Having never been to the infamous Green Valleys MTB park I decided to combine some training with some fun at the Rockytrail Sealed by Stans Superflow race. With it being only 1 ½’s hours drive from Sydney it’s pretty easy to make a day of it without to much trouble. So I roped one of my XC team mates Tom into coming along so I would not be the only weirdo riding up that brutal climb all day.
Early registration allowed for one roll up the hill to check out some trail before the riders briefing. The two race trails, which were described to me as proper enduro trails. Both started at the same point so we picked one and headed down. The Stans trail was steep and lined with loose powder with a fair bit of off camber plus a few rocks thrown in. There were long ruts leading into corners and plenty of braking ruts to avoid. The last bit opened into a few jumps and some large berms. Not a lot of pedalling was required with most speed to be found by holding speed through turns and the rough sections. A quick final recon was followed up by the riders briefing from Martin then back up the hill we went.
We choose to keep repeating this trail to work out the lines then put in some race runs straight away. I was pretty happy to eventually end up with a 3:41 on this trail, 35th fastest. Then it was time for lunch and a break for the legs.
After lunch it was time to attack trail two, the Fox trail. This trail had considerably more flow to it with some slight climbs and long pedalling sections but also quite a few features to negotiate at higher speed. One recon run and it became clear that perhaps we should have done this trail first when the legs were fresh. After our second recon run we stepped it up to race pace and found some very hollow legs making it hard to be fast. That said the flow on this trail was very enjoyable rewarding you for working the bike and flicking between the slower consecutive corner sections. Finishing with a drop into a rocky lander leading into 100m worth of hard pedalling to push for a good result. Being an XC rider I should have set a good time on this trail but two many climbs left little power in the legs but I was still happy with a 3:55, good enough for 43rd outright.
So after 6 ½ hours of pedalling, 2,200m worth of climbing the legs were finished and everything was done. I managed 5th in Masters and 38th outright. Tom managed 14th in Masters and 91st outright. A great day racing, and bonus training for the legs and lungs.