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Footprint: Chocolate Foot News, April 2015

Hello and welcome, time to feel the dirt through your toes in the latest edition of the Footprint!

It's almost May! Where did the time go? Well thankfully for Joe and Fi, quite a bit of it went on the trails! We kicked off December with a great trip through New Zealand visiting the MTB hotspots of Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson and Queenstown. If you’ve been seeing all the videos and pics that have been coming out of NZ over summer and recently at Crankworx and the Enduro World Series, you’ll know that NZ is pretty much the best place in the world to ride a bike right now! Two of our Women’s development team riders, Steph and Linda also recently arrived back from the Tranz NZ Enduro and you can read about their experiences below. Closer to home we’ve been enjoying the new trails that were recently opened in Garigal National Park in northern Sydney and have weathered the recent Sydney storms in the safe haven of Cycle Studio in Balgowlah.

This is a bumper edition of Footprint, we hope you enjoy the read!


2015 Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series

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It was pretty cool to kick off our 6th series on 12 April at Wylde MTB Park, a new venue right in Sydney, big numbers of competitors, a World Champion and also being a part of the new Evocities MTB Series!

Our first Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series round was a great success and once we stopped worrying about the weather, we had a lot of fun too!

  • The Chocolate Wrapper, our event report, can be found here

  • Event images courtesy of Ian Moses here

  • Marathon MTB have a race report here

  • Evocities video here

  • Director's cut video (with kids race and yet more shots!) here

Wingello in the beautiful Southern Highlands is the venue for our next round on 28 June! There's not much we can say about the place that hasn't been said already - it's awesome - so make sure you get your entry in soon!

Entries are open for all rounds, head here to lock in your spot!


Good Times MTB Enduro Series

good-times-enduro-350“Race the clock, ride with mates. Good times!"

Late last year you would have seen our announcement of the Good Times Enduro Series and we've been getting loads of enquiries about it!

As we're only interested in offering top notch events, we've decided to scale the series back to two events in this first year as one of our beloved venues is slated to undergo logging operations which coincides with the time we had picked for the race. So, sadly, Taree is out and we have revised our race schedule, which will give us more time to make Mogo and Orange awesome!

Good Times will be more than just a race against the clock, it's about creating the same vibe as if you were out trail riding with your mates - but with racing, bragging rights, and sweet prizes thrown into the mix. It's not all about chasing split seconds, we're going to make sure you have a good time whether you're at the pointy end or if it's your first enduro event!

The two Good Times events will each have a slightly different format: 

4 October: Mogo State Forest, Mogo. This will be a circuit of the forest made up of 4-5 timed sections and liaison or cruising stages which competitors ride at a relaxed pace with their mates and dozens of new mates. We’ll link this all up with fun liaison sections that will have you yelling for more! The Maulbrooks MTB Park hosted a round of the Singletrack Mind Series last year and everyone raved about descents of AST and The Snake Track! But there’s plenty more gold in them thar hills! Good times!

15 November: Orange. The capital of the central west has an abundance of great riding! In Orange we'll feature four different timed courses in two locations, over two days (Sat arvo and Sunday), and you'll ride up, race down! We'll visit the super fun descents of Kinross State Forest, and the slopes of the 1,395 peak of Mt Canobolas (the local trail fairies tell us these secret trails will be epic!).

We'll have more info up on our website in the coming months, so put the dates in your calendar and we look forward to seeing you at the inaugural Good Times MTB Enduro series!


MTB Skills Clinics - 16 May and 14 June

DSCN13271We've just scheduled some dates for our popular skills clinics at St Ives Showground. There's a women-only clinic on 16 May and a mixed clinic on 14 June. Head to our website for all the course info and registration details.

Check out the Testimonials to see feedback from participants and the Gallery to see them tackling new terrain.

We also offer private or small group tuition, so if you can't make a group clinic but want a few pointers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! These can be scheduled for any day of the week, and while we run most sessions at St Ives Showground, we are also happy to travel to a location of your choice.

We've also got a mailing list option for those who'd like to be kept informed of skills clinics dates.


Chocolate Foot Women's Development Team

Steph and Linda from our Chocolate Foot Women’s Development Team as well as many of our friends and Singletrack Mind Series competitors took on the inaugural Tranz NZ Gravity Enduro event which saw riders tackle some seriously gnarly trails between Christchurch and Queenstown.

At Round 1 of the Singletrack Mind Series Linda and Steph took the 3rd step of the Female Pairs podium against some seriously hot competition! They say this has served to fire them up and step up thier training for the next round! They'll also need that form for their next major event on the calendar, the Port to Port MTB stage race in and around Newcastle! In the Solo 4hr, Mel got caught in start traffic but continued to reel in 1st place, only missing out by 3 mins!

The team have been writing some great blog posts over the past few months about the Tranz NZ and general bike-related adventures - you can find these and info on the team and its members here.

Big thanks to all the team's sponsor partners: Manly CyclesCycle & Fitness StudioBioathletic Sports Injury & PerformanceSpecializedVentou Custom Cycle WearAussie Butt CreamHammer Nutrition and Rockpool Graphics. All without whom this project would not be possible.


Sponsor Offers

Our awesome sponsors are very keen to share with our followers the following great offers.

mba-125Mountain Biking Australia magazine have a special deal for all of our readers of Footprint. You can now purchase a 1 year subscription to Mountain Biking Australia for $20! You'll get 4 issues delivered to you for FREE & you'll SAVE 58% off of the newsstand price. Head to www.greatmagazines.com.au & search 'Mountain Biking Australia' and enter the promo code MSC/CF15 to take up this fantastic offer!

James Estate Wines: James-Estate-125Buy any dozen, straight or mixed, and receive a 6pk of 2011 James Estate Merlot or 2013 James Estate Semillon Blanc worth $96.00 absolutely FREE! Simply add CHOC-RED 6PK or CHOC-WHITE 6PK to your delivery instructions when checking out. Order online at www.jamesestatewines.com.au or call 02 6547 5168. Offer ends 30-04-2015.

Cycle & Fitness Studio: This purpose-built facility at Balgowlah Heights provides the most advanced power based Cycle Fitness programmes on the Northern Beaches. Chocolate Foot participants receive an amazing 25% discount on class purchases for a month. This comes with a money-back guarantee if you don't improve as a result of training at least once a week at cycle-fitnessstudio-250the studio in a squad training session for a month. We've seen our own Chocolate Foot Women's team improve using the studio's amazing wattbikes power training cards, so we are confident that you can improve your riding time by improving your power and technique at least once a week. To take advantage of this great offer go to www.cyclestudio.com.au and get in touch with Simon on 02 9949 7165 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check out this great info from Hammer Nutrition below and they are offering all readers of Footprint a 10% discount off all Hammer products!

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Squatology: For Mountain Bikers

BA Type Colour 01The crew at Bioathletic have been key in helping our Women's Develpment team riders improve their performance through strength training, attested here by Steph who found it made a huge difference even just a few sessions into her program. Bioathletic will be contributing some  articles to our newsletters and Facebook feed over the coming months the first of which "Squatology: For Mountain Bikers" is featured today. No better time than the onset of winter to kick off or increase your time in the gym!


That's it from us for now - don't forget you can also keep up to date via our Facebook page or you can follow us on Twitter.

Cheers

Joe & Fi


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