Archives for May 2013

Help Maintain YOUR Trails

No dig, no ride? Unlike many mtb clubs in the country, DoC is not a custodian over any particular trail network. So here’s a list of trail maintenance working bees coming up in June that you might like to join.

1 June @ WCRC trails: https://www.facebook.com/events/163559323821627/

8 June @ Hunua: https://www.facebook.com/events/507837005921342/

22 June @ Arch Hill: https://www.facebook.com/events/486106191459061/?fref=ts

Club Race Report: Woodhill 360

As much as many of us love to go on a road trip to Rotorua, Taupo or even further afar to race, I don’t think anyone could deny that it was pretty cool to be able to roll out of bed and just drive to your local forest for a race with mates! And what made this race even more special is that we were racing to support someone from our own mtb community to fulfill their dream to race at the World Endurance Mtb Champs this year in Canberra. What a cool idea Tim Farmer had to create an event to help with his fundraising. It wasn’t just a casual event either, the event was so pro – well done Tim!

DoC was out to represent at this event, and we did with 6 teams and 7 solo riders (incl Jafakids). Tim had given us a primo spot in the pits and many of us were there early to set up. The weather was holding out but we all knew it wouldn’t last. Race briefing was at 9:30am with a race start time of 10am. As the course was pretty much 99% singletrack (pretty damn lucky!), in order to avoid a bottleneck going onto the course it was a le mans start, with solo riders starting just ahead of teams. 

And just like that it was game on, or race on in this case. Considering the fairly undulating terrain of Woodhill, Tim had really pulled together a tough little 10.5km course for this race and rumour has it that one of the top solo riders clocked up over 3000m of climbing during the race – that’s pretty impressive for tame Woodhill. Also, as the course was pretty much all singletrack and not the cruisy-type either, there was little time to relax, pull out the drink bottle, or stretch your back on a straight (what straight??). It required almost 100% concentration which got harder as the day wore on.

Back in the pits, an amazing support crew from DoC/Cycle West/Avantiplus Waitakere were there filling drink bottles, making sure people were fed, warm, and cheering on all the riders. A solid support crew is so important in these lap races. They not only make sure everyone is doing physically alright as they pass by, but a smile or word of encouragement can mentally pick up a rider when they are at a low point and send them out on their next lap with a new energy.

The weather held out until around midday or so when it started to drizzle and then the rain just got heavier and heavier. It didn’t deter people from sticking around for prize-giving though and many of our teams and solo riders were on the podium. So proud! There are too many people to thank for their time and effort on the day; everyone just contributed hugely, but I would like to say a special thanks to Ben Edwards from the DoC mtb subcommittee for coordinating registrations, the set up, getting there first and leaving last, we really appreciate it!

Sarah

Race Report: AKSS Champs Series 2/3 – Riverhead, 26-May-2013

If you had looked at the weather forecast earlier in the week you could have been forgiven for “accidentally” wanting to forget that there was anything remotely going on at Riverhead this weekend.  Lashings of rain and wind were evidently due and while bound to build lots of fortitude amongst the MTB competitors, a warm cosy Sunday inside sounded quite appealing.  Skip forward to the day itself and it was not at all what we had been bracing for.  The sky was blue, the sun was out and the day couldn’t have been better – for spectators at least.  There had still been enough rain to keep the bottomless puddles adequately topped up.  So it was then, that we returned to Riverhead to the familiar sight of an appropriately muddy MTB course – the third time in as many weekends.  The course was actually pretty good by all accounts.  A single loop, of about 5km or so took in a compulsory dismount to climb over a fallen tree, and equated to some quite achievable riding for most, especially if you were good at slippery roots and didn’t mind taking on a little mud. The main hill was Patterson’s Link which evidently was not anywhere near as bad as it could have been.  Even Barlow Return had managed to stay relatively rideable as long as the line and speed were right. [Read more…]

Your Club Need You!

Lead Riders Needed

The road sub-committee are putting together a plan towards Taupo and are looking for some keen bunch riders to lead rides.   We are looking for people who want to help promote DoC as an encouraging, friendly bunch of riders.

You will be asked to have a catch up with the rest of the leaders once every 4 – 6 weeks to discuss the plan and understand what the goal of the next block is.

You will be asked to volunteer to ride with a group on a roster (so more leaders means less individual time on the roster)

Please get in touch with Sean – road@deptofcycling.com to register your interest.

 

 

Race Report: Moonride, 18-May-2013

The Moonride has for many years been the stuff of New Zealand Mountain Bike legends.  Started back in 1994 as part of the mid-winter festival it has enjoyed numerous ups and downs, for the most part getting bigger and better each time.  The original concept was for it to be a team relay MTB race at the bleakest, coldest, wettest time of year from Friday night to Saturday morning.  Given these original input criteria for the race, the 2013 event had a lot to live up to.  Could it take the title of one of the coldest, bleakest and wettest Moonrides ever?  We were about to find out! [Read more…]