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3hr14CORC 3-Hour 19-7-2015

Riders registered in sub-zero temperatures for the Round 2 CORC 3-Hour race at Sparrow Hill and Kowen East on Sunday 19 July 2015. But it had warmed up to zero degrees Celsius by race start :)

Here’s the video: CORC 3-Hour 19-7-2015 https://youtu.be/P0McLZwyCDY

 

 

CORC 3-Hour Night Race May 30 2015 at Sparrow Hill, Kowen Forest, Canberra.

CORC 3-Hour Night Race May 30 2015 at Sparrow Hill, Kowen Forest, Canberra.

CORC 3-Hour Night Race

Three hours in the saddle on the tracks of Sparrow Hill, in Kowen Forest, Canberra, was a bit of a change for many folk on Saturday evening (May 30 2015). When it’s dark in the forest, it’s dark, but there was no shortage of track light. New technology has put high-powered lighting on mountain bikes these days. And it was rather chilly, about 10 deg C, and falling, with a bitter little northerly contributing to the chill factor. But once the waves of different classes were under way, warmed up and in the shelter of the pine forest, there were few complaints, and lots of smiles.
Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/M6_lH7qSyG4

 

 

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CORC XC 3-5-2015

The fourth round of the 2015 Canberra Off-Road Cyclist cross-country series was held on Sunday May 3. Here are two videos of our photographic coverage, and you will find plenty of photos in two sections of the Photo Gallery.

CORC XC 3-5-2015 Pt 1 https://youtu.be/tiWAxJSM5Vw
CORC XC 3-5-2015 Pt 2 https://youtu.be/ll1gBCpec5o

 

The start of The Mont 24-Hour mountain bike race at Kowen East, Canberra, which was run on March 28-29, 2015.

The start of The Mont 24-Hour mountain bike race at Kowen East, Canberra, which was run on March 28-29, 2015.

The Mont 24-Hour 2015

The Mont 24-Hour mountain bike race brought out about 1500 riders, local and interstate, at the weekend (March 28-29, 2015) to meet the challenge of sun, dark and dust at Kowen East in Canberra. Teams of four and six hit the East’s exciting trails at midday on Saturday, and were blessed with a mild night, giving way to another beaut sunny day on Sunday. About 250 riders circled the average hour-long course at a time, filing through the electronic timing tent before meeting their relief riders in transition.

Here are four videos of our photographic coverage. A large selection of stills will be found in our Photo Gallery.

The Mont 24-Hour 2015 https://youtu.be/2V9tEu0rGRQ

The Mont 24-Hour 2015 – On Track https://youtu.be/fD_95rGEDdI

The Mont 24-Hour 2015 – Transition 1 https://youtu.be/riJkYUMtjME

The Mont 24-Hour 2015 – Transition 2 http://youtu.be/JSUmbFC4WzQ


Competitors line up at dawn for the start of the 100km 2015 Capital Punishment mountain bike race in Kowen Forest, Canberra, on March 7.

Competitors line up at dawn for the start of the 100km 2015 Capital Punishment mountain bike race in Kowen Forest, Canberra, on March 7.

Capital Punishment 100km 2015

The sun was just peeping over the hills this morning (Saturday March 7 2015) as the first wave of riders took off from Milpost Road, Kowen Forest, on their 100km journey to Mt Stromlo, the final Capital Punishment mountain bike race. More than 500 riders in five waves swept up the dusty fire-road heading for the tracks of Kowen East and Sparrow Hill before returning to Kowen Forest and heading west to visit the sights of the ACT, and finally, Stromlo. The companion race, the Capital Punishment 50km, started and finished at Mt Stromlo with more than 400 riders. How sad that one of the region’s most popular mountain biking events is to be no more.  Here are three videos, and you will find more than 200 still photos in two parts in the Photo Gallery.

Capital Punishment 100km 2015 https://youtu.be/cGppGDioIMA
Capital Punishment 100km Pt 2 http://youtu.be/gC9HnujHJCc
Punishment on a Sparrow rock garden http://youtu.be/SSQWd0XGCM8

A Sparrow Hill wood duck, friend of Kip, the mtb track-building dog.

A Sparrow Hill wood duck, friend of Kip, the mtb track-building dog.

Dad's little helper.

Dad’s little helper.

tHE sPARROW dUCK
and My Dawg Kip
The adventures of Kip the mtb track-building dog. February 2015.

Some people might ask what a dog has to do with mountain biking. Well, Kip has been present for the building of half of the mtb tracks of Sparrow, and without him many of them may never have been built. The many mtb-ers who have befriended Kip around the tracks will understand the following — Kip is still searching for the perfect pine cone !:?
My Dawg Kip shows Kip cooling off in his private pool after a session of track building.
(No ducks have been harmed in the making of these videos)

tHE sPARROW dUCK http://youtu.be/UOveAr3A8Mw
My Dawg Kip http://youtu.be/SYCUCCrZjN4

 

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Some people can actually ride flat-out for three hours . . .

On The Rivet 3-Hour at Kowen East, Sunday, February 15, 2015.
This was the fourth and final round of the 2014 series, which had to be postponed in December. Perfect weather after showers settled the dust on Saturday evening. Great turn-out for the various categories.
Here are two videos:
On The Rivet Feb 15 2015 http://youtu.be/8FBpZshaPzI
The Traffic Jam On The Rivet Feb 15 2015 http://youtu.be/ilX9zKcYWBY

On The Rivet series results: http://www.corc.asn.au/category/recent-results/

 

Duo Classic 2015 at Kowen East and Sparrow Hill.

The start of the Duo Classic 2015 pairs race at Kowen East and Sparrow Hill.

The Duo Classic 2015 pairs race took place on the Kowen East and Sparrow Hill tracks on Saturday (January 31, 2015). More than 250 riders, from juniors to the elite, paired up to tackle a variety of distances. The main courses were 25km and 50km, mostly in Kowen East. The 50km was two laps of a 25km course which traversed some of Kowen East’s more challenging terrain, but the course also fairly rewarded effort, with plenty of downhill and sweet-flowing single-track.

We gave it four videos, using a drone and four ground-based cameras.

The first covers a dusty start from several angles:http://youtu.be/LChgMhBEARQ

The second covers more angles of both senior and junior starts and
goes out on the course: http://youtu.be/RpLlZymxYUM

A third shows what happens when the course isn’t properly marked: http://youtu.be/aoP8Pzhh4lo

And the fourth presents some memorable stills: http://youtu.be/LYgQY3DLVqs