The last race in the Single Track Mind series at the great and exciting trails of Kinross near Orange, proved to be a great way to close out the race calendar for the SXC Racing Team for 2013.
Leaving a wet and cold Sydney, to sunshine and dusty trails of the Central West was an easy sell, and we had our Masters team primed to close out the series with another win, and our Mixed team going for bragging rights as they had already secured the series win from their consistency in the previous 4 races.
The CWORBC had the trails primed, with the consensus being that this was the favourite trail network of the series. Some 200m of climbing per lap was rewarded with an amazing descent with drops, jumps and turns all at break neck speed – having everybody smiling, and the SXC crew were no exception.
For the Masters team competition was strong, and it took almost 4 hours to secure a significant enough lead over the opposition. Our challenge was not only to take out the category, but secure a top 10 overall position amongst the younger and higher profile competition. Lap consistency proved the difference, and the SXC Team, with each rider lapping 16 laps within 30 secs of each their slowest/fastest time over 7 hrs pushed us to the top of the leader board. With 16 laps, a one lap lead over the 2nd placed masters & open teams and pushing us to 7th overall, it was another great team result and a fantastic way to close the series.
Our Mixed team, of Gazza and Martine, and their series challengers the Pollocks, had a bigger challenge for this race, with some high profile combinations (Ed McDonald/Eliza ,Cam Petersen/ Pevy, Lavis / Rowlands) electing to team up in the Mixed pairs for the last race of the series . As always Gazza lead out strongly, in the top 10 after the first lap. Martine again put in a great effort with 7 laps, and a consistently strong performance on a challenging course. Unfortunately the team could only manage a 5th on the day. To put this in perspective this result would have given them 3rd place in the Masters Male category – another great effort.
The icing on the cake has to be Gazza and Martine’s 2013 series win against some of the hottest competition in the series – hard fast racing, and consistency pays dividends, and this is a great achievement for a great couple.
Thanks again to our sponsors for supporting us throughout the series. Essential Sports Performance Nutrition, TotalAutoFinance, Round the World Experts, and Lupine.
Finally thanks to ChocolateFoot without you and the clubs promoting such great events, what else would we do with our weekends. See you all in 2014.