With just over a week until the final round of the 2012 Real Insurance XCM series, CycleNation have posted this video preview of the race. As one of Australia’s most popular marathons, thousands of competitors will line up for the challenge of courses ranging up to 100 miles (160km). The event also will see Andy […]
Gears and guitars at Wollombi Wild Ride
With two races to run in the 2012 Real Insurance XCM Series the guitars are being tuned for the thrill of a relatively unknown course out at Wollombi. The CycleNation and H Events phones and in-boxes have been running hot with questions about the Yango State Forest course. Despite an increase in distance by 15km […]
Wollombi Wild Ride: The Protagonists
The Real Insurance XCM Series has been laying dormant since the Stevens Bikes Husky 100, at the end of June. There have been a few races going on through July and August to keep Australian Marathon racers content. Some went to the Three Ring Circus, others raced the JetBlack 12hr, went skiing, or went to […]
The Stevens Bikes Husky 100 head to the coast
The 2012 Real Insurance XCM Series packs its board shorts this weekend with the running of the Stevens Bikes Husky 100 If you looked at the Real Insurance XCM Series calender at the start of the year you would have noticed a half time break for the months of May and June. While certainly not […]
Stevens Bikes Husky 100. XCM Round Four
Next weekend, Australia’s Marathon racing Elite will descend upon the south coast of NSW, for the Stevens Bikes Husky 100. This will be the third time this event has run, and the forecast looks like it may be a dry one! Defending champion Matt Fleming (Rockstar Racing) will be keen to defend his title. While […]
Real Insurance XCM Three: Convicted.
Of the races on my 2012 calendar, the Convict 100 was the one I was looking forward to most. A good part of my mtb specific training is done on the old convict trail and being familiar with the course is worth plenty. The single loop nature of the course makes it virtually impossible to […]
A softer punishment
Well, I like the new head torturer at Capital Punishment. The buxom blonde in knee high boots with a soft leather whip is much nicer than the rotted tooth, red hot poker wielding weasel of previous years. It was even a pleasurable experience this year. The sun was shining, the track at optimum moisture level […]
XCM Two. Punished.
The second instalment of the Real Insurance XCM powered by Cyclenation series took riders to the sweet trails of Sparrow Hill, Kowen Forest, Majura Pines, and the world class Mt Stromlo Mountain Bike Park. There was much discussion before the race on expected temperatures on the start line and what the best strategy for clothing […]
The Convict 100 – for a 9-5 slave
Twelve months is a long time off the bike but it’s amazing how fast the time flies. It felt like a month or so ago that I rolled across the line at the 2011 Capital Punishment to end a 2-month, 5-race marathon and enduro MTB fest. Fitness was severely deteriorating then following a dramatic lifestyle […]
XCM One – Done.
The first installment of the 2012 XCM Series, brought to us by Cyclenation and Real Insurance, was a fantastically well-run event and a perfect introduction to the most anticipated marathon season Australia has to offer. The Wombat 100 by Maximum Adventure took in the singletrack in the Woodend & Cammeray Waters regions, cleverly linked together […]