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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
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Hammer Nutrition Round 3



The final round of the Hammer Nutrition 4 Hour Enduros is on this Sunday 21st June 2015.

The venue is Craigburn Farm. The gate will be open, so parking is available track side. Make sure you park West (further down the road than the) of the first trail head – this avoids disturbing local residents.

Race starts at 9am with sign-on opening at 8am.

Online registration only, closes at 10:00am on Saturday 20th June 2015

click here to register!

Volunteers required for this round:

  • BBQ cookers – if you can turn a snag that’s what we need. Ideally two people for this – 1 x cooker, 1 x money handler
  • Track pack up – the more, the merrier!

If you can help out in any capacity send an email to (our Volunteers coordinator is on leave for this race).

Course map is:


and course marking will be happening at some point on Saturday.

Sadly, the next episode of FatChat will not be available until after this race – the author is away for the next two weeks. I’m sure they’ll make something up to give this round some coverage though!

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Hammer Nutrition R2 Results

Preliminary results are up for the second round of the Hammer Nutrition 4 hour enduros.


We had some issues with the transponders this time around, so make sure you check your results and make sure they’re accurate and represent your effort in these pristine MTB conditions. If you spot an error, email If you have a GPS file, send that through as well.

Next race is at Craigburn Farm is now 3 weeks away – 21st June 2015. Entries are open – check out the links below for more information!

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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 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 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 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!

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2015 Winter(ish) Race schedule

AMBC have allocated the winter Hammer Nutrition Enduros, Giant XCOs and AMBC State Champs some tidy race dates. Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for any changes. So get ready to lock these events into your calendar:

Hammer Nutrition 4hr Enduros:

  1. 19 Apr 2015 – Fox Creek
  2. 31 May 2015 – Prospect Hill
  3. 21 Jun 2015 – Craigburn Farm

Giant Adelaide XCOs:

  1. 02 Aug 2015 – Eagle MTB Park
  2. 13 Sep 2015 – Mt. Torrens Township
  3. 11 Oct 2015 – Craigburn Farm

AMBC State Chamionships:

  • 08 Nov 2015 – Fox Creek

All locations could change depending on a number of factors (Fire Danger rating, rained out, etc.). Make sure you keep an eye on the website and/or Facebook page for any information regarding venue changes.

Registration for all AMBC races will open at 4:00pm on the day of the previous race.

The club calendar has been updated, with links to locations and registration.

The Elite Winter Series will be on again this year. Prizes down to 10th place and awarded at the State Champs race as well (that’s the plan anyway). For last year results, check out the results page – remember their were only 4 qualifying females last year!

There will be a price increase to $30 for all AMBC races this year. The committee has made this decision based on a few factors, but primarily due to the club moving towards a streamlined registration style for the registration coordinator. There will be more on this in the near future.


GESA – Gravity Enduro (GE)

The GESA gentlemen have also been prepping themselves for the coming season. Some tentative dates have been established.

Gravity Enduro SA (website yet to be updated):

  1. 28 Jun – Cobbler Creek
  2. 26 Jul – Eagle MTB Park
  3. 30 Aug – Fox Creek
  4. 27 Sep – Mystery Round!

Any GESA related inquiries should be directed to the GESA website or GESA Facebook page – Facebook recommended. The events are managed by a separate sub-committee.

Port Adelaide Cycling Club – Cyclocross (CX)

PACC also have some tentative dates going around for their winter CX series:

  1. 24 May
  2. 05 Jul
  3. 19 Jul
  4. 16 Aug
  5. 27 Sep (State Champs)

PACC will also be hosting round 7 & 8 of the national CX round to be held on the 29/30 Aug 2015.

CX races are all held in the locality of the Adelaide park-lands and you’ll need to check the PACC CX website or their Facebook page for details as they are released.

Inside Line – Downhill (DHI)

If Downhill is your thing as well, check out InsideLines website for their 2015 race schedule – once again, any inquiries regarding downhill should be directed to InsideLine.

  1. 11-12 Apr
  2. 16-17 May
  3. 13-14 Jun
  4. 18-19 Jul
  5. 15-16 Aug
  6. 19-20 Sep
  7. 17-18 Oct (State Champs)