Inside Line July 2019

Posted by Brent Goddard on July 30, 2019 at 1:30:00 PM

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

 Since taking over the reigns in April, the last couple of months has been a learning curve for me in all things club related.  As a club we are continuing to build and strengthen our relationships with our stakeholders and bring members great value from their membership.

In the last month, we have held two fundraising events for local riders Brady Stone and Sam Gale, to help out with expenses racing overseas.  I wish you both great racing and we all look forward to seeing competing on the world stage.

Winter is here and with it brings cold, frosty weather and the much anticipated winter DH series. The winter months will also see a small team working away with preparations for the upcoming EWS Continental, Aorere Enduro. If you are keen to be involved or want to watch some of the racing action, head over to the NMTBC website for more details on both events.

See you out on the trails!


Mel Schroder
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TRAILS UPDATE  by Andrew Higginbottom

Closed Trails

  • Kaka DH Race - Sharlands (Sat 10 Aug)
  • Codgers trails as per last year, a round robin of trail closures from P51, Firball and Crazy Horse. Please observe signs and stay away from Codgers when wet or just after rain. Click here for Trailfork Status

Re-opened Trails 

  • Firball (Codgers): Lower section re-opened 24 July.
  • Silvan Forest: Open.

Trail Maintenance/Alerts 

  • Firball (Codgers): Upper section closed, entry through Wayne’s Passage, please don’t ride, obey any signs.
  • Lancewood Waggles (Sharlands): Was some wind fall around, now cleared.
  • FDH (Dun Mountain): All good.
  • Involution (Marsden Valley): Was a tree down and across trail, now cleared.
  • Codgers tree planting: Some 5000 new trees planted by volunteers at the bottom of Codgers. Thank you!
  • Black Diamond deviation: Need volunteers (see below).
  • Reminder: You can check for forestry operations before you ride at https://nelsonmtb.club/trails-2/tasman-pine-weekly-operations/

Good Trails For Winter

Trails to Avoid In Winter

  • Codgers: Please avoid Codgers when wet or just after rain as winter weather makes these trails very susceptible to damage.  Thank you

Volunteers needed 

  • Please fill our this form http://eepurl.com/grEIOf if you can help with:
  • Black Diamond re-route: Track building work.
  • Tree planting: Projects in Aug/Sept, dates TBC.

 

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EVENT NEWS by Paul McNabb

There have been a range of recent events on in Nelson with the club running it’s winter downhill series, we have also had some night racing at Kaiteriteri and Cyclocross Nelson have put on a four race series that included a short course mountain bike class. Congratulations to all the riders getting out there and supporting these events.

As this is the first newsletter in a while I thought I would start by highlighting some results from last summer. We had fifteen club members participate in the national downhill series,
  • James Elkington,
  • Brynley King,
  • Seth Buckley,
  • Oliver Elkington,
  • Sam Gale,
  • Harry King,
  • Jack Edwards,
  • Olivia Lambert,
  • Tasman De Leeuw,
  • Caeleb Drummond,
  • Alex Robertson,
  • Daniel Morton,
  • Nic Mochan,
  • Nick Sutcliffe,
  • Sean Cox.

Congratulations to all the athletes and to James, Olivier and Sean for placing third overall in their categories. I was in Rotorua for the cross country champs and I am reporting from memory. Eight local riders competed across the age group classes;
  • Florence McNabb,
  • Ethan Woods,
  • Rebecca Hufflet,
  • Zoe Nathan,
  • Cameron Jones, 
  • James Hufflet,
  • Mel Hansen, 
  • Jacqui Keay (and we won’t mention Greg).

Most of these athletes either won or came second in their category, and for James and Ethan, who didn’t make the podium, it was still a very successful event where they were competing near the front in some of the largest and fastest fields (U15 men and 40-49 men).

National championship titles went to Rebecca (U17 Women) and Mel (50-59 Men). For second place getters it was great to see Cameron and Zoe step up into the next age group and still complete with the very best while Florence and Jacqui got close in their races and I’m sure they will be back. My sincere apologies to those people I have omitted.

The following calendar of events is based on local events I know of and some selected South Island events, a useful calendar can be found at http://www.singletrack.org.nz/calendar.htm. Please email mcnabb.tox@gmail.com if you wish to add your event.

Calendar of events
 

Date

Event type

Location

Organiser

2019

 

 

 

10-Aug

DH

TBC

NMTBC

11-Aug

DH

TBC

NMTBC

1-Sep

XCC

Cable Bay

Nelson Cyclocross

7-Sep

 

Shred like a Girl

NMTBC

5-Oct

XCO/DH

Dunedin

Secondary School Nationals

17-Oct

Super D

Nelson

NMTBC

26-Oct

Enduro

Aorere Enduro

NMTBC

31-Oct

Super D

Nelson

NMTBC

14-Nov

Super D

Nelson

NMTBC

16-Nov

Marathon

West Coast

Ride the Wilderness

28-Nov

Super D

Nelson

NMTBC

24-Nov

XCO

Nelson

NMTBC

30-Nov

Enduro

Dunedin

Three peaks

1-Dec

Marathon

Queenstown

The Pioneer 2020

 

 

 

 

14-Mar

Marathon

Queenstown

Motatapu

5-Apr

Kids Enduro

Nelson

NMTBC

18-Apr

XC 6 hr

Kaiteriteri

KMBP

19-Apr

Enduro

Kaiteriteri

KMBP

19-Apr

Slopestyle

Kaiteriteri

KMBP

 

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RACING IN EUROPE by Sam Gale


The racing has been great over here so far. Just the whole experience and race vibe is something you cant get anywhere else. I've been pretty happy with my riding up to this stage. Since my accident earlier this year, I haven't had hardly anytime on my dh bike. Andorra World Cup was the first time I'd ridden my bike for about 5 weeks, so my goals weren't that high coming into the race.

Felt good on my bike all week, so decided to go for it in Qualifying and ended up 5th place. I was so shocked haha. Then race day, road smooth and tried to carry speed the whole track but because I was lacking in ride time, my arms where feeling pretty tired by the end of the run so backed off a little bit and still somehow managed 4th place on the day! YEOW!

The next weekend was straight into another World Cup, in Les Gets. Once again was feeling good all week, and I really enjoyed that track too. Had a good run in qualifying, and ended up 3rd place, 0.4 off 2nd place which I definitely had left in me! Pushed hard in the race run, but a little crash cost me but it was looking good up until then. Glad to know I've got the speed it takes, and looking forward to the next World Cups!

Other then the racing though, it's been good to just be over here in the hot sun, chilling out and riding with all my mates whenever we can! Its definitely a pretty cool lifestyle to be able to live for a while, riding and swimming all day long! Of course with weekly training when we can fit it in too. But, no matter how cool over here it is, I always look forward to going home at the end of it all to get ready for the next season.

Follow Sam on Insta @samgale.xPhotos: Norbert Szasz Photography

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