We’ve got a great little sale on right now. From high end Fox Forx for $700, to stems, bars and all kinds of other bits and pieces. Come check out the Great Wall of Sale, and you’re guaranteed to save a fair bit of cash. Why? Because we’re trying to make a bit of space in preparation for our big move down the road in July. If we sell it now, we won’t have to pack it in July. Everybody wins.
Here is a great update on our Team Wembley Cycles, Specialized, Mavic, Delta Automation rider Reece Tucknott. As you’ll see, his racing is going from strength to strength. We couldn’t be happier to be supporting this great young rider, and the rest of his team mates.
Reece Tucknott – U19, Perth, Western Australia.
All Mountain Cup 3, Bright, VIC, 15-17 March, 2013
Coming away from Nationals three weeks earlier I knew I had a lot to work on to improve my position within the highly competitive U19M XCO field. Within the two and a half week period before my flight I concentrated on my mtb skills and improving my fitness; especially my mental capacity to concentrate for close to an hour and a half at threshold. Hopping on the plane on Thursday morning I felt better prepared then I was at Canberra and knew that I could gain a few places within the field.
Thursday’s exploration ride led us to riding part of the Point 2 Point course to be raced on Sunday, which in my eyes and a few others was one of, if not the best part of the whole 27km course. Not having been in the Alpine region since Mt Buller the year before I was blown away by the scenery and outlooks that we saw just on the drive in to town, yet alone the parts we saw on the bike on Thursday!
Friday was the first day of racing consisting of the XCE (Eliminator), but first in line was some practice laps of the XCO course of which the steepness was a bit of a shock but none the less very good. Having sessioned a few different lines with Cam Ivory (On the Go Racing) it was time to head home and prepare for the Eliminator which was just across the river from our front door. Smashing out the Time Trial placed me 15th in Open Men allowing me to qualify for the knockout rounds which were quite interesting. Progressing through the quarter final using a few track racing tactics I was unable to progress through the semi final to the main final leaving me to race the small final in which I wasn’t able to roll Tristan to finish in 2nd place for U19 and 7th overall.
In the XCO on Saturday we had a mass start with Elite and U23M which was good experience but gave me a lot of work to do. I rode with Felix Smalley for the whole race battling for 4th but on the last lap he attacked me on the descent and I was unable to keep up being pushed back into 5th at the finish. Coming out on Sunday for the Point 2 Point I was pretty pumped after such a good result in the XCO. Especially compared to Canberra which gave me a good grid position in the mass start as I was up in third. Riding with Tasman Nankervis I was having a really good battle until I overcooked a corner and hit a tree losing Tas’ wheel and holding fourth for the rest of the race.
Both incidents happened on the descent which showed me that I still needed to work on my descending skills as my climbing had improved since Canberra but
the descending hadn’t quite followed in the same
footsteps. When reviewing the weekend during the car
trip back to Melbourne with Dad and Jimmy on Sunday afternoon I felt very happy with the improvements I had made since Canberra but I knew there was still areas to improve on if I was to have a crack at the podium at Oceania’s.
Oceania Championships, Hobart, TAS, 30-31 March, 2013
I had one and a half weeks to increase my descending speed to that of a downhiller (maybe not quite that fast, but not far off) which I believed was possible. On the Sunday before my flight I went and rode a loop we call Old Faithful with a focus on smashing the descents and I rode one of the more technical descents, what I believe, is the fastest I have ever ridden which installed some confidence as I knew that I was improving. I believe that one of the most important parts to improving your cycling is to recognise where there is a weakness and work on this rather then only training to your strengths, I mean, how will you get faster if there is always something holding you back?
Practicing the course on Thursday led me to believe that while the course was good I thought it could be harder, but as the weekend progressed I found that the degradation of the track was actually to the betterment of the course and I loved the powder on the descent! My favourite part of the course on the Thursday was a massive kicker that was towards the end of the lap, with an almost vert ramp to a steep trannie it was a perfect dirt jump but to my dismay the course officials bunted it off for the race.
UCI points were up for grabs at this event. We had a separate start from the Elite and U23M start which was good as it allowed me to have an even playing field when it came to the start. A strong start put me into 6th position, riding with Scott Bowden who was in 5th although he took off on the second lap and I knew I couldn’t sustain that pace for the rest of the race. Neither could Scotty, who also had some mechanical issues, which allowed me to start pulling time back on him. After he had a stopover in the Tech Zone I passed him on the fourth lap, only to be attacked on the single track climb. He was flying and I knew I had to stay with him and held his wheel until the top of the super steep fire road where he had a gear slip and I was able to get past where I put the pressure on.
At Bright I got attacked into the descent and lost a position by not being fast enough but this time I had the upper hand and was able to ride super smooth and super fast down the descent to put a gap into Scotty by the end which I maintained on the flat coming into the finish line. I was really happy with 5th position overall and 3rd Aussie over the line as it shows how with the right mind frame and lots of effort you are able to gain six spots and a few minutes over the course of 5 weeks.
While I may not have got a podium spot I was still extremely happy with how I performed and the close race that I had with Scotty. To wrap up an awesome weekend I went and rode the North South track after bowing out of the Eliminator. North South was rad, a 55 minute climb to the top with Ben Comfort where we met up with some kiwi’s and then a 35 minute descent back down. This is one of the best tracks I have ridden; definitely up there with Rotorua, New Zealand.
I would just like to thank John Carney and the boys from Wembley’s, Specialized Bikes, Troy from Shimano, Dion from “4 Shaw” and Adidas Eyewear, and Big Daz from “Shotz” for their help.
We’ve got a few pairs of the 2012 S-Works Road shoes going cheap. Once $399, now you can get the second best road bike shoe in the world for $250. As always, first in, best dressed. Call or email for sizing and colours.
If you want the latest and greatest 2013 S-Works road shoes, we’ve got those in store as well. Be warned though, once you try them on, you won’t want to take them off.
If you’re the owner of a mountain bike with SRAM BB30 cranks, then this is the mini tool you NEED. The Topeak Mini 20 Pro has a 10mm Allen key that can tighten up those cranks if they ever come loose on the trail. It also has all the other bits including a chain breaker, to make it one of the best mini tools a mountain biker can have.
We’ve got a great deal for those of you who need new lights for those early morning rides. These Serfas True 500 lights once sold for $160, but now you can get them for $130. Charge them up through a USB cable or wall socket, mount them on your handle bars or helmet. Everything is supplied in one convenient box. In store now.
In honour of Specialized’s Test the Best program finding a permanent home in Western Australia, we’ve been given the go ahead by the boss man to offer some cool incentives for people wishing to buy Specialized Epics in the month of March. It just so happens that Wembley Cycles loves the Epic so much that we’ve got 24 of them in the shop right now. That’s right 24. We also have our own Epic (and Stumpjumper) test fleet that people can demo in their own time.
So, here’s the deal.
- Buy any Epic Comp for $3499 and receive free entry into 3 of the Singletrack Minds, and our usual 3 Years of Complimentary Servicing.
- Buy any Epic Carbon – Comp, Expert, Expert Evo, or Marathon, receive free entry into all 5 of the Singletrack Minds Races, and our usual 3 Years of Complimentary Servicing.
- Buy an S-Works Epic and receive all of the above plus a free Garmin 800 bundle. And yes, you can upgrade to the Edge 810, for a small fee of course.
If you’d like more information about the Singletrack Minds race series, check the link below.
The first Test the Best event will be taking place from 8am to 12pm this Sunday the 10th of March. It will be held @ Langford Park MTB course in Jarrahdale. Bring your drivers licence. Credit-card and your riding gear (helmet, shoes, clipless shoes and pedals). If you know your seat height from your current bike, let the staff know and they’ll set it up for you. Wembley Cycles staff and team riders will be there to set you up and help answer any questions you may have.
FINE PRINT. This offer is whilst stocks last, and will run until the end of March 2013. You snooze, You lose.
Due to unprecedented demand, our service department is currently booked out for the next two weeks. At this time, we can only take bookings as we do not have the space to store every bike due to be serviced. We don’t mind if you drop it in a day or two prior to your booking date. And like always, we promise to have the work completed by 4pm on the day your bike is booked in.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. It means a lot that you want us to work on your bike, and we don’t want to let you down. We are working hard to maintain a high level of quality work on your precious bikes. Our concern is that if we are forced to rush through work to accommodate everybody, we will turn out shoddy work and customers won’t come back, or even worse, get injured. We pride ourselves on being willing to work on all types of bikes. On any day the work stands can have $50 bikes and $10,000 bikes being worked on right next to each other. It is our hope that our focus on quality workmanship will make your wait for a bike service worthwhile.
If you’d like to make a booking, we can be reached in many ways.
Phone: (08) 387 3708