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Footprint: Chocolate Foot News, October 2012

Hello and welcome to summer! (or 2nd summer in Fi's case!)

With Fi now back on deck, the last round at Welby couldn't have been a better reintroduction to Chocolate Foot 'ground operations'. A new track and the brilliant assistance of the Southern Highland Cycle Club made it a fun and interesting day out and, despite the course being built around an old tip, the trails were far from rubbish! That said it's not the easiest course for passing opportunities so thanks to all who heeded Gumby and Pokey's awesome passing etiquette tips! The great news is that Gumby and Pokey will be back for Rydal and there's even a showjumping ring at the venue, so we expect Pokey to impress us with his "mad horsey skillz"!

Talking of "mad skillz", you needed then in abundance to survive the blue lap of the Scott 24 hour! With the rain (and snow!) pelting on Friday, Fi was not looking forward to 24 hours of mud despite becoming very well acquainted with it in the UK. However, all that mud riding practice paid dividends as her team the Bobbin Head Bombers, which featured Series regulars Mike Israel and Brad Tillack and their fellow TORC rider Sandy Logan, won their category! Plenty of other SRAM Singletrack Mind Series regulars also recorded awesome results: Liz Smith won the Solo Female, Janet Martin won the Masters Solo Female and Phil Welch won the Masters Solo Male. The Solo Men featured plenty of STM serial offenders including 2011 Series Champion Andrew Hall who battled hard for 3rd place against the best competitors in the World, the ever smiling Elvio Fernades pushed himself to new limits with 14th and Clydesdale legend Cory Dimmer racked up 17 laps to come in 21st. Well done to all of you!

Joe has been busy producing a series of videos for Cycling Australia called Women & Wheels which is being broadcast on SBS's Cycling Central program. As the name would suggest, it's all about female cyclists and puts some of our greats like Anna Meares in the spotlight, as well as up and coming riders like Annette Edmondson. Well worth a watch and hopefully inspiring for young female cyclists:

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Coming Up: Round 5, Rydal, nr Lithgow - 28 October

Rydal was a new course to the Series last year and was well received despite its 'freshness'! A year on and the Central Tablelands MTB Club has been working hard on the trail and riding it in, building berms, and just to mix things up the course will be reversed which they say gives the course more flow in the early part of the lap and introduces the twisty bits once you're all warmed up! Apart from the great trails, Rydal is a brilliant venue with proper toilets, town water supply and acres of camping and team tent space. If you suffered from claustrophobia at Welby you can stretch out at Rydal ... and the pub is just down the road! 

If that's not enough, everyone who records a result at Rydal gets 40 bonus Series points! Mad if you miss it!

New competition: We're not going to give too much away about this one, but if you're a BIG fan of chocolate then we might just have a competition well suited to you. It'll be happening just before Presentation so stay around for this - not only could you win a Body Mechanic Bike Fit worth $350 for your efforts, there's also the opportunity to win a lucky draw prize of a $1500 voucher to spend on the Giant bike of your chioce as well as a SRAM Rise 40 Wheelset!

All the Round 5 info is available here. If you haven't entered yet: early bird pricing ends at midnight on Sunday, and entries close at midnight on Wednesday. Enter HERE!

Round 3, Coondoo Rd, Nowra - 19 August

We unashamedly love Nowra and its trails lovingly cared for by the great folks of the SCUM club. The 3rd round of the Series was yet again a huge success with a big field of competitors, brilliant course and weather that played ball at just the right time. The majority of riders probably didn't care what their result was as the fast flowing singletrack of Coondoo Road was reward enough!

A highlight of the weekend was seeing Al Usher roll up with BOB trailer in tow after he had just ridden overnight in freezing temperatures from Canberra! Just to prove that he was indeed clinically insane he raced solo on Sunday and after a 'relaxing' night in the forest Al and female soloist Bethany Thompson set off back to Canberra. Unfortunately Al suffered a mechanical which necessitated converting his bike to a singlespeed but they made it back home, if a little slower than anticipated. A great adventure and no doubt about it ... that's hardcore!

Round 4, Welby - 16 September

The third new venue of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series for 2012, Welby in the NSW Southern Highlands, served up a course that had something for everyone. While in places it was a little fresh and powdery, the abundance of fun sections, techy climbs and flowing track more than made up for it! Gumby brought along his friendly horse Pokey, and they were kind enough to assist with the rider briefing and give out hugs all day! Thanks plasticine peeps!

Tight racing has become a definite feature of the Series and almost all the solo categories were epic battles. Away from the super pointy end of racing, the Clydesdale class continues to prove popular with 7 solo riders hitting the scales. Grant Johnston, winner of the previous two rounds withdrew mid-race leaving the race open to Matt Cordery and Cory Dimmer. With his extra lap and "beefcake" advantage, the towering Cordery won the category by a significant margin.

It's always great to receive positive feedback after an event, but we were particularly stoked to hear this story reflecting the friendly and supportive vibe on track at Welby. Check out the first comment here to see what a positive first race experience it was for some junior riders. Thanks for being awesome!

Wine & Wheels Weekend

We've been gagging to get out to James Estate Wines in Baerami (Upper Hunter Valley) who have recently opened their MTB trails to the public, and we think it'd be fun to share the experience with a group. James Estate have kindly agreed to host us for a casual weekend of bikes, wine, and good company!

With plenty of lush, soft grass surrounds, accommodation will be camping with full facilities such as camp kitchen, fridge, freezer, showers and toilets. Meals will be organised on an 'everyone muck in' basis and rides will be fun and at a relaxed and inclusive pace.

The proposed date for this trip is 17/18 November 2012. Numbers will be limited to 20 or so. If you're keen to join us, then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest and we'll send you all the info!

Sponsor News

James Estate Goes PinkJames Estate Rose Revolution

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we are chipping in by donating 20% of the sales of our Rose to the Pink Ribbon fundraiser by the NSW Cancer Council as well as hosting a Sunday Funday fundraiser at the winery on Sunday 4 November. Look out for our tastings of our new Rose at the Rydal Singletrack Mind event, and remember to Think Pink!

Hammer Nutrtion - Electrolyte Replacement

hammer-125As the weather is heating up electrolytes are a key component for athletic performance. Electrolytes are comparable to the motor oil in your car - they don't make the engine run but they're absolutely necessary to keep everything running smoothly. Proper functioning of the digestive, nervous, cardiac and muscular systems depend on adequate electrolyte levels.

Head to the Hammer Nutrition website to know more about the importance of electrolytes and learn 15 simple was to improve your performance. And don't forget that Footprint subscribers are offered a 12% discount on all Hammer Nutrition products. Click here then insert the code CHOC FOOT into the coupon section of the shopping cart when checking out.Bike it List mens Black

CYCOLOGY has a special 1st Birthday offer available to all Chocolate Footers.

Our new MTB design tees have been very popular since their recent release and new stock has now arrived. As part of our 1st Birthday celebrations, from Monday 22 October for 7 days only, we’re taking 25% off all our cycling t shirts. These tees will cost just $29.95 for this limited time.

With free shipping on all orders, this makes for some very tasty bargain priced tees!

Muc-Offmuc off all day lube layout

This picture shows a man determined to see bikes with clean, smooth running drivetrains. It’s what Muc-Off does. 

The Muc-Off team will once again be helping out all riders this year at Rydal, providing FREE bike lubing on the day. Whether the conditions at Rydal are awesome or terrible, Muc-Off will be equipped with bottles of wet and dry lube to help keep your steed running smoothly. Come and check out the guys at Muc-Off on the day to get your chain cleaned and lubed. Or, you could just swing by for a chat about bikes. We like bikes. We like them very much.

Clubby Corner

livingstone-npMTB Wagga Inchave some exciting news. We have been working with NSW NPWS since 2005 in the (then newly created) Livingstone National Park. Livingstone was one of MTB Wagga’s prime riding sites offering a range of Blue and Black cross country runs, challenging riding over varying terrain and over 60 km of singletrack – most of this singletrack was created by motorbikes and had several unsustainable areas. As the site was originally a State park these trails were not an issue until the Park came into the land management tenure of NSW NPWS.  During the consultation and collaboration the club and its members lost access to all of these trails to enable the design and development of new IMBA compliant flow trail. 

On 14 September 2012 member for Wagga Wagga Mr Daryl Maguire MP opened the Livingstone National Park Multi Use Trail loop. The beginner (green) loop is 4.3 km long - designed by IMBA Australia and constructed by SA trails company Trailscapes. The trail is the first of two trails amounting to roughly 10 km in the Northern area of the park.  MTB Wagga Inc and IMBA Australia are working collaboratively with NSW NPWS to raise funds to complete the second loop and conduct further planning for additional intermediate (blue) trails.  This trail is considered a pilot project for mountain biking in NSW National parks. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more!

That's it for the October edition of Footprint. We're really looking forward to getting back to Rydal - nice trails, nice town and a great club to work with. With the weather warming up, we're anticipating a great day out (after the customary Central Tablelands chilly start) and, with bonus points on offer, a big field on the startline!

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Joe & Fi

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