Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rocky Trail kicks at Glenrock

Glenrock was host to the first round of the Grand Prix Series for 2017 over the weekend. Plenty of competition in respective categories with the likes of locals Jason English and Andrew Lloyd present. 
JetBlack MTB Racing was just one of the teams present amongst all the riders, our kit colours toned down this year but you'll still see plenty of flashes of fluro through the trail.

With over twenty riders in the four hour competition is was great to see our junior and pairs riders placing well.

Our solos and teams in the seven hour also went well with solid performances including overall line honours and fastest lap of the day.

Our race was initially marred by a slow start from mid-pack, better self seeding would help next time.  Getting down the singletrack of Glenrock was a pleasure no matter what the pace, but over the first three laps or so it was hard to find some nice open and clear trail.

Once riders were better spaced out it was all froth and whoops, from the organic lines to the man-built obstacles. Every moment a rush, tyres screaming to hold the variety of terrain, our fastest laps were number 3 and 4.

Then the trail pointed up, switchbacking through the trees and past some of the most scenic views from the trail. The pain and agony bites deep as our thumb searches for another gear in an attempt to spin all the way to the top.

On lap seven it was evident there would be room for just one more, one a last effort particularly on the climb out. Once again it was great to race the Grand Prix Series, thanks to our supporters and partners JetBlack MTB Racing with The Odd Spoke, Natural Balance and Rocky Trail Entertainment. Our new Ascent Cycling Enterprises custom built wheels and Mitas tyres handled everything with ease and helped us remain fast throughout.

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