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The Chocolate Wrapper - 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series Round 3 Event Report

Dear Singletrackers

We have a big soft spot for Nowra, Joe's hometown and home to plenty of sweet flowing singletrack! Good ol' Nowra didn't disappoint for the 3rd year in a row and the updated layout of the Coodoo Road course got the thumbs up from pretty much everyone! It was also another big round with over 300 riders and all the contenders for the Series honours were in attendance making for a really stacked field!

gumbyThe event also featured a great line up of sponsor displays and services with SRAM, Giant, Hammer Nutrition, Zerofive Custom Sportswear, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, Muc-Off, Jimmy Jack Wines and Cycology showing their fine wares or fixing bikes – we are stoked to have such awesome support at the events.

We'd like to thank four people especially and oddly enough they all wear green! Big props to the three first aiders of the Nowra division of St John Ambulance who, while they didn't have any major injuries to attend to, tirelessly patched up grazes and cuts, while our favourite plasticine friend Gumby was keeping the good vibes flowing, giving high fives to  riders and scaring a few kids too! Gumby told us he's going to talk to his best friend Pokey about coming to the next race!

Quite apart from the excellent standard of racing and super tight battles in many of the categories we have loads of cool stories come out of this round and even before the race. Al Usher wouldn't be content with racking up 125km during the race as he rode 200km from Canberra to the event while enduring sleet and a freezing night out under the stars. You'd think that might be enough for one weekend but no, he waved goodbye to his mates at the race and, this time with Solo Women competitor Bethany Thompson, rode back. The journey didn't go entirely to plan and Bethany wrote a great account of the trip – well worth a read!

Round 3 featured the best female participation rate that we've ever had in the Series with 19%! We also had two other firsts for the Series as Philippa Rostan signed up to become our first female Clydesdale competitor! For being such a great sport she walked away with a nice prize from Hammer Nutrition! While they didn't make the podium, we couldn't help but give an encouragement prize to our first all-girl juniors team! The quartet from Vincentia High School are part of the school's very cool MTB program that will be heading to Canberra soon for the Schools Champs.

Congratulations to all the category winners and place getters for their incredible efforts, walking 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 Harrison Wiles who walked away with a $1500 voucher from Giant, and to Amy Fletcher who went home with the SRAM RISE 40 wheelset worth $750. 

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 in the next few days.

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 SBS Cycling Central here. We’ve also posted several competitors’ event reports which are a great read – check them out here! 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:

  • South Coast United Mountain bikers – A huge thank you to our host club, and the builders and guardians of Nowra's fine trails - Pat, Russ, Vanessa, Lewy, Matt, Dunc and anyone who has swung a shovel or rake!
  • Vincentia High School – for providing the awesome catering and marshals out on course
  • 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!
  • Steve Martin and his assistants who timed the event
  • 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 Ambulance –The 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, our Serial Volunteer who we’d be lost without. You guys rock!
  • Volunteers – We couldn't have done this without our wonderful volunteers! You’re all awesome! Thanks to David, Vanessa, Lachie, Mike, and Sean who were all part of the Choccy Foot crew.

JQ1N4236smLost and Found

Most of the lost property we got actually made its way back its owners during the race but If you lost some gear at the race we might just have it here – let us know what you’re missing. We did have someone ask us if we had found a bike work stand. He'd already left the event centre but recalled he'd left it out of the car and came back to find it wasn't there. If you picked it up (with the intention to return it to its owner of course!) then get in contact with us and we'll help arrange the rendezvous.

Putting our best foot forward …

With the Series points battle hotting up the next round on 16 September should be a real cracker and it's yet another new venue to the Series! The Southern Highlands Club and local Council have been hard at work expanding the trail network at Welby and with the convenience of being right next to Mittagong it makes for an easy and fun day out. Here's the map and directions if you want to get some practice laps in, and we’ll be posting the full Round 4 information on our website in the next week or so.

That's it for our event wrap the "Chocolate Wrapper"! Look forward to seeing you at Welby next month.

Cheers

Joe & Fi