Round 1 XCM O’Halloran Hill (Race Review)

The 2019 AMBC season kicked off at O’Halloran Hill with a unique twilight XCM race format. The stoke factor was high as participants battled light setups and the duos talked team strategy. The field went out hot up the first fire road in an attempt to find free dirt heading into the single track. True old-school handcut trails in the old OHH section offered some serious flow for veterans and newcomers alike. Griff Knight burnt some rubber setting the fastest lap while surprising everyone in the feed zone still scrambling to find bottles. Once 6pm rocked around the lights came on which was well policed by Dave Braithwaite, an excuse for some to visit their local bike shops to invest in a new setup I’m sure. The berms were sweet with one techy climb helping to sort out the field. By 7pm when most were headed out for the final lap, the rain that had been threatening all day came down (cheers to AMBC racegoers for breaking the dusty OHH drought). Strategy was abandoned as many went into body-preservation and not heading out for an extra lap, living to ride another day. As Mark Manning sprinted across the line at 03:59:07 to take the coveted last lap in on what was now being described as a proper Slip N Slide. The rest of the field rolled in with significantly little chatter as everyone searched for layers and scraped off some extra mud. Overall was a popular course with most loving the opportunity to do some night-racing and explore the lesser known back section of OHH. Podium results will be listed below. Now you’ve heard me rabbit on about how I saw the race from the feedzone, here are some interviews from racers on the night. Hope to see you all at Prospect Hill next week (the
course is truly epic) and stay tuned for the digital reinvention of the popular “Fat Chat”. Now have fun and go ride your bikes!

Meet Your Members – Race Review

How long have you been riding dirt? What got you started?

Julia Massey (Veteran) – Would you believe, I started riding off road maybe 20 years ago! I started because my hubby rode, too. So he built me up a bike and away we went. Someone in the club owns his Giant Cadex (for a vintage build)

Nigel McGaffin (First Timer) – I’ve been riding dirt for about 18months. It started as a way to get some cardio training in to help with martial arts. I’ve trained Taekwondo for 3 years and completing my black belt grading this year. I needed some extra fitness for sparring. I got this gumtree special "mountain bike" and thrashed it so hard the rear wheel buckled to the point I disconnected the rear brake to stop it rubbing. Needless to say we shopped for new bikes. Shopped around and found the boys at Bicycle Fix Woodside – bought a 2019 Trek Roscoe 8. Not exactly a XC race bike but it has some great features and is value for money.

Felix Bull (Junior) – Dad and I reckon that I have been riding mtb for around 6 years. I started on my 20” Merida hardtail which Dad and upgraded a bit, then I got my Scott Scale 650b which I did my first races on.

Anna Kublis (Female Racer) – I have been riding about 8 years and started riding trails for fitness. Julia Massey (AMBC President at the time) answered my call out RE: racing and encouraged me to go out to a summer series race at Eagle. It was soooooo scary, 2 laps and I fell off so many many times. I was in awe of the other girls racing at the time how fast and fearless they were. I was so cooked I had to lay on the couch for the rest of the day and cancel my sushi date!

Describe the OHH Course

Julia – That OHH course wasn’t easy, lots of flat turns …I love a good berm and there were very few of them. But it was also fun and a good one for the last bit in the dark. Somewhere there was a good view over the ocean, too.

Felix – The OHH course was fairly simple but it also was a bit powdery and it had some technical bits to it which made it more interesting. By the end of the race the rocks where very slippery from the rain, a lot of the course was muddy apart from a couple of sections which were dry which clogged your wheels.

Anna – Fast and Flowy

Favourite Part?

Nigel – Hitting the little creek dipper and getting some air out the other side was 10 seconds of fun each lap, before settling back in to a rhythm of discomfort.

Felix – My favourite part was the downhill with berms because you could really rip though it unlike the other downhills which you had to go a bit slower on.

Anna – The berms and drop downs into the creek.

 

Biggest Challenge?

Julia – Challenge for me was my fitness (or lack of). But I’m not racing for sheep stations, just fun so if I have to stop, so be it.

Nigel – That damn hill. It was so rocky and with the little rain we had it was even more technical. I must apologise to the faster guys that caught me going up there, well caught me anywhere really, I think I spent equal amounts slightly off track getting out of the way than I did on track. I just didn’t want my slow ass to ruin someone’s race.

Felix – The biggest challenge was on the last lap where you had come back though the tunnel, you had done The first bit of single and there was a fire road that was really muddy and I just couldn’t keep up with Kade.

Anna – When the rain came down last lap and the bit out the back turned into an ice skating rink!

Goals for next race/2019 season?

Julia – I am planning to do the Dirty Weekend 6 hour, and some CX and maybe gravity races later this year.

Nigel – I think there’s something special about a sport where the biggest way to improve your time is to get fitter. Having raced motorsport hill climbs for a few years the best way to improve is to get a faster car or better brakes but with this I think there’s only so much to gain from a lighter bike or better tyres – for me the best improvement I can have is to pedal faster for longer and to not gas out on climbs.

Felix – Go faster!

Anna – Easter in the Alice and trying to coordinate a tough work schedule with races!

What would you like to see from AMBC?

Julia – I’m really pleased to see a resurgence of numbers at races. AMBC does such a great job with a small committee! Don’t go changing (maybe a new kit)

Nigel – I think the best thing would be a “First Timer Tips” page on the website. I didn’t really know what to expect or what to bring and just copied what I saw other people doing as far as setting things up between start/finish. Also a little spectators guide too –
My partner wasn’t sure if she could walk around the track to watch and I was too knackered to communicate that I’d seen lots of others out there.

Anna – I think the volunteers already do an amazing job.

  Round 1 XCM Race Results
 
A Grade Men
1) Leo Simmonds 10 Laps 04:11:20
2) Adam Kerin 10 Laps 04:19:30
3) Shane Rubino 10 Laps 04:27:47
Duo Female
1) JoLana Neff 8 Laps 04:13:31
2) TRAIL SISTA?S 8 Laps 04:41:32
3) Snacks&Banter 7 Laps 04:01:01
B Grade Men
1) Dirk Gardner 10 Laps 04:27:17
2) Neil Waterhouse 9 Laps 04:00:25
3) Richard Stevens 9 Laps 04:02:
A Grade Female
1) Natalie Redmond 8 Laps 03:47:34
2) Tessa Manning 7 Laps 03:40:54
C Grade Men
1) Tim Klein 9 Laps 04:15:00
2) Jordan Littlefair 9 Laps 04:15:30
3) Jarrod Clark 9 Laps 04:24:05
B Grade Female
1) Sonja Wight 6 Laps 03:41:14
2) Julie Shaw 6 Laps 03:47:55
3) Julia Massey 4 Laps 03:28:03
D Grade Men
1) John O’Leary 7 Laps 03:43:43
2) Brad Josic 7 Laps 03:46:50
3) Nuno Gonclaves 7 Laps 03:55:24
Duo Junior A
1) CONNECTED 9 Laps 04:27:37
2) Some Bro’s 9 Laps 04:28:03
3) Williams Bull 9 Laps 04:28:07
Duo Male
1) The Outsiders 10 Laps 04:03:51
2) Craigburn Cruisers 10 Laps 04:09:38
3) Hardtail Bandits 10 Laps 04:32:19
Duo Junior B (Short Course)
1) Geisler Boys 6 Laps 02:02:24
2) flower jeffries 6 Laps 02:11:31
3) hope McFarland 5 Laps 02:18:44
Duo Mixed
1) Ohhhhh Sheet 9 Laps 03:49:28
2) Adelaide Giants 9 Laps 04:10:36
3) Team Candy 9 Laps 04:17:54
Solo Juniors
1) Jacob Bos 8 Laps 04:03:58
2) Malachy Hills 6 Laps 03:49:47

http://ambc.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/results/190330-EN-R1-O’Halloran-Hill.pdf

Please Remember All, Sandbagging isn’t chill. Pick your category wisely at Prospect Hill…

@adelaidemtb #adelaidemtbclub

State champs and a fresh roll of FatChat

new AMBC logo

Do you have good intentions to race the State Champs? Have you registered yet? if you haven’t, you should. It’s way more fun to race than not. Even the time keeper is going to try!

Plenty of information to filter through on the dedicated State Champs page – click here – and if you’ve still got questions after carefully examining the page with lawyer eyes, feel free to email timing@ambc.asn.au and we’ll see what ails you.

Register Now | Race Location | State Champs Info

Join AMBC today


Remember that the State Champs will also incorporate the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Now is the time to elect for any position on the committee. If you feel you can assist in any way, then let us know. We have quite a few vacant positions that need filling for next year – two are race critical:

  1. Registration Coordinator
  2. Timing Coordinator (can’t race – paid position)
  3. Media Coordinator
  4. Sponsorship Coordinator
  5. Secretary

To nominate, email info@ambc.asn.au

All positions are declared vacant and any positions that have two or more nominations will be put to a vote by club members only. It is much easier to do this if we know in advance.


 

fatchat

FatChat episode 5 for 2015 has arrived. Well, it arrived on the 15th, but it’s been a busy time. Better late than never though!

Head over to the freshly created FatChat page – click here – to get the latest print!


 

The results page has also been updated with the final Giant XCO round results and the final standings for the Elite Winter Series. Please check over this and if you spot any errors or wish to offer bribes to secure your spot – email timing@ambc.asn.au – and we’ll see what can be arranged.

Congratulations to our XC series winners – Tom Goddard and Terri Rhodes – both riders giving strong performances in every race they rode.

Prizes will be awarded at the State Champs.

Fatchat! and Melrose!

OTEwords logo

Latest edition of Fatchat! is available – See if you can find the common element on each page……….

August Fatchat High resolution

August Fatchat Low resolution

Events wise there’s a little bit happening this weekend. Many local SA riders are off to Melbourne to hurl their CX bikes over barriers and leave tasteful, hypnotic tyre marks in the soil – I think we’ve figured out a new crop circle method!

Round and round we go!

A few other SA folk are off to chase the 100 or so Convicts that got let out in St. Albans, NSW. Good luck to rounding them up swiftly and without punctures.

Looking to the future? Well, if you haven’t planned for 4/5 September, here’s a little something that might perk your interest – 6/18 Hours of Melrose hosted by Over The Edge (club sponsor). A fun event that is organised by some of the best reasons MTBers get called “a bit weird”. The weekend away is guaranteed to entertain and if you get bored of the entertainment, Melrose has plentiful amounts of singletrack to distract you.

Next club race is at Mt. Torrens on 13th Sep. Check the links below for all your info.

Register Now | Race Location | XCO Series Info Elite Series Info | Join AMBC today

What do you call a thieving duck? A robber duck!

Hammer Nutrition 4 hr – Round 2

enduro 2015 poster horizontalThe next Hammer Nutrition 4 hour enduro is approaching – Sun 31st May.

Entries are open and available by clicking here. Links are also available on the Calendar page along with the rest of the AMBC MTB season. Registration will close at 10:am on Saturday 30th May. If you are struggling to get to an electronic device to register in the next week send a quick email (ironic?) to timing@ambc.asn.au or call the club phone.

The next round is set to be held at Prospect Hill – directions available here.

If you’re interested in lending a hand to your club on the day of the race, then let racevolunteers@ambc.asn.au know in advance so we can plan for it.

Free BBQ, drink, and transferable race entry for all volunteers.

We’re looking for people to help out with:

  • Track set up. This will occur from 09:30am Saturday 30th May. Contact racedirector@ambc.asn.au to register your interest.
  • Track pack up. Crucial. Unfortunately the arrows don’t decompose and we have to go around pick them all up. We’ve got scientists working on it, but for now it takes good old fashioned humans to go around and pick up the bunting/arrows.
  • Holding down the registration desk. The wind can be a bugger and the more people we have holding onto the paper the more people can sign on to the race and receive their race plate and transponder.

On a seperate note (or two):

  1. The elite winter series table has been formed and is available on the results page.
  2. Chelsea has managed to print off another Fat Chat. Not sure where she found the time in the last four weeks, but it’s another cracker:

Click here for the High Resolution

Click here for the Low Resolution

For now, that’s all!

Race Location | Join AMBC today | Enduro Series Info | Elite Series Info | Register Now

Hammer Nutrition Round 1 and FATCHAT!

Yes! The first round of the Hammer Nutrition enduro series is on this weekend. Registration has been open for forever, so if you haven’t got around to that, well, get around to that. Click here to be awesome. If you’re stuggling to be awesome because of reasons – internet is slow, cat GIFs are chewing up your bandwidth or Netflix is finally playing after 4 days of buffering – send an email to timing@ambc.asn.au and we’ll sort something out.

We head up to Fox Creek for this round, an excellent prelude to the upcoming Dirty Weekend. So if it’s practice you want, it’s practice you’ll get. Smooth loamy forrests, rocky sections on the crops out yonder and not returning from knolls, all fun times to be had.

If you’re after info on the Enduro series – click here. Pretty basic concept – ride for 4 hours and try and beat the person in front of you. If you’re leading, well, good for you. Keep it up.

Also the first round of the Elite series. Make sure you get on board if you want to be eligible to win some cold, hard CASSSSHHHHHHHH!!! at the end of the year.

If you’re looking for enthusiasm and excitement building, well check out the return issue of FATCHAT! Yes, that’s right, a studious club member was recently exposed to an age old club tradition (thanks Aurelia) and decided it’d be a good way to amuse herself. So thanks to Chelsea (with inspiration being received from previous editor – Carlos – through reading), here it is:

Low-resolution version – for copper phone line Internet connections (about 1.5M)
High-resolution version – for optic fibre and looking at REAL pretty pictures (about 5.5M)

Race Location | Join AMBC today | Enduro Series Info | Elite Series Info | Register Now