Singletrack Mind Series

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The Chocolate Wrapper - 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series Round 2 Event Report

Dear Singletrackers

We've been looking forward to sending the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series to the famed trails of Kowen for ages and it looks like you all did too. The day featured 325 beaming smiles as well as some absolutely crackin' racing! Despite the chilly start it was a really great day out!

The event also featured the biggest line up of sponsor displays and services with SRAM, Giant, Hammer Nutrition, Zerofive Custom Sportswear, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, Muc-Off, Jimmy Jack Wines, Frameskin and Cycology showing their fine wares or fixing bikes. Giant's demo bikes were especially popular!

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And talking of popular, how cool was it to have everyone’s favourite rubbery friend Gumby at the race? We thought he was only into riding ponies but it looks like he's made the switch to mountain bikes, and about time too! Befriend Gumby on Facebook and ask him really nicely to come to all the rounds: https://www.facebook.com/gu.my.792

While it was mostly ‘hero dirt’ out there in Kowen Forest there were a few slippery bits early on which saw St John Ambulance attending to a few grazes. Murray Mackne of the all-conquering Stevens Bikes mixed threes team took it up a few notches though as he lost his grip of the bars going into a corner, flew off the top of the berm and landed head first some metres into the forest. After feeling a tingling sensation in his hands he had the presence of mind to just stay put while lots of you great people assisted him and made him comfortable, notable mentions to Bethany Thompson, Gary Theiss and especially Andrew Kemp who stayed out on track with Murray until he was safely loaded up into the Ambulance. We spoke to Murray, and he's OK and out of hospital but will be sporting a very fetching neck brace for the next 6 weeks. Murray is a great supporter of the Series and also a kind and generous bloke as he donated the Merida bike that he won with us last year to a promising junior rider who was racing on it for the first time at Kowen. We wish him a speedy recovery – he said he's already making plans to be at the Nowra round!

Congratulations to all the category winners and place getters for your incredible efforts, who walked away with over $12,000 in cash and prizes from our fantastic sponsors SRAM, Avid, RockShox, Truvativ, Serfas, Giant, Cycology, Hammer Nutrition, Jimmy Jack wine, Aussie Butt Cream, Kenda, Frameskin, Mountain Biking Australia magazine and Muc-Off! Congratulations also to Lydia Cupitt who walked away with a $1500 voucher from Giant, and to Narelle Jenkins who was very excited to win the SRAM RISE wheelset worth $750. With the biggest representation of women ever at our events it was fitting that two ladies walked away with these amazing goodies!

Results, Photos & Reports

Preliminary results, including Female & Male 20 fastest laps, are up on the website. Please take a look and let us know if anything is incorrect! Series Points will be updated by the end of the week.

Event photographer and lensman extraordinaire Dave Bateman took some fantastic shots – check them out in the Gallery.

The full race report has been published on CycleNation, check it out here. We’ve also posted several competitors’ event reports which are a great read – check them out! There’s also a summary of comments received from competitors, supporters, and sponsors – we really appreciate receiving your feedback, and in turn thank you all for the great vibe at the event!

Thank You

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who assisted in the successful running of the event:

  • Kowalski Brothers Trailworks– Dave Morgan, Al Vogt and the  rest of the Kowalski Brothers crew who provided the sublime singletrack and devoted so much time to helping make the day a success: Joo, Mike, Tim, Elizabeth, Hels, Dave, Tyno, Nutty, Declan, Nathan, Jim, Ross, Martin, Sam ... thank you all.
  • Riders– Thanks for helping create the fun vibe that these events are well known for. We’re totally stoked that you guys are doing your best to obeyRule # 34!
  • Good Samaritans – Thanks to everyone who stopped to offer assistance to other riders due to injury or mechanicals.
  • Dave Bateman– our Series photographer who always delivers outstanding images.
  • St John AmbulanceThe volunteers of the St John Ambulance give up their weekends so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time. Thanks for your tireless work and enthusiasm!
  • Kelly Mapleston who does a fantastic job with the event organisation in Fi’s absence, and keeps things running like clockwork on race day. And Josh Nicholson, who has the dubious honour of having now attended more Choccy Foot events than Fi, and generated some great Twitter updates during Sunday’s event. You guys rock.
  • Volunteers– We couldn't have done this without our wonderful volunteers! You’re all awesome! Thanks to Pete, Dave, Russ, Kelly & Josh who were all part of the Choccy Foot crew.

Lost and Found

Not much was handed in during Round 2 but If you lost some gear at the race we might just have it here – let us know what you’re missing.

Putting our best foot forward …

There's three words that will dominate the cycling scene for the next month: “Tour de France”! So rather than interrupt your nocturnal cycling habit the SRAM Singletrack Mind series is taking a short break, as are Fi and Joe who are taking a well-deserved break in the UK and France and will be getting in as much MTB'ing as their legs will allow! But join us again for Round 3 in Nowra for the legendary flowing goodness of Coondoo Road on 19 August.

That's it for our event wrap the "Chocolate Wrapper"! We're really looking forward to catching up with you then!

Cheers

Joe & Fi