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    Introducing.... In the Chumba Corner

    James Maltman

    All the riders were talking; it had been over a year since James had raced in his hometown. After winning the Australian under 19 series in 2006 James had been snapped up by a UCI team and raced 2007 abroad. Having finished a disappointing (for his standards) sixth at the 2007 World Championships, after escaping from hospital a few days prior, nobody knew what he was up to for the 2008 season.

    With only a week to go before the first round of the State DH series, rumours began of having seen him out at the XC championships on a bike with a weird down tube. Come race day on Sunday, the 230 strong field of riders was abuzz with sightings of James on board a new bike. As the day progressed it became obvious, James had been snapped up by Chumba and he was there to race.

    For those who have never had the privilege of watching James ride he is one of the most ďexcitingly scaryĒ riders to watch come down the hill and is entertaining to say the least. It looks like he doesnít have any traction, his wheels are either skidding under brakes or sliding under power on the way out. Itís like he is on a 250cc dirt bike with the throttle stuck wide open.

    Come qualifying it was official, he was definitely pinning it today, James had qualified second behind race favourite Lindsay Klein. Now some of you might be thinking, thatís nothing, its only a state round, but this just happens to be the state that produced Jared Graves, Nathan Rennie, Chris Kovarik, Mick Hannah etc - it's full of very quick riders!!

    For the finals the majority of the crowd made their way about 1/3 of the way up the track were there was this nice little drop. The best line meant that you were un-sighted until after you had left the ground and this section had been claiming riders all day long.

    It was here that the crowd new that James had won, he hit this section so fast that he dropped to within about 50cm of landing to flat, and had disappeared in a pile of dust through the trees to a huge roar from the crowd. Lindsay came through not long after but he just didnít seem to be carrying the same speed through this section.

    15 minutes later at presentations, it was then in Ink. James had taken the win on his Chumba Racing EVO.


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    nice story and cool pictures

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    Very cool!
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    That is awesome ! Thanks for the post :-)

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    Good stuff!

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