The first Fox Rollercoaster Superflow series event for 2017, hydrated by Camelbak took place at Killingworth near Newcastle on 29 January and mountain bikers from all over NSW and the ACT completed four race runs in relentlessly hot and humid conditions. The 2016 Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Champion, Brock Newling from the Central Coast took out the Elite Men’s category ahead of Shane Gillett and Dave Young! In the women’s, Western Sydney’s Danielle Beecroft won ahead of Newcastle’s Sarah Booth in 2nd and Jilliby-racer Ellie Smith in 3rd.
As organisers we just love to see when the concepts that we hatch come to life and especially when they result in lots of smiling faces – sweaty at Killingworth, but the grins still went from ear to ear! The Rollercoaster concept has been unique in that it offers a race format that is relaxed, flexible, exciting, uncomplicated and suitable for a wide range of mountain bikers.
Relaxed, because there is no start order. Racers ride to the top of the race tracks on marked trails in neutral and in their own time – and together with their mates, partners, kids and friends. Then you bomb down as fast as they can and everyone waits together.
Flexible, because the racers can pick the order in which they complete the race runs. Every rider is different and you can choose yourself how to tackle the race tracks on offer on the day. We aim to have a great variety of technical tracks, some pedally sections, always heaps of flowy berms, but everything always rideable and no need to jump any gaps (unless you want to), with A- and B-lines clearly marked.
Exciting, because after each race run you can come and check out times right away and compare yourself to your fellow racers. As more riders complete their runs, it gets more and more thrilling to forecast the top times.
Uncomplicated, because our timing system doesn’t require any power or WiFi – you carry the timing chip that saves your times. You’re in charge and we don’t need to retrieve any devices to tell you your results. That means we can run our Fox Rollercoaster Superflow races everywhere, even at remote locations.
Fun for everyone, because we see such a wide range of mountain bikers come to these events. It’s for the young and young at heart, we love seeing partners, parents, kids and juniors from all different categories spend all day together out on the track. They still all get their correct results as the times are then slotted into their specific category.
The next series round of the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow, hydrated by Camelbak will be happening at Thredbo MTB Park on Saturday, 1 April. It’s one of the highlights of the season and definitely worth the weekend away – lift tickets are included in the entry price and there are combo offers to add-on the RedAss Downhill event on the same weekend (racing on the Sunday). We also have two accommodation partners, check out the LOCATION tab on our website for all the details.
All rider photos in the series are included in the entry fee thanks to our headline sponsor, Ride Fox Australia and our hydration partner Camelbak. Download them from the Outer Image online portal with the password ‘foxracing‘. Here is the link to the photographer’s newsletter.
See youse in Shredbo!