The first round of the 2022 South East Queensland Downhill Series went down on the weekend in spectacular fashion. With nearly 200 riders strapping on a race plate and getting between the tape for what can only be described as a mudfest. Let’s see what went down…..
Queensland has had some odd weather this year and some major setbacks as a result of rain and flooding events. The SEQDH series was originally meant to kick off at Tamrookum in March but the race was rained out and had to be postponed. A change of dates and of venue meant the first round of the series kicked off at Boomerang Farm – one of the premier places to ride a bike in Australia.
The new format of the SEQDH series for 2022 includes a qualifying day on Saturday followed by finals on the Sunday, meaning racers will have to commit to the weekend to race in the SEQDH series effectively. This format seems to have been met with open arms and the vast majority of racers attended both days for seeding and finals.
Qualifying day brought with it some interesting weather after a few days of rain and the conditions at Boomerang Farm were damp but definitely rideable. The shuttle road was open and the riders were ready to head down DH3. The trail had some recent changes for the race and most of the work held up well under the sheer number of riders, despite the moist conditions.
Traction was a rare commodity out at Boomerang Farm and by race day getting down without crashing proved a harder task. More rain led to the shuttle road being unpassable and the riders having to push to the top to head down the trail. There were spills and crashes with the roots and off camber sections making things all the more challenging with the wet weather. It was gloomy, it was wet, it was slippery and it was true downhill racing with smiles for miles.
The business end of the day saw Josh Arcus take the top step over Tim Abbott and Harry Bush, Caitlin Dore took the win in the Elite Women’s field. Jacob Fraser won the Expert Men, Katie Lawrance won Expert Women, Brodie Aitchison took the Masters 1/2 Men and Steve Purchell took the win in Masters 3/4 Men.
- Josh Arcus
- Tim Abbott
- Harry Bush
- Caitlin Dore
The Junior field showed some real speed as usual with Nick Maxwell winning the U19 Men’s category with a time that would have seen him place second in the Elite Men. Sacha Mills took the win in Junior Women over Elle De Nooyer and Charli Guy, whilst Charli Edwick took the win in U13 girls. U17 Men saw Oscar Murchison take the win, Oliver Colthup won the U15 Men and Devon Jaffers won U13 Boys. It was another solid showing of young riders and proof the sport is only on the rise.
Boomerang Farm Bike Park played host to a round of downhill racing that managed to overcome more obstacles than most and still drew nearly 200 riders to the course. It was a weekend of mud, a weekend of solid riding and a weekend that proved to us once and for all that the local racing scene is strong in Queensland.
The next round at Coffs Harbour has been cancelled due to flood damage to the trails in NSW. SEQDH plan on racing at the end of May and are currently looking for a new venue for the round. As usual we will keep you posted, until then keep the brakes wide open….