Archives for May 2012

Long ride – Sunday 27 May

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/94470639/?new_route=1

A flatter ride – good for base building over the winter.

We are now concentrating on building a base for the summer, so this is all about maintaining a good pace – speed isnt key, its all about endurance.

This also incorporates the longer and shorter Thursday night TT courses.

Weekly Email 15.05.12

Race Report: JAFAKIDS Moonride

By Nigel Craggs

This year the Moonride event moved from the glorious Redwoods forest to a new home at Tui Ridge Park, an outdoor activities and conference facility set in about 400 hectares located about 20 minutes out of Rotorua. Rumors had it that Rotorua Council had requested $25,000 in order to permit the use of the Redwoods forest and this had, naturally enough, prompted the organizers to look elsewhere.

The facilities at Tui Ridge far surpassed those of the Redwoods, with powered sites, a huge gymnasium to hold prize giving, and lots of car park spaces not too far away from the event village.

Early reports of the trail indicated it might be a bit muddy – it had rained quite heavily on Wednesday and Thursday. Rain in winter shouldn’t usually be too much of a surprise but apparently this rain was, sadly, the special sort that turned the long hill of the final 25% of the Tui Ridge course to mush. As a consequence a lot of riders did an awful lot of walking and running.

The 24 hour riders and teams started their race at an appropriately completely mad time of 9:00pm on Friday night. With the moon bright in the sky Ex Jafakid, Adrian Retief and occasional guest coach at Jafakids, Jared Scollay both demonstrated questionable sanity by lining up as solo riders. DOC and Jafakids had an interest in a few teams starting at this mad time all cheered on by the crew of Jafakids staying at Tui Ridge Park on Friday night. It was a cold clear night as the riders tried to get to grips with the gradually deteriorating trail.

The car parks started filling up with the 6 and 12 hour riders early on Saturday morning and the start saw fourteen Jafakids teams, two Doc teams, and a distinctly Jafakids looking Endura girls team get underway at 9:00am. With around three hundred riders now joining the trail, traffic management and survival became key priorities as the riders joined the single track after a sprint start up and then back down the road.

There were inevitable accidents but thankfully the Jafakids seemed to cope with the situation very well. As the early morning sun slowly began to take the chill out of the air, the racing certainly began hotting up as well … Mums vs Girls, Gingernuts vs Camel Ears, and Pink Fluffy Unicorns vs the world – (you had to be there) – all the racing was in great spirit. The trail meanwhile was suffering and as the hordes of riders made their way up the hill after “the bridge” and it wasn’t long before the surface started to pack a giant sad. Putting more dry soil on top of the mud only made the mud deeper. In the end, depending on how wise a tyre choice had been made, most riders had no choice but to get off and run or walk.

Geoff, the trusty Avanti Plus support anchor was kept busy fixing the results of over ambitious excursions and just plain mud attrition with the odd derailleur needing to have open heart surgery and numerous cables and chain problems needing to be fixed. Payments of coffee and cake seemed to be an acceptable form of currency in this environment!

The mud just kept getting stickier despite it being a dry and rather lovely day. Jafa mum Cindy had a nasty crack on the knee after another rider decided to use her front wheel as a brake for their bike, while Jafa dad Nigel (yes me) had a nice run round his first lap following a big derailleur bending breakage, where sheer power and brute force proved to be of no use whatsoever. The conditions were so “challenging“ that my running time was only around a minute or so slower than my best ride time!

As the clock wound its way into the afternoon the six hour race drew to the close, which saw some frenetic racing to the finish line, some only just missing out on that final lap. Prize giving in the Gymnasium was a very civilized affair compared with previous years and having chairs to sit on was a definite bonus. Several Jafakids teams picked up awards. With Callum McEllroy teaming with Rona and Gary Hutchinson in a DOC team to take a 3rd on the podium while Jafa Girls and “Mums Having Fun” were on the stage at the same time though controversially picking up the wrong prizes due to an error by the organizers. Either way it was great to see our riders getting some real recognition for their very real efforts and success on those tough trails.

With the six hour out of the way, focus turned back to the 24 hour riders and the 12 hour event, both scheduled to finish at 9:00pm. This turned out to be far tougher than expected, with the thought of the long walk/run up the hill making many wince at the thought of going out for “yet another lap”. However the smell of competition was in the air, no one was about to let a little mud get in the way of potential victory – after all there were only a hundred and sixty six 12 hour teams competing so if 160 or so dropped out there was still a glimmer of hope for the intensely competitive!

The youngest Jafakids 12 hour team, the Midgets were courageously riding into the evening with just 4 riders while the other young Jafakids team the Pink Fluffy Unicorns were still impressively fast, and comically cheerful with it, so as time drew on nearer to twilight it looked increasingly unlikely any of the Jafadad teams would catch them – well they did have youth on their side! Meanwhile the Jafakids Gingernuts and Camel Ears teams were battling with some amazing lap times that put many adult teams to shame.

With the countdown to 9:00pm on the clock the final riders raced to cross the line with the inevitable “oh so close to completing that last lap” moment for some poor riders. A quick shower later (cold by that time but better than no shower at all – as in previous years) and we were into prize giving. Jafakids were everywhere and even when it wasn’t a Jafakid team there was usually a Jafakid to be spotted on the podium – See the results below.

Best Photo opportunity was for the Junior 12 Hour race where we had both the Gingernuts and the Camel Ears Teams on the podium – all ten riders up on stage in their Jafakids shirts looking like the great team they are! Other notable podium appearances were the Endura NZ Girls team featuring Hatty and Jemma, the Crank and Crash Crew Straight Team featuring Coach Bruce and Brent, and the Crank and Crash Crew Swinger Team featuring Jafakid Charlotte Delamore and Ex Jafakid Sasha Smith.
Just when we thought it was all over it fell to Mike Spray of one of the Jafa dads team to pull off the second Spot prize of a canoe while Jafakid Ryan Craggs managed to lift the star prize of the Scott Scale 60 Bike! What a night for the Jafakids a remarkable bunch of kids showing how they can be competitive but still have lots of fun doing it!

Much thanks should go to all the Jafakids parents and helpers who really helped make this event such a success.

You were all a credit to your team! Some photos from Deane Tetley of the event can be found here.

Results Jafakids on Podiums in RED

6Hr Junior
5th Wheely Good (10 laps in 5:43:33) William Page, Elye Schuurman, Mischa Wolstencroft, Kian Wolstencroft
8th Giant Jafas (9 laps in 5:24:56) Jake Mackey, Gene Wang, Jeevan Krishnan, Nat Sharp
10th Blackberries (9 laps in 5:29:09) Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd, Paige Weir, Chantelle Riley, Natasha Wilson

6Hr Womens Open 1st
Mums Having Fun (10 laps in 5:32:51)
Lara Craggs, Kay Spray, Erica Welsford- Ackroyd, Cindy Weir
2nd Jafa Girls (10 laps in 5:42:16) Jacqui Paltridge, Kirsty Wilson, Shar-nee Schuurman, Emma Peterson
8th Senioritas (7 laps in 5:28:48) Katherine Paltridge, Meg Page, Tanya Wolstenscroft

6Hr Open 3rd
Hutch & Co (13 laps in 5:54:29)
Gary Hutchinson, Rona Simanu, Callum McElroy

12Hr Junior
1st Gingernuts (29 laps in 11:40:41) Ryan Craggs, Kim Wright, Robin Page, Kerran Tetley, Peter Bethell
3rd Camel Ears (27 laps in 11:40:28) Finn Welsford-Ackroyd, Alex Beaven, Josh Riley, Kalen Weir, Liam Padden
7th Pink Fluffy Unicorns (24 laps in 11:44:08) Jake Craggs, Daniel Mackey, Liam Bethell, Brad Spray, Alex Delamore
13th Midgets (20 laps in 11:47:33) Jessica Manchester, Max Neradt, Ryan Manchester, Sheldon Burrows

12Hr Older Dudes
6th DOC JAFA DADS (23 laps in 11:44:26) Neil Welsford, Logan Riley, Nigel Craggs, Phil Manchester, Barry Page
7th Luna Research (23 laps in 11:53:04 Mike Sharp, Gerard Krishnan, Phil Wolstencroft, Andrew Bell, Jack Bell
8th Faster Smarter Greener (23 laps in 11:53:08) Deane Tetley, Thomas Neradt, Mike Spray, Mark Wilson, Alastair

12Hr Mixed
5th Unlimited Horsepower (23 laps in 11:47:12) Tony Beaven, Jo Beaven, Mike Mackey, Kirsty Mackey, Sandy
10th DOC Grinders

12Hr Shop Team
1st Stay Classy – Avanti Plus Waitakere (28 laps in 11:46:00) Martyn Pearce, Duane Watene, Jamie Till, Paul Carroll, and Jamie Jameson

12Hr Female
1st Endura Girls (27 laps in 11:45:46) Harriet Beaven, Jemma Manchester, Amber Johnston, and Raewyn Morrison
4th Avanti Plus Waitakere – The Vixens (11 laps in 8:21:46) Catherine Webb, Kathryn Eltringham, Sue Turk, Jenna Smith, Lou Smith

24Hr Older Dudes
2nd CCC – Straight (52 laps in 23:43:59) Bruce Weir, Brent Paltridge and others
6th No Its Your Turn (46 laps in 23:52:20) George Bradfield / Kent Hiku

24Hr Mixed
1st CCC – Swingers (52 laps in 23:51:45) Charlotte Delamore, Sasha Smith and Others

24Hr Solo
2nd Jared Scollay (45 Laps) – occasional guest coach at Jafakids
3rd Adrian Retief (35 Laps) – ex Jafakid

Read race report from ex Jafakid Sasha Smith

See another short race rap from Rona

See another results table here


THIS WEEKS RIDING

  • WEDNESDAY –   come along to the Wednesday night rides at Woodhill.
    Two groups to choose from:1. Beginner:  Guided social ride, perfect for less experienced riders.

    2. DoC XC Flying Squad: still super-friendly but at higher pace. Reasonable level of fitness recommended.

    Meeting Place – Woodhill
    Time – The ride will start at 6:45pm sharp. Don’t be late.
    Beginners Coach 16th May – Jamie Till
    Duration of ride – Easy 75-90 minutes.
    What will be covered – Night skills. Riding trails similar to Moonride event.
    Contact details if you are running late:  jtill@xtra.co.nz

    Click here for more information

  • SATURDAY – Social Spin is on as usual 8:00am depart.
    Click here for Social 45km ride event information.
    Click here for Social 35km ride event information
    Find out about spin Buddies
  • SUNDAY –
    Long ride – Triangle/ Ridge Pine/ Valley Rd/ Dairy Flat/ Ridge/ Donbuckhttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/55571524

    Winter is nearly around the corner and so we’re getting into the base phase to build and maintain fitness over the winter months.

    This is an 86km ride with moderate climbing. To practice some of the skills we trialled last week, we’ll be riding this in smaller groups, nominating an average speed at the beginning (e.g. >20;20-25; 25-30; 30+) The goal is to get all riders in your group to the break point (Don Bucks Rd ) before  any “racing” begins.  Try to maintain bunch pace going up the climbs, rather than having to wait at the top to regroup.

    Short Ride – Ridge Road Rec Ride (aliteration!)

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2744790

    This starts out the same , at the top of Ridge road, return via Brigham Creek Rd

    Again the goal is to keep the groups together with the release point being Don Bucks rd for those wanting some speed work.
    If you require further information please contact Mike here

  • TUESDAY – Spin class with Gordon McCauley  For more information click here.

Upcoming events

May

June

We look forward to seeing you all out there.

Cheers

 

Join the DoC night rides

Wednesday Night Ride!!!

Every Wednesday night!  Meet in store at 6pm or in the forest at 6:45pm.

Two groups to choose from:

1. Beginner:  Guided social ride, perfect for less experienced riders.

2. DoC XC Flying Squad: still super-friendly but at higher pace. Reasonable level of fitness recommended.

Special note for the beginner ride this week (Wednesday 15 May):

Meeting Place – Woodhill
Time – The ride will start at 6:45pm sharp. Don’t be late.
Beginners Coach – Jamie Till
Duration of ride – Easy 75-90 minutes.
What will be covered – Night skills. Riding trails similar to Moonride event.
Contact details if you are running late:  jtill@xtra.co.nzRead more here!!

Strength in Numbers preview

Red Bull and Spoke present the New Zealand premiere of Strength in Numbers

On Thursday Red Bull and Spoke will be putting on the first of a bunch of screenings of Anthill’s highly anticipated film Strength in Numbers (trailer below). It’s gonna be at the Academy Cinema in Auckland and Red Bull want to make it a night to remember so they have decided to buy popcorn and ice cream for everyone. Better yet, the official New Zealand premiere won’t cost you a cent.
Click here for more information

Coffee corner

Donate your retro couch!

Your old retro couch that you want to get rid of could earn you $50!
Thats right!  Earn $50 for your old couch and have a plaque with your name on it at AvantiPlus Waitakere.  Jeff and the team are keen to fill the coffee corner with a comfy addition to compliment the new coffee machine.

See here for more details.

Strava your ride

Join the fun with Strava

Who is King of the Mountains? It could be you! 
If you have a garmin, smart phone or a GPS unit take it with you on a ride, when you get back in front of a computer upload the ride to Strava and compare your climbs against others.  Maybe just compare your time against your last ride.  Follow other DoC members i.e Gusto and see what secret training they have been doing!!

Click here for more information

Have you seen the new calendar

Have you seen the new calendar?

We have been working hard on getting information to you about upcoming events that you may want to be involved in.
You may have seen some of the links to information of training rides and races have come from this calendar.
Keep an eye on the calendar for any upcoming dates that may be of interest.  We will be posting races, training rides, fun dates and socila events that we would love everyone to attend.  If you find there is a lot of information on the calendar at first glance, please use the filter at the top of the page to see the events that interest you.

Click here to view the calendar.

Kids Bike Jams

Kids Bike Jam!

Woodhill Mountain Bike Park20 May, 2012
The Jams is back in Auckland’s primo Mountain Bike park- Woodhill! Tracks and exact base will go up here nearer to the event.  Check out 2011 fun

Click here for more information

Sunday 20th May Road rides

Long ride – Triangle/ Ridge Pine/ Valley Rd/ Dairy Flat/ Ridge/ Donbuck

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/55571524

Winter is nearly around the corner and so we’re getting into the base phase to build and maintain fitness over the winter months.

This is an 86km ride with moderate climbing. To practice some of the skills we trialled last week, we’ll be riding this in smaller groups, nominating an average speed at the beginning (e.g. >20;20-25; 25-30; 30+) The goal is to get all riders in your group to the break point (Don Bucks Rd ) before  any “racing” begins.  Try to maintain bunch pace going up the climbs, rather than having to wait at the top to regroup.

Short Ride – Ridge Road Rec Ride (aliteration!)

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2744790

This starts out the same , at the top of Ridge road, return via Brigham Creek Rd

Again the goal is to keep the groups together with the release point being Don Bucks rd for those wanting some speed work.

Any questions feel free to email Mike  – road@deptofcycling.com

 

 

Thanks for the good times Moonride!

It was bad enough doing one lap. But to do forty six 6.5 km energy sapping laps over 24 hours is mind blowing.
That’s what Ian Wright did to win the 24 hour solo event of the 2012 Cateye Moonride.
That was one lap more than our very own Jared Scollay who did 45 laps for second place.
Ex Jafakids rider Adrian Retief was 3rd and Andrew Jameson finished 6th.

A new venue for 2012 – Tui Ridge Park on the edge of the Mamakus and 15kms from Rotorua.
This years racing was tough. Rain during the week had made sections of the course unrideable for many.
However it didn’t deter the majority of our riders who were keen to get stuck in and do the business – and with outstanding results for the club.

The strong tradition we have of podiums in the junior grades was maintained as Jafakids picked up 1st and 3rd in the Junior 12 hour event.
The competition was just as fierce amongst the Jafakids dads with the 3 teams picking up 6th, 7th and 8th out of the 25 teams in the Older Dudes category of the 12 hour event.

Three podiums were also achieved in the 6 hour event with team of Jafakids mothers winning the 6 hour women’s category and Jafa girls coming in for second.  A team of three led by Gary Hutchinson with some outstanding laps by Jafakid’s Callum ‘Mittens’ Mcelroy helped their team place 3rd in the Open category.

What was fantastic about this years event was the number of DoC Jafakids, parents and DoC adult members riding for other teams who also faired well.

  • Endura sponsored riders Jemma Manchester and Harriet Bevan were part of the Endura NZ Girls team who won the Womens category.
  • Duane Watene, Jamie Till, Martyn Pearce, Paul Carroll and Jamie Jameson took the Shop category title for Avanti Plus Waitakere in the 12 hour race
  • Sasha Smith, Charlotte Delamore and Gunner Wester won the 24 hour Mixed category
  • Bruce Weir, Alan Postance and Brent Partridge rode as part of the CCC group to take 2nd in the Older Dudes category of the 24 hour event (they were 5th overall)

Notable were also the efforts of roadies and Coast to Coasters George Bradfied and Kent Hiku who fronted up to their first Moonride and helped their team to 6th in the 24 hour Older Dudes category.

Well done all and congratulations on the participation and results.
Thank you to all of those who helped to make it happen.

Bring on Day Night Thriller in September.

Check out the results table here

DoC Jafakids results from Moonride

DoC Jafakids Teams (Parents and Children) 

Team

Race

Division

Division Place

Overall

# of overall Teams

Gingernuts

12 hr

Junior

1st

7th

166

Camel Ears

12 hr

Junior

3rd

11th

Pink Fluffy Unicorns

12 hr

Junior

7th

29th

Midgets

12 hr

Junior

13th

101st

Unlimited Horsepower

12 hr

Mixed

5th

37th

Grinders

12 hr

Mixed

10th

74th

Faster Smarter Greener

12 hr

Older Dudes

8th

42nd

Luna Research

12 hr

Older Dudes

7th

40th

DoC Jafa Dads

12 hr

Older Dudes

6th

36th

Team

Race

Division

Division Place

Overall Place

# of overall Teams

Wheely Good

6 hr

Junior

5th

34th

72

Blackberries

6 hr

Junior

10th

46th

Giant Jafas

6 hr

Junior

8th

44th

Jafa Girls

6 hr

Junior

2nd

33rd

Mums Having Fun

6 hr

Female

1st

29th

Senioritas

6 hr

Female

8th

71st

Other Teams with current and ex Jafakids, Jafakids parents and DoC adult members

Team

Race

Division

Division Place

Overall Place

# of overall Teams

No Its Your Turn (George Bradfield / Kent Hiku)

24 hr

Older Dudes

6th

14th

51

Team CCC – Swinger (Charlotte Delamore,  Sasha Smith and Gunner Wester)

24 hr

Mixed

1st

7th

Team CCC – Straight (Alan Postance, Bruce Weir, Brent Partridge)

24 hr

Older Dudes

2nd

5th

Team

Race

Division

Division Place

Overall Place

# of overall Teams

Team Endura NZ – Girls (Jemma Manchester & Harriet Bevan)

12 hr

Female

1st

13th

166

Stay Classy Avanti Plus Waitakere (Duane Watene, Jamie Till, Martyn Pearce, Paul Carrol, Jamie Jameson

12 hr

Shop Team

1st

8th

Avanti Plus Waitakere – The Vixens (Catherine Webb, Kathryn Eltringham. Sue Turk, Jenna Smith, Lou Smith)

12 hr

Female

4th

166th

Team

Race

Division

Division Place

Laps

# of overall Teams

Jared Scollay

24 hr

Solo

2nd

45

16

Adrian Retief

24 hr

Solo

3rd

35

Andrew Jameson

24 hr

Solo

6th

30

Team

Race

Division

Division Place

Overall Place

# of overall Teams

Hutch & Co (Gary Hutchinson, Callum Mcelroy and Rona Simanu)

6 hr

Open

3rd

4th

72