2014 Desert Warriors

No.

Name

Gender

Age Grp

1

Bill

Somerville

Male

U50

2

Andrew

Griffiths

Male

50+

3

Rick

Neale

Male

U40

4

Bronwyn

Stephens

Female

U40

5

Ben

Hew

Male

U40

6

Michael

Chidgey

Male

U30

7

Brendan

Smith

Male

50+

8

Owen

Mandry

Male

U30

9

Lynton

Stretton

Male

50+

10

Garry

Davis

Male

50+

11

Graham

Hancox

Male

U50

12

Adam

Iannos

Male

U40

13

Jason

Morrison

Male

U50

14

Leon

Malzinskas

Male

50+

15

Rodney

Edwards

Male

50+

16

John

Allison

Male

50+

17

Maria

Hamelink

Female

50+

18

Martin

Havlicek

Male

U50

19

Dave

Holley

Male

U50

20

Bruce

Wood

Male

50+

21

David

Wighton

Male

50+

22

Anthony

Duff

Male

U50

2014 Race Reports – Day by Day

The 2014 Desert Challenge Event is currently running (From Tues 30 Sept to Sat 4th Oct)
Daily Results are posted below.

Trackers

You can track the location of the Race Director.

Click here for Race Director’s location (Alan Keenleside)

The ‘Classic Route’ 2014
This route features challenging sand dunes in the first few days and then traverses salt lakes, the petrified forest, mud flats, gibber plains the the iconic old Birdsville Track.
Day 2 has always been the heart breaker in previous years due to the punishing sand dunes but riders have also been caught up later in the event with sticky mud, strong winds, and the unrelenting pounding crossing the gibber plains.

Simpson Desert Bike Challenge Route

Day 0 Date: Mon 29/9/14

Riders, Crews and Officials have assemble at Purni Bore without incident. All ready for the big day tomorrow.

Unfortunately a couple of scratchings before the start

  • Owen Mandry
  • Lynton Stretton

Day 1 Date: Tues 30/9/14

Daily roundup:

Stage 1:
The riders were off at dawn with plenty of enthusiasm. The morning stage took the sting out of the fresh legs but most riders made it into the lunch stop.
Stage1 win was a shared by No6 Michael Chidley (youngest) and No20 Bruce Wood(oldest) both cruising over the line together.
2 riders snaffled by the sweep before lunch…No14 Dr Mal and No17 Maria Hamelink.

Stage 2:
The afternoon stage was brutal….40 degree plus temperatures and strong head winds decimated the riders. Only 9 riders finished the afternoon stage with the rest of the field swept.
Line honors were taken out by No1 Bill Somerville.

Tonight riders are licking their wounds, and hoping for more moderate weather tomorrow.

Expected weather tomorrow looks slightly cooler at 35C with continuing headwinds.

Stage 1.

1st: (20) Bruce Wood
1st: (6) Michael Chidley

Stage 2.

1st: (1) Bill Somerville

Daily Placings

Placing

No.

Name

Distance

Time

%

1

1

Bill

Somerville

126.6

7.21 100
2

20

Bruce

Wood

126.6

7.32 100
3

6

Michael

Chidgey

126.6

7.32 100
4

13

Jason

Morrison

126.6

7.46 100
5

11

Graham

Hancox

126.6

7.47 100
6

16

John

Allison

126.6

7.58 100
7

22

Anthony

Duff

126.6

8.40 100
8

18

Martin

Havlicek

126.6

8.56 100
9

2

Andrew

Griffiths

126.6

9.18 100
10

5

Ben

Hew

117.4

9.16 93
11

4

Bronwyn

Stephens

113.4

8.06 90
12

3

Rick

Neale

107.4

7.09 85
13

10

Garry

Davis

107.4

8.05 85
14

19

Dave

Holley

107.4

8.26 85
15

15

Rodney

Edwards

107.4

8.31 85
16

21

David

Wighton

104.4

8.28 82
17

7

Brendan

Smith

98.2

7.10 78
18

12

Adam

Iannos

92.4

7.16 73
19

14

Leon

Malzinskas

66.8

5.26 53
20

17

Maria

Hamelink

50

4.25 39
DNS

8

Owen

Mandry

-

   
DNS

9

Lynton

Stretton

-

   

Day 2 Date: Wed 1/10/14

Daily roundup:

Stage 3:
The wind picked up overnight and it was decidedly on the nose. With the start of the ‘widow maker’ Day 2 Stage 3, the Race Director wisely advised all but 4 support vehicles to stay back in the rear convoy, with the likelihood they’ll be picking up their riders.

As is often the case when expecting the worst, things can be ‘relatively’ better. Cooler conditions allowed riders to work a harder without getting overheated and generally the feeling was that it was easier than yesterday afternoon.

Line honors went to veteran No1 Bruce Wood, and the last in before the sweep was No4 Bronwyn Stephens… a great effort.

Stage 4:
The afternoon stage had a surprise bonus with part of the track being freshly graded! But wouldn’t you know it, riders still complained about the headwind.
Peletons formed as riders headed into the strong southerly wind and then broke up as the route turned east onto the smoothly graded track.

First over the line was No1 Bill Somerville with No5 Ben Hew being the last in before the sweep.
8 riders were swept in the afternoon stage.
No7 Brendan Smith had a hard time yesterday and missed the morning stage today. He rose to the occassion though, and was able to start and complete the afternoon stage. A good recovery and hopefully the demons are behind him.

The travelling circus is running well with all performers in good health. Riders are settling in and generally getting the job done in the cooler conditions. Tomorrow also forecasts cooler conditions in the mid 20s but the SE wind continues.

* It should be noted that No2 Andy Griffiths (Grim) still hasn’t felt the sting of the Sweep yet, but there’s still time.

Stage 3.
1st: (20) Bruce Wood
Stage 4.
1st: (1) Bill Somerville

Daily Placings

Placing

No.

Name

Distance

Time

%

1

1

Bill

Somerville

255 14.59 100
2

20

Bruce

Wood

255 14.57 100
3

6

Michael

Chidgey

255 15.17 100
4

13

Jason

Morrison

255 15.42 100
5

11

Graham

Hancox

255 15.58 100
6

16

John

Allison

255 16.0 100
7

22

Anthony

Duff

255 17.32 100
8

18

Martin

Havlicek

255 17.53 100
9

2

Andrew

Griffiths

255 18.27 100
10

3

Rick

Neale

235.8 16.00 92
11

10

Garry

Davis

226.4 16.48 89
12

19

Dave

Holley

212.4 16.21 83
13

4

Bronwyn

Stephens

207.4 15.51 81
14

5

Ben

Hew

206.8 16.04 81
15

15

Rodney

Edwards

189.7 15.13 74
16

21

David

Wighton

184.7 15.3 72
15

12

Adam

Iannos

162.4 13.16 64
18

7

Brendan

Smith

147.6 10.45 58
19

14

Leon

Malzinskas

108.1 9.1 42
20

17

Maria

Hamelink

91.5 8.05 36
DNS

8

Owen

Mandry

-

   
DNS

9

Lynton

Stretton

-

   

Day 3 Date: Thu 2/10/14

Daily roundup:

Stage 5:
It was a cool, calm start with winds picking up during the day. The big surprise today was that the dune crossings have gone, graded out and smooth!(although starting to reform). Peletons formed around the salt lakes and riders settled into a new rhythm.
Rider 16 John Allison put in a strong effort to take out line honours for the morning stage followed by (1) Bill Somerville and (20) Bruce Wood coming in equal 2nd
(4) Bronwyn and (5) Ben finished together as they have found a common pace.
(12) Dave Holley was last in to beat the sweep

Stage 6:
No 11 Graham Hancox put in a huge effort riding off the front of the pursuing peleton to win the afternoon stage. The chasing peleton started with 5 riders, then 4, then 3 with the final 3 (1) Bill, (20) Bruce, (6) Michael all coming in equal 2nd.
The terrible twins (4) Bronwyn and (5) Ben finished together just before the sweep. Bronwyn had a sore knee and was riding one legged she claimed… but was still able to keep up with Ben.

Riders are getting fatigued and sore spots are starting to develop.
No14 Dr Mal pulled the pin today as he struggled with lack of form.

With only 2 minutes between first and second, there’ll be blood spilt yet.

Stage 5.
1st: (16) John Allison
Stage 6.
1st: (11) Graham Hancox

Daily Placings – Day 3

Placing

No.

Name

Distance

Time

%

1

20

Bruce

Wood

381.4 21.46 100
2

1

Bill

Somerville

381.4 21:48 100
3

6

Michael

Chidgey

381.4 22:08 100
4

16

John

Allison

381.4 22.51 100
5

11

Graham

Hancox

381.4 23.09 100
6

13

Jason

Morrison

381.4 23.36 100
7

22

Anthony

Duff

381.4 25.03 100
8

18

Martin

Havlicek

381.4 26.46 100
9

2

Andrew

Griffiths

381.4 27:47 100
10

3

Rick

Neale

362.2 24:59 95
11

10

Garry

Davis

352.8 26.08 93
12

19

Dave

Holley

338.8 25.12 89
13

4

Bronwyn

Stephens

333.8 25:52 88
14

5

Ben

Hew

333.2 26:05 87
15

21

David

Wighton

311.11 24.58 82
16

15

Rodney

Edwards

307.7 23.57 81
17

7

Brendan

Smith

274 19:38 72
18

12

Adam

Iannos

255.5 20.58 67
19

17

Maria

Hamelink

166.8 14.30 44
20

14

Leon

Malzinskas

108.1 9.01 28
DNS

8

Owen

Mandry

-

   
DNS

9

Lynton

Stretton

-

   

Day 4 Date: Fri 3/10/14

Daily roundup:

Stage 7

A flat run today with mild temperatures. A bit windy in the morning calming later in the day.

A flat course changes the dynamics of the group and the placings changed a bit today.

First past the post was (13) Jason Morrison followed in equal 2nd by (20) Bruce, (1) Bill and (6) Michael.

(15) Rodney Edwards (riding a thin bike) was last in before the sweep.

(6) Michael had a major mechanical problem when his bottom bracket self destructed. He managed to grind into the lunch stop but when dismantling his bottom bracket discovered mostly metal filings.

A plethora of bush mechanics rushed to his assistance when it was discovered that his ‘press fit’ bottom bracket was not very common and not readily fixable. Running repairs to the bike included incorporating other bearings, spacers and bolts to recreate something resembling a bottom bracket.

Stage 8

The afternoon stage was a fast and easy 40k with southerly winds assisting as the riders headed north on the ‘inside’ Birdsville Track. Track conditions were good with a few gibber stones hardly unsettling the composure of riders.

Line honors went to (22) Anthony Duff followed by (1) Bill (20) Bruce and (13) Jason in equal second.
Michael headed out with his newly created bottom bracket, but unfortunately it didn’t really hold together well and required regular ‘adjustments’ throughout the stage as it threatened to unassemble itself and fall off. Amazingly Michael finished only 7 min behind the 2nd bunch.

A little jostling was going on between 1st and 2nd places as there was only two minutes between them. But (20) Bruce covered every move that (1) Bill made, maintaining his tenuous lead.

(10) Gary and (2) Andy were last in before the sweep with lots of time in hand.

Race Director, Alan Keenleside has been competing in the SDBC for the past 5 years and won the event in 2009. He has taken a big step this year in taking on the role of Race Director and says he has really enjoyed the challenge and the experience of getting the travelling circus from one side of the Simpson Desert to the other. He’s done a great job and really deserves our thanks. Birdsville will be time to celebrate for riders AND Race Director.

The riders will be into Birdsville by lunch time tomorrow so expect to see some final results about mid afternoon. Note: celebrations may delay communications to the outside world.

Stage 7.
1st: (13) Jason Morrison
Stage 8.
1st: (22) Anthony Duff

Daily Placings – Day 4

Placing

No.

Name

Distance

Time

%

1

20

Bruce

Wood

509.9 28.29 100
2

1

Bill

Somerville

509.9 28.31 100
3

6

Michael

Chidgey

509.9 28.57 100
4

16

John

Allison

506.9 30.00 100
5

13

Jason

Morrison

509.9 30.15 100
6

11

Graham

Hancox

509.9 31.30 100
7

22

Anthony

Duff

509.9 32.12 100
8

18

Martin

Havlicek

509.8 35.19 100
9

2

Andrew

Griffiths

509.9 37.06 100
10

3

Rick

Neale

490.7 33.57 96
11

10

Garry

Davis

481.3 35.27 94
12

19

Dave

Holley

467.3 33.34 92
13

15

Rodney

Edwards

436.3 33.10 86
14

7

Brendan

Smith

402.5 28.10 79
15

5

Ben

Hew

398.7 30.36 78
16

21

David

Wighton

389.8 30.48 76
17

4

Bronwyn

Stephens

387.5 30.17

76

18

12

Adam

Iannos

298.1 24.33 58
19

17

Maria

Hamelink

254.8 21.35 50
20

14

Leon

Malzinskas

108.1 9.01 21
DNS

8

Owen

Mandry

-

   
DNS

9

Lynton

Stretton

-

   

Day 5 Date: Sat 4/10/14

Daily roundup:

Final Placings

Placing

No.

Name

Distance

1

20

Bruce

Wood

587.6
2

1

Bill

Somerville

587.6
3

6

Michael

Chidgey

587.6
4

16

John

Allison

587.6
5

13

Jason

Morrison

587.6
6

22

Anthony

Duff

587.6
7

11

Graham

Hancox

587.6
8

18

Martin

Havlicek

587.6
9

2

Andrew

Griffiths

587.6
10

3

Rick

Neale

568.4
11

10

Garry

Davis

559
12

19

Dave

Holley

545
13

15

Rodney

Edwards

514
14

7

Brendan

Smith

480.2
15

5

Ben

Hew

476.4
16

21

David

Wighton

467.5
17

4

Bronwyn

Stephens

465.2
18

12

Adam

Iannos

375.8
19

17

Maria

Hamelink

332.5
20

14

Leon

Malzinskas

108.1
DNS

8

Owen

Mandry

-

DNS

9

Lynton

Stretton

-

Category Placings

Male U40    
Place No Name
1 3 Rick Neale
2 5 Ben Hew
3 12 Adam Iannos
Male U50    
1 1 Bill Somerville
2 13 Jason Morrison
3 22 Anthony Duff
4 11 Graham Hancox
5 18 Martin Havlicek
6 19 Dave Holley
Male 50+    
1 20 Bruce Wood
2 16 John Allison
3 3 Andrew Griffiths
4 10 Gary Davis
5 15 Rodney Edwards
6 7 Brendan Edwards
7 21 Dave Wighton
8 14 Leon Malzinskas
Female U40    
Place No Name
1 4 Bronwyn Stephens
Female 50+    
1 17 Maria Hamelink