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Sydney 24 Hour

(the first 24 Hour MTB event in NSW)

22 - 23 May 2004

Some photos from the first Sydney 24 Hour, held at Dargle Farm near Windsor in Sydney's west.

I rode in a team of 6 for the event, the Tooheys Old Fellas, and we took it pretty easy. Plenty of BBQs and beers and relaxation between laps, and on Saturday night after putting in a night lap each, we watched DVDs by the camp fire on a laptop before settling in for a sleep while the serious competitors rode on through the night.

The course was only 10km long, but very tough for an endurance event. Plenty of tight technical singletrack (much of it through deep fine sand), one nasty climb that had most riders walking, and a tricky but super fast (if you were brave) descent near the end.

The weather was about as perfect as it could have been, and the race organisation was excellent. The event centre had everything from high speed battery charging, bike washing, plenty of food, coffee, live video feed from the course playing a big screen. There were live bands and DJs playing into the night. And even unlimited free hot showers available all weekend, how good is that!


PS: All photos were taken with a Canon IXUS 400.

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long7 Looking back at the event centre from out on the trail.
long4 The event centre on Saturday night.
long5 The event centre on Saturday night.
long6 Sunday morning arrived with a heavy fog.
img_0767 Sunday morning as the sun slowly filters throught the mist the race goes on, and for some it's been a long night...
img_0770 Coming down the chute out of the mist.
img_0773 Looking up through the camp site Sunday morning.
img_0774 The start/finish transition, Sunday morning.

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Text and photos by Chris Collier.

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