EVENT: MTB CARNIVAL 2015 AND OCBC NATIONAL XCO AND DH CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVENT: MTB CARNIVAL 2015 AND

OCBC NATIONAL XCO AND DH CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE WHO'S WHO IN XCO, DOWNHILL AND MTB MARATHON FOR 2015!

 

 

IT'S THE CARNIVAL!

The MTB Carnival 2015 was a little different from previous years'. It had evolved. Along with the usual marathon race, it also co-hosted the National Championship XCO and Downhill races. With 3 races all happening on the same day, this year's MTB Carnival had a lot more action going on. Bikezilla soaked in the action-packed Sunday and came back with some inference. We also have the race results all condensed into one page. Read on for our views and race results.

The daybreak at Lor Asrama felt the same when our car drove in to unload our supplies. It was going to be a long day ahead, so we loaded ourselves with lots of food and drinks, some tools, bikes and cameras. The tents for the racers were erected at the same spots as last year. The time keeper used the same shed for their work and the starting point for the race was also where we last remembered it to be. It seemed like we were going to repeat what we did at last year's MTB Carnival. Bikezilla had the privilege to be a media partner for the day's event as well as a chance to mingle in some marathon race action.

 

 

 

EVOLUTION OF A EVENT

This is the 9th Edition of the MTB Carnival. A lot had changed since its early days. 3 years ago, it started using Lor Asrama as the venue. And for the first 2 years, the marathon race route was similar with an addition for timed Enduro sections in the second year. Besides that, the route remained largely unchanged for the first 2 years at Lor Asrama. But the race route and terms evolved this year.Instead of the previous 8-hour marathon, it is now changed to a 6-hour race. There are a lot more single track sections and the race route felt completely new. In fact, under the searing sun and vast landscape of Lor Asrama, the race route felt tougher than the previous year to many. The Fox Hole Run section was used for the National Championship Downhill race, and that too was a very well-designed race course. 

As the time drew near for the downhill practice and race, the downhill racers and supporters moved en masse for Fox Hole Run. And that left the marathoners and XCO riders at the Team Area. 

To those who visited the event during the afternoon, it looked like this year's carnival had a smaller turnout, but it was not really the case. But then, there were a marked difference in the number of participants for the marathon race. Many of the riders had to give up the marathon race in exchange for the National Championships. But some riders did make time for both the National Championship XCO and Downhill as they were held at different times.

In our opinion, we felt that holding the National Championship races on the same day as the marathon did drew away some participation from both sides. It would have been more challenging should they be held on different days.

And being the greedy minds that we are, splitting up the National Championship races and the marathon would also mean more events for us to go to. 

 

 

 

 

DID WE HAD FUN?

All said, everybody still had tremendous fun! The XCO/marathon race route and downhill course was well designed. The addition of more singe track was a brilliant move. The venue has so much memories from regular/repeat racers. And MTB Carnival had became an informal annual meet-up for the MTB community. The retailer booths was (in our opinion) more interesting from previous year's with demo bikes from some booths and a rock & sand strip for bike testing – coutesy of Specialized and Tay Cycle. The event wrapped nicely with a group of happy winners. Congrats to all the winners at the races! We look forward to seeing all of you (and those who has not joined before) to join in the MTB Carnival 2016. Meantime, stay cool with some ice-cold herbal tea and start training for the next carnival!

 

 

 

 

EVENT PHOTOS

 

For the full collection of photos, check out this 3 parts: MTB Carnival 1, MTB Carnival 2, MTB Carnival 3

(ED: We post almost all the photos in our photo gallery so that all riders have a chance to find their shots. While some shots may not be as good as we wanted it to be, it's the moments that counts. Do check out our photographers' pick from the lot in imagery soon)

 

 

RACE RESULTS AT A GLANCE

 

XCO – Mens Juniors 

FIRST: SURAPOLCHAI BANGTHONG 

SECOND: MR. NOPPARAT PHIROMRIT

THIRD: MUHD AIDIL

 

 

XCO – Mens Masters 

FIRST: BRIAN JOHNSEN 

SECOND: TAN YEOW CHUNG 

THIRD: NG KIM KWEE

 

 

XCO – Mens Open 

FIRST: TIM WILKINS

SECOND: MOHD RAZIF

THIRD: MUN YONG LIANG

 

 

XCO – Womens Open 

FIRST: YI LIN PHANG

SECOND: MARIE PETTERSSON 

THIRD: GAN CHEA HUI

 

 

XCO – Youth 

FIRST: EDMOND CHEW HAO WEN 

SECOND: ABU HUDZAIFAH BIN MASNAWI 

THIRD: RYAN CHUA

 

 

XCO – Mens Super Masters 

FIRST: JESPER AHLSTROEM

SECOND: PAUL CUMMINGS

THIRD: FREDERIC SCHAAF

 

 

DH – Mens Open

FIRST: TAN HONG CHUN 

SECOND: IRVIN TAN 

RYAN MATTHEW PEREIRA-CLARKE 

 

 

DH – Womens Open

FIRST: NUR NASTHASIA NADIAH 

SECOND: GAN CHEA HUI 

THIRD: CHUA SEOW HUAY JESSLYN

 

 

DH – Mens Super Master

FIRST: NURHAKIM HUDRI 

SECOND: MOHD GHAZALI BIN MOHD SELEM 

 

 

DH – Mens Master

FIRST: HERMAN ARSEK 

SECOND: WEE CHONG YAW 

THIRD: TAN SOON SOON 

 

 

DH – Mens Junior

FIRST: MUHAMMAD RASUL BIN ABU BAKAR 

SECOND: MOHAMAD SHADIQAPUTRA BIN MOHAM SAHR 

THIRD: MUHD ROZAINI BIN JAILANI 

 

 

DH – Youth

FIRST: SYAZWAN MOHAMMAD 

SECOND: RAZZAQ LATIF

THIRD: ZZADNAFF ABDUL QUSYAIRI BIN A MANAF 

 

 

XCO – Fat Bikes Open

FIRST: LEE W AI HOONG

SECOND: TAN SOON TIANG

THIRD: AMRIL ROSMAN BIN PUNARI

 

 

MARATHON – Mens Solo

FIRST: RANDOLF ANDINO 

SECOND: MUHAMMAD HAIRUL NAZW A BIN DOL

THIRD: PHILIP ROUTLEY

 

MARATHON – Womens Solo

FIRST: LUI LAI HAN DENNEX 

SECOND: PRUDENCE RADISH ROBERTS 

THIRD: CHAN TSE CHI GRACE

 

MARATHON – Men Duo

FIRST: MELVIN TIMOTHY KOH-KENNY NG 

SECOND: QUENTIN CHEHAB-FELIX AUSTIN 

THIRD: LOH SUR YONG STEPHEN-TOMAS MARTIN 

 

 

MARATHON – Mixed Duo

FIRST: JASON YEO-CHEONG SU LIN ANGELA 

SECOND: SIVANESAN S/O GANABATHY-FOO YAN CI 

THIRD: MARIA GRACHELLE ALCANTARA-KRISTOFFER ALLAN BACCAY 

 

MARATHON – Mens Quad

FIRST: MOHAMAD NAZRI MAN-MUHAMMAD FADLY-YUSUF MISRON-RICHARD DANKIN SENERES

SECOND: WILCO STAVENUITER-DESMOND SEETOH DAH MUN-KEITH CHRISTOPHER GOLDFINCH-ANG CHEAA YEENG

THIRD: MICHAEL GEOFFREY WOOD-DAVID GLENISTER-MATTHEW JOHN NUNN-LUCAS ANDREW STEWART 

 

 

MARATHON – Mixed Quad

FIRST: ZHANG TINGJUN-CHIN MUN LEONG-HUANG JIA HAN-TEE CHEE HAN

SECOND: BOEDI ARJANTO-SUBAKTI WANGSANEGARA-INTAN YULI FRANSISCA-ERWIN KOE 

THIRD: NICK HO-TAN XIN YI-YANG SIHUI-TAN XUE LING SERENE 

 

 

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