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Christmas, 2011
In This Issue
Trail Restoration Update
The Duael 2012
Mt Buller - Bike Buller
Big Hill Events Bike
New Events
Calendar

18th March

2012 Marathon Challenge

1st April

20th May

11th November 
The Buxton Bootcamp

Nov/Dec
 
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Happy Christmas!    
 

So, Christmas huh? Don't worry we've got loads of stuff still to do too, but we've been busy throughout December making sure we've got a full line up of events to bring you in 2012. Check some of this stuff out ...  

 

Trail Work Completes New 800m Downhill

 

    So the trail building has continued in the Pyrenees forest just behind Avoca - on our last outing we even had our brand new petrol powered jackhammer to help us. It was a great day out with a number of new volunteers lending a hand - Mark Sandon, Phil Greenwood and Ashley Hayat, Cheers guys! Check out the time lapse video here.

 

Once the building work had been completed it linked up all the other work we've been working hard on ...which gave us the opportunity to ride it! 800m of sweet downhill, which will be showcased in 2012 Marathon Challenge. Check out our two part videos of us riding it here.

 

A few of our volunteers in action - click for more photos

And yes of course the Marathon Challenge is now open - entries are limited this year so snap up some tickets here

 

Entries now open for
The Duael 2012

 

    So, as we discussed in the last newsletter; Flat Hill and Big Hill Events have teamed up to bring you The Duael 2012 on the 1st of April. It's a 6 hour mountain bike pair endure; strictly one lap on, one lap off. The course is stuffed full of dirt, rocks, ruts, switchbacks, corners and more corners, drop offs, ups downs, trees and a load of nature!

 

 

We've got 4 different categories; Elite, Sport, 30+ and 40+ (all with subcategories of male/female/mixed) - all with cash / prizes to be won. So grab a buddy, choose your category, come up with a stupid team name and start hardening up.  

 

Entries are limited so get involved quick snap!

 

 

 For more info on the new track and entry info click here    

Mt Buller - Bike Buller
    
     So a crew of us went up to Mt Buller to try out the new Copperhead trail which was awesome along with doing a route through Stonefly, Silk Lane, Misty Twist and Delatite. The weather wasn't the best but we still had a wicked ride! We thoroughly recommend it to anyone into mountain biking, there's loads of cottages which you can stay in which offers beautiful views and top class food! We also bumped into our friends; Team Enduro Pulse who have recently put up a video of their Copperhead run - worth checking out here.

 

This was the weather we faced on the Saturday!

 

The weather wasn't too good on the Sunday so on our way back to Melbourne we went via Buxton and rode the trail up there. The guys there have done a fantastic job of restoring the trail and it's 100% ride-able and flows really well - it impressed us so much we've decided to run an event there - Check the Buxton Bootcamp in our New Events section.

 

Big Hill Events Bike
        

    So as a Christmas present to ourselves, we've bought a $100 commuter bike (I know, we really do treat ourselves!) and have been giving it a custom paint job. Inspired by Sylvain Chavanel's Eddy Merckx which was painted half green and half yellow in the 2010 Tour de France, we've gone half black half yellow! We've done the yellow half and now we're in the process of coating the black side, the Big Hill Event stickers have been ordered and it should be complete just after Christmas.

 

 

Here's the frame half yellow and half undercoat ready to be taped up and sprayed black

 

In the meantime you can follow all our progress on Twitter - which includes a load of photos and stay tuned on Facebook  and our website for a time lapse video and a full photo album of the work!

 

 

New Events Coming Soon

"What, more new events?" we hear you cry, yes indeed; more new events.

The Buxton Bootcamp


     So after a trip to the Buxton trail a few weeks ago we loved it so much we decided to put in place an event there for 2012 - a 6 hour Enduro to get you fit for Summer, more details to come - but for now lock in the 11th November 2012! 

 

 

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