Thursday, April 4, 2013



Result: 1st overall solo


It’s been about 2 years since my last 24hr solo, and to make a come-back the weekend after racing a 12hr solo could have been my undoing.

I decided that the Kona 24hr would be the race to mark my return to the 24hr solo scene. It was held at Old Hiddenvale in Southest Qld. This course in the past has been good to me, although I had been told that this year it was the hardest and roughest a lot of riders had ever seen it.


After a really hectic week of work and a 9hr drive home to Qld on Thursday night, my race prep was poor to say the least. I didn’t even get a chance to sit down and sort my gear out until 8pm the night before the race.


Race morning rocked around and the conditions were pretty perfect; overcast and no more than 30 degrees. Before the race I managed to roll half the track and it lived up to what everyone had been saying (rough). My race plan was simple: go out pretty hard, make the field work for their positions, keep an eye on the riders I knew would be tough competition and prepare myself for any dark-horses who may have come onto the scene since I last raced.

I rolled up for race start and was quite surprised to see there were only two people taking the front row, so I took a position up front. After what seemed forever the count down to the start began. The gun went and I stuck to my plan, rolling up the first few km of fire road at the front of the pack. To my surprise, not even a team rider rolled around on me. Coming into the first descent, one of the solo riders I was concerned about (Andrew Mallet) took the lead and bombed the descent. Watching this, it became very clear that this race wasn’t going to be won on who could descend the quickest but on who could keep their bodies in one piece for the whole 24hrs! Coming up to the next hill, Mallet sat up and looked like he wasn’t keen to put in on the hills, so I took the lead again and went on to work hard on all the hills. My plan was to try to open a gap on the field. By the end of the 2nd lap my crew told me that I had opened up roughly a 2min lead. Everything pretty much continued like this for the next few hours until dark.

My race was progressing really well, hydration and eating were going to plan and my Trek Superfly100 was railing. At this stage of the game I had a 15min lead and things were looking good to keep increasing this lead.

The night laps ticked out and my crew had me sorted for batteries etc every lap. Things went well until 4am, when I started having trouble holding food down. At this stage my pits started getting a little longer, but Kiri told me I was clearing each lap a few minutes quicker than 2nd and so retaining my lead. By 7am I lapped 2nd place, and after a having a chat with him it was clear he was riding to finish. For me it was time to play the rest of the race safe.


The overall field was pushing right to the end, which kept Gavin and I riding right until the end to hold our places. Despite this, I rolled the last few laps with no hassle, and by 23hr 40min mark I had secured 1st overall solo, and could finally get off my bike.




Absolutely stoked with the result, especially after backing up from a 12hr the weekend before! A big thanks to all to the TargetTrek racing team for their support, and to Rubena for my tyres.

UNE12hr at the Piney


Quick stats:      13.5km course at Armidale NSW. The track had it all, nice consistant climbing, pinch climbs, rock gardens and most of all the track left you keen to go out for more.


Result:   2nd solo overall


We woke up to a perfect day for racing, bit overcast and not to hot, I had enough time to put a practice lap in and dial in some sweet lines for the race. The race kicked off at 10am and the solo feild got sent of first, not knowing how good my form was and how strong the feild would be I decided to ride my own race. By the time we hit the first corner I was second wheel, heading up to the first technical part of the course I managed to get into the front. From here I kept the head down and concentrated on hitting all my lines and not worry about anyone behind me. Not that I knew until later but I had laided down the fastest lap for 8hrs of the race and put 6minutes on the feild.


I managed to ride my own race and stay out the front for about 3hrs, English got himself onto my back wheel and after a quick chat he kept going, this was the witching hour for me. The time when you question what you are actually doing. Thanks to my crew and some food, I got myself into a good head space and the race continued on, then Holly Harris who was racing in a 4man mix team decided that she would chased me down on the climb. There was some pre race banter between us, so i knew there was gonna be a race on to see who could get back to transition first. This lap was a highlight for me, having a team mate modidvating you is awesome.


The 10hr marked rolled around and the organisers had let me know that I had 3laps on 3rd place, with a 24hr coiming up this weekend i decided to do one more lap and call it a day.


I want to thank, Target Trek racing team, Anytime fitness and Rubena tyres for all there support.





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