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Even more scorching results …

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!

(Werner on his way to winning the Masters Category and getting 4th overall)

 

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.

(Naomi Hansen on the top step of the Highland Fling)

In exotic Mauritius, Will Hayter and team mate Jeff Bosler came second overall in the Omincane Southern Tropical Challenge stage race.

(Will Hayter proving Mauritius is far from flat)

 

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.

(Rich Rothwell and Ant White on the Vets podium at Kielder)

Both results helped him to second in the UK Endurance series overall.

(Rich @ Newcastleton on his way to winning the Vets category @ the Kielder 1oo)

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.

(Dave Powell and Jason Miles in 24hour  team time trial mode at Relentless in Fort William)

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.

(Gareth (GT) – 2nd at the last round of the British Mountain Biking XC series)

Dan Treby slugged through the mud of this years Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race to finish second solo.

(Dan at the end of 24 hours of mud)

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.