CHALLENGE TYRES CYCLOCROSS SERIES – 31st August – Nundah Crit Track  

After 3 weeks of rain I decided that it would be a good idea to head north and go up to race the final round of the QLD CX series in Nundah. Lucky for me I have family up there so I got to hang out at their house which is just 30 seconds from the race site.

After arriving early on the Sunday morning for the race I built my bike and headed down to have a look at the track and do a few laps to get an idea of where the course goes. The temperature was starting to heat up and I felt like I was getting burnt so I headed home for some lunch and would come down and watch the start of B grade.

Lucky for me I had done few practice laps before the B grade race start and as I was rolling around my dad came up and told me that the rest of A grade was now racing B grade so I made my way over to the start line and slid my way through to the front to stay out of trouble.

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The whistle went and we were off and racing I had a slow start not getting a good clip in but I made up a couple of places on the long open tarred straight. I came into the first corner in second sitting quite easy and tried to move around the outside of the rider in front but he just kept moving wider trying to block me a little so I just sat back and then as soon as we came out of the tight corners I stepped on the gears and opened an immediate gap. At the end of the long straight I had a sizable lead and hopped the small barrier at speed which a lot of the other riders weren’t use to doing.

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I opened up a gap and rode at my own pace trying to keep the heart rate up and not make any little mistakes that could cause me to crash.  40 minutes to the finish where I took the win just one week ahead of heading over to the world renowned Cross Vegas. It was nice to race an open dry course that had some good obstacles and it was even better that I felt good and had strong legs doings so.

Check out the Coach Jeff CX Podcast for the race.

http://www.coachjeff.com.au/?powerpress_embed=4652-podcast&powerpress_player=default

Now to fly back home on Monday morning and go straight back to work before flying out next Monday in preparation for Cross Vegas.

Photos By – Perry Morgan

Cross Vegas Is Coming

I am Pleased to announce that I will be competing in the upcoming ‘’Cross Vegas’’ race held in Las Vegas, America on Wednesday the 10th of September. I am beyond excited to be lining up in the same race as World #1 Lars Van der Haar and #2 Sven Nys as well as the American National Champion Jeremy Powers. I have been training hard over the past 4 months in preparation for this event and hopefully can have a race to remember for the years to come. With a 25 000 strong crowd expected and the race being held at 10pm at night I honestly don’t know what to expect. I am not the only Australian rider going this year with two of my Focus Bikes team mates going as well and also NSW State Champ Garry Milburn. There has been a strong local scene in Newcastle now with a lot of publicity and sponsors jumping on board what is the newest most exciting sport to hit our shores. The race will only last 60 minutes consisting of a predetermined course of 3.3km with obstacles placed around the course making riders either get off or have to navigate their way over them without falling off in front of the screaming fans. As the days count down to the race the excitement is building and I cannot wait to get on the start line and show what I can do!!

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Photo Courtesy of (www.ridingfocus.com)

Port To Port Documentary 2014

If you missed  The Port To Port Documentary a few weeks back be sure to check it out below. I was lucky enough to not only have the race in my backyard but to also be the featured rider.

A big Thanks goes to the Port To Port media team. Focus Bikes Australia, Breakaway Cycles and Mum and Dad.

Get your entry in early because it sure to sell out in 2015 !!