The Jet Black 12 Hour race celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year, and was (event promoter) Rocky Trail Entertainment’s most successful event to date.
Brett Bellchambers held off fellow Mal Adjusted rider Ed McDonald for the SS win. Must have been the beard.
"Disco" Stu Ferguson tags Tim "TK" Kerle as the pair head out for another lap. These boys went on to win the men's pairs.
The race moved from Yellowmundee in the Lower Blue Mountains to Dargle Farm up near Wiseman’s Ferry, due to new rider restrictions placed on the original venue. Rocky Trail Entertainment laid out all the infrastructure for a festival-like atmosphere that was social, family friendly, and made the non-riding almost as much fun as the riding!
The surrounding hills dwarfed the riders, but there were no complaints when the trails only took in about 100m of climbing a lap.
The course was described by most as a pedally one, but much time could be gained in the punchy technical sections. The trails were damp and tacky and compared to Yellowmundee’s dry, rockier tracks didn’t deliver even a fraction of the upper body punishment you would expect at the end of 12 hours of riding.
Katrin Van der Speigel debuts a new bike and new race kit in the lead up to the Solo Worlds.
Jason English also has new kit, which confused a few riders on the track as they tried to work out who was in the lead.
Jason English and Katrin Van der Spiegel made winning the solo categories appear far easier than it must be, with Jason very nearly beating all the teams categories as well.
The switch to Dargle proved a very successful one for this format of racing. Taking in the happy chatter from riders and families grouped around a large bonfire in the evening, we feel as though 10 years is just the beginning and wonder what year 11 has in store!
The event had a great, festival like feel, aided by the warm bonfire that burned into the evening. It may well still be burning now!
For full results and further information check out the Rocky Trail Entertainment website, www.rockytrailentertainment.com, and look out for a longer report on the event in the next issue of Enduro.
Thank you to Tristan Cardew for the great photos: www.tristancardew.com