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The Chocolate Wrapper - Rock Wallaby event report

wallabyHi to all of you that tamed or were bitten by the Rock Wallaby!

For a first time event, that went pretty well if we do say so ourselves! Brilliant weather (after a chilly start), an intimate but highly competitive field of 160 riders took on the course that by all accounts was tough but fun. Real mountain biking for real mountain bikers! Considering that the event was only launched a month before race day we're really happy with the turnout and strength of the field.

Much to our relief no ambulances were required, no one got lost, and the idiot 4WD'ers who encroached on the course got nabbed, dispatched and fined by the cops! Big ups to the local Police, all the Appin residents who helped with course design & preparation, marshalling, catering and logistics as well as Wollongong MTB Club for their invaluable assistance and use of their fine trails.

On the subject of trails, with the assistance of local trail guru Ernie Ring from Appin House we built or rehabilitated over 10km of new singletrack which, as it's all on Crown Land, is free and open for riders to keep using. Continued use of the trails by MTBs tends to discourage 4WDs and motorbikes, who in any case are banned from using Crown Land, and this will also help bed in the newer trails. The private property you were graciously allowed access to at the start is of course out of bounds at all times, and big thanks goes out the Williams family.

Plenty of great tales and sob stories from the day, there seemed to be quite a spate of broken chains (should have used SRAM...) one rider completing the last 12km of the course without a chain, another rolled or should we say walked over the line missing his rear derailleur! The rocks claimed plenty of flat tyres, magazine editor Chris Southwood rolled in on the rim, we'll bet he's got some explaining to do when that test bike goes back! There were good vibes on the trail, with people lending food, tubes, tools and pumps to those in need – this is why mountain bikers are tops!

The final results have been posted here: Congratulations to you all for chasing the Rock Wallaby, we hope you found it a rewarding challenge. And the winners were grinners with great prize packs from our brilliant sponsors Finish Line lubes, Jimmy Jack wine, SRAM, Avid, Truvativ, Mountain Biking Australia Magazine and Hammer Nutrition, plus Wendy Stevenson was the lucky winner of the Avid Elixir X7 brakeset draw prize.

After a hard day in the saddle, some still had the energy to put some words together, here's a wrap of some of the blogs:

Plenty of photos were taken on the day by our official photographer Dave Bateman, and are now posted in the Rock Wallaby Gallery. Also check out these galleries from Enduro Pulse, Bernard Riders, and our awesome multi-talented team member Josh Nicholson.

Lost Property: Not much to report except for hundreds of PSI's of lost air from tyres! But a very cool Lezyne mini-pump was handed in from the trail – if it's yours get in touch with us.

SRAM Singletrack Mind Series: With no time to recover from the Wallaby it's straight in to our 'day job' the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series - Round 2 at the famous flowing trials of Coondoo Rd in Nowra. Entries are coming in thick and fast and close at midnight on Wednesday, so enter soon to avoid disappointment! We’re excited to announce that, thanks to Mountain Biking Australia magazine and Toyota, we have on offer a $3000 Golden Ticket to spend in the local bike shop of your choice. Enter any of the Singletrack Mind Series events and you are in the running to win it … enter more rounds for more chances to win! All the info is here.

Thanks again to all the great riders, volunteers, community groups and sponsors who helped make the inaugural Rock Wallaby Half Marathon such a great day out!


Joe & Fi


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