Kath Bicknell

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leader plateThe first race of the X-Fusion NSWMTB Cross Country Series was held on a fun new course at Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands and saw a much larger turn out than this time last year – very cool!

I was given the series leader plate after winning the series last year, which was a new experience and one I hoped wouldn’t jinx me into a big ego or broken derailleur.

The elite women’s field was small, but was made up of riders with varying strengths and similar race speeds, meaning the win could be anyone’s and that the racing would be close and exciting.  Each lap featured tight, windy, leaf littered singletrack, 100 metres of climbing and a really fun, well built tech section right near the end.  This last part was my favourite in the fun stakes, and also helped me to build a 20-ish second gap on the other women each lap, which made the difference between third place and the win.  I was pretty excited, but will have to put in some serious training if I want to hold on to the leader plate for much longer!  The next race is at Ourimbah in a month.  Details can be found on the NSWMTB site, or on the (series sponsor) DIY MTB site.

XC 1 podiumTrying to “Miss America” the podium.  (L – R) Meaghan Binder, Jenny Fay, Kath Bicknell.  Photos:  Gaye Camm.

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Manly Warringah Social Rides

On Sunday I joined some of the crew from the Manly Warringah Mountain Bike Club (MWMTB) for one of their organised social rides.  This one took in the techy, sandy tracks around Menai, southwest of Sydney.  It was great fun following skilled riders down quick rocky descents and meeting other women with a skill level that would make some guys go weak at the knees!

Further info on the MWMTB soical rides can be found on the club webpage with different rides catering for different skill and fitness levels.  They’re a great way for Sydney folk to discover new trails and meet some like-minded people – especially if there’s no racing that weeked or competition isn’t really your thing.  I’ll be leading a women’s ride later in the year.

Onya Bike Belconnen + Civic Aussie Solo Champs

mark-tupalskiThe 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

Verofit Nutrition Support

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Verofit make a range of nutrition products for use during and after exercise.  Being Swiss, the research which has gone into these products is pretty astounding.  You can read more about this from their Australian website here. Read More

The Mont 24 Hour Race

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.