Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Tri is coming and Specialized is here

It's only days away from one of the busiest weekend in Noosa with the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival about to start. Here's a chance to try your hand at swimming, running or cycling or all three or if you would like to save your energy, go and watch some amazing athletes battle it out.
Specialized has arrived with their demo truck  "test the best" and they are keen to show everyone how awesome their bikes really are, with an opportunity to ride them in your home town, what are you waiting for?
Test the Best Van filled with goodies

Thommo building a Transition, a time trial bike

Check out the time and place below where Specialized and Cognition will be:
Wednesday 27th Oct 7.00am-3.00pm - Laguna Park, Noosa Parade, Noosa
Thursday 28th Oct 7.00am-5.00pm - Laguna Park, Noosa Parade, Noosa
Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st - Noosa Expo &  Festival Village, Noosa Woods 

Below are the links to some great Specialized pages, have look and make a comment.
Facebook Specialized Australia or Facebook Test the best  (have a look at the great backdrop behind the s-works on this page.
Hope to see you at the Expo or Laguna Park.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Specialized Test the Best, in Noosa for the Tri

Specialized Test the Best demo and Cognition will be at Noosa with a large fleet of Specialized models to ride including bikes from their women's range. Specialized is committed to making riders enjoy every mile more through design, technology and innovation.

       At Cognition our goal is to create the ultimate riding experiences for all our customers. We have the skills and knowledge to get your bike running smoother and faster. If you need mechanical support or want to strip minutes off your ride time, visit Cognition.
When and Where:
Wednesday 27th October and Thursday 28th October at Laguna Park, Noosa Parade just across the bridge from the transition area.
Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st: Festival Village and the Expo tent.
Come and ride the best.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The QLD XC MTB State Championships, Sunday 17th October 2010

The State championships were held last weekend with some fantastic results from the local MTB club, Noosa Trailblazers. It was one of the most demanding courses of the year and was fitting that the state championships were held there. This was at Mt Crosby, west of Brisbane, its one hilly course.There was 107 riders racing for a state Championship, the Noosa Trailblazers gave it their all .  The results are as follows:
Under 11's Male
Nick Dodds      3rd
Josh Dodds       4th
Under 15's Male
Nathan King      2nd
Blair Galloway- a big crash saw Blair DNF the race (no worries Blair)
Under 17's Male
Ethan Kelly         7th - great consistent laps!
Seb Vejby           9th
Zack Agius         10th
Sport Male
John King           3rd

Well done and congratulations to everyone for traveling the distance and having a go!
Below are some pictures from the day, taken by Kemore Cycling Club, I could not find all our riders however more photos are to come
Seb Vejby, under 17's
Ethan Kelly, under 17's

Zack Agius, under 17's

Josh Dodds, under 11's

Ethan Kelly

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

National Junior Mountain Bike Development Camp

Congratulations to Jack Jude, Rodger Pogson-Manning and Declan Wharton, Noosa Trailblazers juniors for gaining places in the National Junior Bike Development Camp. This camp is aimed at preparing our MTB atheletes both male and female for the world championships and professional careers in the sport of mountain biking by introducing a long term approach to the development of Australian junior MTB athletes.
The training camp will be held this weekend at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, the coaches include National Sporting director Chris Clarke and National XC coach, Tim Ellsion.
Have fun boys and train hard!
At the airport!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Solo 24 Hour Worlds- Greg and Mark's Trip

I've always had a passion for seeing people do something that they are really good at, whether it is a sporting activity, an art or a career, the end result is marvellous.

As many of  you know Andy Fellows is a local rider and he is really good at mountain biking, his chosen discipline is endurance racing.

Andy's Machine at Transition
This past weekend Mark Whitney and I had the opportunity to see him at his best and we were not disappointed. The 2010 Solo 24 Hour World Championships were held in Canberra at Mount Stromlo. One of Australia's premier MTB destinations. CORC, Canberra Offroad Cyclists, organised a fantastic event which drew in 1000's of people. It was an overwhelming sight to see when all these people are set up for a weekend of racing action.

Andy had raced and placed third at last year's event and was motivated and well prepared to better that placing this year. With bikes ready, nutrition and pit crew organised the race was on! Mark and I were lucky enough to have pit passes to give assistance to former Solo 24 hour age winner and Sunshine coast resident Jeff Toohey. This put us right in the action in pitt lane with all of the worlds best and the action was HOT!. Racing started from the word go and did not let up for 24 hours. When I first stopped and looked at the clock, it had been only 4.5 hours, I was wondering how they could possibly continue for another 20.
The pace was fast, the level of competition high and the Stromlo track dusty and hard!

We were impressed with the riders from Canada, the UK and Argentina. Worth noting were their pit crews, and their efficiency and knowledge of their riders and ability to convince them that  they could continue on, are qualities found in the best and was a pleasure to watch.

In the end the race winner was Jason English, our man Andy was pipped on the last lap for 2nd and came home with the 3rd place medal. Andy's performance was outstanding, I only saw him get off his bike to change to his second one, I never saw him sit down or complain. He raced hard and he raced well.

I look forward to the next time I can watch him test his limits.
Please stop into the shop or chat with Mark for more stories of the best in the world.

Keep riding and have fun

Greg L

Congratulations we have a winner....

The winner of our World Solo 24hr competition was Justin Thompson, a local rider who loves his Tomac and Scott Spark 10. He was the first correct entry to be pulled from the box.  Well done Justin, come on in and spend your prize.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Final Results are in ... Worlds Solo 24hr Championships

Elite winners Jessica Douglas and Jason English
Well the race is over and there are some very tired and sore bodies out there. I have heard from Greg, it was exciting and full on for all the riders. Here are the final results:

                   Mens Elite
1.Jason English  24 laps
2. Cory Wallace 23 laps (45min 18 sec behind 1st)
3. Andy Fellows 23 laps (2min 3sec behind 2nd)

Women's Elite
1.Jessica Douglas (Aus) 20 laps
2.Katrin Van Der Spiegel 20 laps (13:24.6 behind 1st)
3.Eszter Horanyi 20 laps (53.50.5 behind 2nd )

                                   Mens Single Speed
1.Brett Bellchambers 21 laps

                                                    World Age Group 40-44
4.Clint Pearce 19 laps, 2 laps behind first place who finished with 21 laps
Well done and congratulations to all the riders.
Fanastic effort and congrats Andy!!!!
For complete results go here. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Current results of the Worlds Solo Championships

The Worlds Camp, Mt Stromlo
 This is the Worlds Solo Championships stage... the weather at 11.45am (start time) Canberra time was overcast with high cloud, not bad if you are to be in the saddle for the 24 hours.
Andy started strong was keeping up with the big guns, coming in around 3rd or fourth behind some Canadian dude and Jason English.
Andy's quick change
6.30pm Saturday night, looking good
The quick change over at lap 4 had Andy Placed 3rd or 4th position. He was looking strong and feeling good.

Andy racing into the evening, 20 minutes off the pace.

Waiting for more updates... We will keep you guys updated.

Just in 9.35pm (10.35pm Canberra Time)
Andy Fellows 4th, 25 minutes off 1st
Clint Pearce 3rd in 40-44 (36th overall)
Sean Bekkers 17th (34rd overall)
Jeff Toohey 43rd (155 overall)
Ryan Fogg 58th in elite (after 6 laps)
12.20am (1.20am Canberra Time )Update
Andy Fellows 3rd, 3 minutes behind 2nd place and 47 minutes behind 1st (Jason English)
Come on Andy!!!!!

Recent Update 8.00am 4 hours to go.....
Jason English receiving medial attention, 4 hours to go- not to serious

Andy currently third, 8 minutes off second (Cory Wallace) and 1 hour behind 1st (Jason English)                                                                                                                                                                         
Andy with Fenner, chasing after 2nd
Still looking strong , 4 hours to go..
Come on Andy, keep pushing