April 14, 2009
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ROCKSTAR RACING is proud to announce their win at the gruelling 2009 MONT 24 race held at Sparrow Hill in Canberra over the weekend. With 450 teams racing it was the ROCKSTAR riders who finally claimed the win after an impressive 31 laps of the 18 km course in a total time of 24 hours and 12 minutes.
The first lap was not an ideal start for the ROCKSTAR team when a puncture caused a loss of six minutes to the highly competitive GU Team. It took the combined efforts of the three ROCKSTAR riders, Craig Gordon, Hamish Elliot Troy Glennan plus Matt Fleming (Clarence St Cyclery) to work throughout the night.
ROCKSTAR crew starting hitting up double laps and the pace intensified well into the night. As the sun started to rise, finally the ROCKSTAR riders scored a slim five second lead. As the riders changed back to single laps, the pressure intensified. Very soon the lead had blown out and with one lap to go the gap had stretched out to nine minutes. It was left to the former 24 hour Solo World Champion, Craig Gordon, to bring the team home strong. After a gruelling 24hrs of neck and neck racing Gordon crossed the line with a 12 minute advantage.
Along with the earlier puncture there were other challenges over the next 24 hours including night light problems and a cracked stem.
All the ROCKSTAR team rode strong with, Gordon riding a record of nine laps while the fastest lap of the event went to Hamish Elliot with 43 min 13 sec.
ROCKSTAR will line up next month in the Dirt Works and will then focus on returning for the Scott 24 hour in October to improve on their disappointment last year.
ROCKSTAR wish to thank team riders Craig Gordon; Hamish Elliot and Troy Glennan. Special thanks to Matt Flemming from Clarence St Cyclery for being part of the team. Special mention has to go to the ever professional and competitive GU team for making the race exciting both for ROCKSTAR and the fellow competitors. To all our sponsors and partners a big thank you.