Fox Superflow warmly welcomed in Atherton
Local gravity talents dominate on their home tracks.
The Atherton MTB Park hosted its first Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s gravity race on the weekend. The event had been secured for the region through support from the Tablelands Regional Councils and the local Ride Atherton MTB Club. The local motocross gun and EWS (Enduro World Series) racers Caleb Ward took out the outright male win with the fastest time across the whole weekend with 20:01.2 among a strong field of competitors. The female win went to Townsville racer Kristy Kerrisk in 24:49.1.
The organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment felt warmly welcomed by the local community. Rocky Trail’s owners Juliane and Martin Wisata have had a long-standing history in the region of over a decade as race committee members with the Crocodile Trophy, which is scheduled to return with its 26th edition in October this year. For the Atherton Fox Superflow, however, they had delegated the reigns for the event to their experienced Event Team with Jo Parker and Bob Morris managing the race.
Ahead of the event, Martin Wisata said that the Atherton trails had been specifically picked for the QLD North Series of the Fox Superflow, which has become the fastest growing and most popular gravity enduro race in Australia. Rocky Trail Entertainment is based on the NSW Central Coast and as one of Australia’s major private mountain bike events promoters, the company has 40 races on their calendar all along the East Coast of Australia. Atherton will mark the northern-most event location in 2021, with more events scheduled across South East Queensland, NSW, the ACT as well as VIC.
“We have always loved this region and the Tablelands community, we can’t wait to return with the colourful Croc peloton. We are so proud that finally our very own Rocky Trail racers have hit these tracks in Atherton! The trail network is simply superb and we have been so impressed with the local MTB community’s engagement – all visiting racers have been commenting on the quality of the trails, which we have been exploring and seen grow so well over the years. Based on that experience, we knew that our gravity concept would fit really well”, said 10-time Croc finisher Martin Wisata.
The Fox Superflow offered three timed race tracks with neutral transitions to the starts and established in 2012 has become popular for its challenging yet social racing format, known as “friendly enduro racing without a tight schedule”. Over one third of the competitors in Atherton were under 17 years old with local Matt Walker placing in the outright top ten as the fastest junior and taking the win in the 15-17 year old division with a race time of 21:59.8. Tyler Gauci from Tinaroo came in second ahead of Ethan Sampson from Townsville.
Outright winner: Caleb Ward
The locals truly were out in force with Elite racer Caleb Ward from Ravenshoe taking the outright win with the fastest time on the three race tracks, clocking in 20:01.2. “The timed runs at Atherton were some of the longest ones we’ve been able to knit up across the East Coast of Australia,” said Race Director Bob Morris who designed a cracker of a race track for the Atherton Fox Superflow. “We have already been scouting more trails with the local riders, there is so much potential here for more”, he added.
With a gap of about six seconds,Toby Greenwood from Atherton came in second in the Elites and Adrian Dawson from Yungaburra came in third with 20:35.4. In fourth was Cairns racer Nathan Sandford with 20:55.8 and Ethan Weiss from Mackay placed in fifth, extending his lead in the Fox Superflow QLD North Series tally. Weiss had taken the win in the Mackay Fox Superflow 2 weeks ago, which he backed up with an U17 victory at the UCI Nationals on his home trails at Rowallan Park. He said that he planned to complete all three QLD North events in 2021.
With Atherton hosting the second of three QLD North events, the series will conclude in Townsville at the end of the month. A large contingent had travelled up from Townsville with Kristy Kerrisk taking the female outright win in 24:49.1 in the 15% female field of racers. Local Former Australian National XC Champion Emma Colson took out the overall second position with 26:34.5 ahead of Cooktown’s Amy Meyer in 27:46.0. Celeste Petersen from Mareeba clocked in the fastest female eBike time with 25:43.0. In the category that had been growing in popularity, Nick Kosanovic was the fastest male eBiker with 23:31.3.
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The Fox Superflow supported by the Tablelands Regional Council and the local Ride Atherton Club (l-r): Club Vice President David Prete, Councillor Dave Bilney, Race Director Bob Morris, Club President Brett Picone, Event Manager Jo Parker and Mayor Rod Marti
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