The National Solo 24 Champs were held at Majura Pines in Canberra over the Easter long weekend. The battle for the Aussie jersies was one of the most exciting to date, with the top riders in the male and female categories within minutes of each other during the night. 18 year old Mark Tupalski (pictured) put in an impressive 37 laps of the sub 10km course to grab a top 10 finish in his first solo 24. Read More
“The Mont” is the event that kicked off MTB endurance racing in Australia over ten years ago. It’s a great chance to catch up with people I’ve met through these types of events over the years, and really exciting to see a large portion of the field doing something like this for the first time.
This year I rode with a group of good friends and riding buddies in a team for Dirt Works Australia. Relaxed attitudes, consistent laps and happy chatter around the campsite proved to be the winning formula for a first place finish in a large teams category. Thanks to everyone who made the event happen and to all the riders who shared in the fun out on the track.
Issue 11 is packed with more great stories, interviews and reviews. It also has some new features including columns, a chat within the bike industry and a training Q & A with Aussie mountain biking legend, Mark Fenner. I have a few pieces of writing in there too.
It’s out now at all good newsagents, or at your door if you subscribe. Come on, you know you want to!
From March 1 to 6 I joined 171 other riders on a mission to get from Thredbo to Narooma in fast, fun, dirt road style. The views were amazing, and I’d like to do the whole thing again looking sideways as well as straight ahead. The riding was broken into several stages over the week. It was tough, but satisfying, and has given me renewed enthusiasm for wanting to get fit on the road bike in between techo sessions on the dirt.
More information and photos from the race can be found here. It will be on again next year from Feb 28 to March 5.
**Update** I wrote two longer articles on the race, which are a tad more informative than the highlights paragraph above. This one was for Pedal Pushers Online, and this one was for Freewheel Magazine.