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JACK MOIR

The man of the hour! With his highest yet result in Cairns Jack Moir is well and truly on his way to the top and whilst we were out gathering epic photos for his upcoming interview, Joe Killen was there capturing the angles to show just how fast Moir is. Check it out.

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ANDREW CRIMMINS AND THE ROAD BACK

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Andrew Crimmins is a young, up and coming racer who this year joined the Kona World Cup team as their Junior Category rider. He is one of the fastest junior riders Australia has seen in recent years but before he could strut his stuff on the big stage he suffered an accident in practice at the first World Cup in Pietermaritzburg. Here he is to explain more :

So Andy obviously a bit of a bummer going out in the first round, can you tell us how it happened? Yeah I couldn’t believe it at the time, I put so much effort into getting ready for that race and everything just went out the window on the first day of practice. I was incredibly disappointed when it happened, I felt like I let so many people down. Now all I can think about is getting back on the bike and getting fit again!
As for how it happened, I pretty much just cased the jump called “the money maker” went over the bars still clipped in and hit my knee on a rock that was half in the ground. I didn’t think to much of it until I tried to get up and realized it was legitimately stuffed. …View More

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A FINAL RUMBLE – CAIRNS WC#2 XCO

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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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HUTCHINSON UR TEAM – WC#2 AUSTRALIA

Eighteen years after having hosted the World Champs the first time, Cairns was home to the second round of the 2014 World Cup. With both Mick and Tracey Hannah being Cairns locals, this race was really important for the team as this is their home track, literally.
Track conditions were made unbearable due to the torrential rain that struck the course Thursday and Friday, making the greasy mud and roots even slipperier than they are in the dry.
With some great results in South Africa and the team was very keen to do well in front of the Hannah’s home crowd, here’s how it went down. Pictures after the jump …View More

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GAME PLANS – CAIRNS WC#2 DH FINALS

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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

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BEC AND DAN PREVIEW THE XCO TRACK

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A DOWNHILLERS WAR OF ATTRITION – DH QUALIFYING

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There is a trail down south named ‘Possums’ and whilst those who know it will more commonly know the bottom section, very few will have ventured into the topmost section set in it’s own little piece of rainforest. It’s a track that divides riders especially post rain, where mud is thick, it’s hard to stay upright and ride a line out is good form. This is the sort of track that now separates riders in Cairns, only there are no breathers, there are no bus stops and putting together a run is near impossible. The rain of the previous few days has gone and the traction that it brought with it is also gone. Replaced by a extremely slippery consistent paste of peanut butter like red clay. …View More

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