The final race fixture on the Rocky Trail Super Flow calendar went down on the weekend in some warm and toasty conditions at Mt Joyce. The Rocky Trail Entertainment team headed out to Wyaralong Dam, the home of Mt Joyce Mountain Bike Park for the fifth round of the Queensland Fox Super Flow Series. The stages were set and provided a different type of challenge for this round, we headed out and took a closer look…
By Mike Branch
2020 has brought us some excellent race fixtures given the COVID-19 situation and restraints associated with it, the Fox Super Flow Series is one that has been a welcome addition to the race calendar. An inclusive and relaxed race format with different challenges at different locations, no necessity to wear a full face unless you want to, b lines for all the features and the ability to run party trains with your mates between the race tape. There is little doubt that this is an excellent way to get into racing, train and have a bag of fun in the mean time.
Round 5 of the modified series saw racers head to Mt Joyce in some super hot conditions, with the temps set to hit the high thirties on Sunday, the call was made by SEQ Water to shut the bike park for this day of the weekend, meaning all racers now raced on the Saturday. Whilst it was a little cooler than the conditions forecast for Sunday it certainly was still toasty, with no shortage of heat fatigue and sweat for the 108 riders tackling the course.
The course consisted on three stages, some of the lesser used trails at Mt Joyce for any previous race fixtures and given the heat, they presented a different challenge for the riders. The first stage was Big Bertha into Worm Juice, a trail that is usually a climb trail and showed most riders completed it in 8-9 minutes; this was one long stage and only the fittest posted the fastest times. The second stage of the day was Bovine Groove, a well known flowy trail that also meant that those with stamina ruled the roost, most riders completing this stage in 6-8 minutes. The last stage of the day started at the tunnel and headed down to the wooden wall ride at the lower shoreline area, meaning a nice and fast 2-3 minute stage to finish the day. Given the conditions, this course was taxing.
The business end of the day saw Jared Graves take the win in Elite Men in his first enduro race in nearly 2 years, with Aiden Lefmann picking up second and Mark Frendo in third. Expert Women saw Alyssa Saw take the win over Elle Ward, Expert Men was won by Jason Henderson, Veteran Men saw Tim Wright take the win, whilst Rebecca Poole took the win in Veteran Women. Masters Men was won by Julien Redmond over Deon Beier, Kim Kelly won the Masters Women’s category and Chris Maierhofer took the top step in the Hard tail category.
The junior field saw a total of 26 riders compete in categories from U19 down to U13 and some fast times were posted by the youth. The Under 19 Men was won by Cooper Clarke, Under 17 Men by Luke Sedgman, Under 15 Women by Trinity Hutt, Under 15 Men by Nicholas Nelson and Taj Wright took out the U13 Men’s category. A great effort by all the young riders and some challenging conditions for all.
The dusty trails of Mt Joyce provided an excellent location for the last round of Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Fox Super Flow Series, with the dust and rocks taking out a few riders with mechanical’s and at least one rear wheel fell victim to the trails. The day went smoothly and timing was on point as usual from the team at Rocky Trail, something we have come to expect. Next year’s series dates have been sorted and it looks like it’s going to be another great Fox Super Flow Series for 2021, stay tuned for race details. We are penning an article as we speak in relation to next year’s race calendar so stay tuned to Brakes Wide Open for all the details you need to know to keep you on the trail and between the tape…..
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