Almost 900 racers with over 1,300 starts across the five races this year – the 2019 Fox Superflow events wrapped up as one most successful seasons at Greenvalleys MTB Park near Shellharbour in NSW on 17 November.
The Sydney father and son duo Ben and Kobi Porter collected the most points out of all competitors and took out the ‘honorary series points title’ in the NSW/ACT series ranking with 2500 points each across the 5 events in the Hardtail and U13 categories respectively.
Competing at all five series events both claimed the series victories in their categories. The young U13’s Female racer Maia Uberoi-Robson from Hurlstone Park and U17’s Sam Poulton from Port Macquarie finished on 2450 points each and took out their category wins also.
In the Elites, Jason Capenecas from Wollongong is Men’s Series Winner finishing up a successful series with a victory close to home at Greenvalleys MTB Park.
In the adult women’s categories it was multiple BMX Champion Melanie Gibson from Canberra who collected the most points, participating in three of the five events, which took racers to some of the most popular mountain biking destinations in NSW as well as Stromlo Forest Park in the ACT. All events were stand-alone races and competitors who participated in two or more events were eligible for the series ranking.
Mates and families competing alongside each other
More than a third of the competitors across the series participated in the Veterans (30+) and Masters (40+) classifications. Strikingly junior racers from 10-17 years made up another third of the racers – many families competing and racing against the clock alongside each other.
The Fox Superflow was created by Rocky Trail Entertainment based on the popular overseas “enduro” race formats. Yet the events are unique with a flexible event schedule and custom-designed timing system doesn’t require any start orders or cut-off times. Competitors can ride up hill at their own pace and need complete to two-three timed race stages. Each race stage can be done multiple times and the best time counts towards the end result.
Says Rocky Trail’s founder Martin Wisata, “The mountain bike trails and venues for the superflow events are picked so that the racers get a proper challenge – the faster you go, the harder and more technical the race tracks get.”
Therefore Elite and ‘serious’ amateur athletes have been hooked on the fun yet tough superflow type of racing and events attract an additional wide variety of mountain bikers across all age groups 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.
For 2020 a line-up of events across NSW, the ACT and QLD is about to be released in the next few weeks.