Putting our products through hell and coming through well included ….
Those in the MT ZOOM supported Subaru Marathon MTB team finished the 2nd team in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia).
Over the course of the 9 days and close to 1000 km of racing, they dealt with rain, heat, mud, sand, corrugations, hills and backpackers.
The Croc Trophy is a big undertaking – it takes place in a remote location, runs for a long time, and is hard on equipment, bodies and relationships.
(Nice Shoes, and bikes)
Werner van der Merwe: Numerous masters M1 stage wins, the Masters overall jersey, and many top 5 stage finishes – including 4th outright on General Classification.
Justin Morris: Two top 10 finishes, numerous break away attempts, strong team support for Werner, 17th on Elite GC
Mike Blewitt: Two top 10 finishes, team support as legs allowed, 9th on Elite GC
Great stuff fellas!
Other notable rides from the MT ZOOM supported Subaru Marathon MTB riders came from Naomi Hansen, Mike Blewitt and Will Hayter.
In Australia Naomi won the Women’s 100 mile ‘Highland Fling’ ahead of World 24hr solo champ Jess Douglas, setting a new course record too. Mike Blewitt came 4th in the super tough Men’s category.
In exotic Mauritius, Will Hayter and team mate Jeff Bosler came second overall in the Omincane Southern Tropical Challenge stage race.
Also chasing the sun or being chased by the sun (and humidity), Ant White was back at the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge in Malaysia. Ant finished on podium again, this time in 3rd behind fellow Brit Nick Craig (1st) and Italian Marzio Deho.
Ant’s report here
(Ant White in Langkawi – nice jersey!)
Rich Rothwell finished second at the Torq In Your Sleep 12 hour race and 1st the Vets at the Kielder 100 for the 2nd year on the trot.
Both results helped him to second in the UK Endurance series overall.
Dave Powell and Jason Miles were the top two at the Relentless 24 hour race up in Fort William, Scotland … an event they are now dominating.
Gareth Montgomerie was 4th overall in the Elite National Points Series and 3rd ranked Elite cross country rider in the UK with a very solid year.
Dan Treby slugged through the mud of this years Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race to finish second solo.
Meanwhile Josh Ibbett and Rich Rothwell rode hard in the mud at Mountain Mayhem 24 hour to get 3rd in the Mixed Elite Wiggle team …
(Wellington boots with cleats anyone?)
And earlier this year ….
Some battered themselves and tested kit in a couple of the brilliant early stage races …
Notably Josh Ibbett (with his race partner Ben Thomas) rode to 23rd place (out of 500 teams) in the Cape Epic.
Endurance Veterans Rich Rothwell and Ant White rode to 5th Masters in the Andalucia Bike Race.
Ant went onto win the UK Vets 12 hour title and come 2nd Vet in the UK Marathon Champs.
Dave Powell won the UK 12 hour champs outright
Team mate Jason Miles took 2nd in the WEMBO World 24 hour champs in Finale, Italy. Savage stuff.
New MT ZOOM devotees Alex Welburn and Gareth Mongomerie have been having strong XC results. Alex is currently ranked UK number 2 Junior in the BCF rankings and Gareth 8th in Elite.
Ben Sumner in his first season stepping up from junior level is building on a solid winter of cross to getting further and further up the Elite XC results.
Billy Whenman won a rack load of early season road roads and then got a pro contract on the Hope Factory team … well done fella.