The Gold Coast Schools Comp and the Fox Superflow race at Nerang MTB Park launched Rocky Trail Entertainment in Queensland on the first November weekend 2019. Over 200 competitors from Queensland and NSW, including students from 19 different schools, competed in the social gravity events, which challenged its racers to timed descends on the popular Nerang trail network. Corey Edwards from Benowa is the outright winner and Michelle Gane from Ashgrove was the fastest female on course on the Sunday. Students from Palm Beach Currumbin State High School claimed the honorary “Champions School” title on the Friday. The Rocky Trail has confirmed that the team is working on a line-up of events for their Queensland calendar in 2020.
Over the past decade Rocky Trail Entertainment has established itself as one of Australia’s major private mountain bike events organisers and has managed over 250 races in NSW and the ACT since 2008. The first races in Queensland were held on the Gold Coast last weekend.
Nerang State High School hosts Gold Coast Schools Comp
To mark the occasion, Rocky Trail launched the Gold Coast Schools Mountain Bike Comp on Friday 1 November, as the first event under their new “Rocky Trail Academy” banner and under the patronage of the local Nerang State High Schools. It was confirmed that there were plans to roll out a set of schools-specific events over the next year.
Said Michael Cooper, teacher and Mountain Bike Sports Coordinator at Nerang High, “The Rocky Trail Academy Gold Coast Schools Competition provided a great opportunity for our students to race against each other in a friendly, fun and very social format. While students raced each stage individually, they were still racing together as a school for the overall school title. This was by far the most enjoyable school activity our students have participated in this year!”
Almost 100 students and volunteers from 19 different schools took part in the competition, which was created so that the students get the opportunity to test their riding ability across three skill areas on the popular Nerang mountain bike trails – Endurance, Speed and Technical Skills.
Students from Palm Beach Currumbin State High School took out the honorary “Champions School” title with 137 points ahead of Byron Bay High School and Hillcrest Christian College.
Fox Superflow launches in Queensland
With practice on Saturday, the first Fox Superflow gravity race was held also at Nerang National Park on Sunday, 3 November. Established in 2012 by Rocky Trail, the Fox Superflow races have become a series of events across NSW and the ACT. With the launch of the Fox Superflow at Nerang National Park the organisers established a base with two dedicated Event Managers in Queensland.
The outright Male Winner on the three timed race tracks was 46-year old Corey Edwards from Benowa who finished in a total race time of 15:33.3. The fastest female on the day was Michelle Gane from Brisbane in 18:37.2 and the Elite Men’s winner and second outright was James Hollonds from Bardon clocking in 15:35.9.
With Elite and Expert skills classification, the race offered age groups ranging from 13 years upwards to 50+ years as well as an e-Bike category. The local rider Paul Moir recorded the fastest time of the day in 15:31.5 on racing on his e-Bike.
Bob Morris is one of the two Event Managers in QLD and said that the flexible timing set-up allowed a wide range of riders to compete – and ride and race all day together. “I have been travelling with the Fox Superflow across NSW and the ACT for almost two years now and instantly saw the potential for it in Queensland”, he said. “These events are accessible for a wide variety of mountain bikers who love that sense of excitement and the adrenaline surge of hitting a race stage, yet still enjoy the social aspect of spending all day out on the trails with the mates or family”, he added.
The 2020 Fox Superflow events for QLD will be announced in the next month.
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