’s seven hour race Laura Renshaw from Newcastle won the Elite category and the overall women’s line honours went to Meredith Quinlan from Sydney who completed 10 laps in 7:20:36 and won the master category.
The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix round will take the Rocky Trail racers to The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan near Campbelltown on 9 August 2014. The next cross-country endurance race by Rocky Trail will be held at James Estate Winery with the JetBlack 12 Hour race on 12 July in the Upper Hunter Valley.
The opening round of the Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series has been widely heralded as a fantastic success. The planets aligned with perfect weather, a sublime course and a high quality field including the current Solo 24 Hour MTB World Champion Jason English.
Round 1 would also unveil plenty of new initiatives for the 2014 season with Finish Line now the headline sponsor of the series, 4 Hour solo racing categories added, and the launch of the Chocolate Foot Women’s development team.
Since the last Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series event at Taree in 2013, the word has spread about the brilliantly built and magnificently maintained trails of the Manning-Great Lakes Tip Riders Club. Competitors arrived back to the transition zone with massive smiles after each and every lap, many saying that this was the finest track they’d ever raced on.
The buffed and flowing course would also make the perfect backdrop for an epic battle in the Solo Open Men category between Solo 24 Hour World Champion Jason English, 2012 series Champion Ed McDonald and 2013 series champion Andrew Lloyd. With an impressive leadout off the start from team mate Jack Lavis, McDonald was 2nd into the singletrack with Lloyd and English needing to bridge across to the Trek Racing duo. By the 2nd lap Lloyd and McDonald were riding together but nervously checking over their shoulders for the almost inevitable sight of English, who would then join them on lap 3. Up until lap 12, McDonald would try to shake English but without sucess, while Lloyd backed off the pace hoping the others would crack. When English’s customary late race surge came on there was little McDonald could do to match him. Jack Lavis went on to win the 4hr Solo Men category while Melissa Nuttall took the 4hr Solo Women’s title.
In the Women’s Solo category, dual round winner in 2013, Eliza Kwan continued her winning ways as she led from start to finish over 2013 series champion Liz Smith. While Sydney’s Wendy Stevenson could have been racing Super Masters category, she’s decided to challenge herself for the 2014 season, racing in Open and she rounded out the podium against a quality field.
The fastest lap times of the day were recorded by riders of the winning teams in the 3’s categories. John Odams and his POC/Bikeculture crew won the Male 3’s while Odams grabbed bragging rights with a lap of 24.51 and Australian Under 23 XCO Champion Holly Harris recorded a string of great laps including a 27.29 to drive her team to victory in the Mixed Threes.
Chocolate Foot’s new women’s development team didn’t disappoint on debut with every member achieving a top of the podium result with wins in the Female Threes, Female Pairs and the 4 Hour solo category. The women selected for the team have come from a wide variety of sporting backgrounds and for some it was their first ever MTB race making their results and lap times all the more remarkable.
The Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series moves to an entirely different style of course at Mogo on the NSW South Coast for the 15th of June. Some liken the course to that of a Gravity Enduro, with relatively mild climbs followed by two fast and epic descents per lap including the legendary Snake Track! This will be a must do event for any mountain biker!
Chocolate Foot would like to thank their incredibly generous sponsors, Finish Line, Serfas, Deuter, Bellwether, SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Truvativ, Hammer Nutrition, Rockpool Graphics, James Estate, Cycology, Ventou, Aussie Butt Cream, Cycle Studio, Kobie International, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, Ritchey and Grimm-Hewitt art.
24-hour world champion Jason English (NSW) and Irish national champion Jenny Fay claimed the Tablelands Classic, the fourth round of the Real Insurance Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Series, on a wet and muddy day in the forested Atherton Tablelands.
English overcame Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace for the top spot on the elite male podium, while Jeff Rubach (QLD) finished third.
“The conditions out there were unbelievable. I have never run out of brake pads before in a race and halfway through this race I was slipping and sliding all over the place. It was a balance between trying to push the limit, push the boundary, push the tyres and see what you can do to keep this gap whilst trying to stay upright.”
In the elite women’s race, Fay built on a dominant lead after Australian Marathon Champion Melissa Anset (VIC) suffered a flat tyre on the first lap. Sarah Riley (VIC) claimed second place with Anset recovering to round out the podium. The result leaves the Irish and Australian XCM champions with two wins each as the final round in the series approaches.
“I’m doing the European marathon champs in Ireland in June so this was a good test to see how I rolled over mud. I just need to change my tyres but other than that there is nothing much you can do. It’s just about being smooth and relaxed and capitalising on the drier sections when you can and keeping it conservative in the muddy sections.”
The Tablelands Classic is just the start of an action packed long weekend of mountain biking in Far North Queensland, with the downhill qualifying and cross country eliminator finals kicking off the racing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at the Smithfield Regional Park near Cairns today.
The World Cup event thinned the elite male field at Atherton, with Australian XCM Champion Andrew Blair and teammate Shaun Lewis, who came second in the National XCM Championships, skipping the Tablelands Classic to focus on the World Cup Cross Country Olympic (XCO) event instead.
Not all riders have been as selective this weekend, with today’s podium finishers Riley and Wallace electing to back up today’s race and take on the World Cup Cross Country course in the Smithfield Rainforest this Sunday.
A minute of silence was observed before the Atherton race where over 140 riders took to the course, all wearing commemorative ribbons for ANZAC day.
Some took on the full marathon, racing three laps of the course (66 kilometres), while those completing the half marathon covered 44 kilometres (two laps).
The course delivered plenty of single-track, traverses, bushland, rainforest and grasslands and in better weather conditions picturesque climbs and flowing descents, with the challenging conditions forcing many riders to abandon before the finish.
The Real Insurance series concludes on May 3 with the Convict 100 in St Albans, NSW.
The Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro NSW State Series Powered by Flow Mountain Bike will kick off on Monday, 27th January and organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment have just confirmed that the current 24 Hour Solo World Champion Jason English will be at the start of at Ourimbah MTB Park near Wyong.
On new terrain in the gravity enduro scene, English will be up against the reigning NSW State Series Champion, Jon Odams from Sydney as well as the local rider Brad Kelly, the winner of last year’s Rollercoaster race at the popular venue on the Central Coast.
“I’ve been following the new gravity enduro format that Rocky Trail has been running in NSW over the past year and am excited to give it a go”, said Jason English for whom it will be a new type of racing event. The ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete from Port Macquarie has been dominating Australian marathon and cross-country endurance events over the past few years and said that he was curious about the new format that has taken the Australian mountain bike racing scene by storm. Event promoters Rocky Trail Entertainment were one of the first to host gravity enduro events in 2012, adapting the popular European and American racing concept for the local terrains. In Australian gravity enduro events the times of two to three race tracks add up to 15-20 minutes and are dominated by technical descents and short pinch climbs with neutral rides or shuttles to the starts in between.
Race director Martin Wisata said that the format had been attracting both downhill and cross-country racers and that he expected the Ourimbah venue to sell out by the weekend, “We have limited the rider number to about 200 to cater for the local track set up and logistics. The track conditions are ideal right now and it will take an all-rounder of a mountain biker to take out the fastest time on this track.” Wisata added that there would be two timed race tracks and that he expected a wide variety of racers at the event, including juniors and female riders. “We have strong male and female elite fields and also the age categories have been very popular. A lot of mates enjoy the ‘pure mountain biking element’ of this type of racing – it’s about a day out on the bikes together and the added competitive challenge of the timed runs.”
The hosting club for this Round 1 will be the Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club and with Brad Kelly from Watanobbi they have a local downhill favourite on the start line. The 36-year old is one of the regular builders and custodians of the Ourimbah trails he is expected to dominate on his home track. Among the elite riders he will have strong competition from the reigning Gravity Enduro NSW State Series Champion and cross-country whippet, 31-year old Jon Odams from Sans Souci.
Australia’s double 24H Solo World Champion Jason English has confirmed that he will race at the Rocky Trail 100 endurance mountain biking event at Stromlo Forest Park this Sunday, 10 February. It will be the first appearance back on the competitive racing scene by English after a collar bone injury and he is expected to return with a vengeance.
Rumours in the mountain bike racing industry have been going around that over summer Jason English had picked up a more stringent and tough training regime that ever before after his collar bone fracture in October last year. English confirmed to race the 100 miler distance in a field of not more than a dozen competitors who are prepared to take on that challenge.
“The Rocky Trail crew will put together an awesome course at Stromlo and it will be brutal. But I’m ready to put my shoulder and my new bike to the test”, said Jason English. It will not be for the faint of heart – to race the 33 km circuit, which will feature mostly tight and gnarly singletrails, for a total of five times it will require not only outstanding stamina but also immense willpower of the riders.
One of his biggest contestants will be Andrew Hall from Canberra, who came in second in the event last year, right behind fellow local rider Ed McDonald. The 100 miler champion from 2012 hasn’t confirmed his participation as yet.
The 100 miler racers will start at 5am, which will reward them with a scenic morning lap at Mount Stromlo on an expected hot race day. Further challenges will include the 100 and 66 km races, which will include three and 2 laps respectively of the 33 km monster circuit. An introductory one-lap challenge, including junior categories, will be offered also.
News has come in that Jason English was injured after being struck by a car during stage two of the Crocodile Trophy. It also appears that Cory Wallace was very lucky to escape injury in the same incident.
“Of the chasers English was thought to be the strongest and as had Fojtik crossed the finish line, all eyes were on the tree line, looking for English and his Australian leader’s jersey. Instead, Rybarik charged into the event centre and across the line with a 7.58 gap and reported an accident on the last kilometres involving English and Wallace. Apparently in a narrow section of the already sealed road as they came towards the Lake Tinaroo campsite, a car coming towards Kauri Creek, struck Jason English and also Cory Wallace only escaped narrowly of being hit by riding off the road. Jason English was conscious and able to stand up and Wallace raced towards the finish to alarm the Croc Trophy medical crew who brought Jason English and his bike with a cracked top tube back into the event centre.
We are happy to report that Jason English is in good spirits and was sent to the nearby Atherton Hospital to get his shoulder x-rayed. A first diagnosis is a fractured left collar bone and Jason won’t be starting at stage 3 tomorrow. The whole Croc camp wishes him well and a speedy recovery.”