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Footprint: Chocolate Foot News, April 2016

Hello and welcome, it's been a while since the last edition of Footprint so we've got quite a bit to tell you!

Our year has got off to a great start with a trip to the South Island of New Zealand in late Feb to take part in the TransNZ Enduro - 5 days of epic riding, stunning scenery and glorious weather, and a great crew of fellow racers. If you're a fan of enduro you should definitely put this race on your bucket list! Joe didn't get off to the best start with a crash on the first day rendering him in hospital with a punctured lung and five busted ribs. His race was over but he more than made up for it cheering track-side for the rest of the week!

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specialized ambassadors northsouthblogWe're proud to announce that in early February Fi was selected to be a Specialized Women's Ambassador, one of 12 women across Australia. Fi attended the Women's Ambassador Summit in Melbourne earlier this month where the ambassadors got together at Specialized HQ to share knowledge, ideas, and ride together. Fi got to do her first ever road bunch ride (and didn't cause any accidents, yay!) and then enjoyed hitting the dirt at Lysterfield Park and watching the road riders discover the joy of MTB! There'll be lots of women's social rides and experiences popping up through the Ambassador program over the coming months - keep an eye on the Specialized Facebook page for news of these and we'll share them out on the Choccy Foot page too!

Image courtesy of northsouthblog (we highly recommend you check out their website for stunning imagery of their adventures)

 OK, that's enough about us, read on for the Footprint news items below!


STM Logo 4002016 Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series

We're a little sad to announce that we won't be offering the Singletrack Mind Series in 2016. It's a decision we haven't taken lightly as we know there will be many of you who will miss their fix of racing on some of the best singletrack around NSW and we'll be sincerely sorry to not see your smiling faces several times this year! 

There are a number of great things about our races. We know the Series has a good reputation, a great vibe, attracts the highest quality of riders and has the best female participation rate of anything like it. Organising the races is lots of fun and very rewarding for us, and the highlight has been all the wonderful people we’ve met through it.

There have been a few hurdles thrown in the way of the Series this year and while they aren't insurmountable, they have highlighted to us that we would prefer to be spending our energy elsewhere, focusing more on helping to build the social aspect of the sport through our women's development team, social rides and skills clinics, and attending other races to support our team or even race ourselves!

It might be a case of 'watch this space' for future editions of the Series, or this decision might help us bring to fruition other event ideas we've had but haven't had adequate time to work on.

We'd like to sincerely thank you all for helping make the Singletrack Mind Series the premier endurance series in NSW, not only for the quality of the racing but the amazing event vibe that we've all loved along the way!


MTB Skills Clinics - 17 April and 7 May

DSCN13271Upcoming dates for our popular skills clinics at St Ives Showground are on the website! There's a women-only clinic on Sunday 17 April (just one spot left!) and a mixed clinic on Saturday 7 May. 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 anyone who'd like to be kept informed of skills clinics dates.


Chocolate Foot Women's Development Team

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The members of the Choccy Foot Women's Development Team have had some great experiences since our last newsletter! They most recenty competed in The Mont 24hr, but there's been plenty else happening with Charlotte at the National Champs, Mel's adventure racing, and Eva's heading off to "shred the gnar" in Canada!

The Mont is easily the biggest MTB event in the country, so where better to throw some of our ladies into their first 24 hour race! In at the deep end! For some it would be their first race at night and one of their first rides at night! With injury ruling Joe out of racing, he was feeling well enough to play team manager, bike mechanic, and chef! A surprisingly full-on job, he got to drink far less beer than he'd hoped!

The team did great, with no missed transitions, no significant crashes or slow laps, everyone kept it consistent right though the night to come 3rd in the Open Women's 4's! A brilliant result for a team so new to this style of racing.

We also had our "friends of Chocolate Foot" team called Caramel Foot racing in the same category, they had a great race taking 2nd place!

With bucket loads of stoke and confidence coming out of this event, we're really looking forward to getting out racing more with these fantastic ladies!

Big thanks to all the team's sponsor partners: Manly Cycles, Cycle & Fitness Studio, Bioathletic Sports Injury & Performance, Specialized, Ventou Custom Cycle Wear, Aussie Butt Cream, Hammer Nutrition and Today's Plan. All without whom this project would not be possible.


cycle-fitnessstudio-250Cycle & Fitness Studio Offer

Our great friends at Cycle Studio in Balgowlah have got a fantastic deal on offer at the moment of a 20 CLASS PACK for just $280! That's a massive saving of $60, making each class just $14 per session.

Get in touch here: http://cyclestudio.com.au 


Manly CyclesSocial Rides

Each week we team up with Manly Cycles to offer a weekly women's intermediate social ride at Manly Dam, guided by Fi and Mel from our women's team, kicking off at 6.30am each Wednesday. Manly Cycles offer a great weekly program of social rides including women's only options. Sign up to their social rides newsletter here or follow them on Facebook to keep up to date!


two wheel toursTwo Wheel Tours - Ride Rotorua

We've always been supporters of the great offerings from Two Wheel Tours and last year Fi got to experience first hand the experience of an incredible week away on their Rotorua tour. Read on below for details of upcoming Rotorua tours and a great deal to Footprint subscribers from Two Wheel Tours!

RIDE ROTORUA - Two Tours Coming up 3 > 9 November 2016 & Women’s ONLY 8 > 14 November. Both tours offer Five Full Days of Riding in MTB Heaven - twowheeltours is offering up to sixteen riders the chance to ride NZ's Best MTB Trails in Rotorua and Taupo / W2K. These land based fully catered MTB tours ensures you ride the right trails and experience the best of NZ's MTB scene. Top level accomodation, ride with local legends, all breakfast and dinners included, eat at the best restaurants in town, skills sessions, all land based transfers Rotorua > Rotorua, laundry, food room and ride leaders on all rides. For more information see twowheeltours.com.au or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Book and deposit by 30 April for a 5% discount - use the code CFNov2016 on the booking page!


Convict100LogoConvict 100 - Saturday 30 April

The Convict 100 is one of Australia's most challenging MTB marathon races following the historic Convict Trail through the Dharug and Yengo National Parks. The course features a mix of fast fire trail, technical rock gardens, rocky descents, spectacular ridgeline views and the infamous kayak bridge. With 44km, 68km and the full 100km course available this is an event that caters to riders of all fitness and skill levels. Entries are open up until midnight on the 27th April. www.convict100.com.au


evocities mtb series 300Evocities MTB Series

This Sunday marks the kick off of the Evocities MTB series for 2016 at Bathurst! Joe went to all the rounds last year and can thoroughly reccomend hitting the road and checking out what regional NSW has to offer.

Bathurst is the first of 7 rounds and is a city that has a solid dose of the cycling bug! They created a purpose built cycling facility with a velodrome, BMX track and MTB trails. Best of all you can grab a shower in the club rooms after the race!

All the info you need is at: http://wintersedgexc.com and http://www.evocitiesmtb.com/EvocitiesMTB/home


Bicycle Network 400Bicycle Network Australia

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Join now and get 4 months free and a free jersey. Just enter the promo code RIDEWITHUS.


2016 and beyond

While we're letting the Singletrack Mind Series put its feet up in a hammock for a while, we're still brainstorming for new and interesting event ideas, so contact us if you have a new concept that you think MTB'ers will love!

What we really love about organising events is meeting so many super cool, like-minded riders. We'll be continuing to run skills clinics and organising more social rides and having fun adventures with our Choccy Foot women's team.


That's it from us for now, but we're sure we'll be in touch again throughout the year with news of what we and the Choccy Foot women's team are up to! You can also keep up to date via our Facebook page and Fi is posting regular updates from our riding adventures on Instagram - search for @choccyfoot if you'd like to stay in touch that way!

Cheers

Joe & Fi


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