Round 2 of the SEQDH series headed to Boomerang Farm on the weekend for some gravity-fed dusty goodness. Known for it’s free ride lines and epic jumps, Boomerang Farm delivered a different type of race with the round being held on ‘Riccos’ track. Dry conditions and over 150 riders racing led to no shortage of carnage and a constantly evolving track…
Practice day saw huge numbers of riders arriving to take advantage of the shuttles and despite the large number of riders, Boomerang Farm delivered with a reasonably short turn-around and plenty of stoke. ‘Riccos’ started the weekend in a dry and loose state due to lack of rain, the off-camber nature of the trail and the landscape on which it was built. This provided a transforming trail that started as loose but what it ended up as was beyond loose and there was no shortage of carnage seen on race day.
The first drop claimed a few victims but the new catch berm was a welcome addition, the off-camber corners continued to become looser and looser and the new rock chute was a great addition. From here riders continued onto the tricky entry to the creek gap and into the off-camber exposed single track before dropping into a second chute. The second chute claimed the most riders on race day and it’s loose nature provided plenty of chance for foot-out flat-out riding.
With approximately 150 riders racing on race day with an awesome showing of juniors, it was clear to see that DH is not dead in Queensland. The Boomerang Farm crew put on an epic event with hassle-free timing provided by White Lightning Events, the day went off without a hitch and congratulations all-round goes to everyone involved.
The business end of the day saw Harry Donald take first place in the Elite Men over Ben Forbes and Jeremy Armstrong pulled into third place. Sarah Gamble took out the Elite Women’s category, Sam Shillingford took out the Expert Men over Caleb Robertson and Matt Donnelly. Masters 1/2 saw Bobby Blinco take the top step, Michael Hayhoe was first place in masters 3/4, Armand De Vries won the 50+ over Peter Orchard and Bob Davis. There was some competitive action among all the senior classes and hats-off to anyone that hit the track with a plate strapped to their bike.
The Junior field saw Tobias Van Oeveren win the U19 Men, Bridie White won the U19 Women, Lee Witzerman topped the U17 Men, Elle De Nooyer topped the U19 Women’s category, Mitchell Pratt won the U15 Men’s race and Sacha Mills won the U15 Women’s category. A total of 71 Junior competitors made up nearly half the field at round 2 of the SEQDH Series and all put in an amazing effort with thrills, spills and plenty of stoke.
Round 2 of the SEQDH Series went off without a hitch and it was an awesome weekend on and off the bike for all involved. Boomerang Farm never fails to deliver when it comes to gravity-fed trails, this weekend was no exception. A loose and constantly changing track posed a difficult task for many riders with the balance between speed and traction being the challenge. Another epic round of the SEQDH series is done and dusted and we look forward to the next round…..