Sunday, March 19, 2006

Newsletter - March 06, The Racing is Over.

Hello All,
The Racing is over
It’s hard to believe that the national series is now over. With 6 race’s in the series (including Oceania games), the national champs and marathon champs. It’s all been very competitive and some very close racing. What do we do know? This year has been one of the most competitive years ever, with the world champs just around the corner, the fields were big and competitve. This series also has had races which challanged every aspect of mountain bike racing. Not only were the course’s all different, but there was snow at Coronet Peak, rain in Palmerston North, unexpected XC course change in Nelson and a few injuries at Rotorua. Some of you may have noticed that this newsletter is a little late, sorry. I’ve made up for it by including more pictures. How do you like the metro-style “about town section”?

Nationals Results
With the Oceania games also being the final round of the nationals and attracting overseas stars like Cedric Garcia and Geoff Kabush, who was keeping an eye on the results? Well I was…not just because I’m the XC selector either.
can safely say the shower, espresso machine, and washing machine all handled the extra load. I too have been personally racing and supporting the team at the 2006 the National series. What does this mean to you? It means I will be out of the office often, racing my Blur XC and doing my part as part of the Santa Cruz race team. I highly recommend you come and cheer on the team. I will return all calls, but best to call me on my mobile.

Look, no Lycra
If the all the racing wasn’t enough, a few of team made it to a wedding along the way. Key races were sacrificed to support friends getting married. Mountain bikers are so nice. It’s also an opportunity to wear something other than lycra and some of us actually “scrub up” well. Out of interest included is a very rare picture of Brenda “Bob” Clapp in a dress, I promised it wouldn’t end up on the front page of Vorb.







Drop In
Don’t forget to tune into C4 on Thursday nights for drop in. It’s got lovely NZ scenery, local trails, talented riders, some locals (we have spotted you Tama) and of course some Santa Cruz bikes. What more could you ask for? How about, being able to tune into C4 in Nelson. More info at vorb.org.nz

Bikes and more bikes
By the time you read this more Santa Cruz’s will be available. If you know someone that needs a new bike, tell them to rush in to their local store now. They don’t last on the shop floors. This order contains a few Nomads, Blur LT’s and rare sightings of Blur XC’s. Again spare frames are limited, so sort one out quick.

Increasing market share v2
Congrat’s to Rick “jungle” and Keeliegh on there reasonably new baby girl Emily. A Belated congrat’s to Shane & Danielle for there new edition Luca. Also watch out the for Taky & Claudia increasing the Stylianou klan, and not to be upstaged, Richie & Mel are expecting twins.

More Results
While everyone was still thinking about the Nationals a few of us got to the Crater Rim race, Well done to Laurence Mote and Andy Reid for the 2nd & 3rd placing. Also to Craig Tolsen and Chris Burr who came in 6th & 10th overall on Nomads. Not forgetting Brenda Clapp winning the women’s category by less than a second.
The Marathon Champs was won by Annika Smail, no rest for the national series champ.

Commonwealth Games
Silver medal for Rosara Joseph, well done! We all knew she would do it. The men’s race was “edge of your seat excitement”. No way would I have predicted that result!

More Aireal “Bling”
The gang at Aireal have been very busy recently, they’ve made some small tweaks to their EV-1 headset and re-released it at the EV-1.2. It’s now better than ever and with the most important tweak, more colours. The EV-1.2 is now available in black, silver, blue, gold, orange and red ochre. These are bound to make your bike look better. Check out airealindustries.com for more info.

Big “Thanks”Last but certainly not least, thanks to the team. I said before, this has been a very competitive year for mountain bike racing. I’m proud to be part of the team of riders that are associated with Hyperformance Hardware. Some of you may have even noticed that they don’t all ride Santa Cruz’s bikes (all of the time). World domination needs small steps. I’m looking forward to the winter racing and being part of next years national series. Good Luck to the riders heading overseas AND a BIGGER thanks to Mariano and Andre of Santa Cruz bicycles for their help with providing me with all my requirements.




You don’t have to wear black to ride a Santa Cruz, but it helps. North Piha, Alistair and Renee’s wedding. Chris Faithful, Nick Davies, Andrew East (2nd Vet1 XC men) and a visitor from Nelson. This is not the “Tour of Northland”.