Race Report: 2019 QLD State Champs

Queensland State DH Championships graced the dusty trails of Kandanga on the weekend for some epic racing with no shortage of looseness. Big jumps, big whips, party trains and some damn close racing led to one of the best weekend’s racing of the season…..

Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages

The 2019 State Championships was always going to be a blockbuster weekend and the fact that this year it was held at Kandanga only added to the stoke factor. Known for it’s challenging technical terrain, loose powdery corners and famous Saturday night bonfires, the ‘dang was sure to be the epic location for state champs.

Ducking into the forest – Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages

The track was running fast with the new trail features adding air time and some speed to an already super fast track. The loose dusty conditions proved challenging at times and combined with the fast track, racing was kept tight and entertaining. The fast guys and girls certainly kept it pinned and there was no shortage of frequent flyer miles clocked up in the air, some of which during the mega train on Saturday night.

Brendan Kovarik getting down to business – Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages

The business end of the day saw Harrison Reibelt take the title in Elite Men over Ryan Leutton, Caitlin Dore took the title over Sarah Gamble in the Elite Women’s class, Dirk Winter was first in Expert Men and Bobby Blinco took the top step in Masters 1 Men. The fastest man down the hill of the day was Tobias Van Oeveren who also took out the title in the U19 Men’s category with U19 Women won by Bridie White, the fastest women down the track was in fact Elle de Nooyer. For full results click the link below.

Full Race Results HERE

loose, dusty and epic – Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages

Another State Championship round is done and dusted; with some new champions standing on the podium for the next year. As always Kandanga provided an awesome location for another round of downhill and timing was on point as usual by the White lightning team. Brakes Wide Open looks forward to another round of DH for round 5 of the series when it heads to the gnarly terrain of Tamrookum Creek…..


Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages
Dropping in…. Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages
Photo: Nathan Kennedy, @iamnkimages

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