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Footprint: Chocolate Foot News, April 2010

Dear All

With the Paris–Roubaix race on this Sunday night (SBS 10pm) we thought we'd get into the spirit of the Queen of the Classics and headed off for a training ride in the rain this morning, through farm lanes, covering a bit of dirt and heading for the famed cobbles of the local shopping centre. It wasn't freezing cold, and Forest of Arenberg it ain't, but we will at least have a bit more insight into the Hell of the North ... though I bet the pros don't have to clean the cow poo off their bikes!

2010 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series – Protected by Brave Soldier

stm-final-225In an entirely different forest, another modern 'classic' is set to go with nary a cobble in sight! Round 1 of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series – Protected by Brave Soldier kicks off in a week and a half at Lidsdale State Forest, Lithgow. Entries have been rolling in steadily across all categories and we are delighted to announce that we are adding a few more categories! We've had a great response from the 'older diesel engine' models out there, so we're adding a Solo Mens and Womens Masters category! Also MTBA have updated their minimum age rules for endurance racing. Some of the ages have actually decreased so check our categories page for the details.

If you somehow missed the Round 1 preview video featuring the acting and stunt riding talents of Flynny and the CTMBC crew, it's here!

Entry for Round 1 closes at 6pm on Wednesday 14 April. That means you have less than a week to sort out your teams, negotiate a leave pass with 'those who must be obeyed' and get entered! Sorry, but no on the day entries. You can however register a substitute rider at race rego - please download, print and complete our Replacement Rider Form and bring it with you. If your substitute rider needs a day licence, they’ll fill out the form and pay for that at Rego. We aim to have a fast and streamlined registration process so you can focus on getting prepared, caffeinated and have a fun start to the day!

scum-150Round 2 at SCUM's Coondoo Road track in Nowra is looking to be a huge one as the Australian Defence Force Cycling Club have kindly asked us to host their Enduro Championships! Some of those in the distinctive camouflage lycra will be giving the overall solo title a serious crack as well. ADCC's Shane Taylor took 6th place overall at the recent Solo 24 Hour National Championships and will be a marked man for the series. It won't be all 'serious racing' though and the Nowra course is great for novice enduro racers while it's fast and swoopy nature makes it a great track for the fast kids! Enter here!

If you're looking to fill the whole weekend with riding, our friends the McGees are hosting a fundraising race for Camp Quality. It's on Saturday 15 May based out of their great little property 'Twin Falls' at Fitzroy Falls. Support a great charity and have a great ride, info and entry details on the Camp Quality website.

Series Sponsors

Since our last newsletter we we've been blown over by the response we're had from riders and the bike industry and we have had yet more fantastic sponsors come on board which is allowing us to away some amazing products at the presentations and of course plenty of random giveaways as well!

NZO Clothing – Fine mountain biking threads, thrashed and tested in the rad Redwoods of Rotorua.

Hammer Nutrition –  No hype, just great products that work AND they back it up with loads of free advice. See the Event Nutrition page on our website.

K-lite Racing lights – Aussie made and developed using the latest in LED technology, with output of up to 1100 lumens!

Muc-Off – 8 hours in the saddle can make your bike look like a crappy Kmart special, give it some post event love with Muc-Off's range of bike cleaning products.

Kenda – Treads like the Small Block 8 and the venerable Karma are getting a big reputation in endurance racing for being fast rolling, robust and grippy. They're the most important component on your bike and we're stoked to have Kenda's fine rubber on board for the series.

Deuter – There's a gazillion hydration packs on the market these days but Deuter have been and still are the best. Better thought out and better designed. 'Nuff said!

Talking of sponsorship we're helping out a few very fine endurance racers from the state's newest riding hotspot - Orange. Scott Charlton, Matt Cordery and Joe Spytko are looking to give the Solo 24 Worlds a serious nudge and they'll be racing the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series to tune up the skills and work on strategy in preparation for the big one in October.


Castech Sports Technology - Timing Partner

castech-150Also at race registration you'll receive a small orange timing chip as we've chosen the great guys from Castech to provide their JChip timing services. The coolest thing is that friends and family will be able to track your progress live on the web or you can check your placing from the comfort of your team pit on your web enabled smart phone.

Just ensure you attach the chip securely to your fork leg AND don't forget to return it at the end of the race.


If you have a friend or partner who's sick of just handing out bottles and stuffing gels up your skanky knicks, we'd love them to give us a bit of a hand and they might just have a more interesting day out than you and your smelly mates can provide. We mostly need people at the start and the end of the day, so they may still be free to fill your bottles and tell you that “You look strong, go get 'em” even when you look like you've been rolling in cow pies and “go get 'em” means “go away, you stink!”

Just fill out the form here and become part of the race.

Clubby Corner

We thought we'd include a few news items from the people that make mountain biking happen – the clubs.

Hunter Mountain Bike Association has been building up on their trail network at Awaba Mountain Bike Park. This now includes a junior XC race track, a national level DH race track, pump track, and 12KM of the sweetest flowing singletrack. With a planned network of over 20km expected to be completed within the next 12 months, there will be no rest for the trail fairies!

CORC's Solo 24 Hour championships took place over the Easter weekend at Majura Pines. English and Douglas retained their titles but great to see the singlespeeders coming 3rd in the both men and women's categories. Respect! See the results on Cyclingnews.

Their name is MUD, no really, Milton Ulladulla District Mountain Bikers have been around for a little while now and they have just produced their new club kit (which is how we discovered them), so if you're a rider living down that way, join the club and meet some super friendy, super enthusiastic riders. They have a race coming up this weekend as well. Call Mountain Cycles for all the goss on 02 4454 1177.

That wraps it up for the 2nd edition of Footprint, you can also keep up to date by becoming a Chocolate Foot ‘fan’ on Facebook.

Safe riding, and we really look forward to catching up with you all at Lithgow.

Joe & Fi

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