Round 3 of the South East Queensland DH series made it’s way to Boomerang Farm Bike Park on the weekend with some blockbuster racing conditions on a newly modified race line. Over 160 riders donned a plate and ripped down the hill and we took a look at the action…..
By Mike Branch
Photography by Sam X Herbert
Boomerang Farm is known for it’s free ride lines, big jumps and some epic bike park style trails, but the DH trail on the weekend was a bit more traditional and a whole lot more rugged with an off camber section and chute to keep riders on their toes. The team at Boomers had made some alterations to the track starting on Rodneys, into the old Rodneys chute across the road gap and into a whole new section before finishing up on the golf course below.
The trail conditions were mint and the riders had plenty of time to get used to riding the gnarly chute with the sun shining all weekend and no shortage of hecklers to cheer them on. Remy Morton was visiting from across the ditch and strapped a race plate on his chain-less bike for a day of racing, posting a pretty respectable time for a man without a chain!
As expected the chute was certainly a tough place for many riders and no shortage of crashes occurred here providing a good show for the spectators and thankfully no major injuries occurred despite some nasty crashes.
The business end of the day saw Bryce Sterling takes the top step in the Elite Men’s field over Ben Forbes by just 0.09 of a second, Caleb Rees took out third place. The Elite Women’s field saw Catherine O’Neill take the win over Lisa Mathison and Elle De Nooyar with some epic riding by all. Hayden Wilcock won the Expert Men’s category, Adam Aitken won Masters 1/2, Rory Whitelaw took the win in Masters 3/4 and Craig Isaacs won the 50+ category.
The juniors posted some super fast times with Will Hynes taking out the U19 Men with a time that would have secured him an elite podium spot, Bailey Douglas came second and Taj Pollard rounded out the podium in third place. Sacha Mills won the U19 Women, Nick Maxwell won the U17 Mens, Teya Rufus took the top step in U17 Women over Anais Prince, with Allick Tierney and Charli Guy winning the U15 Boys and Girls respectively. The U13 saw a combined field of 21 riders with Noah White taking the win in the youngest category of the day.
A huge showing of riders for round 3 three of the SEQDH series showed us once again that downhill is very much alive in South East Queensland. A total of 97 junior riders strapped on a race plate for the day, outnumbering the senior field and posting some super fast times along the way. The future generation of downhillers are certainly making themselves known and we look forward to seeing them grow and develop further.
Round 4 of the series heads to Toowoomba next month and it looks set to be another great round on Mackenzie Frenzy. For now we turn our attention to the Queensland Enduro Series round at Kooralbyn this weekend and we look forward to seeing you between the tape. As always, keep the brakes wide open and see you on the trails….