Inevitably when you think of Canberran downhill your probably thinking of Mt Stromlo. Well, a week or two ago I was asked by CORC if I would like to come down and shoot a few photos and write a story on club round they would be having at a place called Isaacs. Club racing is not something I usually do, now its not because I don’t like it, infact thats far from the truth its’ because usually there is some larger form of racing going on a Sunday. Having looked at my calendar there was a 12hr on Saturday but Sunday was free. I knew it would be hard backing up a more than 12hr day with a early morning drive from Sydney to Canberra but I’m sure glad I did.Over sleeping the mark my the slightest touch, I still managed to get to Isaacs with ample time left in practice.
I’m going to put this out there, why isn’t this track in the state series? Ok, I later found out it was the usual bureaucracy gone mad but seriously this place had it all technical off camber, jumps to berm, natural features, flat corners, drops and it was steep to boot ! Of course there were B lines but that didn’t stop most guys having a go as is the essence of club racing. Whilst there were those bigger name elite guys there were plenty of junior and vets riders all out to shred. Club racing is not about hardcore racing it’s about picking up new skills, learning off others, meeting new people to ride with in your downtime and the CORC guys really seem to have that covered. There was a certain second family atmosphere to the whole race.
Come race time there were one or two glitches with timing due to a neighbouring telecommunications tower however it didn’t seem to matter too much with some hilarious lap times ensuing (30hrs or 24 sec). Those affected had re runs and winners were made, however spending time with a few local riders later none of them seemed to care where they came on the day. This race truly was about that element of fun.
Isaacs also happens to be the home of a rather large road gap so after a quick number plate draw with a couple of freebies it was over to the monster sender.
The usual Canberra elite were willing to give it a go with Timmy Eaton, Jeremy Powell, Dave McMillan, Michael Willis and Phil Piazza all taking to it with easy and flair. Highlight of the day was when young 15yr old Matt McCorkell sent it with style to massive props from the crowd and his peers.
It was a impressive end to a day of club racing, talking with Phil McCorkell from CORC there has been a big effort this year to put club racing back on the map, with improved tracks and a fun atmosphere they are well on the way back to that. I’m even thinking of making the trip down again the next time Isaacs comes up because that track is wicked. So, support your local and find your local club, it may even be CORC you never know and I guarantee you’ll have a good time.
Words & Photos : Robert Conroy
You can find full results in pdf HERE