The 2021 Queensland Downhill Mountain Bike State Championships went down at Kandanga on the weekend at the Trailblazin Bros property on a reworked track. Just over 100 riders battled it out between the tape to become the 2021 State DH Champion, we had a look between the tape….
By Mike Branch
Photography by Jesse Chirizzi
Racing in Queensland has been disrupted and challenging over the last few years and the 2021 Queensland DH State Championships was yet another victim of the World in which we live. The initial dates had to be postponed and moved the day before the race due to a lockdown in Queensland, this last minute change proved a challenge to the organisers, but one they would meet head on. The new date was swiftly set after the lifting of restrictions and team at SEQDH and Trailblazin Bros did a cracking job to get the race up and running again.
Just over 100 riders made their way to Kandanga, approximately 2 hours drive North of Brisbane to the privately owned property and race track. The track had undergone a fair amount of change and it looked set to be an awesome race full of steeps, loose off camber sections, the rocky forest section and no shortage of jumps. Unfortunately rain plagued the track on race day and a morning of heavy rain led to the shuttle road being unusable at the top, with some treacherous conditions through the top section.
The organisers made the decision to run a shortened track and the top sections were removed from the race. This meant a fast and flat out track that would see some high speeds and safer riding conditions, with the fastest times averaging one and a half minutes.
The business end of the day saw Bryce Stirling take the elite title over Akira Yamada and Rory McKenzie. Elle De Nooyer won the Elite Women’s title. Teague Norbet won the Expert Men’s category, Katie Lawrance won the Expert Women, Brodie Aitchison won Masters 1 Men and April White won Masters 1 Women. All other senior results can be seen on the link below.
The junior categories saw some super fast times with Will Hyne’s time fast enough to have got him third place in Elite Men. Will won the U19 category over Taj Pollard and Bergen O’Neill, with less than half a second between first and second place. Carter Sloan won the U17 Men’s title, Sacha Mills won the U17 Women, Oliver Colthup won U15 Men, Charli Guy won U15 Women, Liam Montgomery took the tile in U13 Men and Ella Van Haren won the U13 Women’s title.
It was another round of downhill racing and another chance for riders to get between the tape, something we all took for granted until a few years ago. The team at SEQDH and the clubs have done an amazing job at getting the series back up and running after a break last year due to COVID, something that the riding community is thankful for.
The 2021 Queensland State DH Championships went down on the weekend with some trying conditions on race day but despite the weather and despite the lockdowns, it was another successful day on track. South East Queensland has shown the fire for downhill racing still burns hot in the riding community and SEQDH is delivering a stellar season.
The last round of the SEQDH season heads to Illinbah on October 3rd and it will be a blockbuster event. Brakes Wide Open will keep you updated with all the news to keep you between the tape, until then keep the brakes wide open and see you on the trails….