What a wierd day. The rain, wind and crazy weather put a few of you off and made setting up the course and keeping everything in place really hard. I raced and it’s the first time I have tried to organise the event and race at it and it all seemed rather frantic and disorganised and then most of you went home after getting your spotties and before prize giving!! Still, at least we had a bit of good weather and the wind started to ease up at the end. Let’s get down to business……
Before I get onto the results, there are a few thank you’s to say…
– Firstly a huge thanks to Rob Garden, owner and all round top bloke, for letting us race on his superb trails. The course was a lot of fun and with so many more trails to choose from it is no surprise we are toying with the idea of holding a longer, one-off event up there.
– Secondly, thanks again to R&R Sport for the spotties and mechanical support. I saw a few bikes on the stand so their input is always really appreciated.
– Thirdly, thanks to the other series sponsors – Horleys, NZ MTB Mag and Jungle coffee who all contributed towards the spot prize pool. It was great to have Horleys on-site with the drinks and protein bars helping with that post-race recovery. Round 2 was sponsored by Ground Effect and their $50 sport prize vouchers went pretty quickly! Thanks.
– Thanks also to the helpers that helped make the race. From the trail groomers a few weeks ago to the rego, timing, general helpers and marshalls: we could not have done it without you. This year there are many new faces (in fact, it is mostly new faces) helping out with the series and we appreciate your patience.
– Thanks also to the guys from Hamilton that took part and handed out flyers for the Pukete 6 hour on the 3rd October. If you want any more info on this, check out the Hamilton MTB Club website.
That’s it for the thank-yous. It was a great day and great to see a good turnout of singlespeeders out there. Interestingly, the Woodhill 1 Singlespeed champs has got 50 pre entries already. Any ideas why those 50 don’t come along to our series? I’m toying with the idea of a long and short SS race – 2 laps and 4 laps. Still Open age group but it might attract a few more riders. Thoughts?
So here are the prelim results. Note that there is one error and that is 3rd place in the Sport 30+ cat actually goes to Brendan Doherty, his number was not punched into the laptop as rode by the tent but was written down. I’ll make that change but email me if there are any other issues. firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from Rounds 1 and 2 on the club Flikr account soon.