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The Chocolate Wrapper - 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series Round 5 Event Report

Dear Singletracker

Five down and just one to go - but what a five they have been! Rydal was yet again awesome but we got the feeling that a few riders were a bit apprehensive about the CTBMC home track with its "2 million corners per lap". As many would discover, Rydal requires a different approach: "You have to ride it slow to be fast" said Male Pairs winner John Odams meaning that if you focus on entering the corners at the right speed and exiting cleanly, then the straight bits (what there was of them) will sort themselves out. Odams went on to record the 2nd fastest lap time of the day, not bad for riding "slow".

It was a fun day off the bike too as we had a stack of kids games and races, good old Kenda Quiots, a "mad skid" comp, quizzes and our "very bestest friends" Gumby and Pokey were there putting their bodies on the line in the name of children's entertainment and giving out hugs to any child or adult that couldn't run fast enough! Al Usher must do a heck of a lot of riding, he claimed all his bikes were currently broken so he brought only half a bike to Rydal, he kept us entertained with his unicycling antics and volunteered with us and was a great addition to the team. A huge thanks to all our vollies who all have their own unique "superpowers" and make the weekend fun and rewarding for us!

The racing was, as ever, really tight and highly competitive with many podiums finishing on the same lap. One of the highlights for us was talking to London Olympic athlete Bronwen Watson who represented Australia as a rower in the Lightweight Double sculls. In her first ever MTB race she and teammate Philippa Southey won their category - winning is clearly in her blood!

Many of you would have seen James Ross being cared for by St John Ambulance and later the NSW Ambulance who took him to Lithgow Hospital, after a nasty stack that saw him with a broken collarbone. Having spoken to James he says the thing he's most bummed about is that he was on track for a top 10 finish and has already vowed to be back racing the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series in 2013!

Our fantastic sponsors supported the event with displays and services from SRAM Neutral Service, Giant, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, Muc-Off, Jimmy Jack Wines and The Body Mechanic, all spruiking their services or products. We are stoked to have such awesome support at the events and we're sure it's appreciated by competitors and spectators alike. It was great to read Bethany Thompson's blog describing the event centre vibe - take a look here.

Congratulations to all the category winners and place getters for their awesome efforts, walking away with over $12,000 in cash and prizes from our fantastic sponsors SRAM, Avid, RockShox, Truvativ, Serfas, Giant, Cycology, Hammer Nutrition, Jimmy Jack wine, Aussie Butt Cream, Kenda, Frameskin, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, Keep It Together and Muc-Off! Congratulations also to Callum Payne who walked away with a $1500 voucher from Giant, and to Tim Bevear who went home with the very blingy SRAM RISE 40 wheelset worth $750. And how awesome was the spectacle of the Chocolate Foot eating competition, which started out at a furious pace but soon ground to a gooey halt ... congratulations to Matt Smith who won a Body Mechanic bike fit worth $330 for having the fastest sweet tooth!

Results, Photos & Reports

Preliminary results, including Female & Male 20 fastest laps, are up on the website. Please take a look and let us know if anything is incorrect! Series Points will be updated very soon.

You can find the full race report on Flow Mountain Bike here and there's a stack of blogs about the race all collected here, plus some competitor & supporter feedback.

Event photographer and lensman extraordinaire Dave Bateman took some fantastic shots – check them out in the Gallery.

Thank You

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who assisted in the successful running of the event:

Lost and Found

We came home with one item of lost property, a pair of gloves, which were left at the Giant display so possibly someone who tested a bike. If you think they're yours, get in touch with a description!

Putting our best foot forward …

The next round of the 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series will be the exciting conclusion to the Series, at the singletrack oasis that is Awaba MTB park near Newcastle on 25 November. Entries are of course open and all the event info will be on the website within the next week.

That's it for our event wrap the "Chocolate Wrapper"! Look forward to seeing you at Awaba next month.


Joe & Fi


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