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The Chocolate Wrapper - 2015 Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series R3 Event Report

Dear Singletracker

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We have a big soft spot for Nowra, Joe's hometown and home to plenty of sweet flowing singletrack! Good ol' Nowra didn't disappoint for the 6th year in a row and the Coodoo Road course once again got the thumbs up from pretty much everyone!

Being the third and final round, series podiums were up for grabs ensuring some highly competitive racing, and 26% of the field were women, a record female participation rate for a mountain bike race in NSW. We were so pleased to welcome the new members of the Chocolate Foot women's development team, and look forward to witnessing them build their skills, fitness and confidence over the next year.

The Coondoo Road trails took a massive battering in late August when 400+mm of rain fell over a couple of days. The South Coast United Mountainbikers (SCUM) crew have put in a ton of hours to fix up the damage at Coondoo Road and their other trails (Butterfly Road and Superbowl) and we are truly grateful to them for ensuring the race could go ahead and their wonderful hospitality as always. 

Thanks for providing your feedback on the event - great to receive such positive comments! Check it out here. We're always open to suggestions, so do let us know if we can enhance your event experience in any way!

There were plenty of fantastic battles throughout the day and you can read up on all the racing news on Mountain Biking Australia Magazine. The kids' race was a hotly-contested event and this venue was wonderful in that it provided a dedicated singletrack loop for the action.

We are very lucky to have such awesome support from sponsors and services at the events. Thanks to SRAM, The Bike Shack, and Short Circuit Cancer for helping create a great vibe at the event centre.

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!

Huge congratulations to our Series winners and placegetters, it's been fantastic to see you compete throughout the Series. Thank you for supporting the Series.

Results, Photos & 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. Final Series rankings are also available on the Results & Reports page. 

Our event photographer Ian Moses took 600+ 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.

Thank You

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

  • South Coast United Mountainbikers for their fantastic support before, during and after the event.

  • SCUM course marshals who cheered on riders and looked after your safety on track.

  • Shoalhaven City Council - for their support of the event and Shoalhaven Water for the drinking water tank. With such great local support it's always a pleasure to hold events in the Shoalhaven!

  • 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.

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

  • Local Grub and Espresso Mobile Cafe – for providing awesome food and coffee.

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

  • SRAM and The Bike Shack for providing technical support and good vibes all day long!

  • Finish Line for their lube bay.

  • St John Ambulance – the volunteers of the St 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, Vanessa, Yasmin, Kelly M, Dave, Ross, Kelly and everyone who volunteered their time throughout the weekend ... you all rock!

Chocolate Foot Women's MTB Development Team

We couldn't be more proud of the performance of our Chocolate Foot team members. A big shout out to Mel Nuttall who won the 4hr open female and took out the Series win. As for the new team members, thrown in at the deep end having only just been selected for the team, they all accepted the challenge of 4hr pairs, raced hard and threw down some great performances - including securing a podium or two! Well done to them all! In a week you'll see Mel, Robyn and Pippa on the start line at the Highland Fling. Good luck ladies, and we're really excited about what is to come in the next 12 months!

We'll be updating the Team Website soon with rider profiles, and there you can also find blogs and info about the team's great sponsors.

Sponsor Info

Hammer Nutrition

Hammer-BannerDon't forget to take advantage of the 10% discount offered by Hammer Nutrition. Simply use the code: CHOC FOOT. Remember "Fuel Right, Feel GREAT!"

Finish Line Polish and Protectant

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Simply spray on and let sit for 10 seconds. Then wipe off with a clean rag. Due to Showroom’s proprietary formulation there is no need to pre-wash the bike. Enjoy the shine!

Showroom Polish & Protectant will:

  • Clean frames and components without a prewash

  • Protect the bicycle from water and perspiration

  • Prevent a build-up of grit and grime
  • Keep your bicycle looking new

Watch this video to see how it works in action! RRP $16.99

Putting our best foot forward …

We'll be announcing dates and locations for the 2016 Series in the coming months, stay tuned! In the meantime we've got skills courses and private tuititon available as always, and if you're in the Manly area and keen to join us for a ride then check out the Manly Cycles weekly social rides which we regularly participate in. We plan to be regularly out training and riding with the Chocolate Foot team, and we're always happy to show you around the Northern Beaches trails - get in touch if you need a local guide!

Thanks again for being part of a great Series of racing, and we really look forward to seeing you next year.

Cheers

Joe & Fi

 

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