The seventh JetBlack 24 Hour mountain bike endurance event was held at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan in Sydney on the weekend. For the first time, the JetBlack 24 Hour also hosted the official Australian 24 Hour Solo National Championships and Jason English from Port Macquarie (NSW) defended his title in the men’s overall. Victoria’s cross-country racer Tory Thomas re-claimed the women’s title after a victory in 2004 again at Mt Annan.
Event promoters from Rocky Trail Entertainment gathered close to 400 competitors and over 300 supporters and event crews to one of the most iconic cycling events in Sydney. The JetBlack 24 Hour this year also hosted the official Australian 24 Hour Solo National Championships. Almost one fifth of the field competed in the race for the official national titles and in the men’s the big race favourite confirmed his dominance in the sport. The five-time 24 Hour Solo World Champion Jason English from Port Macquarie claimed the national title for the seventh time in a row on the popular 9.8km track that included some brand-new sections, which were launched right in time for the event.
“The last time I raced here was in 2011 and since then the track has changed a lot. It’s longer, has a lot more great features that are fun to ride and in a 24-hour race that keeps you on your toes. I have to admit that it was a very tough day out and looking at how it unfolded it could have been anyone’s race. I’m very happy to win number seven!” exclaimed an ecstatic English. Race conditions had been tough with temperatures climbing into the low thirties and the competition for the green and gold jersey of the overall solo winner was fierce.
Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle was one of the strongest contenders early on and eventually won his 23-29 age group title. Sam Moffitt and David Speering from Canberra came in second and third overall after 24 hours of racing and Michael Timp from the Central Coast’s Noraville in NSW claimed fourth. Kevin Pullen from South Australia was fifth.
Interstate riders flock to Mt Annan
Almost 50 riders from interstate competed in the JetBlack 24 Hour event – the Commonwealth Games racer Tory Thomas from Victoria took out the women’s 24 Hour solo national title and with 33 completed laps phenomenally claimed the fifth overall place in the entire solo field. Thomas last had won the coveted title in 2004 and spoke of her history in the sport.
“It’s great! I guess my 24hr career ended against my choice in 2005, I was hit by a car and so I took up cross-country racing but I just wanted one more crack”.
Liz Smith from Wollongong proofed to be Tory Thomas’ strongest competitor and attacked her fiercely in the early morning hours of the Sunday. Tory’s determination was unbeatable and Smith couldn’t bridge the gap, finishing in second overall and winning her age group title.
“To come second behind Tory Thomas who has collected so many accolades in her racing career so far makes me proud and I am satisfied with my result”, said Smith who plans to ramp up her endurance training to compete in a 24 Hour Solo World Championship event in the future.
With Meredith Quinlan, Wendy Stevenson and Briony Mattocks three regulars at Rocky Trail races from Sydney’s Northern Suburbs and national title winners in their respective age groups completed the top-five female podium.
Team and social 6+6H categories are popular at Mt Annan
Almost half of the entire racing field had competed in sub-categories, which provided participants with a break overnight between six pm and six am.“We find that these 6+6-hour categories are a great introduction into 24-hour racing and they are popular with racers across the board: from endurance riders who prefer not to race at night to juniors and groups of friends and couples”, said Race Director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail Entertainment.
The overall race win for the team with the most completed laps in the JetBlack 24 Hours race went to the Pedal4Pierce Onya Bike team from Canberra. A team of six riders clocked in 44 laps in just over 24 hours and took out the line honours of the event.
For the general JetBlack 24 Hour results portal follow the link on the Rocky Trail website:
Podium photo collection on Facebook:
Courtesy of OuterImage.com.au:
Courtesy of Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA):
- Jason English on his seventh win: https://soundcloud.com/mtba-2/jason-english-after-winning-his-seventh-mtba-australian-solo-24-hour-championship
- Tory Thomas: https://soundcloud.com/mtba-2/tory-thomas-after-winning-her-third-mtba-australian-solo-24-hour-championship
- Official media release by MTBA:
Top Race Results
Australian 24H Solo National Championships at the JetBlack 24 Hour
1. Jason English / Port Macquarie NSW / JetBlack, Mcarthur Drafting, Percival Property, Sports and Spinal, GSC, Shotz / 36 laps in 22:36:29
2. Sam Moffitt / Canberra ACT / OnyaBike Canberra / 34 laps in 23:20:51
3. David Speering / Canberra ACT / Onya Bike Canberra / 34 laps in 24:02:37
4. Michael Timp / Noraville NSW / 34 laps in 24:16:58
5. Kevin Pullen / Craigmore SA / 33 laps in 24:13:22
1. Tory Thomas / Mount Beauty VIC / Trek Racing Australia, Oakley Eyewear Australia / 33 laps in 24:00:26
2. Liz Smith / Wollongong NSW / Wilsons Bike Hub, Hammer Nutrition, Scott Bikes / 32 laps in 23:25:30
3. Meredith Quinlan / Normanhurst NSW / Easy Riders / 30 laps in 23:59:19
4. Wendy Stevenson / Waverton NSW / 29 laps in 24:14:44
5. Briony Mattocks / Turramurra NSW / 28 laps in 23:59:47
Follow this link for detailed results of all age group winners:
Overall JetBlack 24H team race category winners:
1. Pedal4Pierce Onya Bike Team / 24H Team 6 Open / 44 laps in 24:03:37
2. MacDesign CFN / 24H Team 4 Male Elite / 42 laps in 24:10:51
3. Boundary Riders / 24H Team 6 Open / 41 laps in 24:04:30
Follow this link for detailed 24H team category results:
Overall JetBlack 6+6H winners:
1. Quantum Racing Team / 6+6 Team 2 Male Elite / 24 laps in 12:18:13
2. Kidsons Cycles / 6+6 Team 3 Male Elite / 24 laps in 12:28:31
3. BH Racing / 6+6 Team 3 Male Elite / 23 laps in 12:12:49
General JetBlack 24 Hour results portal: