6 Months of Nick Both


After what i'd call a successful National XC series it was time for a break to freshen up before the marathon season got into full swing.
Short course XC and local racing was keeping the legs and lungs in shape along with enjoying the autumn days out on the trails. A Choclate Foot 7hr on the famous "Tip Riders" trails of Taree was a real treat, taking a hard fought win in mixed pairs and still currently leading the series due to weather delays, the next round to be run on Aug 4th. But the days were getting shorter and so to the rides. Coming off a break it would have been a tough ask to "race" the early parts of the now defunct XCM series (RIP), so I didn't and instead, after getting sick and having more down time, turned my attentions to the new and improved, bigger and better Cyclocross CX National Series.

After doing a little more specific training this year, it's been a successful campaign thus far both from a personal, team and race format point of view. Personally I had a slow start but quickly recaptured the form of last campaign with two top tens and a podium finish from the first 4 rounds which has me sitting pretty in 5th overall with a round to run. I'll be looking to maintain this good form with the upcoming inaugural CX National Championships to be held in Victoria Aug 10th. From a team perspective it's been great to have solid representation most notably from Sarah Holmes who has been collecting consistent podium finishes, while Jack Haig and Katherine O'Shea have also made appearances despite the fact they don't have the specific bikes. This shows that anyone can come and have a go on any bike, being a format that everyone from elite to beginner can enjoy. The encouraging turnout has been bolstered by the local distributors who have taken on the 'cross specific product to support the local  market and are now being rewarded, helping to build the popularity. To these companies, thank you for helping to create something new and exciting.

During all this I was invited to be a guest in the Cycling Central Podcast just prior to the Tour de France where we discussed everything cycling in Australia. The success of Dan McConnell, the Orica-Greenedge line up and the local CX scene. You can listen here:
It was a great laugh and I hope to get back in the studio again later in the year.

Winter is slowly fading and so we'll see a rash of marathon events coming our way shortly. Firstly a team camp in Aug which will be a great opportunity to catch up with all the riders, many i haven't seen since March! Then for me, the Brownie Points Burner in Taree followed by the Kowolski Classic in the ACT, Cape to Cape in WA and the Highland Fling to round out the year. I may sneak a few other races in there too, we'll have to wait and see!

Nick Both
Team Torq

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