Congratulations to our FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC rider Paul Van Der Ploeg! He won the FELT Alpine Assault 2011, Australia’s ultimate 100km Mountain Bike race. The race starts at Falls Creek and finishes 100km later in Mt Beauty after travelling through the spectacular Alpine National Park.
Paul came in first after 4:41:25 with an averagee speed of 21.32!
Hometown hero Paul Van Der Ploeg took out the rain-delayed 2010 FELT Alpine Assault Mountain Bike race in Victoria on January the 16th with a commanding ride through Australia’s southern alpine region. 130 riders took part in the event which was eventually taken out by Paul Van Der Ploeg in a time of 4:41:25, some ten minutes ahead of Phillip Orr who suffered the misfortune of a flat tyre putting to an end his chances of victory.
The Felt Alpine Assault was originally scheduled for the 12th December 2010, however severe weather conditions prevented the event from running. Heavy rain and flooding across the South East of Australia caused havoc with transportation and property in a range of areas.
Billed as Australia’s “ultimate 100km event”, race organisers Finishline Events built a course which would appeal to those riders with technical prowess. The downhill sections into Mount Beauty where described by riders as “epic”, and “very rewarding for riders with a love for downhill, high risk, all-mountain style riding”. The speed and nature of the downhill has many riders adjusting there bikes before the race to be more compliant over the bumps.
The race culminated with two laps of the Big Hill Mountain Bike Park in Mount Beauty. With the temperature now into the low 30s (Celsius) this took its toll on competitors. A 600m vertical climb over 9kms, riders had to ride this section of the course one-and -half-times, proved as tough mentally for many riders as it did physically.