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Golden Triangle Epic

Some great results for Rocky Riders in Sunday's Golden Triangle Epic despite the hot, dry and very dusty conditions.  Piper Albrecht dominated the field to claim victory in the 50km Junior event (and record the second fastest time of the day); Lachlan Warren was a member of the Junior Men's Team that took out the 50 km relay event; and Carrie Edney gained a podium position with third in the Women's 100km Masters 3/4 event.  Commiserations to Club President Col Norris who was in the hunt in the 50km Masters 7+ category until a broken derailleur brought his race to an end at the 21km mark.

Congratulations to the other Rocky Riders who completed the event ... and to the Bendigo MTB Club for staging another spectacular edition of the Epic.

Dirt Crits Conclusion

The summer Dirt Crits series concluded on Thursday 1 March with some more enjoyable racing ... and some congestion on the leaderboards!  The overall outcome is decided by the best seven results for each rider, with only one of the individual time trials being allowed to count.  

In the Junior division this led to the closest finish in memory with three riders tied on 74 points - Charlie Warren, Liam Fletcher and Angus Melville.  Tully Godfrey was just a single point further back (73), closely followed by Flynn Culph and Thomas Warren, both on 71 points.  Liam Fletcher also claimed honours for the fastest lap of the series with an impressive 5 minutes 55 seconds.  A great effort by all the riders in the Junior series, especailly those who competed in all ten rounds.

In the Seniors it was a more clear cut win, this time for the Bendigo riders, led by Isaac Fletcher who was very consistent throughout the season to amass a total of 124 points.  Shaun Darcy finished second with 119 points, and Rob Hole took third place with 113 points.  The result was only confirmed after some fairly scrupulous checking of the round-by-round results (and after the place getters had been announced).  Apologies if anyone went out and celebrated (or commiserated) too hard after the series conclusion.

The fastest lap of the series was a close contest between the Albrecht brothers, with Jasper recording 7 mins 19 secs, just ahead of Piper with 7 mins 26 secs.  Al Farley showed that his racing legs are still in fine form with a fastest lap of 7 mins 32 secs.

The White Hills venue has proved to be a popular choice of circuit for this series, including the new technical features on the long loop.  We had 29 Juniors compete during the series and over 40 riders in Seniors.  A big thanks must go to the club volunteers who helped out with course setup, marshalling, handicapping, timing and results.

To check all the round by round results and the final leaderboards head to the Dirt Crits page on our website.

A crowded podium for the Dirtmasters division of Dirt Crits

Dirt Crits Round 1

The Dirt Crits series for 2017/18 got off to a flying start on Thursday evening with a beautiful spring evening, some new trail features, and a heap of new faces.  The return to the White Hills Reserve track proved popular, providing some challenging twists and turns for both juniors and seniors alike.

In Juniors a total of 19 riders took to the trails with most completing 4 laps.  At the finish it was a close contest between Liam Fletcher and Inny Shears with a margin of just 8 seconds separating first and second.

A similar finish occurred in the Senior event with the Albrecht brothers battling it out for honours,  Jasper eventually prevailing over Piper by 35 seconds.  A further five riders also completed five laps of the longer loop.

Start line in Seniors event

Interwinter Series Round 1 Results

Rocky Riders were out in force at Round 1 of the Interwinter Series on Sunday at the RACV Resort in Creswick.  The weather was fairly mild (for Creswick), the course has benefitted from some interesting reshaping, and there were some strong finishes - including Andy Bos and Matt Shears (9th and 12th respectively in Masters 3/4), Col Norris and Andre Farley (4th and 7th in Masters 5+), Archie Richardson and Al Brasher (6th and 7th in Under 17s).

Full results are available at the Interwinter Series site.

Thanks to the Ballarat and Sebastopol Cycling Club for organising another memorable Interwinter event ... and to Paul Spagnol for capturing some great images, some of which you can see on our Facebook page.

Dirt Crits 2016/17 Wrap

It was a nail-biting finish to the 2016/17 Dirt Crits Series on Thursday 9 March with the top two contenders for series honours tied on total points at the end of the race.  However, the series is determined by the best seven results, only one of which can be from an Individual Time Trial.  Once these calculations were conducted it emerged that Tony Russell (117) was the series winner with a final margin of just one point over teh consistent Daniel Jackson (116).  Michael Scott also recorded a consistent set of results to claim third position on 114 points.  Alister Gray, Emma Jackson and Shaun Darcy shared the next positions, locked together on 112 points. In the Junior category it was a convincing win by Sam Williams with a total of 52 points, ahead of Thomas McKimmie on 49 and George Stevens on 42 points.    At the conclusion of the racing participants, family members and friends stopped off at the Taproom at the Mill complex in Walker Street for some pizzas and refreshments, along with the presentation of prizes and awards (including the much coveted pair of Rocky Riders socks for Seniors winner Tony Russell).

Congratulations to the winners and place getters in this season's Dirt Crits and hearty thanks to all of the riders who participated.  Also big thanks to the team of volunteers led by Paula Ewing who coordinated the series with registrations, course markings, timing and results. Some video footage obtained during the latter stages of the Dirt Crits series is available on our You Tube channel.

Dirt Crits mid-season review

The 2016/17 Dirt Crits series is now in summer recess after five rounds of enthusiastic and entertaining riding on the reconfigured track behind the Baco.  Feedback on the new course has been positive, with lots of flowy corners added and the classic rock garden retained.    

In the junior division there are only three riders who have competed in all rounds to date, with two of these being separated at the top of the leader board by just one point - George Stevens has the lead with 33 points, while Sam Williams has brought some BMX skills to the singletrack and has amassed 32 points to date.   Thomas McKimmie holds down third position on 25, with positions four to seven separated by just three points. 

In the Open category Emma Jackson (Bendigo) is relishing the fast flowing corners and has posted consistent results to be leading the field with 78 points.  Rob Hole holds down second place on 77 points (from just four rounds), while early series leader Tony Russell has dropped off the pace slightly but still sits in third on 69 points. 

Club young gun Dylan McKenna has ridden just about every variant of mountain bike available, including an E-bike, but has displayed strong form on most of them to hold fourth spot with 68, just shading Daniel Jackson (67) and club veteran Trefor Prest (65).  A special mention goes to Lachlan Warren who has competed in both the junior and the open events for most of the season.

Full results from each round of the Dirt Crits can be found under the Dirt Crits tab on our website.

Dirt Crits 2106/17 - Round 1 ITT

A pleasant twilight evening greeted the field of eager contestants in the opening round of the 2016/17 Dirt Crits series.  As usual Round One commenced with an Individual Time Trial to provide a benchmark for the first half of the series.  With a revised course for this season and some new faces to Dirt Crits, riders were keen to see who would set the early pace.  The 2016/17 course retains some of the best features (including the rock garden) from last season but adds some fast, flowing corners to test all of the skills.

In the Junior Divison nine riders lined up for the start with Lachlan Warren setting the early pace and completing 12 laps in the 20 minute race window at an average lap time of 1:46.  Kane Bassett and Marcel Russell both managed 11 laps, while Sam Williams and Dillon Ferguson tussled all the way to the finish of 10 laps each.  Sam eventually secured fourth place with a margin of just one second.

A field of twenty two riders kicked off the Senior event with young gun Dylan McKenna showing a clean pair of heels on his fat bike to set up an early break over the field.  Dylan reeled off four consistent laps in 45 minutes 26 seconds.  

Dirt Crits start line

Tony Russell, Ben Bailey and Luke Stevens provided the real contest with each of them completing four laps within the 47 minute bracket.  Behind them there was some close racing between Brad Blackmore, Steve Warren and Michael Scott, all completing four laps in the 50 minute bracket.  Further down the field, Lachlan Warren backed up from a strong ride in the Junior event to complete three laps of the senior circuit in a respectable average lap time of 14:46.

Fortunately everyone in the field managed to outpace the mosquitoes ... which is probably more than can be said for the race coordinator and timekeeper!