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Keep your eyes on the skies!

If the rain forecast for this week comes to fruition, we may have to move or postpone round 4 scheduled for 5th June.

Keep your eyes on this space and we will keep you updated as we assess conditions on the ground. 

Happy riding!

Race Report for Round 3 of the 2016 Aggregate Series, Sunday 15th May 2016

 

Round Three of the 2016 Aggregate Series found us on the ragtag single track of Merbein and the running of the first of two events this year on this tight, twisty and faintly frustrating circuit.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the Merbein events to date is their recent talent for attracting rain. This event proved to be little different but in this case the Rain Gods were kind and they saw fit to deliver their tears early enough for the track to mostly dry out. The added benefit was that this helped firm the sandier and dustier surfaces…otherwise we’d have all choked on the dust whilst going OTB.

One of the benefits of the Merbein events is that they often bring in new riders because the track is closer to Mildura and more accessible midweek for a recreational or training ride. This event was no different with a small fleet of new people across all age groups plus a trio of fit looking nutters on cyclocross bikes. So the start was crowded and diverse…and very well dressed.

After the foibles of the timing system were conquered, the pack was hooted away and they blasted over the start line with a most impressive sound. And it was on…

Stories were told afterwards of numerous first lap incidents and moments of grandeur but the story of the race was written early with most riders spreading out quite quickly within their grades. The Merbein track tends not to take prisoners so mistakes (and varying fitness levels) were punished with time gaps that were difficult to make up.

In A grade Men, Tyler Beruldsen did the usual thing by blasting away and Tim Klein again couldn’t reel him in. Damo made the most of his comeback event by chasing down third. However, it was far from close racing. Merbein just doesn’t seem to allow it.

The A grade Women crew was near full strength but again the finishing gaps were large. Bobbie Pappin finished well in front whilst (as usual) taunting the pointy end of B Grade Men with Genelle Balwin and Sarah Mott filling out the podium.

B Grade Men continues the annual tradition of identifying imminent A graders with David Siladi demonstrating that when potential is combined with training, success is inevitable. Mo Baldock has also been working out and despite being unable to get away from Bobbie in this event…at least has more than one reason to keep trying to go faster!! Third was taken out by our special guest paramedic who, despite not racing for seemingly forever; claiming to be ‘unfit’ AND crashing to near last place on the first lap, managed to coax his flash new bike to quite impressive lap times.

B Grade Women was a sparser affair with Lauren Harriss taking the points over Nadine Sadler.

A grade Junior is also a division with a quiet pack. Flynn Williams (who has shifted up to A grade) was on his own for this race but the still ungraded Zane Cocks also fronted up again to put up a very respectable challenge – time to sign up Zane!!.

As always, B Grade Juniors was well stocked for their three laps. It also proved to probably be the tightest grade on the day with less than three minute separating the lot of them. Zac Furey led the mob home with Jake Harriss chasing close behind followed by Josh Furey.

The bonus CX crew should be well content with their showing. Despite being familiar with the Merbein tracks they were not quite at home on this layout. Even so, clearly none of them are slouches in the saddle since they managed to finish up with lap times that put them up with the A grade men riders! Ben Chatfield dominated the trio (even doing an extra lap!) with Richard Hale and Ashley Dawson finishing a few minutes further back after their six laps

The next event is back out at Coomealla on June 5th with the Short Track being the target loop. There have been a few changes on this track since it was last raced. A few new features have appeared and there has been the odd line change too so it’ll be worth your while to have a look before the day.

Till then…

Round 1 report

round reportRound 1 of the 2016 Aggregate Series (and last round of the 2015/16 Summer Series), Sunday 20th March 2016

On perhaps the first cool morning of 2016, a motley crew of riders ranging from cute and cuddly to tall and angular (plus a couple of ring-ins from Adelaide) assembled on the banks of the Murray to participate in the nearest thing to a race that the Mountainless Bike Club can manage at this time of year.

The track (the original 6 km) had been tested midweek and found to be interesting in a dusty/sandy kind of way. The Rain God Huey has not been kind to us and the track reflected it – let’s call it ‘bulldust over hard pack’. (more…)

Round 2

Rnd 2 flyer

rnd 1 flyer

Hodgo’s ROTD results

ROTD results

Hodgson’s Bike Hub Roll of The Dice

2016 Hodgson’s Bike Hub Roll of The Dice, Sunday 28th February

 

Winter is coming. You know how I can tell? We of the Coomealla Mountainless Mountain Bike Club have just run another Hodgsons Bike Hub Roll of The Dice (technically it should be die as there were two dice but no-one wants to be a pedant). This typically fun filled family event heralds the dying days of Summer and the kick off of yet another year of the flattest mountain bike racing on offer anywhere in this country…if not the planet.

However I get ahead of myself…what happened at the 2016RoD? Well a lovely cool morning tempted out thirty two pairs of riders to chase a share of the $600 prize money on offer by Hodgson’s Bike Hub. Juniors and many of our female members pleasingly dominated the field. There were a few long lost souls also amongst the throng. Quite a few teams were parent and child…which was perfect for this outing and the reason we continue to run this event.

The idea is that each rider in a pair does a lap of a specially prepared short course and then rolls our special pair of twelve sided dice to get a score between 2 and 24. Both riders scores are added together after a total of 75 minutes of riding to get the team score and the team with the highest score wins. Simple.

This year, however, we added a wrinkle. Each team had the ‘value’ of each of their laps taken from their aggregate score – so if a team did nine laps then they had 36 points (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9=36) taken from their aggregate rolled score. Clear? The intention was that it meant a slow team doing only a few laps had a similar opportunity to do well as the fast team doing many laps. All either had to do was be really lucky on the Roll of the Dice! And it worked too.

After a typically hectic Le Mans start, the first lot of riders barrelled off into the Playpen and out onto the course. The fact that so many of the young ones are far faster than their parents at running down the road meant many of them left their elders in their dust…and the first lap train formed up nicely.

The somewhat hectic tone and the lack of course reconnaissance led to some riders finding themselves on the ground far earlier and in far more embarrassing circumstances than they might prefer but after a couple of laps things settled down, the breeze blew the dust away and the focus on rolling big numbers settled in.

Of course, many of our members took the opportunity to go out and have a blast around the track rather than sensibly working the mathematics and tuning their scenarios to enhance their chances of grabbing prizemoney. This admirable lack of forward planning led to numerous races within the Not A Race which proved to be entertaining and sometimes punishing on bike and/or rider. Mechanical fails were prevalent enough to keep the car park mechanics entertained over much of the event. Fortunately, first aid requirements were kept to a minimum but I suspect a few riders pulled up lame once they safely made it back to their own homes. All those afflicted by punctures or crashes were offered some reward by the donation of some puncture repair kits…so still some smiles

In the end there could only be three winners…

In third place with a score of 85 derived from 9 laps was Jodie Gibson and Wes Marks. Whilst Jodie was keen on a 60:40 split of their $100 prize money (based on some conjecture about who rolled a better score)…cool heads prevailed and many giggles were generated.

In second place were the ever-smiling Peter Gifford and the ever-quick Rohan Hollis with 87 points from 10 laps. In a traditional scoring situation they’d have romped it home given they managed to roll 23 points three times but on this occasion they only got to share $200. Oh well.

The winners this years were, fittingly, a father and son team. Logan Baldock was only slightly held back by his father, Mo and together they managed 9 laps and amassed 90 points on the way. Their die rolling technique could clearly be studied long and hard by gambling aficionados but since we are mountain bikers we don’t have time for that sort of stuff. Congratulations and $300 in cash went their way.

Thanks again to Hodgson’s Bike Hub for their continued and generous support of this event. Very much appreciated by one and all on the day.

The next event is the First round of the 2016 Coomealla Mountainless Mountain Bike Club Championship. We’ll be heading off around the 5(ish) kilometre track at Coomie on Sunday 20th March (sign on commences at 08:45 with race start at 9:30).

There’ll be an opportunity for members with current MTBA race membership to again pay in advance for all series races (except the 3hr Enduro).

The Committee strongly encourages all those members (including Juniors) who would like to race this year but who don’t currently have MTBA race membership to actually sign up for it (www.mtba.asn.au) as it will be a much cheaper option than day licences for each of our ten 2016 events. More information will be provided on this option in the coming days.

 

Till then,

 

Happy riding.

Hodgo’s Roll the Dice


Hodgo’s Roll the dice

Sunday 28TH February

 A fun family day with cash prizes. Ride in pairs, taking turns on a short track then throw the dice for your score.

This is a chance to introduce new people to the sport. Bring a friend, neighbor, colleague, family and introduce them to the fun we have at the mountainless bike club! Everybody is welcome!

Ca$h prizes thanks to Hodgson’s so get in and get your bike sorted.

8:30 sign on for a 9:30 start at the Coomie MTB park, past the golf club.

 

 

Coomie 3hr Enduro Race Results

race resultsThanks to all the riders that participated in the 3hr Enduro over the weekend! Check out the race results here: http://my5.raceresult.com/43948/?lang=#0_0A2A86

The Coomie 3hr Enduro is just around the corner!

Flyer 2015 enduro-1