The New year for team torq starts with a bang


a week away at Mt Buller on a training camp with round one of the MTB national series on the end,
Its always good to go away & hang out with the team but this year s been a busy one with baycrits, the Jayco sun tour, & Road Nats certainly putting everyone involved at torq under pressure supporting the Huon Gensesey’s wealth pro road team with product & general support if they need it whilst away.

This year’s training camp was for a number of reasons, one just to catch up & have a bit of fun & hit some sweet trails but also to do some power profile testing, bike testing 29inch V’s 26inch, along with drumming fueling & nutrition into the newer members of the team with a few slides talking about training, training with power & the advantages of using a sram quark, how to analyzing it through training peaks courtesy of team mate & good friend (mark fenner “Fenz”) owner of FTP training & super coach.

Any team needs good support & without the hard work Monza imports did(cube, Sram, Lezyn, Garneau,) the testing of the bikes wouldn’t have taken place as they worked nonstop once back at work early Jan to make it happen, so massive appreciation to them from everyone in the team for the new bikes & all there hard work.
We were always a little skeptical regarding 29inch verses 26inch in apure XC format & thought certain alpine XC courses would still favor a 26inch bike. without going into all the details all I will say is that every rider that tested the 29inch at mt Buller against their 26inch smaller brothers, The 29inch won every time (up & down) so it was a no brainer most of the team who had them would race on their new cube 29inch frames, completely sram tricked out with xx1, carbon rise wheels, truvativ carbon cockpit & seat post, rockshox forks & avid brakes (Ohhhhhh so good & soooo light that’s all I can say) SDG duster saddles with Lezyne cages & conti race king tyres.

As a team owner some people might think a good team is measure by success, I have always believed in a great team creates their own success by their camaraderie & ability to enjoy what they do irrespectively of their results, we have been lucky over the years to have some very gifted individuals & the current rider roster is no different this week testing & racing has been an absolute blast with highs & lows as per any mtb race where things go wrong with a bling of an eye.

The team did great on day one in the xce (eliminator) through the mt Buller village with Katherine Oshea taking out the elite female, Emily Parkes in 2nd in U19, Nick Both 3rd in mens elite, Tristan ward 2nd & Tasman Nankervis in 4th in mens U19 & liam 3rd in U17
Day two xc, (cross country) Jack Haig came second in elite after stepping up from U23 just for the fun after his great success at rd nats with the huon genesis road team, Jason Lowndes 2nd in u23 in his best result at national level ever, Tristan ward 3rd in U19, Emily parks 2nd in U19 female, Katherine Oshea 4th in elite female & young liam Jeffries smashing the U17 (despite being only 14) superstar for sure & even smashed me up the mt buller climb in testing.

Final Day point to point race was a day of mixed results due to the normal mishaps, In elite Jack took it to Chris Jongewaard & led until the final few km where chris managed to just get past him before the final decent & beat him by 30 secounds. Emily Parks took out the U19 female & rode a really smart race. Liam came 1st in under 17 & smashed it, The rest of the team didn’t have the races they wanted but what was pleasing to see was all our riders still placed in the top5-6 throughout the weekend even after the normal mountain bike mishaps.
Thanks again to all our sponsors without your support the team wouldn’t function, big thanks to sram for all the support with the new bikes at Mt buller (luv ya work).

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