Cloudy skies and strong winds greeted riders as they arrived at the Goatfarm Mountain Bike Park for Saturday practice of the WA Downhill State Championships. For the final race of the season, PDMBC created a fun and flowy, but physically demanding, course that linked together several existing tracks on the hill. Alternating between sculpted berms, big jumps, fast flat pedal sections, and even a section of the 4X track, the course utilised much of what the relatively small hill has to offer, albeit lacking in any really steep and technical sections. Saturday practice was a challenge to the riders, with the soft but slippery dirt riding slowly after the rain, working together with strong winds to make clearing the jumps difficult. A couple of riders tried switching between their downhill rigs and shorter travel AM bikes, in an attempt to carry more speed on the jumps and flat pedally sections.
Sunday, race day. The weather took a turn for the good and the wind died down. The track had bedded in and was running much faster than before; everyone was enjoying the jumps and throwing whips for the crowd. There was a good turnout of 110 riders on the hill, and combined with the joint XC state championships, made for a large crowd gathering at the last few jumps. State champs is always an event to see both new and old faces, including Ben Bell, the defending state champion making his only race appearance this year. …View More