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Decline in Races - Why is this happening?

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Many will have seen a recent announcement that the Highland Fling maybe following the demise of so many other races with even the Mont and the Kowalski coming to an end this year. I'd be interested in what people think as to why these things are happening. Is it:
1. These races are run for profit and not volunteers and therefore are prone to declines in sponsorship?
2. That people are changing habits and want to do more downhill when these races are marathon by nature?
3. That we're not promoting the sport enough?
4. That the races were just not that enjoyable?

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Mid Pack Warrior Report - Port to Port 2017

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Mid Pack Warrior Report - Port to Port 2017

After recent trips to Derby and The Mont plus the football season I was happily putting my competitive riding, (I use this term in it’s loosest sense with a very small ‘c’) to bed and settling down into my winter training schedule of a couple of half hearted laps round the dam when I got an email from NOBMOB telling me I’d won an entry to the Port To Port. To be honest I’m not sure I replied with the level of excitement it deserved.

So belated thanks to NOBMOB for running the competition.

STAGE 1
Nelsons Bay – 35km

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Port to Port done and dusted

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For anyone who thought about P2P but did not do it - here is a first hand account of it.

On paper it is four days with no day being particularly long so it looks like pretty simple but it was a bit harder than what I thought. All locations are quite scenic and offer more than mountain biking for the support crew to enjoy. Anyone who made the mistake of inviting a spouse to e.g Scott 24hr may have a little convincing to do but it is an enjoyable event for support crew as well as riders.

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Port to Port Stage 4

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I jut rode the new single track that is in stage four of Port to Port.
It was easy enough to follow from the Greyhound training area, but didn't see where it went once I got to oakdale rd.
I went straight ahead and rode through some existing single track that was used in the 2015 event.
I then found it again on the west side of the fernleigh track... until I lost it again at an unmarked t intersection.

Has anyone ridden the full track and want to provide a Garmin track/gps track, please.
The track they provide on their website isn't exactly a quality image

Cheers

Uppo

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Fantasy Enduro - Online Fantasy game for Enduro World Series

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I wasn't really sure what category to use - but Events seemed somewhat related?

Hi Guys

I recently launched Fantasy Enduro www.fantasyenduro.com an online fantasy game following the Enduro World Series. If you follow the EWS then I reckon you'll probably enjoy playing Fantasy Enduro.

Its, free and easy to play. Theres no salary caps, reserves benches or trading windows - I've dumped all the "football fantasy" stuff and kept it more related to MTBing.

Round 1 is this week and the first lockout is Saturday Evening.

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The Last Mont

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After a late rush toward the entry system last week, we are happy to confirm the The Mont 24 Hour MTB Race is on for 2017. We have however decided that this will be the final Mont 24.

We want to see this iconic event out in fine style and in fine company (Yours). Join us! If you missed cut-off for entries, you are able to enter for one more week.
Ride the Kow in 2017! ENTER HERE https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.a...

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Cape Epic 2017 - Nobmobbers...

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Hi all.
Whilst we all have various ways of keeping in touch and communicating these days, this site stills holds great community value and it is (even those on the other 'sister' sites) a relatively small group of web-based friends.

This year, there are a few Nobmobbers (and maybe some others I don't know about) heading over to Cape Town to race the Cape Epic.
Wayne (Dicko on here) Dickinson is teaming up with Mike(Blades) Faretta under the SXC / EXC banner. THey have been training the house down so will go well I am sure.

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The Mont Needs You

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Apparently the event is still short of entrants. Get three mates and join up today.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/379603/09314b...

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Ginga Ninja Cancelled

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Have to admit, the cancellation of the Ginga Ninja would have to be the most pathetic I have encountered in 17 years of racing MTB.
36 degrees!!!
Too Hot!!!!
There would not be a race of any type, shape or form west of the dividing range and north of Sydney for the whole summer.
I think we need to take responsibility for ourselves in all our personal endeavours.
All competitors sign our life away before we race and if you don't like a little heat, then don't race.

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Races and events 2017?

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We are already in 2017 and I don't have a plan!

I'm looking for some interesting events during the year, something new. Been doing MTB events since 2007 and it feels like I've starting to repeat myself so I'm looking for something new or different to look forward to and to motivate a bit of training.

What is the rest of the MTB community up to event or racing wise? any new trends or formats emerging?

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Trans NZ

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Any nobmob'rs heading over the ditch for the Trans NZ?

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Fling?

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Anybody do the Fling this year? It's not even in the Calendar. I was hoping to read a few Fling exploits to ease the pain of missing it this year...

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The Pioneer Athlete Info Evening: Sydney 15/16 November

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Wondering what this Pioneer(http://www.thepioneer.co.nz/) stage race event is all about, or want to convince a mate to enter? Come along to one of our Athlete Information Evenings in Sydney or Melbourne and ask all your burning questions.

Race Director Bec Williams and some of our 2016 athletes will be there to offer advice and answer questions. We’ll cover bike gearing, training tips, and provide a rundown of the overall experience. Basically we’ll get you fired up to want to be part of this in epic event!

Light refreshments served.

http://www.thepioneer.co.nz/

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Scott 24 - End of an era

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Went down to CBR and did the Scott 24 - just socially. The numbers were down.

My first ever race was Scott 24hr back in 2007 and the size of the event back then was massive. This year it was tiny with most riders appeared to be doing 6 + 6 because the night laps were very lonely.

From 2007 onwards we did Scott 24 every year for a while but have not done it in two or three years so it was quite unexpected to find it so small.

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CTMBC Spring 3 hour

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There's been a few mtb races postponed of late due to weather,the track at Rydal is in perfect condition,you can still enter online or on the day get there early if entering on the day,all online entries go into draw for a trip for 2 to New Zealand drawn at the end of the year go http://ctmbc.net/node/53057 for details

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Ourimbah XC & DH this weekend

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Sunday is race day at Ourimbah, come out and race with us, details on CCMTB FaceBook page or the website

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BYBF question

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I was considering participating in the Back Yamma Big Foot. Whats the flora / fauna like? Have you guys seen many interesting animals during this event?

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PBM HardRock 6hr - The Debrief

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Looking at the nobmob event calendar it looks like I could have been the sole NobMobber at the event so I thought I share a short summary for those who considered it or is considering it for next year.

The race was a 6hr lap race with the usual bunch of categories. Organised by the local club calling themselves tipriders:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MGLTR/

This was the first year they organised it but they did so super professionally. Everything worked brilliantly.
http://www.pbmhardrock6hr.com/

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" Hidden Valley Classic"

It's one hell of a ride !!...Sunday 18th Sept at Coolah with 30-60-90k options.
Over 90% of exhilarating singletrack which can be ridden one day of the year only.
Entries are limited, so don't miss out.
For information click onto link below or google Coolah Bikeworx.

https://www.facebook.com/Coolah-Bikeworx-3176527...

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Mowbray Park 12HR

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Anyone got any experience of this track? Big climbs, horrible slog through grass or as fun as it looks? Assuming it's a bog if it rains.
Cheers people.
Nige

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Shimano MTB GP Awaba this wknd (23 Jul)

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Note the Shimano MTB GP will be at Awaba this wknd due to a change of venue.

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Evocities round 2 Albury

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Is anyone heading down for the 2nd round of the Evocities series in Albury?
I will heading down with a mate on Saturday, we are going to find a campsite close to Albury for Saturday night then drive home via Canberra sunday/Monday.
Happy for others to join us camping and at the race.

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Tathra MTB Enduro postponed until August 27/28

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This weekend's Tathra MTB Enduro has been postponed due to torrential rain and local flooding.
The event has been rescheduled to August 27/28, 2016.

An intense low pressure system along the NSW Coast has dumped over 300 mls of rain on Tathra during the past four days, resulting in widespread flooding. Gale force winds have also felled hundreds of trees.

Another low pressure system is forecast to bring further rain to the area on Thursday and Friday this week.

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Getting shafted @ Port to Port day 3

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I was 4th in masters general classification at the beginning of the day. My aim was to make the most of my local knowledge in Awaba MTB park where I ride & race regularly to get on the masters podium for the day & into the top 3 on GC.
I came out of Awaba in a group with 1st & 3rd in my category & had opened a gap to 2nd & 5th, 6th etc. Before turning the corner at the end of the first long straight of the climb I glanced back & could not see any riders or groups in pursuit, only one or two who had dropped off our group.

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Wollombi Wild Ride Course Info

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Heading to Wollombi this weekend... Does anyone know if the Wollombi Wild Ride 60km route passes through any private property?

Anyone got a Strava link by any chance?

Cheers, Andy

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