The third round of the South East Queensland Fox Superflow Series by Rocky Trail Entertainment went down on the weekend and it was another great event. The dusty trails of Castle Hill played host to just over 220 riders as they chased their mates between the tape. Here’s what went down….
By Mike Branch
Photography by Jack Datta
The trails at Castle hill have long been the wet weather place to go, the place that seems to hold the same conditions week in, week out regardless of weather. It’s a great trail network that isn’t short of fast and fun runs, that’s why it’s proven to be a popular location for the Rocky Trail Entertainment Fox Superflow series two years in a row.
Both years have seen over 200 riders strapping on a race plate for the race, leading to a popular and exciting race weekend. This year was the confirmation that Castle Hill and SEQ are certainly in love with the Fox Superflow format.
The conditions were dry, dusty and loose – the normal recipe for racing bikes in South East Queensland – the signature brown powder of Castle Hill made racing interesting. Recent works to the trails meant all the trails were running fast, especially ‘World Cup’ with some smooth and fast berms and doubles freshly reworked and keeping riders ripping down the trail.
Rowie’s is a trail that can catch a few people out and it gets more fun the faster you ride it, which meant for some it was a super fun trail. The track alteration near the bottom of the course with a sharp left turn caught a few riders out and it kept everyone on their toes and looking ahead.
Phil’s trail was super loose at the start of Saturday but as the racing line wore in it got faster and was running fast come Sunday. Inca was an old favourite, less technical with a pedaly section to get the heart rates up and the lungs burning. All in all the course was a great course, the same as last year and a hit with the riders.
The Business end of the day saw Rory McKenzie again take the win in Elite Men over Ehren Keidel and Tim Abbott; Jess Hoskin took the win over Janine Jungfels in Elite Women. Cameron Butler won the Expert Men, Olivia Nendick took the win in Expert Women, Mathew Leese won the 30+ Mens category whilst Katie Dunn took the top step in 30+ Women.
The 40+ Men’s category was won by Tim Richmond, Corinne Dolan took the win in 40+ Women, Pete Smith won the 50+ Men over Craig Fisher and Kristine Kersley won the 50+ Women’s category. Some super fast times across all senior categories with some of the Super Master Men posting times that would have beaten half the Elite Men’s category.
The special categories included both the Hardtail and the powered by lithium or e-bike category. The E-bike Men’s category was won by Caleb Dodds whilst the women’s category saw Colette Quinn take the top step. The hardcore hardtail category was won by Alex Moore with a super fast time on a bike with no squish.
The juniors again showed speed and form with just under 80 junior riders hitting the trails. U19 Men was won by Bergen O’Neill, U19 Women was won by Hayley Parsons, U17 Men saw Isaiah Kelso take the top step whilst Ella Menigoz won the U17 Women’s category. The U15 Men was won by Lincoln Ditchburn, Tahla Price took the win in U13 Men and Emma Dodds won U13 Women.
It was another awesome weekend of riding and another great Fox Superflow event. Given the current climate for event organisers, it’s great to see each and every race go ahead and a big thank you goes out to those that work hard to keep us between the tape.
The next round of the Fox Superflow Series heads to Mt Joyce on 9 + 10 of October and it should round out the year of racing for the Rocky Trail Calendar in Queensland. It’ll be a warm one at Joyce and the tracks should be pretty physical, we will keep you updated with an event article dropping shortly.
Until then, keep your brakes wide open and see you on the trails…..