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Mountain bike riders scale the heights

Whitsunday Mountain Bike Club members have taken on the third and final round of the Rockwheelers Gravity Enduro.

Whitsunday Times 07/08/14

Whitsunday Times 07/08/14

The three-race series, held over four months, saw riders from Atherton to Airlie beach contest a physically and technically challenging course. It took competitors nearly 2.5 hours to complete the 21km downhill track with Whitsunday trio Michael Sorley, Jamie Jochheim and Ben Rowe crossing in a tight finish!

Overall, all three riders managed to finish in the top 10, with Jochheim collecting third ahead of Rowe (fourth), Sorley (seventh), Mark Bennett in eighth and Dan Agresta in 10th.

Local Sam Sorley also tasted success in the women’s field, taking out gold.

The club’s cross country riders chose the southern route at the weekend, travelling to Eungella for the Mackay Mountain Marathon.

Five riders took part in the 38km sport course, with Darren Simmonds (2.51 hours), Andy Polson (3.02), Tony Hadley (3.22) and Leigh Smith (3.48) all impressing.

If that wasn’t enough to keep members happy, a contingent of six riders took part in the 80km marathon course, featuring more than 2000m of vertical climbing. Justin Lyons finished strongly to clock 5.02 hours while Chris Labes proved the fastest female with 5.13.

Married couple Brian and Anne-Marie Kehres also survived the daring race, as did Dave Morris and Charlie Wilkie.

 

 

 

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Jumbo July & Amazing August

What a brilliant month we’ve just had – and can you believe it just keeps getting better!

Kicking off the month with skills classes thanks to Jess & Norm Douglas from MTBSkills was the perfect ground work for the upcoming race season. Over 30 riders participated in two days of workshops with many coming from Mackay and even as far as Sydney to participated.
All reports back were very positive and it was such a unique opportunity to meet and ride with a world champion on our home trails.

Enthusiasm was running high the following weekend when we held our monthly club social ride through the Great Walk with 15 riders taking part, 3 doing the whole ride for the first time and 2 new riders joining the cub after their experience!!

Last weekend we had a contingent of nine riders head North to the Townsville Rockwheelers’ Paluma Push.
Everyone rode well with some tackling the challenging course for their first time – no punctures and only one small crash.

Check out our full report (and pictures) on our blog to find out why Peter is sporting a sleek pair of women’s lycra bib-knicks; https://whitsundaymtbc.com.au/posts/

Upcoming events:

Mackay Mountain Marathon
August 2 & 3

15km, 30km & 80km options

This is the 2nd time the MMM has been held in the beautiufl hills of Eungella west of Mackay.
Join 5x World Solo 24 Hour Champion Jason English on Saturday afternoon for a special kids skills session and dinner on Saturday night. Cheap camping available (beware it may be cold) and race Sunday morning!! Spots still available but rego closes Friday.

Townsville Gravity Enduro
Sunday August 3, Douglas Reserve

This is the final round of the 3-part series and they have saved the best for last.

This course will be a ‘belter’ with 5-stages for the men’s and 4-stages for the ladies and juniors.

Townsville XC Race 3/4
Sunday August 17, Ross Dam

Always a great day of racing – join the Rockwheelers for the third race of a 4-part series at their wonderful Ross Dam trails.

PUT THIS ONE IN YOUR CALENDAR!!
Mackay Mad Rush
August 23rd, 2pm

The WMTBC is pretty excited about this event – we’re hoping to have 10+ 2-person teams representing the Whitsundays – check out the chalkboard at Ride Whitsundays to find a team-mate!!

This race consists of 6-hours of riding as a solo, or in a 2/3/4 person team. The more people in your team the less riding you do – we think that 2-person teams is a great option.
From the start you and your partner/team mates take it in turns to ride the 30-minute course. The first three hours will be during day-light hours, but after 5pm you’ll need lights!

There is no requirement to be racing at all times and you don’t need to do the same amount of riding as your partner – if you have one partner that wants to do one lap to your two laps’ that’s absolutely fine.

The only rule… you MUST HAVE FUN!

We will set up a big WMTBC transition area where all our supporters can sit together and hand solo riders energy drinks and chocolate bars as they come through transition and we can all cheer each other on.

Racing finishes at 8pm with prize giving held around the big communal camp fire over an awesome BBQ dinner.

Bring your family and your camping gear – we’re setting up tents at the mountain bike park and staying the night after the event.

For more information head in to Ride Whitsundays and talk to Chris – she’ll sort you out with a partner and all the information you’ll need to know!!

WMTBC Club Rides:

Every Tuesday night:
4:30pm from Brandy Creek Road
Choose between 10 & 30km distance
Beginners welcome | FREE

Second Sunday of each month:
Ride the Whitsunday Great Walk
7:30am from Kara Crescent, Airlie Beach
Experienced riders only | $5.00
Club & MTBA members FREE

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Race Report: Paluma Push 2014

10501590_849761755052314_2332591608297598540_nWMTBC riders headed North on Saturday afternoon to compete at the Townsville Rockwheelers’ Paluma Push.
WMTBC members are encouraged to ride-share and stay together as a club to enhance the club/community atmosphere and share the driving especially when driving home directly after events.
For the second year in a row we stayed at the Rollingstone Beach Cabins for both Saturday & Sunday night & braved the local pub at Rollingstone for dinner. Many opted for the pasta believing it to be beneficial to ‘carb-load’ but in hindsight this recommendation may  have been a defensive manoeuvre by those in the ‘know’. We don’t recommend dining here even under duress.
That evening was a quiet one; the pasta did little to ease the pre-race butterflies but watching Le Tour de France certainly helped get us in the mood for racing!
Sunday morning we awoke to the horrifying shrieks of Peter Claxton who had left his riding shorts back in Airlie… the thought of riding 63km without padded shorts is enough to make any grown man cry! After a quick search it was time to beg, borrow or steal… we finally sourced a sexy pair of women’s lycra bib-knicks thanks to Chris.
Kitted up, we piled into the cars and headed up the range to Paluma Village (30 minute drive) where the temperature had warmed from -3 (as reported by those who camped) to a chilly 10 degrees.
The call went out; that race was about to start – time to strip off jackets and push our way to the front of the start line.
10402602_849761781718978_8278770281207628072_nClub president Michael Sorley rode strong form the start claiming the fastest of the WMTBC riders in the 63km distance with a time of 3h 18m while Ivan Patterson finished 12th place in the 42km distance with the time of 1h 45m.
Nick Wynne-Jones & Bryan Harries battled it out between themselves for honour rights in the Masters category but it was Bryan who rode to victory pipping Nick by 2 minutes in the last few kilometers.
The Super Masters category was dominated by Peter Claxton in a time of 3h 49m with Ray Johannesen & Darren Simmonds finishing strong within 3 minutes of each other.
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But again it was our ladies who featured on the podiums; Leigh Smith took third place in the Super Masters and Chris Labes 2nd for the Open category.
Sunday evening saw us down at the Inlet Beach Fish ‘n’Chip shop where we had a fabulous dinner whilst watching the sun set whist swapping war-stories before retiring to watch le Tour back at the cabins.
Riders were fortunate to have no punctures and only one small crash – all in all an absolutely fantastic weekend of riding with good friends – if you’re interested in joining the club please check out the website,we are gearing up for a huge month of riding in August in Mackay with the Mountain Marathon on the 2nd and the Mad Rush on the 23rd and always welcome new riders!

 

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WMTBC on XC Podium

With the third and final round of the Mad Mountain Bike Club’s XC series wrapping up last week it was exciting to see our members doing well!

The Mackay and District (MAD) Mountain Bike Club’s home track, Rowallan Park, was host to over100 riders throughout the three-part, six-week series. Riders tackled a 2-hour course which started out shorter in distance in race one and has been gradually lengthened over the series with the final edition resembling the route that will be used in this year’s MAD RUSH.
The last round was a wet one with some riders commenting on the unexpected muddy conditions playing havoc to their race plan but it didn’t slow everyone down; Sam Sorley took 1st place in the Women’s while Ash Hogan secured 3rd in Elites despite not making it to the third round. Matt Telford raced admirably claiming a first-equal spot in the Sport Category and many other riders and volunteers contributed to the series. Mackay’s next race at Rowallan Park will be the MAD RUSH and they will cap off the season with a twilight series in October.

Sam Sorley rides one of the sections of trail at Rowllan Park – home of the Mad Mountain Bike Club.
Rowallan Park boasts over 10km of expertly designed single-track.

Gravity Round 2

Townsville Rockwheelers’ Gravity Enduro Series is heating up!!

A strong contingent of WMTBC riders have competed in the second round of the Townsville Gravity Enduro Series. All riders improved significantly with Jamie Jochheim taking 1st place and Ben Roe rounding out the podium in third place in the open category.
Sam Sorley took the women’s category – an impressive feat considering this is Sam’s first year of Mountain Biking!!

Dan Millard tackles Rockwheeler’s Mt Stuart course at his first Gravity Enduro

Upcoming events:

Targa Townsville – XC2/3
Sunday June 29

Ride Pallerenda, Douglass & Ross Dam all in one day!!

Timed over 3 dirty courses totalling 55km and un-timed transitions on the road between (30km). Options include driving between dirt races or choosing to only ride the dam. More Information.

MTB Skills Classes in Whitsundays
July 5 & 6 – two classes per day!!

$85 per class
Jess & Norm Douglas from Australia’s #1 MTB Skills Classes are coming to Airlie Beach. Four skills classes are available: Women’s only, Beginners, Intermediate and Experienced Masterclass.

Everyone is welcome – being a new club we have organised this event to assist riders in improving their skills and enjoyment of MTBing. Please support the club in making this weekend a huge success!!

Paluma Push – SOLD OUT
Good luck to everyone competing in the Paluma Push!
Congratulations to the Rockwheelers on selling out in less than 4 days!!

The Dirty Molle Island Escape – 2014

September 27 & 28

Don’t forget to sign up to our very own event – The Dirty Molle Island Escape!
We have a limited 50 tickets available this year.

Weekend includes 35km tough rainforest single-track ride on Saturday followed by an Island Escape on South Molle which is family friendly! Kids & partners welcome!!!

WMTBC Club Rides:

Every Tuesday night:
4:30pm from Brandy Creek Road
Choose between 10 & 30km distance
Beginners welcome | FREE

First Sunday of each month:
Ride the Whitsunday Great Walk
7:30am from Kara Crescent, Airlie Beach
Experienced riders only | $5.00
Club & MTBA members FREE

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