Words by Belinda Althaus.
Flowing, fast, super fun, and amazing weather. This was round 4 of the Chocolate Foot STM Series at Coondoo in a nutshell. The weather put on a show after what had been a pretty miserable week and even had the organisers on their toes right till the last minute. However the correct decision was made to keep the race going ahead and I’m glad they did!
I was keen for this race, it was my local track and that meant one thing….I knew it!! This eased the anxiety and allowed for a relatively cruisy morning for the travelling and setup. After helping the BerryMountain Cycles crew a little to set up their shop tent, it was time to prep the bike, sort my food and get in a warm up – Done! Before long we were all riding up Coondoo road in anticipation for the start. With minutes to spare, we were off and racing.
The race as usual had a mass start followed by single-track which created the well-known bottleneck and slowed to snail’s pace, but I had managed to stay near the front bunch and this provided a good position going into the laps. I knew I had at least three other competitors, but in reality I only really new who one of these were. The girls I was up against had been challenging each other over the whole series and therefore I was the dark horse.
|Race Reporter, Bel Athaus.|
Another great and successful day out on the bike. The girls were fair, raced hard and proved to be worthy competitors. The team at Chocolate Foot did an amazing job with organising and I’m glad they held the race even against the weather gods. The amazing trail blazers from South Coast United Mountain bikers had the track mickey-mouse and have worked tirelessly over recent months to build new tracks and refresh the older ones, and this day was a showcase of some awesome trails. I’m glad to have the privilege to ride them whenever! Thanks also to the continued support from BerryMountain Cycles for keeping me geared up, my bike tuned and just for the encouragement. You guys rock!
The final round of the CF series sees it heading to Orange in October. I’ve locked this one in because they too have some amazing trails, and I can’t wait to get back there…Till next time.