The second round of the SEQDH series went down on the weekend at Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Park in near perfect conditions. The sun was shining, the trail was at it’s prime after some work by All Mountain Solutions and Kooralbyn MTB Club and there was no shortage of competitors hitting the dirt for a run between the tape…..
By Mike Branch
Photography by Set In Stone Photography
Approximately 140 competitors headed out to Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike park on the weekend for round two of the SEQDH Series and the Black Snake Downhill. The recent upgrades to the track meant that a different track was being raced than last year, with a bit more technicality, a looser and gnarlier chute and some faster features.
The weekend went off without a hitch with nothing but sunshine and perfect weather conditions adorning the hill. The track was caked in it’s infamous dust and the chute was taking no prisoners all weekend, with many a rider heading through the tape, into the bushes or taking a dirt nap on the ground. The top riders were looking fast and the junior field was there, present and pushing hard all weekend.
The business end of the day saw Joshua Arcus take the win in the Elite Men’s category over Ben Forbes and Ryan Leutton; Elle De Nooyer took the win in Elite Women’s category over Rebecca Poole. Jakob Dugdell took the win in Expert Men, Katie Lawrance won Expert Women, whilst Matt Donnelly took the top step in the Masters 1/2 category and Timothy Wright won the Masters 3/4 category.
The juniors were out in force with over 60 riders from under 19’s and below pinning it between the tape. The U19 Men’s category was hotly contested with Will Hynes taking the win over Jack Taylor and Taj Pollard, Sacha Mills took the win in the U19 Women’s category. Carter Sloan took the top step in the U17 Men, Bailey Mills won the U15 Mens and Charlotte Guy won the U15 Womens. The U13 Category saw some of our youngest riders hit it hard between the tape with Liam Montgomery taking the win in the men and Charli Edwick winning the women’s category.
Another cracking round of downhill racing in SEQ and another showing that the discipline of downhill racing is far from dead. Kooralbyn seems to be improving year by year and some more awesome events are planned for later in the year including the Kooralbyn MTB Festival. For now, we put our eyes forward to round 3 of the series at Boomerang Farm Bike Park, it’s sure to be a cracking race at one of the best riding locations in Queensland. Keep your Brakes Wide Open and we’ll see you on the trails……