It may well be the hottest ride location in Brisbane at the moment and there’s a good reason for it. The trails at Mt Cotton’s Eastern Escarpment have been super popular since their inception and the weekend saw the first race grace the trails – the second round of the Queensland South Fox Superflow Series by Rocky Trail Entertainment. It was a blockbuster event and we were there between the tape to give you the low down….
Photography by Jack Datta
Mount Cotton’s Eastern Escarpment is located on the Bayside of Brisbane and is home to the newest sanctioned trail network in the region. Built by Trailworx and focused on all mountain style trails, the network was aimed squarely at the intermediate to advanced rider. There are of course plenty of trails for all capabilities, but the network has helped fill a gap in the trail diversity in the Brisbane area.
Mt Cotton was the perfect location for the next round of the Fox Superflow Series and drew a total of just over 260 riders for it’s first race – a testament to the popularity of the location and the race format. Idyllic weather conditions meant clear skies, cooler weather and plenty of sun to baste the dusty trails on race day, with many a rider testing the traction in the loose conditions.
The stages for the day really embodied the essence of flow, something the series and race format is built upon. The Fox stage was ‘Metamorphic’ starting up at the switchbacks, which meant some slow corners to start followed by a steady climb and pedal section keeping the rider’s hearts pumping hard, from here it dropped into the descent and the creek chute.
The Stans stage was ‘Shenanigans,’ a fast, flowy and loose trail that is packed with berms, drops and doubles; before hitting the chute under the bridge and on to a flatter pedal section. Powerful Howl was the Lazer stage for the day – a short, flat out and fast trail that is all pump, jump and tuck. The course had a little bit of everything to test the riders and the faster you went the better the trails got….
The Fox Superflow races are known for their relaxed atmosphere and the Redbull DJ at the trail head provided plenty of tunes to keep the riders chilled in between runs. The best thing about the race format is that whilst there are only three stages – you ride them up to five times per stage with your fastest time counting for the overall. This meant plenty of trains, plenty of runs and plenty of bang for your buck.
The business end of the day saw Rory McKenzie continue his epic form and blitz the Elite Men’s category by 16 seconds over Tim Abbott and Bailey Meares; the Elite Women’s category saw Jess Hoskin take the top step over Holly Lubcke and Sacha Mills. Expert Men saw Nick Burton take the win, Alyssa Saw won Expert Women, Dale Percy won the 30+ Men, Kaylah Pearse won 30+ Women, Mike Sleeter won the Masters Men whilst Mary Mitchell-Hill took the top step in Masters Women.
The 50+ Men’s category was won by Pete Smith with just over a second to Craig Fisher, two well known champions battling it out like days past. The hardtail category saw Logan Mills take the win in a category that truly tests the knees of the riders. Those powered by lithium competed hard in the e-bike category with Stu Cali taking the top step in the Men and Jess Hoskin taking the top step in the Women – despite already taking the win in elite on her regular mountain bike.
The junior riders were again out in force with a total of 99 junior riders hitting the trails. The U19 Men’s was won by Jonathan Edwards, Hayley Parsons won the U19 Women, Isaiah Kelso won the U17 Men, Ella Menigoz won the U17 Women, Bailey Mills took the top step in U15 Men, Tahla Price won U15 Men whilst Harper Robbins won the U13 Womens. All in all another amazing effort by all the junior riders and proof that the sport is alive and well in the youth of today.
The Fox Superflow by Rocky Trail Entertainment at Mt Cotton’s Eastern Escarpment was a stellar event and one that put nothing but smiles on the dials of all those that strapped on a race plate. It was a great event on great trails and the relaxed race format provided a super inclusive way to get between the tape.
There were flat out Elite riders, BMX World champions, young girls and guys who have never raced in their lives and seasoned racers alike; all strapping on a race plate and getting between the tape. This is a format that has been popular across the nation and it’s easy to see why, it’s all about racing the way you ride and nothing else.
The next round of the Fox Superflow Series heads to Castle Hill (Ipswich) in a few weeks and we will bring you all the race details early next week. Until then, keep the brakes wide open and see you on the trails….