With two days of rain and then overnight storms in the lead into finals the track was never going to be dry. The slick mud from qualifying and practice would be the same defining factor in the race and it was up to riders to find that slim line between guaranteed traction and pace.
This was a big day for the Aussie Juniors, a home crowd presence and the chance to put something on the board. The big showing of the day was of course Aiden Varley who managed to not only back up his Pietermartizburg result but go even higher on the podium, finishing in a solid second. Beaten only my Loris Vergier, the final big spot taken out by Neil Stewart in third. The rest of the Aussie field was less lucky with crashes upsetting some solid runs. …View More
If there ever was a track that could remove the bad taste international riders left with after the Canberra WC and Champs, then Cairns would be it. It’s a track that requires equal measures of technical skill, fitness and strength, today was no exception. In fact it may have been worse.
As A practice drew near so too did the storm clouds, the heavens opened up and the course turned into that perfect clay mush that seems to permeate everywhere. Coating the rock garden, coating the roots, every feature that could bring a run undone. So lucky it was only practice.
Timed runs were led by Gee Atherton in the mens and Emmeline Ragot in the women with Loris Vergier atop of five other riders in juniors, which only goes to show it’s still anyone’s race.
With three days of racing to come, we shall hardly waste your time any more now with words and simply let the photos speak for themselves and the amazing skills of Tim Bardsley-Smith shine through. …View More