Thredbo. The final round in what has been a very short series, where a slip up in either seeding or finals can see you falling down the overall order in next to no time. Thredbo is not new to hosting National rounds but lately they’ve managed to sneak a few new little extra surprises into the Canonball run which has been making everyone happy to return. The cutting of Bunnywalk, now with a new exit part way down adding to the previous changes up top, has cut the run times and pushed the pace and excitement levels up.
Practice again saw injuries. Dean Lucas took a fall to a broken wrist yet still managed to strap up and pull himself down the hill for qualifying. It was enough to take third overall in the series with Connor Fearon not in appearance. The rest of practice time for most people spent scoping lines and creating deep dusty ruts passed in no time at all.
Seeding was beautifully handled by Troy Brosnan in Elite men with 4:51 a time only approached by Thredbo regulars Thomas Crimmins and Dave McMillan whilst in Elite Women, Danielle Beecroft returned to dominate in the absence of Sarah Booth. …View More
Adelaide was a return to an old yet friendly rivalry between Connor Fearon and Troy Brosnan. In the end Fearon came out the victor there but with both riders showing form it was with anticipation, that the Buller National round began.
Friday’s at national downhill races are chilled. Most people still have work(surprisingly), so those racers that are there walk the track, check lines, engage in a few chilled practice runs with mates or just plain old hang out in their tents. This goes even doubly so now that seeding has been eliminated from saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately the only other note to make on friday practice was the disastrous crash resulting in the broken femur of Kye Hore. After a airlift to a Melbourne hospital he is already up and slowly walking again. Healing vibes from the community go out to him. …View More
Round two of the National XCO series was drawing eyes left right and centre after Jared Graves’s win in the previous round in Adelaide just two weeks prior. Interest was piqued in areas of mountain biking that generally, just didn’t pay any attention to the world of XCO. Graves had put a deficit into some well known riders and won with a mechanical but with the main might of the Elite field missing at Eagle on the hill, there were still challenges to overcome. …View More
The national XCO rounds tend to pass by to by with one half of the Australian Mountain bike world, that is, until, Jared Graves wins one and sends the gravity junkies into a glorious ‘Grubby’ loving frenzy. A week has passed now and a lot of conversation has gone down, not only in office but across the internet as well and whilst the downhill enthusiasts far to easily chime that Graves is the next king of XCO, cross country racers see a much different picture. …View More
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