Congratulations Bec and Dan McConnell

Tokyo Olympics here you come!!!

We are very proud to share the news that Rebecca McConnell will be the first Australian women to make three Olympic Games in cross-country mountain bike along with her husband Daniel McConnell who becomes the first Australian to make four Olympic Games in the same discipline.

Long time supporters of the Duo Classic will know that the Duo Classic was first run in 2012, to raise funds to send Rebecca (nee Henderson) to compete in the European race season in pursuit of securing Australia’s Olympic spot, and her own Olympic debut.  The Duo Classic is still run by Bec, in partnership with her mum Leanne and her brother Jack, and is still a contributing source of funding for her ongoing racing career.

About Bec
At 20-years-old, Rebecca made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  In 2013 she turned professional and won the Under 23 World Cup series.  Bec is an eight time Elite National Champion as well as a Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  
In 2016 she made her first Elite World Cup podium appearance at home in Cairns with an incredible 3rd place that she still considers a career highlight and later that year made her second Olympic Games in Rio 2016.  It was a race she would sooner forget. In 2018 Bec withdrew from the World Cup series mid season and took a three month break due to illness. 
In 2019 she returned to the World Cup circuit and rewarded her long term supporters with a 2nd place in the second round of the World Cup.  She made it to the podium again in the final round of the World Cup and her consistency over the season paid off with 5th place in the World Cup Overall and made Australian history at the World Championships becoming the first Australian to medal at the Elite World Championships with a Bronze medal. 
In 2020 she backed up these performances again with Bronze at the 2020 World Championships and showed that she is becoming a regular on the podium at the highest level.  
Tokyo will be Bec’s third Olympic Games.
Bec currently rides for the Primaflor Mondraker X-Sauce team based out of Murcia, Spain.

About Dan
Daniel McConnell began cycling at 13 years of age and made his first Australian Team in 2002. At the age of 23, McConnell made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games. Dan has been racing Internationally every year since 2002 and has made his life and career racing in Europe. 
Dan made his second Olympic team in 2012 at the London Games but his breakthrough came in 2013, when, in his first year as a signed professional, Dan won the opening round of the 2013 World Cup.  It was a phenomenal race and result and was the beginning of Dan’s consistent World Cup Podium results. 
In 2013, 2014 Dan finished second and third in the World Cup Overall series.  In 2014 Dan also won a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In 2016 Dan was in peak form for the Rio Olympic Games however a mechanical ruined his chances of a result on the day.
He is a nine time Elite National Champion and has represented Australia in16 World Championships.
Tokyo will be Dan’s fourth Olympic Games.
Dan currently rides for the Primaflor Mondraker X-Sauce team based out of Murcia, Spain.  

Dan races on Monday 26 July and Bec races on Tuesday 27 July. 

Visit the Australian Olympic Team site and the Tokyo Olympic website.
Visit the DUO CLASSIC WEBSITEUse the ‘contact us’ page on the website to get in touch.

Today’s Plan Training Recommendations

We are excited to have Today’s Plan on-board as a sponsor of the event. Today’s Plan provides a training system, coaching tools and analytics for athletes of all levels that integrates seamlessly with Garmin, Wahoo KICKR, Zwift, your power meter and heart rate monitor. Jesse Coyle, an operational coach at Today’s Plan, has some recommendations for you to prepare for the Duo Classic.

Today’s Plan Training Recommendation

The highest priority when considering the training you will do leading into the race is making sure you have a plan. The duration of your specific training will vary from rider to rider, some prefer a shorter 6 week plan while others may prefer to start specifically preparing from 12 weeks out. No matter how far out you start preparing be sure that you have an idea of how many hours a week you will be able to commit to training throughout that period.

Then take into consideration the race distance of your event; for riders doing the 75km race that is likely to take 4+ hours, therefore riders should focus more on muscular endurance, fatigue resistance and in-race fueling throughout their training. For riders doing the shorter events that will take less than 2 hours, training should be focused more around building power at threshold and ability to recover from hard surges in pace. 

When assessing your training (whether you are using a third party training plan or planning your own training) make sure you cover these three factors:

  1. Consistency– this is the most important factor in training. Make sure you are completing your training rides regularly. Use your planning to make sure you have time dedicated to ride at least once every 3 days. 
  2. Volume– it is necessary to hit enough volume (hours of riding) in your training week to week. For most riders you should seek to ride at least 5-6 hours per week as a training minimum
  3. Intensity– include a mix of intensities in your training. A MTB race covers a range of terrain, inclines, pace changes, etc, so it’s important to have well rounded fitness. Include separate rides spending time targeting the range of training zones from endurance riding, sweet spot/threshold, VO2max and anaerobic capacity. 

For those of you looking for a training plan to follow there are many options available within Today’s Plan, all of which sync. with your 3rd party apps and devices out on the trail. We also have a number of coaches on Today’s Plan that we can link you with to make sure you are ready for the Duo Classic. For a training plan suitable for indoor and/or outdoor make sure you have a look at Today’s Plan’s training plan system or contact Today’s Plan support with your goals and we can assist you further-

Mitas Announced as Title Sponsor

The Duo Classic welcomes Mitas Tyres as the 2019 title sponsor.  Mitas are proud sponsors of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series and World Championships and have generously donated a huge pile of mountain bike tyres for give-aways and podium prizes. Mitas tyres are used by many of Australia’s fastest riders including Australian Champion Brendan ‘Trekky’ Johnston and Luke Brame. 

Visit the Mitas Website

The Duo Classic is Back

After a 2-year hiatus the Duo Classic is set to return in 2019 – same great race, same great venue with a new time of year. Join us on Sunday 27 October and race with your mates on the awesome trails of Sparrow Hill and Kowen Forest in the ACT.  Put your old team back together or challenge your friends and family to team up and race. 

With a new category option of 75km as well as our original categories of 50km, 25km and 10km there is a distance for every rider.  Dont forget the kids race run at the event centre too.  

The new course is currently being set by Olympian and National Champion, Dan McConnell.  

Add the Duo Classic to your race calendar and visit the DUO CLASSIC WEBSITE for all the details and to enter via the on-line registration system.