English wins solo category at Jet Black 24-hour race

Hottest Sydney night on record forces some to change strategy

Despite Sydney suffering the hottest overnight temperature ever recorded, 350 mountain bike riders lined up at the start of the JetBlack 24 hour race at Wisemans Ferry over the weekend. Organizers added extra water stations with ice and sprays to keep the riders hydrated as temperatures rose over the 42 degrees Celsius mark.

The extremely hot conditions were not enough to stop two time World Champion solo rider, Jason English, from claiming his third consecutive 24-hr JetBlack title. English, from Port Macquarie, recorded 44 laps of the 9.8 km circuit at the Del Rio Resort. This race marked English's first 24-hour race after claiming the 2010 world title in Canberra in October.

This race turned into a a different sort of challenge to survive the searing heat. The Merida rider said he had never experienced such conditions and found himself changing his race plans.

"At one stage, I was drinking four bottles in an hour," said English, who was in second place overall after the first lap, but the four-man team of Czech riders, named "Bernard", was proving too strong.

"I was trying to race them for the first five hours," said English. "It was then I realized I had no chance.I thought I better be sensible."

A close race developed for the overall win. Four Czech riders Ondrej Slezak, Michal Kafka, Victor Svacek and Michal Burda were up against a team of two Canberra riders, Andrew Hall and Ed McDonald. The Canberra duo eventually finished one lap down and with 57 laps, putting them second overall.

The other solo men's podium places were decided in the early hours of the morning when Joe Johnston made a move which eventually gave him second. The Bowral rider recorded 40 laps, a remarkable result considering it was his first 24-hour race. Chris Mohen from Willoughby completed a respectable 38 laps and claimed third place.

The solo women's winner was Jac Kennett from Glenfield.

Full results

Solo men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason English (Merida Racing)44  laps
2Joe Johnston40 
3Chris Mohen38 
4Shane Taylor (Onya Merida)19 
5Jason Harrod4 
6Adrian Jones (Type 1)4 
7Gareth Stephens (Cunning Stunts)1 
Solo women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jac Kennett9 laps
Solo master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Clayton Locke36 laps
2David Whisker33 
3Trevor Fairhurst (InTrevenous)32 
4Ivan Chan (johnnielongpants)24 
5Tim Dobe11 
Duo women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1SuperBeeros36 laps
2Noodie and Crackers32 
Duo men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nerds on wheels57 laps
2Cool for Cleats48 
3Team Mick Mock43 
4Mumbles Racing Team21 
Duo mixed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1The Looney Cells26 laps
2Midnight Sun 213 
3Midnight Sun13 
Triple women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Newy Cogheads Torque Talk Torque18 laps
Triple men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dumplings36 laps
Four-women team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lap Hogs40 laps
2Newy Cogheads Talk Torque31 
3Newy Coghead Team Talk29 
4Newy Coghead Love 2 Torque23 
Four-men team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernard Riders58 laps
2Battered Savs55 
3Four Amigos54 
4The UGLies51 
5Cycling Central51 
6The Pool Cleaners45 
7Over the Hill44 
9Razorback acme Rockets42 
11Putt Putt39 
12The Jackson 436 
143 men and a potato28 
15Hayes Brakes28 
16White Noise26 
17Marshalls Newy Cogheads23 
19Marshalls New Cogheads 217 
Four-masters men team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Crankmeisters46 laps
2GO 4 IT40 
Four-person mixed team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Trihard48 laps
2Suprisingly Slow40 
3The Puddings37 
4Mixed up Rolex36 
5The Dodgy Kebabs32 
7yeah yeah23 
Four-juniors team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1The Beaches Bike Shops45 laps

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