Carl Jones in action in the Whakarewarewa Forest Photo: Alick Saunders
It was four NZO Whaka 100 wins in a row for Rotorua’s Carl Jones, on his home trails on Saturday.
That was only half the story as he also smashed his own race record for the toughest mountain bike race in New Zealand by 12 minutes to finish in a sensational 4 hours 31 minutes. And the local hero was nursing a bad dose of ‘flu.
“I wanted this one pretty bad,” he said. “I went to Malaysia to race a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to come back with some form for the Whaka 100, then I got sick, but I tapped it out, went hard and got it.”
Next up for Jones is a trip to Brazil for a multisport race then he returns to New Zealand to prepare for the National Cross-Country Series and Championships early in 2015.
Another Rotorua rider, Sam Shaw, was second and Hamilton’s Josh Parkin was third on a 100-kilometre course that features demanding and technical trails, gravel forest roads and 2500 metres of climbing.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sam Gaze from Te Awamutu led the race into the last 10 kilometres but took a wrong turn and DNF’ed. He was philosophical about the result.
“That’s racing,” he said.
Kiwi Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative, Karen Hanlen comfortably won the women’s race finishing in 5.35. This was outside Annika Smail’s race record of 5.07, but she was satisfied with a very big day out at her first Whaka 100.
“I’m doing heaps more long distance training at the moment,” she said on the finish line. “I’ve wanted to do the race before and this year it worked in perfectly.”
Her main goal was just to finish.
“It’s really fun with heaps of singletrack, but it’s a challenge, definitely a challenge and you can’t switch off,” she added. “There were bunches that I was part of and that spurs you on when you’re feeling a bit down.”
Hanlen enjoyed the Whakarewarewa Forest trails.
“They were perfect and riding really nicely,” she continued with her customary smile. “I attacked them with a bit more speed at the start, but in the end I was just trying to get through it.”
Porirua’s Margaret Leyland was second and Erin Greene from Queenstown did it the very hard way on a singlespeed.
The weather could not have been better for the race – cool and clear at the start time of 8am, then warming up to be a spectacular spring day.
The trail conditions were also ideal. Riders described them as fast and the ‘right side of tacky’, after rain during the week, meaning race records were always on the cards.
The Nzo Whaka 100 kicked off a very big summer season of mountain bike action in Rotorua.
There’s a Giant 2W Gravity Enduro in December, the 24 hours of Rotorua is at the end of January and the 3rd 10-day Rotorua Bike Festival starts on Black Friday February 13 and includes the National Mountain Bike Championships.
The first Crankworx Rotorua is on from March 25 to 29 and incorporates round one of the Enduro World Series. The off-road Xterra multisport race is early in April and the Anzac Singlespeed Championships are on April 26.
“It’s a mouth watering prospect, the best ever summer of mountain biking in New Zealand,” said Rotorua deputy mayor and mountain biker, Dave Donaldson. “It really reinforces our city’s reputation as the world’s premier, all-year round mountain biking resort.”
New Zealand’s independent bike shops have a new go?to supplier for Salsa Cycles. In a new distribution arrangement effective October 16th, 2014, Salsa Cycles will be distributed to the New Zealand market exclusively through Cycletech New Zealand Ltd of Paraparaumu. Salsa Cycles has built its brand by creating products built for adventure, and inspiring their customers to reap the rewards of amazing bicycle experiences. Salsa Cycles functions under the umbrella of Quality Bicycle Products of Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. Cycletech New Zealand has been a part of the New Zealand bicycle industry landscape for over 25 years and has helped shape the development of bicycling in this world?class bicycling destination.
According to Cycletech owner, Alastair Woodfield, “This is a really exciting time for Cycletech and cycling in New Zealand. We are on the cusp of a new era of cycling in this country. The NZ Cycle Trails program offers New Zealanders of all ages an adventure trail network to get out and explore New Zealand. The success of events like the Kiwi Brevet are proof that Kiwis are looking for more than a 2?4 hour bike race or ride. Kiwis want to explore their country further by bike and Salsa brings a wide range of bikes to facilitate this exploration. Cycletech, with Salsa and our retail partners, will have the bikes and accessories to help Kiwis make the most of their adventures.”
The move also gives New Zealand dealers complete access to the full Salsa product line.
“Salsa is dedicated to keeping the spirit of adventure alive in bicycling,” says Benton Hunt, Salsa Global Sales Manager. “Cycletech has a long history and a solid reputation in the New Zealand bicycle market. They are passionate about Salsa and our promise of Adventure by Bike. We’re excited to partner with Cycletech to bring adventure cycling to a new level and to continue to add value to independent shops in New Zealand.”
New Zealand dealers interested in partnering with Cycletech and Salsa should contact Craig Madsen at Cycletech for further details: telephone: +64?42988367, email: [email protected]
About Salsa Cycles Salsa Cycles is a privately owned, Minneapolis?based company that has built a reputation on exceptional bicycling frames and related products. Salsa is dedicated to keeping the spirit of adventure alive in bicycling. Find Salsa on the web at www.salsacycles.com. For more information contact Salsa marketing manager Mike Riemer at 952?229?5043, extension 1369, or via email:[email protected].
British Cycling has undertaken a detailed review of MTB Enduro events over the past season, including consulting people within the discipline to better understand the structure, event format, process for delivery and the audience. Following this review, we have decided that we are not in a position to insure MTB Enduro events for the moment.
This is not a decision which has been taken lightly – those involved in MTB Enduro deserve a great deal of credit for the work they have put into an evolving area of the sport which attracts a variety of new and existing participants.
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However, the discipline format does present challenges for event organisation and the officials. From a British Cycling perspective, any requirements or regulations that we would need to put in place may have a negative impact on the future sustainability of events and could also impact on resources we devote to other parts of the sport, particularly MTB Downhill as the two disciplines are closely linked.
MTB Downhill and its future development and sustainability is something that we are committed to. It is an area that requires continued and substantial support and through that support we aim to raise standards and in doing that improving the quality of the racing environment for all. We will continue to engage with those involved in MTB Enduro and support them as the discipline develops.
Please be aware that this policy concerns only those events termed “Enduro” in the currently accepted sense – a series of time sections joined by linking stages. Some organisers still use “Enduro” to denote a mass start endurance/marathon style event, and such races are unaffected.
Ten Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarships up for Grabs
SRAM, Liv, QBP, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women bike mechanics to attend UBI. This scholarship is dedicated to getting more women on bikes and supporting the development of female mechanics. This opportunity is open to aspiring or experienced bike mechanics and women that would like to increase their technical knowledge to further their career in the bike industry. This scholarship has two primary goals:
• To grow the number of talented women working in the bike industry • To grow female ridership
Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their potential to do both of these things.
This scholarship will cover the 2-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class. Additional support is provided by Nuu-Muu and the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC).
This open call for applications begins October 20 and will close Nov 15. Scholarship winners will be notified via email by December 19.
Details • Lodging will be provided by UBI for those attending the Ashland campus. • Scholarship recipients must be available to attend the February, March or April sessions. (Scholarship will be awarded to next runner up if class is not attended in this time period). • Travel to and from UBI and other expenses are the responsibility of scholarship recipient. • The scholarship covers attendance to the Professional Shop Repair and Operations Workshop ($1950). • The scholarship will be awarded upon registration for classes and payment will be made directly to UBI. • Scholarship recipient must be currently employed at a bike shop. • Winner must be at least 18 year old and a U.S. resident.
The fourth round of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which was held in Santiago del Estero (ARG), has been voted “best event” of the series.
Santiago del Estero has been praised by riders, the UCI BMX Commission, sponsors, the UCI, GSX Events and media representatives. The evaluation was based on five criteria: event promotion, organisation, the race and track, venue and atmosphere. The comments submitted by our jury members, which included many words such as « best », « great » and « awesome », served to put Santiago del Estero at the top when compared to the all the other high-quality events in the series.
Santiago del Estero receives the winning vote in just its second year on the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar. In 2015 it will return for a third year, again in September.
The winners will receive their trophy in February during a seminar for organisers of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. The seminar will be organised at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.