Over 100 competitors and a large number of spectators were out at the picturesque Golden Grove Orchards track for the second round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series. Golden Grove produces some of the best orange juice in the world as well as a great fun downhill track that is really good for spectators – being able to see about a third of the track from the grassed areas.
Live timing was again a hit, with riders and spectators crowding around to see if the next rider’s time on the big display would do better than the current leader. The live timing means the format was able to follow the World Cup format – qualifying was used to seed the riders in each category so that the fastest went down last, hoping to sit in the hot seat. After racing was done the top 30 riders were then sent back up the hill to do one more run – either for the spectators or to try shave another second or two!
Luke Ball was a hot favourite to take the win here however he unfortunately crashed trying a ninja line and was injured – heal up soon Luke! The track also claimed another podium favourite with Jordan Prochyra punching a tree and coming off second best.
Jacob Parker managed to stay on the bike (after a crash in qualies) and achieved the fastest time of the day and the win with a 1:50.305. Mitch Bryant was close behind with a 1:51.042 and third place went to Ryan Litterick with a 1:51.318.
Carl Pickersgill was fourth with a time of 1:52.509 and Ben Kinnunen completed the last step of the podium after a long absence with 1:55.479. In the Top 30 race runs Ryan Litterick went all out and took nearly a second off his previous time nearly catching Parkers race run. Rachel Gaskin was the winner in the womens field, hitting all the jumps down the bottom without a problem – you can see the BMX experience.
In the Juniors Bill Carruthers was the fastest again with a very impressive time of 1:56.679. The Single Crowners put on a tight competition with very little time differences between most competitors – with previous winner with Kose Michaelsen out due to injury the favourite was Graeme Adriaens. Graeme didn’t disappoint coming first with half a second to spare – 2:02.558.
The next round takes us back to a favourite – Nannup – at the end of May. The track is one of the state’s best with steep gradients, fast sections, good dirt and a relatively long run. Racing will not disappoint! Before this there is another Roller All Mountain event at Welli Mills to keep the gravity crew entertained. All information can be found at pdmbc.com
A barbed wire fence was waiting for riders that overshot the last high-speed loose cornerRiders waiting at the top of the hill Alex Jaeger throws down a little style for the crowds after a crash in his race runBernard Scott roosting hard Lawrence Healy Jamie ‘Ranga’ Dunlop keeping the 33 machine rolling after Jordan Prochyra broke his hand in practice Carl Pickersgill Bill Carruthers railing to first place in u19s Mitch Bryant The final third of the track overlooks the picturesque Chittering valley Oscar Buckle keeping it pinned on the single crown Mitch Monotti with a whipThe final straight was a fast, downhill fireroadJacob Parker staying low and fast for the win
Words : Sam Russell Photos : Sean Lee