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The Chocolate Wrapper - 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series Round 6 Event Report

Dear Singletracker

Well, doesn't the weather always make Awaba an interesting venue? With rain of biblical proportions forcing us to reschedule this race not once but twice last year, we were relieved to see a dry forecast for the weekend. What our crystal ball didn't alert us to was the much-higher-than-forecast temperature! But, as the largest round of the Series with over 360 entrants, it's  pretty clear that the swooping singletrack of Awaba is universally adored and not even the thought of 8 hours of riding in temperatures around the mid-thirties put you guys off. Gumby, on the other hand, found his plasticine to have a lower melting point and was forced to minimise his antics for fear of becoming a jolly green blob. As for Pokey, with the exception of a brief appearance on Saturday, he was nowhere to be found and we suspect he's moonlighting as one of Santa's reindeer.

As always, the racing was top class with a number of new names and teams shaking up the leaderboard. Check out the media release on SRAM Australia's website for the low down on the battles throughout the day.

Our fantastic sponsors supported the event with displays and services from SRAM Neutral Service, Giant, Mountain Biking Australia magazine, Muc-Off, Jimmy Jack Wines, The Body Mechanic and Zerofive Custom Sportswear. We are stoked to have such awesome support at the events and we're sure it's appreciated by competitors and spectators alike.

Congratulations to all the category winners and place getters for their awesome efforts, walking away with over $15,000 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! A very worthy winner was Serial Offender Di Gbel who walked away with a $1500 voucher from Giant, and congratulations to Vincent Keir and Sebastien Dunne who each 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 Brock Perry who won a Body Mechanic biomechanical assessment worth $105 for having the fastest sweet tooth! Thanks and congratulations go to our Serial Offender draw winners, Paul Turnbull and Rachel Wilkinson. We're stoked to see the growing number of people attending each round of the Series.

Congratulations also to our Series winners and placegetters, it's been fantastic to see such consistent competition throughout the Series. Thank you for supporting the Series. We've posted a gallery of the Series Presentation on Facebook, feel free to tag yourselves!

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! Final Series Standings are also available here.

You can find a stack of blogs and reports from 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.

Richard McGibbon was also snapping away to provide you with some great shots which are available to purchase. His Gallery can be found here.

Thank You

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

  • Hunter MTB Association – A huge thank you to Mark, Tim, Dean, Keith, Tim, Dallas, and all the other volunteers from HMBA - thanks to you all for your part in making the event so awesome!

  • Riders - thanks for helping create the fun and positive vibe that these events are known for. We’re totally stoked that you guys are doing your best to obey Rule # 34!

  • Good Samaritans – Thanks to everyone who stopped to offer assistance to other riders due to injury or mechanicals.

  • Dave Bateman – our Series photographer who always delivers outstanding images, and Richard McGibbon for  providing a huge gallery of rider images. Thanks for braving the heat out on the track all day long!

  • Steve Martin for his fantastic, live-to-the-web, transponder timing service, ably assisted by Charlie, Clea and Wayne from team "Tick Tick Boom!" who also achieved 2nd place in the Mixed Threes - thanks & congrats, guys!

  • St John Ambulance – The volunteers of the St John Ambulance give up their weekends so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time. Thanks for your tireless work and enthusiasm!

  • Volunteers – We couldn't have done this without our wonderful volunteers! You’re all awesome! Thanks to Rob, Roger and Wendy. And a super duper massive thanks to our Super Vollies Josh and  Gumby, present at every round and whom we couldn't do without. You guys rock!

  • Peter and Simona from Snax on Trax for providing great coffee and catering on Saturday evening and throughout the day on Sunday.

Series Jerseys and T-shirts - Going Cheap!

We have some 2012 Series jerseys and tees which we're offering at the bargain price of $50 jersey and $15 tee, plus $5 for postage. Available sizes below, get in touch if you'd like to snap one up!
2012 Women's tees: 10, 12, 14
2012 Women's jersey: S, M, L, XL
2012 Men's tees: XS, S, XL
2012 Men's jersey: XL, XXL
2011 Men's tees: XXL ($10 each)

Lost and Found

We came home with a few items of lost property: two mini pumps, a pair of sunnies, a long sleeve riding top, a women's size 8 Singletrack Mind Series t-shirt, and a chair. If you think any of these are yours, please get in touch with a description.

Putting our best foot forward …

We’ll be sending out a Series Wrap report in the near future where we’ll also announce next year’s venues. We're still finalising dates, with a plan for five rounds instead of six in 2013 due to the increasingly over-crowded race calendar in NSW & ACT - but hopefully these will be five races you won't wanna miss! Subscribe to our newsletter Footprint to ensure you get all the info as soon as it's available!

That's it for our event wrap the "Chocolate Wrapper", and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!


Joe & Fi