Singletrack Weekend Warriors

July 07 2010

The Singletrack Classic Weekender is an interesting event on the calendar harking back to the good old days of mountain bike racing. Three events, one entry fee and lots of fun. In Singletrack's own words:

"The idea of the event is a light hearted competition to find the best all round mountain biker and for riders to work out where they stand in a test of skills, speed and endurance. The aim of the Singletrack Classic Weekender is to have a fun weekend of bike riding, good natured racing and a lot of socialising…"

Competitors start with DH and trials. A base time is set for the DH track with competitors penalised according to which bracket their time falls. The trials then follows a similar format, five simple challenges designed to test trail riding talent rather than traditional small-wheeled hip-hop action. If riders dab or go out of the tape, further time penalties are allocated as jeering marshals look on. For Sunday's XC race the 135 riders are split according to their cumulative performance in trials and DH, do well and you get a head start, do badly and you've got to battle past the other riders and catch the leaders up on the XC course. Then it's simple, whoever crosses the line first wins. To get an idea of the trials and DH challenge check the vid below, some beardy weirdies go riding:

One of the riders in attendance and competing to second place was none other than trail builder extraordinaire and Orange rider Rowan Sorrell. Together with Tony Lund from the local council, these are the guys responsible for all the new trails in the area. Lee Quarry has everything for this kind of event, short ups and downs, technical rock sections, fast flowing lower sections and a flat area in the middle for the obligatory pump track. Come night time the competitors were making the most of the facilities with a beer fuelled night time pump track session, not what you expect at the races? This really isn't your average mountain bike event. But as well as being a great venue for the Weekender, it's a fun place to ride, and the Back-on-Track diggers aren't stopping there, they've already finished nearby Cragg quarry. Here's local nice guy Ed Oxley and Rowan in full trail flow.

So if you were there, you know the full story. Light hearted, good fun racing. This year there were 135 competitors, next year there'll be even more. Check the photos below and see if Michael caught you on your Orange. If you spot yourself and  want the original file, e-mail for the full-size pic.

Full results and more stories from the Singletrack Weekender over there.

The next event on the Orange calendar is the No Fuss 10 hour enduro at Kirroughtree. Stay tuned. We'll have a hardy hero entering solo and an elite team of three with guest journo and photo meister joining the fold.

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