Team Robotunits – Gravity 12hour Mountain Bike Enduro Race

We here at Robotunits take our work extremely seriously. Everything we do is based on our core values.

–       Fast & Direct

–       Solution and Goal Orientated

–       Honest & Open

–       Fun & Friendly

All these values are very important to us here at Robotunits. We believe these are the foundation to our customers as well as our own success. Lately we have been expanding some of those values outside of our normal working hours. We decided to put together a team to ride in the Gravity 12hour Mountain bike Challenge. The idea was to open it to our employees as well as suppliers and customers. It was all a bit short notice but a team of four was quickly found with Adam Elford, Paul Brauer, Grant Tartaro and myself up for the challenge. We even managed to get in a few training rides in the weeks leading up to the event. So on Friday the 1st of February, building of conveyors and other equipment here in our factory was scaled down and race preparation was all the rage. We arrived in Bright mid afternoon, set up our site and went straight for a training ride to check out the course. It all looked easy enough and we where confident for the race. Saturday morning it was all game on. Adam Elford was our first rider and all though he got caught up in the middle of the field after a hilarious “Le’mans” start managed to crank out one of the fastest laps of the day. I followed after Adam and managed a respectable time also. So did Paul and Grant. After that it was all getting a bit harder. First Adam had a flat about 500meters before the finish line and had to run to hand over to me. I quickly made up for some lost time only to loose front wheel grip about half way around the course. I rode the bike back in agony and still managed to limp back in a respectable time. Unfortunately my race day was over. So Adam, Paul and Grant stepped up and rode extra laps to make up for my misfortune.

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In the end Adam did 5 laps, Paul and Grant did 3 each and I did only 2. With all that we came home 12th out of 18 Teams of Four. We thought that was mighty respectable for our first race entry especially seeing that there have been professional Team entries from Bicycle Superstore and Torque.  All in all, we accomplished our mission to have a lot of fun. My hand is almost back to normal and my rip will be fine again soon. We are already thinking of entering some other races and we will definatly be going back to compete again in the 2014 Gravity 12hour Mountain Bike Enduro Race. If you would like to join us please let us know. The more we are the more fun we’ll have.

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