Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Worlds 24hr Solo Championships, 2010, Stromlo Canberra

Its less than 2 weeks away...... the biggest MTB race this year in Australia. For the time since it started 12 years ago, the 24 hours of Adrenalin World Solo Championships has finally left the shores of North America and come to Australia. CORC (Canberra off-road cyclists) have been awarded the rights to host the event. It has come to the right place with an aussie taking out the title last year (Jason English) and third place (Andy Fellows-Yeh!) and 2006 winner Craig Gordon just to name a few Australians competing this year.
Andy can't wait, just check out his blog and give your support. Greg Long and local customer Mark Whitney are so excited they have got track side tickets, to give Andy some local cheer and support.
Kim and Greg P, our mechanics have been working hard this week to get both of Andy's bikes race ready and they are now some mean looking fighting machines.
Cognition has brought the Worlds a bit closer to Noosa by running our own competition. Who will be the next World 24 hour solo champion? Come in and have a chat  while you fill out an entry form for your chance to win an $100 gift certificate at Cognition.Our money is on ANDY!

Boonah Marathon Results

The Sunshine Coast locals got awesome results on the weekend at the Boonah Marathon. They travelled to Boonah, south west of Brisbane to race in the 50km Lite course which included a mix of MTB bike trails, dirt roads and bitumen. It started at Boonah showgrounds and finished at the Wyaralong trails.
Local rider Dan O'Rouke came 2nd overall and first in his division (1:49:05) by only 5 seconds due to a last minute wrong turn. Jack Jude, riding for Cognition and Ay-Up lights came 2nd in his division (1:53:12) by 4mins and 12 seconds and came an awesome 4th overall. Jack is only 14 and was completing in the 18-29 division, this was an amazing feat.
David Whisker and Jack Jude
Our other riders were good friends Garth Kellett (2:03:00) and David Whisker (2:06:01) placing 6th and 10th respectively in the 40-49 division. Great results guys those training rides in the Noosa trails really paid off.

Jack on the podium -Well done Jack

Friday, September 24, 2010

Excellent result for the Sunshine Coast

(L-R) Connor, Daniel, Jack and Sam
The Sunshine coast time trial U15 team won 1st place at the State Championships last Sunday at Tent Hill Gatton. The boys previously did individual time trials and the fastest four secured a spot in the team. Jack Jude, Cognition's rider posted his best time and was second fastest on the day to gain his position in the team. In practice the team was averaging 45km per hour over a 10km distance, on a smooth road. However on the day at Tent Hill the course was very rough thus their average became 39.8km per hour this was enough to secure 1st place by 1 min 18 sec. When asked about the race, Jack's reply was "We had a great day and enjoyed riding together as a team"

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Melbourne welcomes the 77th UCI Road World Championships

What a great opportunity for Australia to experience an awesome event such as this!
The World Championships will lure many of the best international riders to Australia as this event holds a great deal of importance and prestige, second only to the Tour of  France.
The event will be held over 5 days of competition from 29th September to 3rd October and the competitors will include Elite Men and women and Under 23 Men's. Previous winners include: Lance Armstrong, Eddie Merckx, Greg Lemond Mario Cipollini and Australian Michael Rogers and Cadel Evans, current World champion.
This year there is a large field of Aussie riders trying to win on home soil, such as Cadel Evans, Michael Rogers and Simon Gerrans. Cadel has announced he is shaping up perfectly for the World Championships.

 It's going to be an exciting time in Melbourne, there will be a buzz in the air.
For all the information on this great event, click here

Go Aussies, ride hard and ride fast!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What a Great Ride!

I decided to go for a ride this morning so after the girls and I rode to school, I kept on riding. I ended up in Cudgerie Estate, on Trail 6 in the Noosa Trail Network after a ride through Black Mountain. It was really beautiful in there, the single track was twisty and rooty which helped with  practicing my tight cornering skills at speed. The air was fresh and clean from the rain and the birds were lovin' it. As I was taking in the forest, I wanted to share this with everyone, so I took some photos and as the old saying goes " a picture is worth a thousand words".
So if  you are looking at this and would like to check it out, come in to the shop and grab a Noosa Trail Network map and have a chat. We would love to see you.
Yours in Cycling
Mel Long