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Hey All,

The big week in September (1 through 6 September) is getting closer! Who else is going to head to Canberra to check out the action?

The official website is here http://www.mtbworldscanberra.com.au,

and tickets go on sale on Monday through Ticketeck.
http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows...6-b14fce9c7f81

$50 clams for the weekend or $20 clams a day. Includes entry to the park, parking, shuttles up, down and around the mountain, buses to and from the venue.

Tuesday through Thursday will be free

4X Friday
XCO Saturday (Senior)
DHI Sunday

There are a bunch of other races and practice on from tuesday

Some big changes have been made to the bottom of the DH and the XCO has grown even more teeth (a new section is "the fang")

Can't wait (of course I do have a little bit to do with it ;) )
 

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Me me me!!!!

Im hoping to get Thursday/Friday off work and race the club race on the Thursday (is that still happening?). That will also give me a chance to get up there with my camera and take some nice shots while practice is on without having to fight the crowds.

Am looking forward to this.
 

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Participation races will be held mainly the week/weekend before I am afraid, at Sparrow and Majura in the main - so there wont be any "public" races on the Worlds course. UCI rules and once the worlds start the courses are under the control of the Chief Commisaire :nono: .

That being said all the courses not being used for the worlds are open and able to be ridden - so thats only about 40km of single track :)

There are plans for three big screens (with one half way up the DH at triple treat). Should be visible from the Hammer Head (XCO course too) so you shouldn't miss a thing!
 

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"... XCO has grown even more teeth (a new section is "the fang")."

BM, that is good to read. What part of the course is this "fang" at? Is it a brand new section or a modification to an existing part of the track? Has it been finished, and can I ride it tomorrow?

Warren.

PS, Please don't say it is at the top of Cardiac Climb just before the bridge ... because that is the bit I can do.
 

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Hi Wassa

it's not open yet, still in constructon phase. Should be completed in about a week.

The Fang comes off tiger snake (which is just after the luge/berm track). It will send rider pretty much straight down the hill to old duffy. There will be multiple line choices and could set up some interesting duel slalom type racing. It will allow those riders who are techinacally better than others to ge a bit of an advanage.
 

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Are there plans to have a bit more industry presence this year? I remember that being a bit of a talking point after last years WC round.
 

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There are plans to use the entire carpark for industry related displays, so yes there should be a large industry presence. The crit area will the national federation area and UCI staging
 

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BM, thank you. I'll go and have a look at the changes around Old Duffy Descent and take a few photos of the earth works happening.

Warren.
 

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If you stand on the flyover at old Duffy and look south, the new sections will be on your right about 150m south. Early stages but I think it looks promising
 

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BM, I went and had a look at the changes this morning ... some of the changes are very serious.



The new jumps and berm on the DH will blow people away ... if the cops put a radar on the new berm, in one weekend, the Territory could pay for the Worlds.

There were so many changes, I couldn't see them all in a morning ... and I had to check out Cardiac Climb again. I would hate to think one of my favourite tracks was becoming even more unridable with so many people examining it over the last few weeks. The wildness, remoteness and inaccessibility that's Cardiac Climb is CC's saviour, it appears. I was talking to the Park Manager and we are both big fans of XC.

Cardiac Climb. Go hard or go home ... just a small bit of track detail.



Warren.
 

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Estimates and preliminary timing on that bottom section (Wallaby Run/J-Walk) is that riders will be hitting the jumps ap at around 65-70km per hour.

That should allow them to keep plenty of speed through the final section!
 

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Estimates and preliminary timing on that bottom section (Wallaby Run/J-Walk) is that riders will be hitting the jumps ap at around 65-70km per hour.

That should allow them to keep plenty of speed through the final section!
In a word: awesome.
 

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SO i was out at Stromlo today and chatted to Glen while he was making changes to the 4X. They look great and add around 60M to the track. Better lines, bgger jumps, rock gardens and a whole heap log role overs. Added to that is a whole heap of new spectator points and mounds.

Its looking really good :thumbsup:
 

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Straight 1, 2, 3 and 4 have all been lengthened. The track is much more like it was intended to be

When the track was first constructed in 2006 not all the sol arrived in time...:madman: to cut a long story short Glen was not able to build the track he had envisaged. With a little more soil, some extra time I think we will see a really god track. From what I have seen I think this will allow for some really close racing and let BMX riders cross over...but not favour them. That said I think Gravey and Caroline will do really well on this track.

I will see if I can get some photos up in the next couple of days (or perhaps Wassa will get out with his camera - he takes some very nice shots :) )
 

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BM, Thank you. I've been taking shots as the 4X track takes shape. I was going to show before and after images, but it is all too exciting to wait that long ... so let's not wait.

Two Master track builders, discuss digging the dirt. Mr Glen Jacobs from World Trail and Mr Darren Stewart from Making Tracks.



When World Trail constructed Stromlo's tracks Darren was working for World Trail and at the completion of the project he stayed at Stromlo to look after the park doing track maintenance and track rectification and setting up his own company Making Tracks.

There is much digging of dirt. Looking back up the 2nd straight early in the reconstruction..



Looking down the 2nd straight during the reconstruction.



Maybe reconstruction isn't the correct word to use ... perhaps saying, finishing the build, is more appropriate.

At the end of the first straight, one fangs into the first berm ... "QANTAS 747 heavy, you are free to taxi to the second straight, hold short" ... this is a berm and a half.



When exiting the berm, notice to all pilots ... " Welcome to the second straight. You are now free to take off, please notify air traffic control when you are free of the runway." Jumping off a single story roof is less of a hazard and not as high.



"All passengers, this is your Pilot, please remain seated, we are expecting severe turbulence."



Warren.

PS, I shot these features with a 17mm wide angle lens, which has diminished the perspective. With correct vision, seen 101, these features are impressive. My shots certainly do not do the moguls justice.
 

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Looking back up the old 4th straight to the old 3rd berm.



The 4th straight today ... is hardly recognizable. Mr Jacobs said this evening, that I'd enjoy seeing the next two days progress because some big changes are going to be made. Well, I'm quite impressed with these little changes.



A few minor details. Did I mention that there are now rocks capping the 6th jump in the first straight? ... Mr Glen Jacobs hosing the dust off, prior to riders getting dusted off.



... and if you are thinking, "How can these rocks be any harder than the concrete like dirt at Stromlo?" ... the rock foundations have been burried deeply, so you wont be disappointed.



For the budding track builders out there ... a must have tool. A 500lt water carrier being escorted by Mr Simon Ford from World Trail. Simon mentioned that these bad boys tip-over often on only the gentlest of side slopes. A situation I can readily relate to.



Warren.
 

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Ace shots Warren.

I notice the dedicated 'inside line option' is still present on some of the upper corners. Maybe there are actual statistics but pretty much every race I watched there at last year's W.Cup round, whoever got the first inside RH corner won the race (unless they stuffed up later of their own accord). Whereas those that took the mega berms around the outside - even though travelling much faster - were losing a portion of time/distance on each corner. Maybe that's how it was supposed to work, but by finals time the race seemed to become "OK, if Jared wins the first straight, then he can lead for the whole race." Which was how it played out for Caroline as well.
 
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