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3rd place for BMORC - Awaba 7hr

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By Ian_A - Posted on 01 October 2013

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For some reason I can't link to the original calendar entry through BMORC but below relates to this race;

Round 3 of the Singletrack Mind series was back at Awaba. Awaba is a really fun track to ride and pretty fun to race on too.
Craig and I headed up on Saturday and got in a couple of recce laps - luckily we did; Camel Back was bunted off, forcing you up Straw. There was also a new section of track not long after that was loose, off-camber and quite technical. Great for riding, not so good for racing with people of differing abilities around.
Unfortunately, Paul could not race this round after suffering a heap of bad luck. Luckily for us Big Steve stepped in (not that this type of racing is what he needs 2 weeks out from man-handling a SS around Stromlo for a whole day....... and night....... and some more day.......)
I wasn't too keen on starting this race, although I usually do OK I just hate starting races in teams - solo I don't mind. Big Steve was nominated and happily accepted.
My first lap was absolutely shocking in terms of traffic - no one was willing to pass and I was stuck about 10 back in a train. It took until the 2nd Camel Back hump to get some clean air.
After our 1st round of laps we were sitting easily in 3rd and not too far off 2nd.
On my second lap, although I hit a tree pretty hard with my shoulder, I managed my PB of 34min 20sec. This put us up to 2nd place. We managed to hold this until the last lap (more on that later).
On my third lap I was on a flyer and on course for another low 34min. Somehow I managed to have a pretty big stack going uphill in a straight line. I was pushing a big gear and moving fast and went down hard. As well as knocking the body and confidence around, I also managed to damage my front shifter, leaving me with only big ring - not a huge problem for me around Awaba to be honest (thanks to St Johns for patching me up!). Lap 3 was 35:01.
Going out on my 4th lap, 3rd place were closing in, with their 1st rider making up around a minute on Steve. I managed to take around 20 sec out of rider 2, with a 35:09, and give Craig around a minute buffer.
Here is where things got interesting - 3rd place ditched their last rider and sent out their 1st rider (their fastest, obviously) and managed to catch Craig and take 2nd place. Obviously, that is completely within the rules and we would have done the same if we were competing for 1st place but it still tastes a little bitter. 3rd place in category and 8th overall.
Anyway, we had a great race.
Thanks to Fi, Joe and the team and the Awaba vollies for keeping the track in such good nick.
I think this result should put BMORC in the lead in the series (open male 3's).

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Chuck's picture

Great work team BMORC. Well done for stepping up Stephen!!

Hope your shoulder is okay Ian.

ChopStiR's picture

well done and great write up as ususal.

Brian's picture

Nice one Ian. You're riding well.

PS. It's now linked to the meeting Eye-wink

hathill's picture

Yep - top effort out there Ian and co.
Was a great day up there - We were at Avoca for the afternoon, a little cooler than Awaba I suspect!

Chuck's picture

And now it's not on website.

ChopStiR's picture

I believe It is due to any calander entry linked to a trail that is not part of the Blue Mountains or Western Sydney will not show on If we were to enable all trails like NOBMOB has then we would see all entries. I believe the admin can do something to this post o it is seen on

Rob's picture

What happened was that one of the mods who didn't fully understand how the syndication stuff works - he who shall remain nameless Eye-wink - linked this blog to the race on another site. As the race was not visible here, the system assumed this blog should be dragged over to the sites where the race was visible and not be shown here.

Then, one of the other mods (erm... me) manually fixed this post so it will always appear on BMORC no matter what. All good Smiling

Sorry about that - rather unusual circumstances that someone blogs about a race that isn't visible on the site they are blogging on. Well - first time this has happened in several years anyhow.

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