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Convict 100 2012


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By Brian - Posted on 01 December 2011

When: 
Saturday, 5 May, 2012 (All day)

The meeting times are 'ready to ride'. If you need time to prepare equipment then please arrive a few minutes earlier.

Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Ride Database Entry: 
Great Northern Road
Ride Database Entry: 
Womerah Range
Meeting Point: 

St Albans, NSW

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Details:

Round 3 of 2012 XCM Series

The Convict 100 is regarded as one of Australia's most challenging mountain bike endurance races, consistently inspiring all entrants to push their personal boundaries.

Now in its eighth year, the course follows the historic Convict Trail through the Dharug and Yengo National Parks. The mix of fast fire trail, technical single track, rocky descents, and spectacular ridgeline views is unmatched by any other MTB event. The Convict 100 starts and finishes in the historic township of St. Albans and competitors can choose between the full "Century of Dirt" and the 50km course

http://www.maxadventure.com.au/convict100/index....

Who's in?
evan, Lach, starship303, GAZZA, monkey, jp, scottyB, Steve 01, nh, Greg P, skibum, garyinoz, Brian, philberesford, Supagav, barney, Dibbler, cRAZY Canuck, Danielvn, GiantNut, obmal, Dicko, Medigger, ADtheglorious, Fatboy, nessB, si_ridez, ps, armo, Tristania, Black Flash, Floydo, broc, Rocklobber, teeps, Talldude, Jonny, fatchance, AdrianG, Slip, ric088 (41 riders)
evan Lach starship303 GAZZA monkey jp scottyB Steve 01 nh Greg P skibum garyinoz Brian philberesford Supagav barney Dibbler cRAZY Canuck Danielvn GiantNut obmal Dicko Medigger ADtheglorious Fatboy nessB si_ridez ps armo Tristania Black Flash Floydo broc Rocklobber teeps Talldude Jonny fatchance AdrianG Slip ric088
What Happened?

Blog entries about this meeting (as this is a race standings and times are shown, click on the title for more and to comment)...

Who Title Status Time Pos.Gen. Category Pos.Cat.
philberesford 50 is the new black? Finished 02:03:14 62 50km Male Sub Veteran 29
GiantNut Eventful 50k Race in the Convict Finished 02:08:00 85 50km Male Veteran 16
jp The day I beat Jason English. Sort of. Finished 02:10:42 95 50km Male Veteran 19
Talldude First Convict 50K Finished 02:15:44 124 50km Male Sub Veteran 51
Lach Good day out Finished 02:36:28 297 50km Male Super Masters 31
Antsonline Convict 100 - the perfect race? Finished 04:02:30 5 100km Male Elite 5
Steve 01 Glad to finish Finished 04:39:13 20 100km Male Masters 2
Tristania Never been so motionless in all my life or been so happy to get off the bike - not saying I regret doing it though! Finished 04:44:42 28 100km Male Open 7
Dicko Convict 100 - Real Insurance XCM Round 3 Finished 04:47:50 40 100km Male Veteran 13
German Dan What a great Race! Finished 04:47:52 41 100km Male Sub Veteran 16
Chitts Convict 100km 2012 Finished 04:48:14
doc Convict 100 Finished 04:57:41 64 100km Male Veteran 21
ps Convict 100 Finished 05:00:37 72 100km Male Masters 5
fatchance First 100 done Finished 05:05:36 83 100km Male Masters 30
Brian 2012 Convict 100 Finished 05:14:16 111 100km Male Open 40
obmal A nice day for a bike race Finished 05:45:35 100km Male Veteran
Fatboy I beat Shaun Lewis in the Convict 100! Finished 05:52:14 232 100km Male Veteran 86
Jonny First time 100km! Finished 06:09:00 453 100km Male Sub Veteran 155
Tank Engine First time and back of packer..... Finished 08:09:39 536 100km Male Veteran 208
monkey Team Monkey Farm - First Timers Finished 08:09:39 535 100km Male Sub Veteran 184
garyinoz Ouch, first 100KM Did not finish
Rocklobber Convict 100. 50K event.
Black Flash My convict miracle ride
Black Flash How my helmet saved me...

Were you there and have a story to tell?

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philberesford's picture

Anyone know why the event name change? Are DW no longer sponsoring the event? There's been no mention of it (unless I missed the email?)

Brian's picture

I guess so because there no mention of the word "Dirtworks" anywhere.

Dicko's picture

Yep - dirt works are no longer sponsoring the event. I remember reading it somewhere on cycle nation

philberesford's picture

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Brian's picture

100 now sold out

Lach's picture

If the Convict is race no. 3 in this series for 2012, what's the other one besides the Capital Punishment in the early part of the year?

Can't see anything on the Real Insurance race list and the filters on their web site don't seem to work to help in narrowing it down. The Husky is also advertising itself as no. 3 for 2012?

Brian's picture

Wombat 100 is round 2

http://nobmob.com/node/32769

Lach's picture

I thought it was State-based??

Brian's picture

They're are allowing one in Vic. It's meant to have a lot of single track so I'm looking forward to it Smiling

I take the delay in announcing the series would be if the Angry Doctor is being run or not.

http://www.maxadventure.com.au/wombat100/real-in...

Lach's picture

...so many choices. Might have to re-think my strategy for improving my XC Half Marathon standings... Smiling

gin's picture

Too slow off the mark for this! got a couple of mates going - after spending last weekend on the sidelines due to a knee injury, discovered I'm a bad spectator!

Logan's picture

Will be selling their tickets nearer the time, just keep an eye out on here and elsewhere.

Talldude's picture

Was too slow so now I am only doing the 50km!

Should be a good day.

teeps's picture

This'll be my first 100km'er. Looking forward to it... except that boat looking bridge thing, most likely I will be unexpectedly filling my hydro up there.

Brian's picture

I love this one and can't wait for it.

si_ridez's picture

This will be my first 100km race - looking forward to it!

Just wondering whether most people are planning to spend the Fri and/or Sat nights up at St Albans? If so, is camping a decent option?

Cheers
Simon

Tristania's picture

I've been trolling the home page and can't find where the start time is, could someone tell me? Really something I should know but don't!

monkey's picture

100k start time is 7am.

Ill be there from Friday to Sunday and look forward to a few beers post ride! (First 100k ride - will be slow as i am just coming back from a broken arm 9 weeks ago) There is a few camping options out there including the tent village which sounds pretty good.

Tristania's picture

I live in Hornsby so it's not too far to get to. Though I know the ferry gets pretty crowded beforehand, so does anyone have any recommendations on how to ensure I don't get stuck in the ferry queue too long?

Brian's picture

@Tristan, I'd wait for the schedule to come out as you need to register as well. Unless your going to drive up Saturday Friday afternoon as well then registrations the race morning is normally really early which means you need to aim to get there around 5:30am to park, register, attach your number etc.

Logan's picture

Is do able but its an early start.

philberesford's picture

3am start from Manly. Never again thanks.
Moral of the story is: Make sure you've got plenty of petrol and take lights with you, because wiping your ar$e in the dark isn't exactly fun. Read why

PS I paid the extra $10 to have a tent all set up for me when I arrive Smiling

Brian's picture

Hey Phil, so what time are you aim for this year?

philberesford's picture

I'm woefully under prepared. I'm only doing it for the wrist band Eye-wink

Brian's picture

Maybe stick with tradition and do 5 minutes either side of 6.5hrs Eye-wink

philberesford's picture

This year Smiling

monkey's picture

Rode the course this weekend. Ouch i am so unprepared! Took 6 hours to do 70k!

Ill be helping direct traffic Friday night, if you see a RFS member on a carbon Yeti say gidday!

Fatboy's picture

Have the organisers sent any emails out re this event? Just realised I've seen nothing and was thinking either they have sent nothing or I'm not in their database as an entrant.

ps's picture

Nothing yet. They are running the Wombat race this weekend so they will probably switch to Convict mode next week.

Fatboy's picture

Thanks @ps. Might come out & watch Wombat on Sunday as Mrs Fatboy & I will be in Melbourne. Just decided today to go to the game at the MCG Saturday so we'll stay the weekend. Maybe drinks bitches for Nobmobbers?

Tristania's picture

They've sent out lists and rider numbers now FINALLY!

Out of interest, what does the "Cyclocross" category mean?

philberesford's picture

It's a category for nutters like GAZZA Sticking out tongue

(Can't imagine why anyone would choose to ride GNR and Shepherds on a CX bike) Give me a comfy full-susser anyday

garyinoz's picture

So not a 29er hardtail then?

philberesford's picture

Not on the GNR. I prefer to 'surf' the rock gardens on the 575. The Yeti always picks the right line Eye-wink

Brian's picture

Gary, I'll be joining you on a 29er HT for this one.

garyinoz's picture

There weren't any to be made, it was the 29er all the way, Phil's planting a seed of doubt but I'll stick with the 29er for this one. I can crash over the top of any rock garden Eye-wink

Brian's picture

There wouldn't even be 30km of rough stuff. the rest is road or fire road so for the most part the 29er should be fine.

philberesford's picture

Can your backside?

garyinoz's picture

Riding the oaks yesterday my backside was feeling it for the first 25km then it was fine....I think it was numb by then Eye-wink

Brian's picture

You'll be fine then, your butt will be numb by the time the rough stuff starts

Rocklobber's picture

Hi all, my first comment and my first "event" (it's not a race, is it ?), just wanted to say i appreciate all the talk/advice on Convict 100, on this and other blogs. Unfortunately the 100 was sold out when I entered, had to settle for the 50, damn. Haven't been doing much trail work of late, to wet, I have been on the road though, better than none at all I guess. Good luck all.

Floydo's picture

Was sick of getting overtaken by 29ers last year. Now I much prefer the HT 29er to my 5" dually. It is more All mountain /trail, than XC /race, still has the shortest ribbed chain stays of any 29er I have seen, accelerates and climbs technically better than my 26" dually. I live on the edge of LCNP, ride Terrey Hills etc so I am use to riding rocky rough trails and still prefer the 29er HT, Andos / Oaks back to back no probs and I'm no spring chicken over 40. Convict trail hopefully it will eat it. Tubeless wide tyres and low air pressure helps as well.

jp's picture

And Enjoy the race Floydo, I'll be there on my new 29er hard tail too! I did Capital Punishment (50km) on it on Saturday and it was great. Will be doing a training ride in LCNP tomorrow from 4:30 pm... Might see you down there?

AdrianG's picture

G'Day All.

Quite a few comments already about doing the ride on 29er hardtails. But for the old schoolers, who haven't ridden this before ... which will be better for this ride; 26" HT or -dually?

(No 29ers in my kit bag. Missus says she perfectly happy with the equipment I already have .... Ahhmmm ... Lets get back on topic then shall we ...)

Did the 100k Capital Punishment on the HT this past weekend, with no issues. (Other than being tortuously slow on the single trail. Thanks for the patience to all who were lining up behind me!) Wondering if the dually is overkill?

Fatboy's picture

If you are out to have a serious crack at a good time then I'd definitely go a hard tail on this course. If, like most of us, you are out to go and have a great day out with minimal pain and maximum enjoyment then go a dually.

Dicko's picture

...or get yourself a spesh epic 29er and get the best of both worlds !

Floydo's picture

...... and all the other Nobmobbers. JP once you go 29er HT you never go back. Heard a bit of rain is predicted this week, could see similar conditions to last year. A bit damp on the track. Hopefully no helicopters or ambulances this year. Might see you down there JP tomorrow, I"ll be the one pushing my bike up the Pennant Hills climb practising for the first hill at Dirt Works. haha.

GAZZA's picture

After The Fling last year on the crosser I made a decision. The crosser is just for crossing and not marathons!
Although I hear there's more doing the convict this year than last years Fling?
One word,
SUCKERS!!!
or two,
NUTTERS!!!
Good luck to everyone anyway!
Enjoy

philberesford's picture

Hey Gaz, thats right i remember you mentioning how back breaking it was. Have your teeth stopped chattering yet? Given a choice I'd rather Fling on a Crosser than do Dirtworks. So the CX category truly is for some serious masochists Eye-wink

GAZZA's picture

I don't think half of them have thought it out properly. Aside from the "small" techy section in the middle, what about the Hills? Some seriously low gearing will have to be set up if they want to ride most of the course. You may have the strength to push a larger gear but they won't have the traction once they get out of the saddle.
I'm looking forward to hearing from some of the CX entrants after the race.

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