2021 Cloudride 1000 .. and they're racing!
A strong field of 26 riders heading out at 8:00am EST Australia tomorrow from Canberra on a 1000k off road epic that threads together some stunning riding through SE Australia.
Multi World 24H champion Jason English
headlines the start group but will have plenty of company and race pressure from past winner Paul Cuthbert , Anthony Newman [Cloudride Prologue 500 winner in 2020]. There's good depth of experienced riders right through the field which should result in a high finish ratio.
Rider profiles follow ...
Heath Wade 48 Yass NSW
BIKE: Trek Pro Calibre, HT 29’r
GEARS: 2 x 36/26 : 11/42 casette
SLEEP: Nemo Tent, Katmandu Bag, Neopro Mat
XC 24H: Yes
BIKEPACKING: Touring past 20 yrs, 2017 Tour Divide 4,400k 22days.
ULTRA ENDURANCE: Triathlon, Audax
Charlie Viney 40 Fairlight NSW
BIKE: Salsa Timberjack, HT 29’r
GEARS: 1 x 12
SLEEP: Nemo Tent, mat, Nemo Mat, Rab Bag.
BIKEPACKING: US Arizona Trail 1190k [slowly]
ULTRA ENDURANCE: Noose Triathlon, North Face Trail Run 50k
COMMENTS ‘like a Sloth’
Hieu Nguyen 47 Barrack Heights NSW
BIKE: Jamis Sport, rigid HT 29’r
GEARS: 2 x 10 34/24 42t casette
SLEEP: Nemo Tent, Mountain Design mat, Bag: Something from Ray’s Outdoors 3ºc
XC 24H: multiple convictions
BIKEPACKING: Rookie [Been on the bucket list since I saw the first Cloudride race].
ULTRA ENDURANCE: Rode my age 430km in 17hrs, multiple Max Adventure races
Triathalon: No, Asian’s can’t swim well I can but I choose not too.
Trail Running: No, these legs where not made for running
COMMENTS: I did win the Woodford to Glenbrook charity race but they mistook my name for a girl!
BIKE: Salsa Woodsmoke HT 29’r
GEARS: 1 x 33 9-46 Eagle
BIKEPACKING: Toured US Arizona Trail 1190k
ULTRA ENDURANCE: Noose Triathlon, Lots of Trail Running, UTMB, Ultra trail duMont Blanc 100 miles [37h:52m]
COMMENTS: motto / songs ... this is what you came for... and just keep swimming from finding nemo
Wes Whittle 40 Fairlight NSW
BIKE: Curve GMX+ rigid 29’r
GEARS: 1x 32 and 9-46
SLEEP: Mount Laurel Designs Superlight Solo Bivy Bag: S2S Spark III
Mat: Therm-a-rest z lite sol mattress
BIKEPACKING: 2019 Race to the Rock 3,000k
Ross Hamilton 32 Albury NSW
BIKE: 2010 GT Zaskar HT 29’r
GEARS: 2x 10 ? just pedal or walk.
SLEEP: SOL Emergency Bivvy Mont Bag, Mat; Hotel or no sleep strategy
BIKEPACKING: Cloudride 2014, 2017, 2019. Prologue 2020, 2021. Honeymoon NZ bikepack, 3,000k [still married]
ULTRA ENDURANCE: Audax, Adventure Race: Murray Marathon 2005-2009 full distance, Upper Murray Challenge, Mars Challenge, Bogong to Hotham on xc skis in 9 hours plus ‘lots’ of marathons.
Paddy Howlett 45 Erica Vic
BIKE: Salsa Fargo rigid, 29’r
GEARS: 1x - 48
SLEEP: Big Angus Fly Creek 2. Bag: S2S Spark SP 2 Mat:0
BIKEPACKING: Hunt 1000. 2019 Tassie Gift [600k DNF]
2019 Round Denmark Bike Race 2000km
Adventure Race: Yes
BIKE: Triton Custom Ti MTB rigid 27+
SLEEP: Homemade Silpoly Tarp Bag: S2S Micro III Mat: Thermarest NeoAir X-Lite
BIKEPACKING: 2016 Race to the Rock 2,000 DNF, Tour Divide 2017 - 8th overall, 1st SS