Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jack's Road Season has Started!


Well the MTB scene is going off! Saturday morning rides from Cognition have been exceptionally well supported with nearly 40 riders lately. WOW! This is quite an amazing roll up considering 2 years ago Dad, myself and Jackson Thorn were the only three riders for the first few weeks. Richard and Nicholas Dodds were soon onboard and we've grown from strength to strength ever since. The tracks in Wooroi have been very wet lately which has necessitated some Timbeerwah Look Out/ Cooroy Mountain return rides. Although these rides do not improve your MTB handling skills you can certainly work on your aerobic fitness. (silly single speeders spin session).

For those of you who cross train on road bikes you’ll probably know that the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club road season is underway. Seb Vejby, Rodger Pogson-Manning and I as pictured, all time trialed well enough to make “B” Grade. Rodger saddled up on Greg Long’s new GEARED steel road bike to post a very impressive time trial and placed 7th in his first Crit race at Lake Weyba circuit. Last weekend was the 2nd race of the Road season at North Arm. This was my 2nd hit out in “B” grade. Jimmy Thompson and Sorren Vejby were amongst the competition in the 40km road race. Restricted gears for me, being under15 means a max roll out of 6 metres. Try it one day and you’ll know how I felt when it came down to the final uphill sprint finish. I placed 4th and was very pleased with my performance. Next week is a Junior Carnival at North Lakes, Brisbane, so it’s early nights, lots of pasta and spin training for me this week. Safe cycling!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another Win For Andy- Congratulations!

Andy has arrived home happy with another win under his belt. He has just completed the Bike Buller Festival on the weekend at Mt Buller, located in the Victorian high country. With 400 riders, a great resort and clear skies, the atmosphere was pumping. Andy loved the venue and recommends the tracks, with one a 13km trail descending down 1100 vertical metres from top to bottom.

The event was broken into 3 stages over 2 days:
1. Saturday morning: a 25km XC race around the village- Andy came 1st.
2. Saturday afternoon: The Super D- a 6km XC downhill course that drops over 500 vertical metres. Andy came 1st
3. Sunday: a gruelling 50km XC race to Mt Stirling and back - Andy came 2nd by 24 seconds.

The overall results were Andy in 1st place with a time of 4: 21: 18 averaging a pace of 20.21km/hr followed by Murray Spink 4 minutes later and Grant Lebbink taking the final podium position.
Tory Thomas won the open females convincingly followed by Louise Cook and Liz Smith rspectively.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Up and Coming Events with Cognition

March is a bumper month for cycling with Cognition and the Sunshine Coast. With the start of bike week on the 13th March, we are having a general overview bike maintenance class at the shop then the following Saturday, 20th March Greg will be presenting a hands on class on how to fit a flat. We are asking for the participants to bring their own bikes to practice on and build confidence working on their own trusty steeds. This workshop will include 2 free tubes but be quick to sign up as this class will be limited with numbers due to the hands on and practical nature of the workshop. Check below for dates and times.

In the week following Bike week, there will be an awesome opportunity to learn from an elite world champion, Andy Fellows with his 'Advanced Skills Clinic' at Wooroi State Forest . The duration of the course is 4 hours and will be ran over 2 days, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th March from 4pm-6pm. Each participant will receive personalized instruction from Andy and a show bag to take home. The cost is $100.00 plus $15.00 MTBA day license (if you do not already have a license). This clinic will be limited to 6 people so if your keen, register your interest.

Workshop 1: Saturday 13th March 2-4pm, Cognition, St Andrews Dr, Tewantin
Workshop 2: Saturday 20th March 2-4pm, Cognition, St Andrews Dr, Tewantin
Skills Clinic: Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th March 4-6pm, Day use Area, Wooroi State Forest, Tewantin.

For all enquires please call the team at Cognition on 5474 0677 or email at

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sunshine Coast Bike week Saturday 13th March - Sunday 21st March

the combined support from Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Bicycle Queensland, the Sunshine Coast regional Council is staging some great events in Bike week, 13th-21st March, 2010. It will be a festival of all things cycling.....from learning 'How to Bunny Hop a Log' to a Bike Maintenance Workshop. There is Ride to work day (Thursday 18th March forTewantin and Nambour) and National ride to school day (Wednesday 17th March) to be involved in. For more details on Bike week and other ongoing cycling activities go to . The team at Cognition are supporting the council with 2 bike maintenance work shops. The first is theory based and will give you the basics you will need to start looking after your bike and the second is a 'hands on' practical so the next time you have a flat you have the confidence and speed to get back on your bike fast. Greg Long, Co-owner of Cognition, an easy going industry trained mechanic and a well experienced rider knows his stuff and is looking forward to meeting you. All activities are FREE!
Please call or email Cognition on 5474 0677 or