Racing time has rolled around once again for South Australia. The Inside Line MTB State Series Round 1 kicked off at the Fox Creek “Bowl” track. A favourite among many, the track boasts several big ski jumps, tight forested sections, winding corners and a sprint to the finish line which helps to separate the podium achievers and those going home empty handed.
The weather in practice was picturesque with mild temperatures and little to no wind. Due to the sheer amount of riders, the track was quite blown out and dusty; riders were constantly and consistently getting wild.
Race day was when the action really started and it was clear who had been putting the time into practicing the track in the run-up to the race.
In the Elite women’s category, Moira Love (3) posted a great time of 3:12, just behind Molly Payne(2) who recorded a scorching 2:54, but this just wasn’t enough to secure the win, and was edged out by Phillipa Rostan, with an amazing 2:45 in the women’s field.
In the U19’s field, it seemed to be anyone’s win for the taking, with last year’s State Champs winner Matthew Taylor looking blindingly fast, along with names such as James Chambers last year’s U19’s series winner, Cody Barker, Conor Clancy, Brad Greenham and Brodie Hand. In the end, Matthew Taylor took out the win, riding for Trak Cycles with a time of 2:19.3, closely followed by Curtis Dowdell (2), returning from injury with a 2:19.7 and Cody Barker (3) with a 2:21.
Last but not least is the Elite Men. Much like the U19’s category, everyone was looking incredibly quick and it was impossible to pin point who would win. Favourites were Angus Maddern, Steve Gebert, Steve Marsh and Will Rischbieth. Racing was incredibly tight, but when the times were announced it was revealed that Will Rischbieth sat in third, with an incredible time of 2:18.5, in second place was Steve Gebert with a 2:17.4, and Angus Maddern who took the win and a maiden Elite Mens win with a scorching time of 2:17.19.
It was a fantastic weekend all-up! Racing is now back in full-swing for South Australia and with times surely to be close at each race, it will be extremely exciting to see the rest of the series.
Words : Kellen Ewens Photos : Kane Naaraat
All Results can be found HERE at Inside Line