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Sydney Spring Fat Tyre Festival


Damien's picture

By Damien - Posted on 03 September 2008

When: 
Sunday, 23 November, 2008 - 08:45

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

Duration: 
8 hours
Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Ride Database Entry: 
Ourimbah State Forest
Meeting Point: 

North End of Red Hill Rd, Ourimbah State Forest. There's a large-ish parking area here, just off the main sealed road. There is also a smaller parking area a little further (400m or so from the road) where the trail splits - this second area is the usual meeting point. If you end up driving up a steep hill you've gone too far.

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Details:

The Sydney Spring Fat Tyre Festival presented by JP Morgan and Kona is an exciting one day mountain bike race being held at Ourimbah State Forest approximately 100km north from the heart of the Sydney CBD.

Ourimbah has been well known for its cross country track and downhill courses for some time, and thanks to the efforts of the Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club the trails are looking better than ever.
The festival will be held on Sunday November 23rd 2008, with the main event being the 8 ¼ Hours Of Power (we wanted to make it just that little bit better than all the other eight hour events).
It will be an eight hour and 15 minute race, based on the standard XC race format.

There’s over $20,000 of cash and prizes to be won or given away, with solo riders going for over $3000 cash in prize money!

Entries for the 2008 Sydney Spring Fat Tyre Festival are now open. http://www.wannaride.com.au/event_fattyre.html

Who's in?
Rob, craigs, Bernd, alchemist, Whisperer, Buck, evan, delicious, GAZZA, Bruce, scottyB, ar_junkie, Steve 01, GeordieAndy, dkido, Carlgroover, Gary, Damien, QuikStep, lozza6, hawkeye, Mick, anke13, CB, unclebullbar, LadyToast, philberesford, Critty, BT, Boris, bluray, dangersean, v (33 riders)
Rob craigs Bernd alchemist Whisperer Buck evan delicious GAZZA Bruce scottyB ar_junkie Steve 01 GeordieAndy dkido Carlgroover Gary Damien QuikStep lozza6 hawkeye Mick anke13 CB unclebullbar LadyToast philberesford Critty BT Boris bluray dangersean v
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 Laps Time Pos.Gen. Category Pos.Cat.
Rob Tough Fun Finished 13 08:15:32 Threes Open 6
LadyToast Sydney Fat Tyre 2008 Finished 12 08:24:09 Threes Open 10
philberesford Yeehaa Finished 12 08:28:42 Threes Open 11
v great trail!!! Finished 12 08:57:44 Female Solo 2
Damien Made It Finished 11 08:15:55 Single Speed Solo 1
Bernd Nice Race Finished 10 08:18:55 Male Pairs 28
anke13 Great fun Finished 4 06:55:48 Female Solo 8

Were you there and have a story to tell?

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LadyToast's picture

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philberesford's picture

OK, I'm entered in a 3-man team, The Iron Horse Pony Club.

Tally ho!

Buck's picture

Well the young ones from the CORC 24hr have defected and formed their own two man team. Team Bocz.

This time I will limit Lozza to half the beer and pasta he consumed at Stromlo and we'll see what happens Smiling

craigs's picture

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pikey's picture

Harry, Craig & Greg.

Move out of the way kids the oldies are passing on the right!

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Salad is what food eats Smiling
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CB's picture

I'm in with a corporate three. we've got at least 2, maybe three teams from my office (BVN). Look forward to meeting some of you guys there.

CB

Harry's picture

saw a fair few BVN kitted out riders on the Spring Cycle

CB's picture

Hi Harry.

We are a firm of architects with a pretty strong cycling culture.

Our Sydney office has just under a hundred people and at present we have a team of around 43 doing the gong ride. Last year was our first time and we raised $28,500 with 29 riders. We have a bigger team this year but the financial meltdown is hitting the building industry pretty hard and the sponsorship is a little harder to come by this year. I have a good friend with MS and will make sure we still try to raise as much as possible.

Most of the riders are of the scumming variety but we have a core of around 10 mountain bikers.... and are tempting some of the shaved leg boys to try a little bit of rough. ( I've never quite got the appeal of doing circuits of Centennial park before coming to work..... Manly dam yes, centennial park no thanks !).

Another one of life's little mysteries solved !

CB

Harry's picture

Craig, all clear now except architects = black outfits?

Also "tempting some of the shaved leg boys to try a little bit of rough" there are a few on this site that will have a field day with that one. Cue Stu, Beany, Pikey etc.

hawkeye's picture

We've got three teams of three from work, a couple of pairs and a SS solo masochist doing the event.

Whisperer's picture

We are in as a team of 3 in the open class, as sadly there are only masters 'pairs'.

- Whisperer
- Carl Groover
- Steve01

(Sadly in the fact we'll be using our combined 148 years of experience to give some grief to the younger guys)

I guess you could say we'll be going for 'pole' position Smiling

ar_junkie's picture

I'll supply the stretcher... not much dancing is going to be done when these old blokes are finished!
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Bruce's picture

Is do we use this equipment for the pensioners or our own team captain?? Eye-wink

Brian's picture

I saw this on farkin so if you haven't entered get in quick. Dylan, have you sorted out my entry in Mantoast?

http://forums.farkin.net/showthread.php?t=144117. Look at the comment on the 29/10/08.

LadyToast's picture

Yes mate, I have purchased the entry for a team of 3, so you are all sorted. It's going to be a brilliant day, I read in the recent mail out the the course is even better than usual.

Brian's picture

Excellent, after seeing your time posted for the quarry climb I better get some training in.

Damien's picture

Going solo singlespeed cant wait but I better do some riding havent been on a bike since the Scott.

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CB's picture

Spoke to Chris at CBD this morning. He said that entries are closed now...

CB

craigs's picture

if anyone should require a fill in for their team or if someone cant make it, I am interested.

Craig

evan's picture

Shall we try and get the same spot as last year ?

Cheers
Evan

v's picture

I will be there. The track is so much fun at the moment. I cant wait....
I wish I had a Yeti ASR for the race though, one day!!!

Caro's picture

I am sorry I haven't met you yet V but I heard that you're just as 'crazy' as your man Smiling
I don't know how you do it but have the best time and good luck! Laughing out loud
Last year was a blast, I am sure it's going to be great fun.
Watch out boys!!!

alchemist's picture
I am sorry I haven't met you yet V but I heard that you're just as 'crazy' as your man

Can't be , Yeti ASR is a very sensible bike to desire for the race and it doesn't have silly wheels Sticking out tongue

GAZZA's picture

i thought you might own one of these "silly wheeled" bikes????? Eye-wink

Damien's picture

Everyone will get silly wheels eventually they are just too much fun.

LadyToast's picture

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Damien's picture

Going to head up Saturday arvo and camp overnight so as to avoid a silly early morning start any others interested should we build camp nobmob.

Scott's picture

Heading up Saturday afternoon as well. I'll try and find you all and introduce myself. I will be riding a Scott Spark 15.

Scott

Damien's picture

There will be three of us Gavin, Vanina & myself - Gavin Red custom made 29er (1x9) Vanina Giant ? (white) & I am on a Kona Unit 2-9 Singlespeed (Orange) with white rims will get there about 6.00pm.

Rob's picture

I don't know if anyone recalls from last year, but we were camped at the point the sniggle comes out briefly to meet the road by a clearing. This is around the (sometimes not there) little double jump and the road is quiet flat here before it heads off up the hill again.

This was a great position as you could transition here, it was couple hundred metres after the official transition last year and hope it's the same again.

anke13's picture

managed to get a late entry. The poor guy has the flu and can't ride. Just had my bike serviced, so perfect timing.
See you all up there Smiling

GeordieAndy's picture

to spin the wheels before race day?

philberesford's picture

I'll be going up Saturday

GeordieAndy's picture

I've never ridden Ourimbah b4 and would like to get some familiarity with it, particularly the big drop I've heard about! I'd rather not approach that for the first time in a race with another rider up my a*se!

LadyToast's picture

Hi Andy

I doubt they would have the big drop in the XC race, the last ones I've seen have dodged around it, and there is a B line too. Last time I was there a new line to the right of the drop had been made, which when wet was far scarier than the drop it replaced.

philberesford's picture

Yeah, that B line is scary as hell. Give me the A line every day of the week

Phil

ar_junkie's picture
I doubt they would have the big drop in the XC race, the last ones I've seen have dodged around it, and there is a B line too

The drop was in last year's race, but there was a B line as well... perfect for when you're behind someone and they freeze at the top of the drop...
Cool

Bruce's picture

Rode both the A line over the drop & the newer line to the right on Saturday night & they are about the same as far as difficulty goes.

There is still the easy line to the left for those that want that option, nothing to worry about really, something for everyone.

LadyToast's picture

I stand corrected Smiling

I'll be doing the drop every time then - man that track rocks!

GeordieAndy's picture

and the drop is in. So just how big is this drop?

ar_junkie's picture

Full face don't you?
Eye-wink

LadyToast's picture

Andy

Check my (bloody awful quality) phone video.. it's dark in the trees so this is about 2 frames a second, but will give you an idea. It's not hard at all, just don't stop at the top and hesitate. There are 2 or ways down, I prefer through the trees at the top but that might not be an option on race day. There is a small ladder embedded into the earth that "could" grab your front wheel if you were unlucky but I have never had that happen. The drop is over in less than a second.. it's brilliant Smiling


http://youtu.be/nFObSMnjN3Q

philberesford's picture

I'd reckon it's about 4 mteres or so. Maybe a bit bigger? Let's just say it doesn't look so bad once you're at the bottom of it Smiling
The view from the top looks vertical and rollercoaster scary. But you'll be grinning from ear to ear once you're at the bottom.

GeordieAndy's picture

Cheers for the vid Dylan, I'll have to wait until I get home due to corporate gestapo streaming restrictions!

Bernd's picture

... oh no:
Weather for Ourimbah NSW
Wind: N at 14 km/h and a few showers
Humidity: 24%Fri
21°C | 9°CSun
Bernd

Damien's picture

You believe the weatherman I never listen to the weather I always wait for the day before calling the weather. It will be glorious and sunny and if not the singlespeeds drive train will handle it no problems.

Bruce's picture

9 degrees is a bit cold for this time of year Eye-wink

philberesford's picture

Call 9 degrees cold? That's now't! Where I come from we call that summer!

(Must remember to pack suncream)

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