Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Results are in!!

Firies beat coppers! Colin Dick comes away with fastest lap time of the day.
Congratulations Colin!

For all the results of the Noosa 000 12hour MTB Challenge please follow these links.

For Team results

for Solo results

Thanks to everyone and Great Job!
The great photos couresty of Kerry Clarke.

The Team at Cognition

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mud, Mud and more Mud!

We love seeing a mud covered face with a big white toothy grin....and we saw heaps of them on Saturday at the Noosa 000 12hour MTB challenge. What a day! You would be hard pressed to recognize your own brother or sister, everyone was mud from head to toe.

I heard one rider singing 'hey hey we're the monkeys' as he was leaving transition.

The race was on. With the week before giving us lots of rain the course was sure to be muddy. The first lap saw the closure of the 300m of single track and thus taking out the slippery climb after. Around midday, the race organisers shortened the lap by four kilometres putting everyone into the driest part of the course. The day brought more rain and more mud and more fun. At the Cognition tent, we were kept on our toes with a constant stream of shifting issues and Worn out brake pads, its no secret that mud is bad for your bike! By mid afternoon the organisers decided to call time at 5pm, giving everyone the chance to clean up in the light of day.

The 000 12 hour is a fantastic event supporting an equally fantastic cause. It was great to see so many out on the day supporting the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. Such an event does not happen without the help of volunteers. We would like to thank those who took the time to help. The SES for being out in the weather all day as Marshals, the Noosa trailblazers for helping with registration, timing and the setup and take down of the Cognition tent(we could not have done it without you) the PnC of the Pomona and Federal state schools for the canteen and the likes of Mark Whitney who I saw standing in line for the hose to clean the bikes of his mates who were racing...things like this went on all day.

We had lots of fun and will definitely be back next year.....
stay tuned for pictures of the fun filled, muddy day!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Noosa 000 12hr Mountain Bike Challenge Saturday 17th April

The wait is almost over... its this weekend that you can challenge yourself either solo or in a team on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We have been out on the trails and they are looking good if a little wet but what's a mountain bike race without mud, a bit of blood and whole lot of sweat. The single track through the forest will test the riders who attempt it with speed, negotiating the slippery tree roots without taking down a tree or termite nest will be a test. There is a wicked fast track just before you get back to the gate (1st part of the course) this is where you can gain some time. The second part of the course has it's own obstacles with a large muddy bog and several water bars to manage. These have proven difficult for some. Know your limits and take care and you will have a blast.

Cognition is proud to be a sponsor of this great and worthwhile event. We will have a workshop tent there, manned by the best mechanics on the sunshine coast, the four of them will either be at the tent or racing on the course.

The camping and transition area is large and will accommodate campers as well as displays from some suppliers from the cycling industry. The local schools P & Cs will be catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday while there is local restaurants and take away's for Friday night or sunday morning. You can choose from Mannies (pizza and pasta), The Rock n Roll Cafe (60's style of burgers and fries), Chinese take away, Indian Restaurant(sit down only), local pub bistro and the Mountain Stop Cafe.
It could be a great weekend away or a great day of racing if you are local, whatever your fancy if you love mountain biking this is a great way to spend your day.
Register now , why wait just click here

Monday, April 5, 2010

Well Done Guys... the results are in!

What a weekend of riding. Both Andy and Robbie did a fanastic job in the 2010 Australian Solo 24 Hour MTB Championships. Andy came first in his age group and second overall. Andy finished with 45 laps under his belt with the next two competitors finishing with 41 and 40 respectively. However the real race was between Andy and Jason English both eager to come away with the national jersey. It was with 3 hours to go that Andy put a move on, Jason immediately responded with a 27.30 minute lap to cement his lead and eventually pull out the win. Over the 24 hours Jason's average speed was 17.37 km/hr and Andy's was 17.05 km/hr - very close.
Robbie's successfully achieved his goals of 30 laps and qualifying for the worlds solo championships in October. He came 7th in the single speed category and 55th overall with an average speed of 11.35 km/hr. Robbie wanted to thank his good mate Ado from Dirt Works for great race support, all the single speed crew from Mal adjusted and Cognition for flawless bicycle performance. Great job guys, love your work. For all results click here.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Luck Andy and Robbie 2010 Australian Solo 24hr Mountain Bike championships

This Easter weekend both Andy Fellows and Robbie Paksec are heading down to Majura Pines Canberra to compete at the championships. Andy has already qualifed for the Worlds this year but Robbie is there to get qualification into the single speed category.
Andy has 20 riders in his division of Male 25-29yrs but his main competiton will be Jason English (2009 24hr Solo World champion)and John Blankenstein both in the male 30-34yrs divison. Both Jason and Andy have qualified for the worlds to be held later in the year at Canberra however there is still a few prizes up for grabs. 1st place not only receives the Australian Solo 24hr MTB Champions jersey awarded by MTBA, free entry to the 2010 world solo 24hr championships plus a complete solo pit row fit out including a marquee, power, lights, table and chairs, flooring and heater (and a bit of cash thrown in as well).
To keep an eye on the results on to the Australian Solo 24hr Mountain Bike champions website or watch here for the results. Its going to be interesting.

Farewell to a Great Aussie Champion- James Williamsom

By now the cycling community not only in Australia but the world has learnt of the tragic death of James Williamson, 2008 World Solo 24 Hour Champion. We at Cognition felt it was important to say a few words in respect of such a great rider.

James died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday night in South Africa after the 2nd stage of the 722km Adsa Cape Epic. Originally from NSW Southern Highlands, James moved to Canberra to study jouralism and public relations at the University of Canberra. While there he raced and trained with many of the local riders as well as giving up his time to coach the junior riders of the area.

His love of mountain biking and just being on his bike lead him to complete and win many endurance races and eventually becoming the editor of the Enduro Magazine. The year he became the world solo champion was the year he beat Tinker Juarez, the US favorite and lead a line of aussies onto the podium with 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th places going to the aussies(James Williamson, Jason English, Mark Fenner and Jeff Toohey- a sunshine coast rider and friend).
A post mortem examination revealed a serious undiagnosed heart ventricle problem that was a genetric condition. This was not caused by his riding if anything his fitness kept him stronger.

From all accounts James was a extremely well liked and respected man with many contributions going out to him, Such as the up and coming Australian Solo 24hr MTB championships this Easter weekend, riders will wear black memorial armbands.
Amazing man, amazing life, someone who will be sorely missed..