Chocolate Foot

2013 Series Wrap & 2014 News

6 February 2014

Dear Singletrackers

It's February already! How did that happen? Summer has been a blur of bikes, beach and more bikes, the Choccy Foot crew has been getting in some quality riding time (... even the roadies) and getting stoked for another big year of bike related fun!

By the numbers of riders and kind comments we recieved last year we trust that you really enjoyed the Singletrack Mind Series in 2013 and we've been working hard to ensure that the 2014 edition will be just as great if not better with not one but two new venues!

As the race calendar is looking to be chockers yet again in 2014 we've decided to condense our dates into the shortest period possible: May to October. It also means you don't have to carry "form" for as long a period and with the new 4 hour solo categories you'll have no excuse not to rock up ready to race!

Please read below our 2013 Series Wrap and the highly anticipated anouncement of 2014 dates & locations!

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There's no better way to kick off the Series than starting at a cool new venue! In 2013 we got to discover Taree's Tip Tracks, and they were a long way from being rubbish! In fact everyone came in from their laps stoked about the flowy goodness crafted by the hardworking locals.

Mother Nature can be a cruel lady sometimes and despite the weather reports giving explicit instructions to stop raining down Nowra way, this advice was callously disregarded leaving us no choice but to reschedule Round 2 while standing in 2 inches of squishy clay. The rescheduled event was however a blast! If only because the westerly winds kept blasting us all day and night ... but Nowra's legendary serpentine trails delivered smiles and great racing!

With weather again the topic of conversation when we had to reschedule Round 3, one of the big favourites, Awaba. The rescheduled version was of course excellent with perfect weather and a big turn up and some battles that went right down to the final singletrack as was the case with the Solo Masters Men. Possibly the slowest sprint finish in the history of racing, but the tales and camaraderie that come out of a battle like that are truly inspiring!

Round 4 at Welby was ... rescheduled!  Yes... but at least we had a new reason and a pretty serious one, the threat of bushfires. It was a no-brainer to put this one off and, as had become the pattern, the rescheduled event was great with fine weather, tight racing and good times!

It's become almost anti-climatic to have an event go ahead on schedule as it did for Round 5, but we're told by the locals that's because Orange rocks! And we'd have to agree. It was a great way to end out the Series with great trails and a town which boasts great food and wineries. Well worth an extended stay and, as that's where we'll be concluding the Series in 2014, we reckon you should make a long weekend of it!

The part we enjoyed the most was presenting the Series medals, rewarding over 35 hours of hard work and racecraft by each of the solo and team recipients. Seeing so many elated smiles is all the reward we need.

Serial Offenders: We really enjoy seeing so many regular faces at the events. In 2013, 48 people attended all five rounds, some of whom have been regulars for the history of the Series. To reward those who, through ambition or passion, just can't get enough of the Series we had our Serial Offenders draw. Jason Dreggs and Rachel Wilkinson scored a 2013 jersey and Serial Offenders medal each for being such great sports all season!

A Year in Images: We were really stoked to again have Dave Bateman shooting the Series in his inimitable way. He's collated all his best images from the Series and jammed then all into a slide show for your enjoyment:

Series Results: After a magnificent year of racing take time to check out the Series results and, if you haven't already, send a Strava-style email to your foes to say “Ha! Beat you!”

T-Shirts & Jerseys: Get your long suffering partner or teammate a fabulous series jersey and T-shirt which we're offering at the bargain price of $45 per jersey and $15 for the tee, plus a couple of 2012 jerseys for just $20 - and we'll chuck in the postage for free! Available sizes below, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you'd like to snap one up!

2013 Women's tees: L (12), XL (14), 2XL (16)
2013 Women's jersey: S, M, L
2013 Men's tees: M, XL, 2XL
2013 Men's jersey: XS, S, XL, 2XL
2012 Women's jersey: L (only $20!)

Massive thanks to everyone! 2013 was a great year for Chocolate Foot and our events but we could not do it without the assistance of lots of wonderful individuals, MTB clubs, and companies. We're so lucky to have such great support, particularly in a year like 2013 when everyone just rolled with the date changes without any fuss.

We are blessed to have a dedicated and hard working band of regular volunteers. We'd like to thank all of them: Josh, Gumby, Kelly, Russ, Ness, Alyssa and Yasmin, as well as all the vollies who helped us at particular events.

Huge thanks to all the host clubs for providing us with such rockin' singletrack and hassle-free venues, and to Steve Martin for providing his fantastic, live-to-the-web, transponder timing service. We'd also like to thank everyone who provided catering, in particular the fantastic Peter and Simona from Snax on Trax who, such is their love for attending mountain bike events (apparently we're a pretty nice bunch of people), will happily travel hundreds of kilometres from their base in Wingello, NSW Southern Highlands, to help keep you fed and caffeinated. Thanks also to St John Ambulance for their great First Aid serice at every event.

Thanks to our sponsors: It's not an overstatement to say that without the support of all our brilliant sponsors the Series wouldn't happen. If you won a prize by riding a bike, eating chocolate or standing in the right place at the right time, then thank one or all of these great brands:

SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Mountain Biking Australia Magazine, Finish Line, Hammer Nutrition, Serfas, Deuter, Bellwether, Cycology, James Estate Wines, Giant, Frameskin, Aussie Butt Cream, & OnTheGo.

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We've just finalised all the details for the five rounds that will make up the 2014 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series. We're humbled to receive interest from many clubs for a round of the Series, and selecting five venues from so many awesome locations makes our little brains hurt! There are many considerations in selecting the venues but one really important one is the significance of the event to the host club. By virtue of this partnership, we're extremely happy to help these clubs pay the fees for their tracks to exist, buy materials or equipment to maintain them, and fund rider development. Many clubs cite our events as a great motivation to buff up their trails, and we're thrilled to see our riders' glowing praise for their work after the event. You can't please all of the people, all of the time; but we hope we're coming pretty close!

We sincerely look forward to taking the Series to five fantastic venues this year and hope that you will join us!

Round 1, 18 May: The highly-acclaimed trails at Taree were a fantastic venue for the Series opener last year and we'll be kicking off the year once again at Kiwarrak State Forest. Last year's event helped firmly put the Taree trails on the mountain biking map and the local club gain support from Council. We've received overwhelming demand from riders to head back there this year - how could we deny you the Taree Tip Trails?! 

Round 2, 15 June: Our first new venue for 2014 is on the NSW South Coast, the area offers a plethora of singletrack with glorious beaches on its doorstep, and there are two words that are synonymous with this venue ... "Snake Track". For the unaware, the fantastic trails crafted by the Eurobodalla Cyclists at Maulbrooks MTB Park, in Mogo State Forest will host Round 2 of the Series. While the aforementioned Snake Track is arguably the jewel in the crown, the rest of the 12km loop will have you grinning as you ride its flowing corners and fun descents.

Round 3, 3 August: Awaba MTB Park is a perennial favourite and there is no question why - you'll be in singletrack heaven as you rail its perfectly formed corners, rumble across bridges and glide through groves of rainforest. 'Nuff said.

Round 4, 31 August: Our 2nd brand new venue for 2014, the picturesque Mowbray Park Farm in Picton will be our host for Round 4. This purpose-built track is the result of months of hard work by the Wollondilly Trailblazers MTB Club and it is fast, flowing, with amazing vistas and cool trail features. This venue is truly unique being a working farm/farmstay and the tariff for the on-site accommodation  includes a selection of farm activities such as pony rides, feeding the animals, archery, etc. Talk about family-friendly!

Round 5, 19 October: Kinross was the Series Finale in 2013 and riders couldn't get enough of the fantastic trails that made up the race loop - fun factor was off the chart with the 1km descent at the end of the lap leaving you grinning from ear to ear. With so much on offer in the region (riding, eating, drinking, stunning countryside), it's a no-brainer to head back to Orange for our 2014 Series Finale!

What's new for 2014?

All the 2014 Series information will be available on the website in the coming weeks, and entries will open on Wednesday 12 February. Subscribe to our newsletter Footprint and our Facebook page to keep up to date!

Congratulations to all of you for your spirited racing and good vibes throughout the 2013 Series, whether you've been on the podium, racing your mates, or trying out racing for the first time - and we sincerely thank you for your support.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Chocolate Foot event in 2014!


Joe & Fi



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