Round 1 of the South East Queensland Fox Superflow series by Rocky Trail Entertainment went down on the weekend at Nerang State forest, on the Gold Coast. It was a pedally affair with no shortage of rocks on course and over 190 riders pinning it between the tape for a fun day on the bike. We got between the tape to give you the inside line on what went down…..
By Mike Branch
Photography by Outer Image Collective
Nerang is not known for it’s gnarly descents, it’s a location that has been around for some time and has held some stellar events inclusive of the 2018 Commonwealth games XCO racing. Home to many a mountain bike race, it’s a mix of all mountain and XC trails, something the everyday rider can have some fun on with their mates. It played host to the first round of the Fox Superflow in the South East corner and proved another popular round despite the COVID World we live in.
In a time when you never know if your next race might be cancelled, plenty of riders strapped on a race plate and got between the tape for some grassroots racing. There were no shortage of smiles, no shortage of trains and no shortage of fun on track. The stages were able to be raced up to five times each with your fastest time counting towards your overall.
The three stages were Baileys into Elevator, Baileys into BnB and Three Hills into Barneys. All three stages required stamina and legs, with the fittest riders being favoured by the course on hand. The lower technical skill level of each stage meant that open face helmets were mostly worn and some riders dropped their knee pads for race day. Every inch of energy was required to pump out the watts for the longer stages for this round.
The business end of the day saw Rory McKenzie take the win in Elite Men and the fastest time for the day, beating Bryce sterling by 5.9 seconds after a day of racing. The Expert Men’s category was won by Doohan Quinn, Clayton Schulz won the Veteran Men and Sarah Harding won the Veteran Women’s category. The Masters Men saw Matt Groves take the top step, Christine Krahforst won the Masters Women, Chris Thompson won the Super Masters Men and Kristine Kersley took the win in super Masters Women.
The Junior field again saw a big showing and some super fast times, something we have come accustom to seeing in all of our local race series in Queensland. Darcy Harris took the win in U19 Men, Hayley Parsons won U19 Women, Tom Jenkins won U17 Men, Isabella St Pierre won U17 Women, Luca Foley won the U15 category and Harper Nelmes took the win in U13. Overall there were 53 Juniors racing on the weekend, after 240 racing on Friday for the Rocky Trail Academy Schools competition at Nerang; not a bad junior showing.
As the lithium powered mountain bike industry grows so does the field at most of the race series throughout Queensland, Rocky Trail’s Fox Superflow was no exception. E-bikes have started to be a thriving industry and one we cannot ignore, whether we like it or not they are here to stay and really they are a load of fun. The Shimano Steps Electroflow race saw Mick Manning take the top step over super fast Mick Sleeter in the Men’s category; whilst Jessica Hoskin took the win over Colette Quinn in the Women’s category.
Nerang was home to the first round of the series and it was a test for the fittest riders and a load of fun for all involved. A decent turnout on some epic riding conditions meant that there was no shortage of smiles and laughs on the trails. The format that allows you to run trains with your mates continues to wind it’s way through South East Queensland with the next round to hit the trails at Castle Hill in a few weeks time. We will be there between the tape to bring you the insights and keep the brakes wide open…. see you on the trails.