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.