Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Carbon Goodness, Ibis Tranny Review

What Mountain Bike UK review the Ibis Tranny, good enough for Tim Wilding to win the NZ Single Speed Champs on.....so we already know it's good.

The readable PDFversion is available here;

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Carbon Nomad Update!

Official details will be released 1st April (but you knew that).
Taking orders now (ok, we'll make it Monday, I need to go for a ride too).
First shipment 10th June (probably in NZ a little later than that).

White with Black or Black with Gold.

You can start thinking about your colour co-ordinating now, you might want some bling Straitline stuff to go with that and now that new Joplin4 with the gold bits is starting to sound OK.

Sweet!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bag Escaping Cat, out again!


This is the ad for the new Carbon Nomad in the latest Decline Magazine.

So before anyone could post pictures of the new Nomad all over the internet, Mike Ferrentino posted this on the Santa Cruz blog.
This is all I know, so don't bother quizzing me with more info.
Yeap, thinking about my ulitimate build already.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Straitline Elixir Levers

I know what Straitline are upto!
Yes, you do need some of these levers.....just pick a colour.


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Cyclingnews.com Pick up the Karapoti Story too

Both photos, by cycle-photos.com and taken by Wayne Fisk.

Quite a good write up on Cyclingnews.com about the Karapoti.  The interesting thing is they mention the pre-race hype (not sure who doing the hyping), but basically it failed to mention Tim or Annika as being potential winners.  Pretty sure Annika has won all the races she has entered in the last couple of years and Tim has been winning the races he has been focusing on.  Both of them are the current Single Speed champs too. 
Anyway, I'm sure everyone reading this blog had money on Tim and Annika winning.

Ok, you can go and read the cyclingnews.com article now, click away!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Tim Wilding Karapoti Report - Success at Karapoti!

Great news; yesterday i won the Karapoti Classic, also doubling as the New Zealand Mountain Bike Marathon Championships.

I've recently competed in a few very fun races and i'll give you the lowdown on them in a short while because they're stories worth telling, but this email is all about Karapoti.

Saturday was one of those beautiful days where nothing seemed insurmountable. I led from very early on, happy to control the pace through the gorge and avoid the shower of muddy spray that you expose yourself to when following another.


The warmup climb was a bit of a revelation. Instead of being pushed back by a steady stream of guys coming past, as i expected, i was able to maintain the aggression and shell a few more riders so that at the top it was me, Brendon Sharratt and Stu Houltham. I haven't done so well on the climbs in recent years and so this was the first hint that i might be in good shape to place well today.


Deadwood followed the warmup climb and it was here that i had a sweet wee moment, passing Stu while climbing. That certainly doesn't happen often and so i quietly savoured that act. I was working bloody hard for it though, with my heart rate at 180bpm since the start.


It was along the rolling ridge at the top of Deadwood that i dropped Stu and Brendon. I'm not sure precisely where it was but it wasn't so surprising. I really like that type of terrain, where you maintain the momentum of the previous downhill to drive up the following climb. It was an area of strength for me, but there were a few more areas of weaknesses ahead - Rockgarden and Dopers - and so i still expected to have company at some stage.


It wasn't to be. I rode the Rock Garden the best i ever have, thankful to be on my Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon as i went down it. Hiskey had shown me how quick you can ride it a a month or so earlier, and while i don't think i even approached his speed, it was hugely useful in resetting my expectations.


I was looking forward to Devils Staircase where i felt i would have an advantage over all but Cabin, who is also training for Xterra. I didn't quite bound up this hike-a-climb but i moved pretty past, and crucially didn't have to contend with screaming legs unaccustomed to walking, as it was when i was a cyclist.


Big Ring Boulevard was a blur with a few pockets of spectators at crucial junctions yelling encouragement. Then things got a bit desperate. With one climb remaining my legs were beginning to feel the effects of my earlier effort. My bike hadn't quite emerged unscathed through the muddy bogs / rock gardens / bush either and i'd lost my two easiset rear gears. There was nothing for it but to climb as best i could and adopt an air of fatalism accepting that i might be caught.


Dopers seemed to go on for an interminable length of time as i hurried to stay hidden in the bush. I was having to stand a great deal though thankfully my Maxxis Aspens were hooking up well, as they had done all day, and i didn't have to devote to much energy to maintaining traction.


Finally i crested, and with only downhill remaining I could begin contemplating the prospect of a win. I was riding raggedly though and took a tumble part way down when i fluffed a line through one of the clay bogs. It wasn't major, though i did knock my head, but it was disruptive to my flow.


Once i was back on the flat and i just drove it as hard as i can to the finish. I was still convinced that someone would catch me and so it was with a huge sense of relief that i dropped into the final river crossing, 100m from the finish knowing that no one was immediately behind.


It was a great feeling to cross the line victorious, and a huge privilege to be wearing the Roadworks shirt as i did so. Oli Brooke-White has been one of my best supporters for a long time now and i knew that he'd be thrilled to add a Karapoti title to his already extensive riders results.


I completed the course in 2hr 21min 09 sec, some 2 minutes ahead of Brendon Sharratt in second place. From my rough reckoning this is the 6th fastest time ever recorded, with guys like Kashi Leuchs and Clinton Avery bettering my effort. I was hoping to go sub 2.30 so was pretty chuffed by this.

The Karapoti Classic was also doubling as the NZ Mtb Marathon Championships so i've taken that title too. Attached is a pic of me in the national shirt with Oli - we're pretty happy.


Spokemagazine.com might be the best place to find out some more info and see what i carried out on my head after my crash. It turns out that my very comfortable Lazer helmet did the job it was designed to do and sacrificed itself when i crashed. It must have been a much stronger impact than i thought.


Cheers Santa Cruz, Pearl Izumi, Maxxis tires, Roadworks - you guys are the best at what you do.
Thanks,


Tim Wilding

Karapoti 2010 National Mountainbike Marathon Championships - by Annika Smail

Well it already seems like a little while ago that I raced Karapoti, but in fact it was only just 2 days ago. I decided to do Karapoti 2 weeks out and was super lucky to have the Peters family offer me a seat in their car to get to Wellington and back. It made the travel fun and fast, despite taking 6 or so hours each way.
I had done Karapoti once before but had such a bad time that I had no intention to ever do it again. In my first encounter with Karapoti I had one front and one back tire puncture in the first half hour or so and after that no more air to fix any further punctures, it made for a very long and slow ride as I knew, if I managed to get another flat tire, I would have had to walk the rest of the course and there are now short cuts back to the start/finish area. Luckily I got through without any more punctures.
I was determined to have a better time on the course this time round, meaning more fun on the bike and less time to get through the course. I was hoping to find the course in pretty dry condition but little did I know that it had rained most of the week, not in Wellington, but on the hills where the course is located at; so much for a dry fast track!
The start always seems to be a bit of a scramble as everyone lines up along the river in random order. As soon as the gun goes everyone tries to run through the river and get to the tarmac first. I managed to find some pretty deep spots in the river and had the water up to my hip, luckily the water didn't feel too cold and we soon would get covered in mud from head to toe anyway.
The first little bit of the course is on the road which then leads into a gravel road through the gorge. There is plenty of space to pass people as long as you don't mind riding through massive puddles and getting splashed, but that's all part of racing Karapoti. I managed go get my way back up the field after I ended up way back at the start due to my poor navigation though the river and probably not ideal starting spot. When I saw Nic Leary a little way ahead I planed to catch her up and then stay there for a little while to wait for a good place to attack but when I got to her I had changed my mind and instead of easing back kept going at a steady pace. I was expecting Nic to get on my wheel and stay with me but she didn't, I didn't know for sure if I had managed to dropped her as I didn't want to look back, so I just kept pushing and by the time I did look back the distance was big enough that I couldn't see her anymore. I wasn't sure if there where any other girls ahead as I came from the back and decided to keep pushing ahead to hopefully catchup to any other competitors I had. I caught up to some guys and some other guys came past me from the back but I didn't see any more girls. Eventually Garth came flying past me and then Marcello caught up to me too and the both told me that I was the first girl, so I was getting more sure about my position.
The devils staircase was a bit of a grovel but the rock garden was great fun and would be fantastic if I had time to look at it beforehand as almost all of it is ridable if you pick the right lines. Unfortunately the end of the ride was a bit of a downer as we went back into the rain and super wet and muddy gorge, I would have loved the race to stop at the bottom of the last decent but that doesn't quite work.
I won the race with an 8 min lead, I am very happy with my result and that I managed to defeat my national mountain bike marathon champion title.
Tim Wilding won the race in a staggering 2h 21 min!!! what a machine!! :)
Dirk unfortunately had his chain come off at the start of the race, lost some valuable time and didn't manage to connect with the front few riders again. He finished 8th overall which is still a great effort. He's also Under 23 Marathon Champion.
Alexa won her race (Under 19) and won, just like her brother, her second championship title in two weeks!

Annika Smail

Tim Wilding and Annika Smail win Karapoti

The 2010 Karapoti's Classic, was also it's 25th Anniversay......and it also doubled as the 2010 NZ Marathon Champs.......so that means that Tim Wilding and Annika Smail (now 2 two in a row for Annika) the National Marathon Champions.



Instead of me raving about this fantasic result; check out Caleb's post on Spoke here;

And Oli (of Roadworks) blog post here;

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Harriet Harper - Is the 2010 DH National Champ

Thanks to Caleb Smith for the Photo
I am sure people won't find a lack of information about the men's race in other places, so at the risk of being a feminist I have stuck to the women's side of things.

I rode in a tornado on Sunday! I thought I had ridden in tornado on previous occasions, but now I know I was only kidding myself the other time I rode at Long Gully.

Last weekend saw Wellington host the National Championships for mountainbiking. Dual Slalom and 4x at the purpose built (two years ago) track out at Mt Albert park on Friday, with Long Gully DH on Sunday. Sarah Walker (World Champion BMX in case you didn’t know) had decided to swap small wheels for big ones for the weekend, capping off an interesting season of women riders switching codes.

4X and dual slalom are extremely fun events. Some people may feel put off given that the whole track is visible (excellent entertainment to spectators) and I wonder if that meant some more female competitors didn’t show up. The real beauty is that no type of bike is necessarily better than any other, so you could show up on almost anything and give it a crack. 4 women showed up for the 4x so we could have a race (Sarah taking that event out comfortably) and luckily the two of us entered dual slalom so we could have a final for that discipline also. I don’t know what they made my v10 out of, but obviously something pretty good for dual slalom because I unexpectedly managed to take that title out.

The Downhill was a race of a different kind. The track was pretty tame for the most part (no complaints here!) with lots of pedalling. Most of the regular elite women races had different priorities that weekend (work/xc racing/moto racing) and Rita Langley managed to injure herself the day before and didn’t show up to the start. So it was Sarah Walker in her first ever downhill race (I made her ask to race elite), Sophie the visiting French rider and me. When wind force exceeds the traction of two wheels on the ground even the tamest track becomes very tricky to ride fast. It was a lottery where the big gusts would hit: the start ramp was only an option (grown men were being blown off before the start beam), the first steep/off-camber corner/chute was so windy that my helmet lifted up so that my goggle foam was across my eyes, and the smallest drop in exposed sections meant you were blown into/off the bank on the other side.

Seeding run was fine- I had left a little room for improvement, and my time was comfortably in the same zone as some of the men I often compare myself with. Race run was terrible. I like to blame the wind for finding myself weaving all over the track in places, punching a tree on a corner and ending up on the ground. Whatever the cause, I was 9 seconds slower than seeding run- still enough to take out the race, but certainly not my most proud effort. Sarah Walker did amazingly well for her first ride on a dual suspension bike even managing to beat the visiting DH rider from France. I am sure that with a few more rides off the BMX track she could do very well in DH, and she would be surprised that not every DH race has such testing conditions (I hope she hasn’t been put off!). It was also really good to see so many junior women racing on the weekend: I think in a short time they will be very difficult to stay ahead of! (but I won’t admit that I am already a little nervous at times). (Especially if they all rode a Santa Cruz)


Thankyou to the Wellington club for hosting the event, and also to MTBNZ for co-ordinating this and a great season. Bring on Oceanias! (I can't wait to wear my new Thor outfit for it!)



Harriet Harper

Dirk Peters - Is the 2010 U23 NZ MTB Champ


I really enjoy racing on the Mount Victoria course (Wellington) and it is one that I have performed well on in the past.  Its combination of steep climbs and short but tricky descents makes it a very good test and I couldn’t wait to have a crack at the National title. Although I was after the U23 category win we were racing with the Pro-Elite and so had a chance of taking the overall win.

Race day was hot and fine and the track was in perfect condition. After an average start where I struggled to stay in contact with the pace setters, I was forced to play catch up. I had a bit of work to do to get myself back up to the front of the race.

After catching the then U23 race leader Carl Jones I put on a burst to get a gap and got a bit excited and overshot a corner handing the lead back to him. Chasing hard I managed to retake the lead fairly easily and from then on I went in hunt of an overall podium spot. A lap later I had moved into third overall and was starting to ride well. Although I was still a fair way behind the leaders I kept the hammer down hoping that they would fade in the last laps as their early efforts and the toughness of the course took its toll. The crowd was very vocal and the atmosphere was great especially around the half way point were the track looped back on its self, and I really gave it everything finishing strongly to comfortably take the U23 National title and also finish third overall.
It feels pretty good to be the new U23 New Zealand National Champion and third overall is a nice bonus. A big thank you to: Santa Cruz Bicycles, Bike Culture, Interior Fittings Ltd and Julbo.


Regards,


Dirk Peters

Distractions - Yippee-Ki-Ya; Gorillaz - Stylo



Bruce Willis, Guns, El Camino and so much more.  What's not to like?

You can watch the complete video here;

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Seb Kemp in Tallboy advert

OK, so Caleb from Spoke Magazine posted this a few days a go.  But worth re-posting.

It's in the latest Bike magazine.


For those of you who were paying attention, Seb Kemp was at the Coppermine.....it's just that he's injured and couldn't ride.  A real shame.