The sun was out for only the second time in only a week and that was the difference everyone craved for todays four XCO races. However, they didn’t count on the humidity.. Whilst the track still had it’s greasy points, on the whole, it was a much safer track that greeted riders on race day, sure the ‘Crocodile slide’ and ‘Jacobs ladder’ were still there but you can’t have everything.
U23′s Women kicked off the day and it was dominated by Helen Grobert and Jenny Rissveds with Jovana Crnogorac having third dialled in. Aussies Em Parks and Holly Harris didn’t have their best day on the grid but managed to bring home 9th and 10th respectively. The U23 Men were a little more active on the Australian front with Cam Ivory pushing his way up into 8th whilst there was a strong showing just behind with Chris Hamilton bring home 11th. Most of the teens were then occupied by Australian riders with a full lockout from 13th to 18th led by Michael Crosbie. Kyle Ward had looked promising in the lead up but suffering an illness contracted only the previous day, he bravely managed to finish the race. Anton Cooper was also notably absent. In the end the race fell to French duo and team mats of Victor Koretzky and Jordan Sarrou, young Giant rider Michiel Van Der Heijin claiming third. …View More
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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
In 2013 Gravitate MTB Festival entered it’s 4th year with the support of THULE. The 4 day event in Cairns showcased FNQ’s jungle trails sporting a mix of events across different disciplines of the sport. This year saw a revival of our Dual Slalom course after a decade of neglect, a brand new Pump Track and of course, the infamous Sunrise to Sunset DH. The weather blessed the Far North and the event was as successful as ever. …View More
The 19th Crocodile Trophy started with a lap race in Smithfield near Cairns today. More than 80 riders from 15 countries kicked off the race and with an overall race time of 1 h 30:14 min the Australian Mark Frendo took out the stage win and elite leader’s jersey with a 1:06.4 min gap ahead of Jan Fojtik (CZE) and Wolfgang Krenn (AUT). Fastest Australian was Steven Rankine from Cape York and women’s lead was claimed by Liesbeth Hessens from Belgium.
He had been called the “dark horse” among riders of this year’s Crocodile Trophy stage race after the first training rides at the Smithfield World Cup trails over the past few days in Cairns. And the 28-year old rider from Brisbane didn’t disappoint – straight from the start at the James Cook University event centre in Smithfield he set a high pace, creating himself a 30 second lead right way, which increased to over a minute within five laps of the 6.2km course that was dominated by tight singletrail sections, set out by the hosting Cairns MTB Club. …View More