Thank you to the weather gods for giving us the stunning weather we experienced at the Dirty Weekend. We think this really was the best one yet. Here is our blog of the weekend, we hope it brings back some memories or gives those that couldn’t make it some insight into what the event is all about. Enjoy!
Friday 4 May
The event is drawing near, and our team of volunteers and Bike SA staff were building the event village from the ground up, the caterers are preparing delicious meals and sponsors retailers packing their vans ready for the event! The wet weather was starting to dry out the course and the forecast was looking good. Riders setting off to drive from far and wide, and those close by testing the track. We loved hearing about rider prep, nutrition, and hydration tips, showing us you guys were just as excited as us!
Saturday 5 May
Showtime. Riders, campers, bikes, and trucks were arriving in a slow steady stream. Regos were open, and the riders seem to appreciate their show bags, complete with T-shirts and cables ties, one quick transaction and they were ready to ride!
2PM and the Exposure Lights 24hr and Squirt Lube12hr groups hit the trails, the Dirty Weekend had officially begun.
3pm and our WILL RIDE E-MTB challenge began. A new category for 2018 and one that sees the event open to those that prefer some e-power in their pedals. The event finished at 6pm and all enjoyed the first E-MTB challenge at Dirty Weekend. All event results can be found here. Thanks to all that took part and to WILL RIDE for supporting.
So onward to the next 20hrs. We visited various parts of the course to take some snaps and see how things were progress, everyone seemed to be having fun, the banter was at a high, thanks to those that asked if I was OK laying in the hedge taking in the action. Kudos to the SA Mountain Biking community.
Riders rode lap after lap, while small braziers warmed up the event village and the main tent opened the first ever Bar of the Dirty Weekend, welcomed by support crew and riders who had finished their stint on the pedals. The main tent kept the riders fueled with bananas, Nippys juices, Hammer gels and had the timing stations for fellow riders and support crew to view the progress of their people.
As the day drew on live music played on the main stage and the big screen showed results, rider images and epic mountain bike videos, which was a great focus for the village goers.
The Squirt Lube12hr riders paused at 8pm and headed for carbs and rest, and our Exposure Lights 24hr riders rode on the through the night.
We took a trip out to the forest fairies keeping the rider pumped through the night, what a light show, we hope it helped riders get through the night.
Sunday 6 May
The 24hr riders were still pedaling hard, at 8am when we saw the re-start of the Squirt Lube 12hr and the Roof Rack 6hr group began.
Children were able to ride their bikes, have some fun with the bike education team or play giant Jenga or create some artwork. It was lovely to see children colouring in bike riders in the colours of their riding Mums and Dads.
The food trucks were feeding everyone lunch and the riders were starting to watch the clock to make the final push. Support crew was out in force cheering on all the riders and before we knew it we were counting down to the end of the event. Some pushed so hard to cross the line they couldn’t speak and some definitely had trouble getting to our pallet podium, after so many hours pushing pedals.
Podium placing received great goodies from our generous sponsor’s Exposure Lights, Squirt Lube, Roof Rack City, WILL RIDE, Cycle Closet, Schwalbe Tyres IO Merino, Googleman, AvantiPlus, Head for the Hills, Bike About, Anderson Hill, Ground Effect Cycle Clothing, Over the Edge Melrose, Under the Mount.
Thank you to everyone that took part in the event, we think you will agree it was a cracking weekend. Well done to all our podium winners and to those that gave it a red hot go, and to our wonderful hardworking volunteers, we could not have done this without you!
A mention to the Interstate folks, it was great to see you in South Australia. And to the National Female 24hr Mountain Bike champion – Kate Penglase a former Dirty Weekend winner who lit the trails on fire again this year! And lastly to local legend Kevin Pullen, who topped the podium for the 4th time and cranked out 366kms. Yes, that’s not a typo…We salute you.
#dirtyweekend2018 EPIC weekend for so many reasons. Wearing the Aussie stripes and being allocated the #1 race plate by @bike_sa was an unbelievable honour. Sharing this experience with the adelaide mtb community was particularly special as 3yrs ago this event was my first race after I had decided to have a serious crack at 24hr racing. Such a supportive bunch of ppl on and off the track and I genuinely feel like these guys are my mtb family away from home. Words cannot truly express my thanks to my support crew, @cognoscentebike and @jamesmountain21. Glenn seamlessly keeps things ticking over in the pits. Feeds me the right amount of food at the right time, maintains the bikes, charges lights/garmins, provides updates on my insta/fb accounts, provides me with the right amount of information in a clear and concise manner…..list goes on. James kept meeting me at various points around the course, offering encouragement and cheering me on for around 18hrs of the race. All these things collectively contribute to a rider's end result and done well, give the rider the best opportunity to have a great race. I had an excellent race! Special thanks to the legends at @cycle_works who got the #sworksera and #sworksfate race ready. Their attention-to-detail is first class and they are such a pleasure to deal with. Very proud to wear their logo on my jersey. Last, but certainly not least.. big thanks to coach Jodie from @bikeritemtb. Been with Jodie for over 3yrs now and haven't looked back. Every yr has been a sustainable build on the previous yr and her realistic approach is accommodating to the other things that make up life. Thanks to Russell and the crew at @bike_sa, including the vollies, for another cracking event. Thanks also to @exposurelights for sponsoring the event. 📷 @cognoscentebike
What does it take to win a 24hr Mountain Bike race, everything you have physically and as i found out today mentally!! Massive respect to great mate @matthewackland for the most intense race I have battled, we train together, coach a great bunch of kids and this weekend we tore each other apart! Legendary mate! What a way to kick off racing for my new team @giantadelaide in some pretty awesome kit on board the amazing Anthem Advanced Pro 1, absolutely faultless. @eightyonespices for their continued support as always. My amazing wife is the rock that always sees me thru the tough times, today was no exception, love ya babe! Thanks to all @bike_sa vollies and trail maintenance crew that makes this event happen. Most of all, everyone on track and on the hill that got me thru the last 4hrs, your help and encouragement means more than you know, so many that i can’t name you all but trust me your awesome!! Now to get me knee fixed finally! #giantadelaide #giantbikesaus #anthemadvancedpro1 #ridelife #ridegiant #rideadelaide #ridelikeking #eightyonespices #faultless #epicbattle #buckled #sookymess #moretears
@Tim Loft has also started posting his amazing photos on Facebook. A big thanks to these guys for capturing these.
Finally thanks to Foresty SA for allowing the use of the venue and the trails in the Cudlee Creek forest (AKA Fox Creek trails) and also a big shout out to Nick Bowman, Destination Trails, Human Projectiles Mountain Bike Club and other volunteer trail fairies for helping us put together a fantastic Dirty Weekend track.
There are some great Dirty Weekend 2018 stories from the trails circulating, we would love to hear about your experiences so please tag us @bike_sa #dirtyweekend2018
The event takes place at the same time each year – the first weekend in May. So put it on your calendar and we will see you all again for Dirty Weekend 2019!