This one’s going to be more of a ‘Movies for your Monday’ kinda deal. Pete Harmsen put together some awesome daily highlight videos from the event down at the Kellevie MTB Park in Tasmania. After our week of road racing in Launceston, Tas (@tasman_nan) and I drove down to Hobart to stay with FTP coach Nick Morgan for a couple of nights before the Hellfire Cup started. The two days of fun MTB riding and exploring Hobart was a much needed rest, stopping at coffee shops and trying to remember how flat bars and fat tyres worked.
The rest of the Torq/Merida MTB Team arrived on Wednesday, and we got settled in to our cabins at the Airport Caravan Park. Next year we will have to look at camping at the event… the atmosphere at the event village had me dreaming of drinking beer and sharing stories from the day before heading to bed in a tent under the stars (or in the pouring rain). This was the fourth time the Hellfire Cup has been run, and Duncan, Sarah, and the rest of the crew really put on a fun event. With seven (+1) stages over four days, it’s a lot of starting and stopping with the races vary from 3km to 40km, and racing as pairs gives a unique and fun aspect to the race… as long as you get along with your partner! Luckily Tas and I have spent a fair bit of time travelling together and help each other when the going gets tough!
Thanks for reading and enjoy the highlights.
Well done to everyone who completed the event and also everyone who made it happen. I’ll definitely be back for the next edition, keep an eye on the Hellfire website for updates because I hear it will be even more of a party next time.
The other Torq/Merida riders are Holly Harris (@hollyharris_7) and Kathryn McInerney (@kathryn_mcinerney), Ben Metcalfe (@bennymetcalfe) and Mick Harris (@mick_harris98). Here’s some of the team’s equipment for the week and throughout the year:
Motion custom cycling kit and clothing
Merida Bikes with Ryan and Tas on the Big Nine Team hardtail, the rest on the Ninety-Six Team full suspension bikes
Torq Nutrition products, Grapefruit energy drink and banoffee gels are the favorites
Bicycle Centre retail stores for local support for each rider
Mitas Tyres Scylla and Kratos
Sram XX1 Eagle drivetrains and Rockshox suspension
Met Helmets rivale
Adidas Eyewear Zonyk Aero Pro and Evil Eye Half Rim
FTP Training for coaching
Flight Centre Active Travel for flight and travel bookings