Singletrack Mind Series

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The Chocolate Wrapper - 2015 Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series Round One

Dear Singletracker

evocities-mtb-series-300There's no doubt about it, last weekend was really special! With 2 races in 1 we hosted the opening round of our own Finish Line Singletrack Mind series and the 2nd round of the Evocities MTB Series and it was at an all new venue - Wylde MTB Park at Cecil Hills. While the weather did its best to give us grey hair, it came good and in fact dried out to become super grippy and fast! The feedback about the venue has been overwhelmingly positive and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust must be congratulated for building this great facility in a readily-accessible location right in the middle of the greater Sydney area.

There were plenty of fantastic battles throughout the day and you can read up on all the racing news on marathonmtb.com.

It's never good to be speaking of accidents, but many of you would have been aware of a competitor who was being treated track-side for a significant period. The injured rider was Cr Mathew Dickerson, Mayor of Dubbo and the person responsible for developing the Evocities MTB Series. As you will read in this story in the Daily Liberal, Cr Dickerson has suffered significant injuries but, in the words of his family is "a very lucky boy", and we sincerely hope he'll make a speedy recovery. Thanks to the many of you who helped track-side or have asked about his welfare. Also sending good healing vibes to the two other broken bone recipients, one requiring surgery for a broken collarbone and the other with a broken scapula. We hope to see you all back on the bike as soon as is humanly possible!

We are very luckyto have such awesome support from sponsors and services at the events. The event centre was full of displays from James Estate Wines, SRAM,Fairfax Media, NAB, Hogs Breath and Fly Orana. Snax on Trax kept us fed and caffeinated, and big props to the Short Circuit Cancer crew - weare privileged that you have chosen our Series to help promote your fundraising for cancer research.

Congratulations to all the category winners and place getters for their awesome efforts, recieving cash and prizes from our fantastic sponsors Finish Line, SRAM, Avid, RockShox, Truvativ, Hammer Nutrition, James Estate,Aussie Butt Cream, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, and Cycle & Fitness Studio! Don't forget to check outgreat offers from Hammer Nutrition, MBA, James Estate, and Cycle Studio listed below!

Results, Photos, Video & Reports

The race results, including Female & Male 20 fastest laps, are up on the website.Here you'll also find a bunch of reports from the race and competitor feedback. Series rankings willalso available on the Results & Reports page in the near future.

Our event photographer Ian Mosestook over a thousandfantastic shots which are showcased in our Gallery. You're welcome to download the low-res shots displayed there for your personal use and if you want to purchase a high-res copy ($15 per image), please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating the image filename that you are after.

Our in-house editor (Joe) will be working on putting together a video of the day, he has some 4hrs of footage to trawl through which includes the action from the kids race, this highly-anticipated video will be well worth the wait! We'll let you know in Series Latest News and on Facebook once it's available.

Thank You

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who assisted in the successful running of the event:

  • NAB Course Marshals & Timing Crew who loudly cheered on riders and looked after your safety on track.

  • Kemps Creek Rural Fire Service for providing parking marshals and assisting with track incidents.

  • Riders – thanks for helping create the fun and positive vibe that these events are known for. We’re totally stoked that you guys are doing your best to obey Rule # 33!

  • Good Samaritans – Thanks to everyone who stopped to offer assistance to other riders due to injury or mechanicals.

  • Rob Parbery – for all his hard work as our MTBA Event Commissaire.

  • Ian Moses – for providing outstanding images - enjoy checking them out!

  • Snax on Trax – for providing awesome food and coffee as always.

  • Precision Timing Services – for the live-to-the-web, transponder timing service.

  • SRAM – for providing technical support and good vibes all day long!

  • Finish Line and James Estate Wines – for their product displays and samples.
  • St John Ambulance – the volunteers of theSt John Ambulance who looked after any injuries - thanks for your tireless work and enthusiasm!

  • Volunteers – We couldn't have done this without our wonderful volunteers! You’re all awesome! Thanks to Josh, Monika, Ray, Jimmy, Liam, Linda, Steph, Kaleb and everyone who volunteered their time throughout the weekend ... you all rock!

Chocolate Foot Women's MTB Development Team

Congratulations to our women's team riders on their great results on Sunday. Mel came 2nd in the 4hr Open Female and Steph and Linda teamed up to take out 3rd in the 7hr Female Pairs. Monika is currently recovering from illness and is unable to ride, however in true team spirit she came to the event to help out - you may have seen her at Rego. Congratulations also to team sponsor Jen Fleeton from Bioathletic who came 2nd in the 4hr Mixed Pairs!

Check out the Team Website which includes rider profiles, blogs and info about the team'sgreat sponsors.

Sponsor Special Offers for Competitors

Hammer Nutrition

Hammer-BannerDon't forget to take advantage of the 12% discount offered by Hammer Nutrition. Simply use the code: CHOC FOOT. Remember "Fuel Right, Feel GREAT!"

Cycle & Fitness Studio

cycle-fitnessstudio-250This great 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 after participating in one of our events. Also they offer a money back guarantee to any of our riders that do not improve your performance as a result of training at least once a week at the studio in a squad training session for a month. We have seen our own Chocolate Foot Women's team improve using the amazing wattbikes power training cards used at the studio, so we are confident that you can improve your riding time by training indoors at the purpose built studio, 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 the team at Cycle Studio.

Mountain Biking Australia

mba-125Mountain Biking Australia magazine have a special deal for all of our competitors! 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

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Buy 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.

Putting our best foot forward …

The legendary trails of Wingello will host the next round of the Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series, the Great Wall and the fast swoopy fun of Everglades should delight the true singletrack fanatic! Entries are open now for the remaining rounds of the series, get in now to avoid disappointment!

We have been receiving lots of enquiries about our Good Times Enduro series, we have had a few "interesting" things come up including one of the trails being scheduled to be logged, so hang tight and we'll have more news for you by the end of April.

Thanks again for being part of what promises to be a great Series of racing, and we and the Southern Highlands Cycle Club look forward to welcoming you to Round 2 at Wingello on 28 June! And hopefully you're also planning to head to more of the Evocities MTB Series races, which will take you to more great locations around NSW and you only have to attend five out of seven races to be in the running for Series prize money!

Cheers

Joe & Fi

 

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