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New Enduro Event Set To Rock Appin

Media Release – 4 April 2011

As part of the celebrations of Appin’s Bicentenary, the Appin township has engaged mountain bike events specialists Chocolate Foot to run an event as a major focus of the festivities for the 'Appin 200' and thus the Rock Wallaby Mountain Bike enduro is born!

This inaugural event will take place on Sunday 15 May 2011, with the kind assistance of the people of Appin, the Appin Bicentenary committee and Wollongong Mountain Bike Club (WMBC).

Southern Sydney's singletrack oasis has been earning a big reputation for being fun and flowing while offering a challenge and being a great place to hone those all-important technical skills. The Rock Wallaby will be the closest and easiest to access half-marathon event to the Sydney and Wollongong regions.

The Chocolate Foot team have crafted a 25km course across Appin’s great natural terrain – including the renowned Appin singletrack, home track to WMBC, however this will be uniquely divided up by sections of fire trail and never-before-raced singletrack. As is well known with the Appin trails, the riding will be technical in parts and flowy and smooth in others, however it has been designed so as not to be daunting for the novice rider.

The event has 25km and 50km options, with male, female, junior and masters categories. There is also a free family ride offered on the Saturday, aimed at locals, visitors and supporters who want to experience a gentle guided ride along the local fire trails.

Chocolate Foot, whose principals are Joe Ward and Fiona Dick, introduced an exciting new MTB enduro series to NSW and ACT in 2010 with the successful SRAM Singletrack Mind Series. Last year’s series finale was held at Appin, with a unique course configuration that saw the event centre right in the middle of the town at Appin Park. Chocolate Foot principal and event MC Joe Ward, “We were overwhelmed by Appin’s support of our 2010 Singletrack Mind Series event, and we intend that the Rock Wallaby will once again provide a great day out on the bike for our competitors and benefit the town of Appin, not only from increased business for shops and services but also by involving community groups for camping, catering, and marshalling. We’re also excited by the opportunity to showcase the extensive trail network around Appin to the mountain biking community.”

The Appin 200 celebrations begin on 13 May with many events during the week, culminating with the Festival on 21 & 22 May. More info on the Appin Bicentenary can be found at http://www.appin200.com.au/

Come and be part of this historic town’s celebrations!

For further information please see www.chocolatefoot.com.au/rock-wallaby