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Footprint: Chocolate Foot News, February 2014


Hello and welcome to the first Footprint for 2014!

Plenty has happened since our last newsletter, the Singletrack Mind Series finished with a flourish on the fine trails of Kinross Forest in Orange, and summer has been a whirl of riding trails and good times. We've also been finalising the planning for the 2014 Singletrack Mind Series and are really excited to be heading to two great new venues: the legendary singletrack of Mogo, and Mowbray Park Farm at Picton.

Last weekend we raced at the Ginja Ninja 250 at Kinross in very wet and slippery conditions and the trails still shone, reinforcing our view that Orange is an awesome place to close out the Series again in 2014. Great to catch up with lots of familiar faces and very happy to come away with a win in the mixed pairs!

We've also been busy with skills clinics including women-only and mixed groups. We're stoked to see everyone going away with better confidence, control and enjoying their riding more as a result. More dates have been scheduled, details below!

We're hoping to have an announcement very soon about an exciting new initiative we're pursuing ... watch this space!

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Welby & Kinross see out a great series in 2013

While we had to reschedule a few rounds in 2013, two because of rain and one due to the threat of bushfires, but the rescheduled races more than made up for any disappointment!

The racing at round 4 at Welby as like the weather on the original date: HOT! Plenty of hugely competitive racing and categories with tight battles all day. And there were plenty of compliments for the great work that the members of SHCC had put into the trails. Good times!

It almost became anti-climactic to have an event go ahead on schedule as it did for Round 5 at Orange! It was a great way to end out the Series with great trails and a town which boasts great food and wineries. With many categories yet to be decided, the racing would go down to the wire! And with some riders racking up over 35 hours in the saddle during the course of the Series it was our great honour to hand out the Series medals to our competitors, some sore, but all very much elated!

STM-2014-3002014 Singletrack Mind Series

We've finalised details for this year's Singletrack Mind Series and we hope you're as excited as we are! We're humbled to receive interest from many clubs for a round of the Series, and selecting five venues from so many awesome locations makes our little brains hurt! Here's where we're heading in 2014:

18 May: Kiwarrak State Forest, Taree
15 June: Maulbrooks MTB Park, Mogo
3 August: Awaba MTB Park, Cooranbong
31 August: Mowbray Park Farm, Picton
19 October: Kinross State Forest, Orange

We'd like to give a very warm welcome to the Series to our two new host clubs - Eurobodalla Cyclists and Wollondilly Trailblazers - we're very much looking forward to working together and we think you'll love what their trails have in store for you!

What's new for 2014?

  • Solo-only 4hr race option

  • New solo Super Masters 50+ plus a couple of changes to the rule regarding prize categories

  • All age group categories will use 31 December 2014 as the age cutoff for the entire Series

  • The offer to 2014 Serial Offenders will be five rounds for the price of four - i.e. a whopping 20% discount!

  • We'll be welcoming back many of the existing Series sponsors and we'd like to take this opportunity to give a very warm welcome to two new Series sponsors. Nicole Grimm-Hewitt of Rockpool Graphics and Grimm-Hewitt artwork will be providing some of her beautiful artwork as prizes throughout the Series. We'd also like to welcome Cycle & Fitness Studio who will be offering our competitors great deals on membership.

All the 2014 Series information is available on the website, and entries are now open!

DSCN13271MTB Skills Clinics

Our skills clinics at St Ives Showground are proving to be very popular with great demand particularly for the women-only sessions. We've scheduled another couple of dates - 15 March for women-only and 12 April for a mixed group. Check out the Testimonials to see feedback from participants and the Gallery to see them tackling new terrain. All the course and entry details are available here. We've also added a new mailing list option for those who'd like to be kept informed of skills clinics dates.

Sponsor News

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cycle-fitnessstudio-250Cycle & Fitness Studio

Cycle & Fitness Studio is the place to escape the elements and get results. Whether it be training for a road criterium, mountain bike 12 hour, week long tour or Olympic Distance triathlon, we have the equipment and expertise to help you out! The studio, located in Balgowlah Heights, is equipped with the latest technology in indoor cycling, the Wattbike. Train with power, train with confidence! Dynamic core strength classes, general group cycle classes, squad training, one-on-one coaching and testing available to help you reach your full potential!

Mention you race with Chocolate Foot and you will receive 10% off any membership!


‘Land & Sea’, an exhibition of Nicole Grimm-Hewitt’s latest collection which includes seascapes, beach scenes and landscapes - the places we walk, cycle, swim and surf. Forest scenes, Australian bush-tracks and also some cycling-related pieces will be on display. Her obsession to represent the sea and its many changing faces continues, as does a fascination with the aerial perspective. All works are available for purchase and limited edition prints can be ordered. The exhibition takes place on 1 & 2 March at Clifton School of Arts - all the details can be found here. And check out an example of Nicole's beautiful work below.

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TSL-1000TThe TSL-1000T is a standout light with its super lightweight and compact head unit. The newly-designed head unit is a complete CNC aluminium construction. The new TSL-100T has also changed the game with its integrated thunderbolt rear light in the battery. You can strap this to your seatpost, jersey or backpack with the use of the extension cable. The battery is also a charging POD. With an integrated USB outlet you can charge your phone, MP3 player, tablet or helmet camera on the go. 

The Serfas TL-80 is as bright a rear light you can get. It has 80 Lumens, USB rechargeable, over 1 mile visibility, 4 light modes and a run time of up to 2 hours! This light sure does pack a punch. If you want to be seen by those motorists then this is the light for you.

Check out the full Serfas lighting range here and at your local bike store.


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Clubby Corner

Wollongong MTB Club has been in numerous talks with both Wollongong and Shellharbour councils for the development of legal tracks in the area. Wollongong is hampered by the fact that the escarpment is controlled by National Parks, the Water Board and mining companies. Shellharbour Council is fully supportive with the Blackbutt Forrest and Green Valleys locations. We are currently negotiating to have an open day at Blackbutt where we hope to involve more local families into the sport. Keep an eye on the WMBC Facebook page for updates.

Manly-Warringah MTB Club have been holding their popular Short Track XC races at St Ives Showground over summer.
The racing is fast & furious, but there's nothing overly technical and with A, B & C grades it's very novice-friendly. Great for spectators too, and there's a free BBQ afterwards. The final round of this series is on Wednesday 12 March, check out the schedule here.

James Williamson Enduro Challenge 2014

The annual James Williamson Enduro Challenge is taking place at Wingello Forest on 23 March. Choose your race distance from the options of 13km, 25km, 50km or 75km. Don't miss this great day's racing, in memory of the champion "Willo" - all proceeds from the race go into junior development. See for further information and entries are available here.

short-circuit-cancer-250Short Circuit Cancer 2014

The awesome crew from Short Circuit Cancer are very excited to announce that the new 2014 Short Circuit Cancer website is now live, and registration plus fundraising is open! The annual Ride To Beat Cancer event is taking place on Saturday 29 March, at the Royal National Park, Heathcote. Come and race and ride and help support this cause!

Short Circuit Cancer has only been made possible with your help, riding across the past few years and sharing the event with your family and friends - to either ride along with you or donate funds to help us short circuit cancer. Together we've raised over $100,000! We'd love you to join us in 2014 and can do so by visiting the website here.

Supporting Michael Blyth

House renovations are underway at the family home of Michael Blyth, a young MTB'er who suffered a spinal injury, becoming a paraplegic. There has been some great support from local tradies with some volunteering their services or providing materials free of charge to help the family achieve the disability-friendly renovations needed. Please read Michael's story and go to his website to find out ways you can help.

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.


Joe & Fi

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