Round 4 of the South East Queensland Downhill Series headed to Toowoomba on the weekend and the MacKenzie Frenzy Downhill track, a track that is steeped in the history of downhill racing in Queensland. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd were amped and the racers were putting down some heaters; all the ingredients needed for an epic round of downhill mountain bike racing……
By Mike Branch
Nearly 150 Riders made the pilgrimage to Toowoomba, just two hours from Brisbane perched atop the main range, it was a great excuse for a road trip. Winter provided awesome riding conditions with sunny weather, clear skies and cool temperatures meaning a perfect weekend of Downhill racing was had by all.
It was touted as the best race weekend on memory by some, a race weekend that showed us that downhill is far from dead, it’s burning hot and strong across South East Queensland. One loud and proud heckling crowd showed up in full force and the atmosphere track side was next level, especially in the rock garden. It was a round to not be forgotten, a round that stamped it’s foot on the SEQDH series and showed us that the future is bright.
The track was the well known MacKenzie Frenzy, a trail that has been a huge part of the SEQDH series since it’s inception. Rocky, rough, dusty and full of a multitude of differing features. From the rocky chute section to the drops, the whole trail has something for everyone. If you are after thrills and spills, there is no better place than the rock garden; long, rough and holding the scalps of many riders. This was where the action was and this was where the crowd is on full tilt with a DJ pumping out the beats.
The business end of the day saw Josh Arcus take the top step over Caleb Rees and Ehren Keidel in the Elite Men. The Elite Women’s category saw Cassie Voysey take the win over Elle De Nooyer and Catherine O’Neill in a fast elite female podium. Jason Henderson took the win in Expert Men, Leanne Colthup won Expert Women and Matt Carruthers took the top step in Masters 1/2 Men. Masters 3/4 saw Rory Whitelaw take the win over David Sharp and Pete Smith won the 50+ category.
The junior field was again one of size and some super faster young riders graced the hill on race day. Troy Weinert took the win in U19 Men over Bailey Meares and Taj Pollard with a time that would have placed him 6th in Elite Men. U19 Women’s winner was Sacha Mills, Tahlia Richens won the U17 Womens, U17 Men’s was won by Nick Maxwell, Oliver colthup took the win in U15 Boys and Liam Montgomery won the U13 category.
Round 4 of the series was an epic event with a stand out setup by Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club and SEQDH. A huge showing of riders with some of the best riders in the country making their way to beat the hill and post some stellar times. Jared Graves and Cassie Voysey both strapped on a race plates to get some time on the descents, both posting some great times on the trail with Cassie taking the top step in Elite Women.
All great things must come to an end and that includes the race weekend at Toowoomba, it’s been a long time since we saw crowds like that at a DH race in Queensland. The vibe was electric and it’s one of the best weekends on track that many riders have had in a long time. If this is how good the rest of the season is going to be….. then bring on State Championships at Kandanga on August 1.