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I Recently Raced Round Two Of The Gazebo Series Held By Geelong Mountain Bike Club At The You Yangs.
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This is a three hour, multi-lap enduro where the majority of the race is held after dark. In this instance, I can’t stress the importance of quality lighting for mountain bike racing, as it’s a discipline that requires 100% concentration and a lot of nerve to race on ever- changing terrain, this being particularly so after dark.
With thanks to Full Beam Australia, I was fitted out with three high quality, race ready Cycling lights. Namely the Trail LED Halo 6000 Lumen helmet light, the Full Beam Fusion Speed LED 3000 Lumen bar light, and the brand new Nite Flux Red Zone 8 tail light, strapped to the seat post.
As the race commenced, I settled into a consistent rhythm, probably going a little harder than I would have liked, but pre race nerves had the bunch really putting the power down early. The hot conditions were really felt during this time and I took on a lot of water and electrolyte as the sun was setting. .
As the race wore on, my pit crew, led by Anthony from Full Beam Australia let me know I was sitting at about 30th of approximately 70 riders. Not a very encouraging sign, however I knew the early pace would leave many tired along with the fact that I was carrying some significant light power that was sure to advantage me once darkness set in- approximately twenty minutes from this point. .
If you’ve ever been in the Australian bush at night you will know that it is a very dark place and the silence is absolute. At the half way point of the race, I clicked on my three lights and the trail lit up quite literally like it was daytime. At this point I picked up the pace and made it my objective to begin reeling riders in. .
As the final hour approached, my pit crew reliably informed me I was now sitting in twentieth place, an improvement of ten riders in a couple of short laps. It was encouraging, but still nowhere near the top ten finish I was hoping for. It was now or never. I concentrated on making every corner as fast as I could, the lights blaring into the darkness, allowing me ample time to prepare myself for the coming obstacles.
With good race preparation and the excellent lights, I finished in 9th place. In the last forty minutes, I had overtaken eleven riders. This excellent outcome is testament to the lights from Full Beam Australia. The Fusion Speed LED combined with the Halo from Trail LED delivered exceptional run times, along with a smooth beam and incredibly wide beam pattern and impressive throw. Quite simply there was no one on the trail that had the quality of lighting that I did with the Full Beam and Trail LED combination. This allowed for some great vision without dark spots appearing on the track. Very confidence inspiring. After the race a number of riders were asking what sort of lights I was running. .
Back off the racetrack, I use the Fusion Speed LED and the Nite Flux Red Zone 8 tail light every day on the road bike. They have not failed me once and I simply can’t emphasise the importance of good quality lighting for vision, but more importantly for safety.
Anthony De Leo at Full Beam Australia has provided phenominal service; standing behind the great products they offer and will always provide a fast response to my enquiries. This has not only been my experience with Full Beam Australia, but the experience of my friends as well. .
We are there you race mountain bikes or simply commute to work, good lighting is essential. Check out the range at www.fullbeam.com.au it’s great to support an Aussie company.
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