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August 4, 2011
HEIGH HO SILVERS: FSGT Danny Bretherton, who won a silver medal in the senior mixed team
and, right, FSGT John Samin who won silver in the men's 40 team.
Photos: WO2 Mick Patman
A SPECTACULAR event that is all the rage in
Europe will be on show if the ADF mountainbike
(MTB) championships go ahead in November.
It's called Cyclocross and it's a mix of road and
The bikes more closely resemble road bikes
(no suspension, drop bars, big wheels) but the
race is run on a short course that has mud, sand,
gravel, tarmac and even obstacles like small fenc-
es that most have to dismount and run over.
It is much more of a spectator sport and is
massive in Europe, Belgium in particular.
"For 2011 it is only a social event and so we
will not be crowning a Defence champion," organ-
iser FLTLT Brendon Mulloy said.
But he said if it proved popular, next year it
would be a fully fledged event.
FLTLT Mulloy also predicted that last year's
downhill champion, LAC Alex Wruck, might have
some concerted opposition this year.
"I know some of the Army guys are into the
gravity scene," he said.
for MTB titles
A TERRIBLE reality faces fans plan-
ning for this year's ADF mountainbike
(MTB) championships scheduled for
Canberra from November 7 to 11.
Unless someone can be found to
serve as a medic, there will be no titles.
Having been in a similar situation
last year, organiser FLTLT Brendon
Mulloy is optimistic.
"I have a few leads for medical sup-
port that I have to chase up," he said.
But he is also pragmatic.
"Medical support is essential for
the championships. We would have an
uphill battle to convince the Australian
Defence Sports Council to allow us to
run the event without it.
"We need a medic for immediate on-
site treatment. The nature of MTB racing
means the majority of injuries are minor
but when a big crash happens you need to
be quick with the response."
Last year, medical support for the
championships came from 19 Chief
Engineer Works at Randwick but it was
a close-run thing.
FLTLT Mulloy had lined someone
else up but that fell through.
"I spent much of that Friday [just
before the event started] facing the
spectre of cancelling the championships
but one of the guys from 19CE hap-
pened to call me and we got chatting."
If someone is found this year, this
will be the third year the titles have
been run at the Stromlo Forest Park
complex in Canberra.
Last year, there were 50 riders from
Air Force, Navy, Army and APS. It is
hoped that number will more than double
RAAFies scooped the pool last year,
winning both male and female titles in
One person who said he definitely
hoped to be back is LAC Alex Wruck,
of Canberra. Last year LAC Wruck won
the male four-cross championship and
the downhill championship -- so he has
two titles to defend.
He can also offer a very considered
view on why it is so important to have a
medic on hand.
LAC Wruck broke the big toe on his
right foot last year while he was train-
ing for the downhill, which was to be
held the next day.
"I was going through a section
called Triple Treat, which is a series
of three large jumps in a row," he said.
"On the second one the wind caught
me and turned me sideways. I tried to
straighten up and almost got there but
the ground came up too quickly and I
landed foot first, toes to the ground."
A medic was on the spot to check
him out and told him to go to Duntroon
for an X-ray. That confirmed the med-
ic's fears: the toe was broken.
"Thanks to some ice, a night's rest
and a good strapping, I was right for
After the titles, however, the injured
champion spent some time recuperating
with his right foot in a moonboot.
LAC Wruck has seen his share of
injuries. Most are scrapes, there is the
odd broken arm, once he was at an
event where someone crashed into a
barrier and was speared in the leg with
a star picket.
"It's always good to have someone
there just in case," he said.
For more information, contact FLTLT Mulloy
INTRODUCING THE LATEST CRAZE
PAINFUL MEMORY: LAC Alex Wruck spent some
time hobbling around at work in a moonboot but it
was no laughing matter when the dual champion
broke his toe in a crash. Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
NEVER mind Scotland the Brave.
Edinburgh is probably still buzzing
with talk of the mighty Australian
Three Air Force players were part
of the Australian team that returned
triumphant from the touch football
World Cup in the Scottish capital in
Australia claimed five of the
seven divisions to win the World
Cup, and three Air Force players col-
lected silver medals.
FLTLT Brad Squires and FSGT
John Samin were in the men's 40
team that lost to New Zealand 4-5.
FSGT Danny Bretherton was
in the senior mixed team that went
down to New Zealand 6-7.
SQNLDR Cliff Winnett and
SQNLDR Ken Gilbert also partici-
pated as referees.
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