Monday, December 7, 2009

Jackylegs, hard at it

November has been a hot month both on and off the bike. Abnormally hot spring weather has ensured early morning training rides are enjoyable. My dad swears by 5am starts because of our subtropical sunshine coast weather, I think he’s right if you’re a morning person.
A talented field of local mtb’rs lined up on Sunday 15th November for four hours of pleasure and pain in 30+ degree heat. As to be expected the track was very dusty with lots of uphill, downhill, technical sections and bridges to test individual riders. Local riders included Andy Fellows, Clint Pearce, Rob Paksec, Greg Long, Lestar Manning, Garth & Dave(team trail blazers) Rodger Pogson-Manning & I( team Cognition)

Andy Fellows had a great ride in the Elite division but was pipped at the post by Andy Mallet by a mere 10 Seconds after a furious battle for 4 hours.

Clint Pearce was riding his new titanium ‘Carver’ but unfortunately fell victim to 2 flats on the first lap, bad luck buddy.

Robbie (coopers) had a great win over Greg Long in another cat and mouse battle of the single speeders. These two can post amazing lap times that most multi geared men are envious of.

Lestar Manning was in great form and looking forward to finishing a race without any problems but a BIG GUY fell down a hill onto his wheel and turned it into a taco.

Garth & Dave also had mechanical problems in the form of a puncture but were able to complete the course in a P.B time.

Rodger (flathead) and I (jackylegs) were coming 7th until an unfortunate flat from flathead, but having had an extraordinary amount of flats in the past he changed it with great expedience and we finished a credible 9th in the open two man team (certainly the youngest combined team) we both clocked some very quick lap times, so we were personally delighted with our overall placing.

My next scheduled MTB race is on Jan 15, 2010 at Eagle Park, Adelaide where the Australian XCO Championships will be held. I’ll be competing in the under 15 year division in the Olympic cross country course and will race for approx 1 hour on what is reported as a world class venue ,I only hope it’s not excessively hot as it has already been this season. My training programme is on target and I feel I’m riding stronger than ever. I’m looking forward to the challenge of an Australian Assault.

Last Saturday night dad and I were fortunate enough to witness Harry and Matt Bush race BMX at Landsborough. What a great track for spectators and an action packed programme. Both Harry and Matt are regular Saturday morning Trailblazers, they’re the two who are air born most of the time, after seeing their BMX skills it all fits. These boys are both highly ranked and super competitive riders. I would highly recommend you attend a BMX event as it’s an adrenalin rush just being a spectator. School holidays are just a week away, so I am looking forward to getting out in the mornings for longer rides. If you see me out there make sure you say hi.

Till next time Love the Ride.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Geoff's Fixie - A custom build by Cognition

It's fun to make old things new again. A vintage frame and new parts makes for a great commuter.The fixie craze has hit Noosa, give Geoff a wave if you see him out on his.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Malvern Star Oppy's in Store Now

Above we have the Oppy C5 $2499 and the Oppy A4 (alloy frame)$1299

Malvern Star is an Australian icon which was created in 1902 by Tom Finnigan in Malvern, a leafy inner east suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
Malvern Star created it's own history when in 1928, Sir Hubert Opperman, the first ever Australian to ride the Tour de France rode upon a malvern star. He later went on to win the famous Paris-Brest-Paris race 1931,in doing so, "Oppy" set a new record time for the event.
Now the latest Malvern Star legend design has been refined in collaboration with Phil Anderson, one of the legends of Australian cycling (the first Australian to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, and proud ambassador of Malvern Star). He has road tested the current legend through rigorous conditions and has provided a rider's input to analyse the bike and the overall performance.
The Oppy frame was developed around the principle of a "complete design". The frame is built one tube at a time to ensure quality and to allow each tube to be designed to optmise its purpose within the frame. It then comes together with a chemical bond and bound with layers of carbon. Strict quality control checks are done at every stage, including weighing and cross checks for frame alignment.
Come in to Cognition and check out a legend for yourself.

Our Sponsored rider, Jack Jude's Riding Update

Hello again,
Well October was a busy month for me as I picked up my new Scott addict R2 road bike. This bike is everything that one can expect from a high-performance carbon machine. Light, responsive, nimble and climbs like a goat. It’s also red so it makes you go faster. During October my training program has included group road rides with a local Noosa group. I have been training Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Together with Saturday morning mtb rides from Cognition with a bakery stop after. The mid week rides are generally around 45 to 50 kms. The Sunday road rides have included such locations as Cootharaba range road reverse, Pomona, Cooroy west and home through Nandrorya rd via Cooroy. The average speed on these rides hovers between 28 to 30 km/hr. I feel these weekend longer rides are improving my overall speed and endurance. On occasions I do Gyndier drive hill repeats for general climbing practice. These hill repeats vary from spinning in the saddle to higher gear output out of the saddle power efforts. I’m sure this intense training will pay off when I team up with Rodger Manning to compete in the Mt Cotton 4 Hr on 15th November. Rodger has also been training hard and he’s an extremely strong individual rider as he proved in the recent 6hr event. Another exceptionally talented rider both mtb and road is 15 year old Seb Vejby who occasionally joins our Saturday morning social group. Seb did the Noosa tri in the under 19 team, winning silver. All three boys are brilliant at there chosen field. Seb's ride time for the 40 Km course was about 1 Hr 3 minutes. Wow, what a brilliant ride on restricted gears .It’s quite amazing just how much talent is in our local ranks. Next month I’ll have some race reports, until then pedal, pedal, pedal and love the ride. Six pack Jack

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Can you change a flat tyre? Or Adjust your gears?

On Saturday 14th November at 2.30pm Cognition together with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council are holding a Travel Smart Bike Maintenance workshop at Cognition. If you have ever had trouble looking after your bike or not sure what to do, then come along, it's free. Greg Long, part owner of Cognition, can help you develop your maintenance skills. His vast experience and knowledge coupled with his friendly and outgoing manner will leave you with the confidence to look after your trusty steed.
Free light snacks and refreshments will be available on the day. Places are limited so book now for your place.

You can register via email or phone 5449 5200 and ask for travelsmart.

Where:Cognition, Noosa Outlook, St Andrews Dr, Tewantin. When: Saturday 14th Nov 2.30-4.30pm

Sunday 29th November - Trail Opening - Noosa Trail Network

Come along and be one of the first to enjoy and experience trail 7 (to Lake Macdonald) and trail 8 (to Cooroy), they consist of fire trails with a mix of single tracks. What a great way to commute from town to town - OFFROAD.
The day begins at Noosa Showgrounds from 6.30 am to 7.15am for registration. The following rides are available:
7:30 am Experienced mountain bike riders depart: 22 km mountain bike ride on the new trails, with some road riding
8:00 am Easy mountain bike riders depart: 7 km easy mountain bike on the new trails
All rides start and finish at Noosa Showgrounds, Pomona and what better way to finish than to enjoy a good ole country style FREE morning tea.
Don't forget your sunscreen and bring lots of water.
For more information call the Sunshine Coast Regional Council on 5449 5200
Where: Noosa Showgrounds , Exhibition Street, Pomona When:6.30am-10.30am, Sunday 29th November

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jack's New Training Aid

The past 4 months have seen some huge improvements in Jack. He has set himself some serious goals and is putting in the hard yards, on the bike and on the trainer. To help him on his way Jack has picked up a new road bike, a Scott Addict R2 supplied by Cognition. It looks great,check out the above link for a closer inspection and keep a look out for Jack on a road near you. Great job Jack keep up the hard work and a big thanks to Chris and Jane Jude for their support.

Jack Jude's Riding Column

Hi, well this week I thought I’d cover some of my personal cycling achievements over the past 2 years, plus some outstanding results of fellow Trailblazers “Hot Shots” to look out for in the coming season.

2007 Regular Bushranger Club rider
2008 2nd Qld under 13 Sunshine Series Mountain Bike
2008 1st Qld under 13 State Champion Mountain Bike
2008 3rd Australian National series under 15 round 2 Mountain Bike, Illinbah
2008 1st Qld under 13 State Team Time Trial Road Championships Gatton Qld
2008 1st 12 year old to compete and complete the 50km Noosa Enduro Mountain Bike
2009 1st Junior and 2nd overall in Rumble in the Jungle Mountain Bike Race held
by Bushrangers Club at Parklands, Nambour
2009 1st Junior Noosa Enduro 50km Mountain Bike Race
2009 1st Palmwoods to Montville D Grade Hill climb, Road Racing
2009 1st Kunda Park Criterium D Grade Road Racing
2009 3rd Qld under 15 Sunshine Series Mountain Bike
2009 4th Open 2 Person Team 4 hour Weekend Warrior Endurance race Mountain Bike,
Kanungra Qld. Team Cognition Rodger Manning and Jack Jude
2009 Bushranger Club Champion.

Last Sunday I was awarded the Bushranger Club Champion Trophy, after a gruelling 2hr 30 min (approx 45kms) bash through Mapleton State Forest. This award was an accumulation of general participation and consistent race results in the Sunshine Series, Noosa Enduro and the Bushrangers own Rumble in the Jungle. Unfortunately I flat tyred at the 2009 under 15 State Championships at Rockhampton but fellow Noosa Trailblazers shone by winning their respective categories.

Nathan King won the under 13 Qld XC Championship and Nickolas Dodd won the under 11 XC Championship. Rodger Manning also fell prey to multiple flat tyres in “Rocky” so we’re both in the market for tubeless tyres. Until next time, Love the Ride.
Six Pack Jack.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Introduction to Jack Jude, Under 13's State Champion 2008, Our Sponsored Rider

Hi! I'm Jack Jude and this is my first blog for the new Cognition web site. I would first like to thank Greg, Greg, Mel and Andree, owners of Cognition for their sponsorship. My main aim is to keep you up to date with my busy cycling schedule. For those of you who are interested I'll cover topics such as results from Cross country MTB and road racing events, personal training programmes, latest equipment updates and forthcoming events.

Let me introduce myself, I'm a 13 year old Tewantin resident who attends year 8 at Noosa District High School. In the past I've enjoyed a sporting background which has included soccer, touch football and tennis but my real passion is mountain biking. My first real off road mountain bike adventure consisted of cycling down Spectator Track in Wooroi State Forest with my dad and a couple of my mates, when I was 8 years old. Back then I was on a 20" Huffy that was as heavy as. The thought of cycling up that track was not even on the horizon. As the years progressed and the equipment improved, I now enjoy all the technical challenges Wooroi presents.
Until next time, love the ride.
Six Pack Jack

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clearing 2009 Models at Some Great Prices

Come and check out the specials we have on our 2009 models. These include:
  • up to 50% off BMX - Eastern, Haro, Mongoose and KHE.
  • up to 25% off MTB - Malvern Star, Haro, Scott and Cannondale.
  • up to 25% off Road - Malvern Star legend series and Cannondale.
The sale is on now while stock lasts. Layby for christmas now, beat the rush and get some great savings, a 50% deposit is required on sale items.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

In Store Now.... The Tomac Carbide SL

Come and check out the light and sexy Tomac Carbide SL, this is the actual bike that was tested and reviewed in the September issue of Australian Mountain Bike Magazine. Supersports, the Australian distributors of Tomac asked the boys at Cognition to build it up for the review. Greg Pott, owner and workshop manager did a great job, with the bike getting one of the highest ever ratings of 9.1. This is another example of the quality of workmanship that comes out of Cognition's workshop and why they are known as the best mechanics on the Sunshine Coast.

The Carbide SL frame weighs only 2kgs with the DT swiss shock in the size Large frame so its light... very light. If you would like to check it out online, here's the link or better yet drop in and have a look.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sign Up For Noosa Trailblazers MTB Club

Cognition proudly sponsors the new Mountain bike Club located in the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. This club evolved from the regular 7am morning ride from Cognition. It developed into a "father and son ride"where a core group of about 16 riders would turn up every Saturday, rain, hail or shine, even in the middle of winter. However its not limited to guys only, they now have a "father and daughter team" joining the ranks.
Vice President of the club, Richards Dodds, said in a recent article in the Noosa Journal, "previously there were no clubs or organisations for mountain bike riding on the northern end of the coast, and none on the coast that catered for families with kids. So the owner of Cognition, Greg Long (President), Lester Manning (secretary) and I pushed around the idea of starting a MTB club." They have now become affiliated with the national governing body, Mountain Bike Australia, and thus the Noosa Trailblazers Mountain Bike Club was born.
The club is family-friendly, as the parents want to spend time with their kids doing something they all love however at the same time they are keen to see all riders join whether they have yet to start a family or their kids have already left the nest. The club is primarily a social group with some enjoying racing and competing in events that can take them around the great southeast. Richard and the club is keen to support these riders as it may lead all the way to the olympics.
Sign On : Sunday, August 23rd, 8-10am, at the bottom car park on Gyndier Drive, Tewantin. There will be a sausage sizzle too. For those who cannot make it membership forms are available from Cognition.

Thanks for the work at Trail Care Saturday 15th August 2009

Well done and a big thank you for everyone who turned out for Trail care last weekend. The large group worked on the track called "Snake", in Wooroi, Tewantin's State Forest under the guidance of the local ranger, Nat Smith. This shows with the community's help and the expertise of our rangers the trails in the forest will be fun and sustainable.
Local businessman and owner of Bike on, Roger Newton was there lending a hand as usual, he has played a large part in the continuation of trail care. The new mountain bike club, Noosa Trailblazers had a huge turnout of their members to help and get their hands dirty. Greg Pott, owner of Cognition was there enjoying the sun and making a rock garden for us all, trail riders to enjoy.
If you are interested in coming along to the next trail care day or would like to know more about the trails in Wooroi just drop into Cognition on St Andrews Drive and have a chat with Greg, Greg, Kim or Mel.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Noosa Enduro is over for another year....

The 2009 Noosa Enduro has been run and won!. What a fantastic day!. Congratulations to Hamish Elliot for a great race and his 2nd Enduro win. It was great to see Hamish and his Rockstar Racing team mates in Noosa again.

Team Cognition had a great showing with a first place in the elite teams division with Ian Cuthbertson placing third, Andy Fellows placing 7th and Clint Pearce (with a broken chain) placing 9th. Check race results here to see where you or your favorite rider placed.
Pomona saw some great weather though it was possible to find some wet sand which caused havoc to many drive trains. Chain suck was the order of the day and we had lots of riders in need of a relube at the 30km checkpoint 1.

(Team Cognition from the Left: Clint Pearce, Andy Fellows and Ian Cuthbertson)

It was great to see so many of our customers enjoying the day as they came across the finish line, Mel was there to catch as many as she could, check out the photos to see if you are among them, if you are not here yet, keep looking there are more to come.

A great day was had by all. USM put on another top event, the weather was wonderful, the venue had a good vibe and everyone had a good time. We look forward to Noosa Enduro 2010.

The RockShox SID Team Fork Giveaway
It was drawn on Wednesday 15th July at 11.00am at our shop in Tewantin.
We have a winner........Jack Jude from Tewantin, it's great to see a local rider win!!!.

Stand out Moments

Greg Long's : 1. Water Bottle hand off with Andy Fellows at the checkpoint 1- it was fast and clean.
2. This Photo of David Perrin, a local Tewantin rider, congrats David on your first 50kms.

Mel's: Standing at the finish line with my camera and catching the moment for so many of our customers and their supporters, it was great to see their smiles and looks of relief.

Thanks to
We at Cognition would like to thank the following people for their help on the day
Campbell from Kenda tyres, Bec and Rodney from Tomac Australia, Chris, Jane and Jack Jude, Rodger Pogson-Manning and a special thanks to Mel Tong, you are a legend!!!.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Welcome to Cognition

The Noosa Enduro is here. The track is dry(ish) and the race will be fast!.

Cognition is excited to be a supporter of the 2009 Noosa Enduro. We will have a range of products available as well as full mechanical support before and during the race. CHECK out your race kit to find the entry form into our RockShox giveaway, a RockShox Sid Team fork, valued at $1199!.

RACERS TO WATCH!- keep your eyes out for these fast ones.

Team Cognition- Elite Team of 3
Andy Fellows 2008 Enduro 2nd place
Ian Cuthbertson 2008 Enduro 4th place
Clint Pearce 2008 Enduro 1st Vet and 6th overall
These guys will be at the pointy end of the race and going quick- don't blink or you will miss them.

Rob Paksec and Scott Woodward - Noosa Single Speeders. 100kms on one gear! If these guys aren't on their bikes they are dreaming of riding.

Jack Jude and Nathan King- Catch them if you can and hang on! 50kms

Nick and Richard Dodds - 10kms father and son duo, and loving it!

Lester and Roger Manning - Super strong father and son team. 50kms

We hope everyone has a great race and lots of fun!

Check back regulary for more on....
Product reviews
and heaps more from the team at Cognition.