Rowallan Park’s 104 acres and a little over 100m of vertical has a reputation for punishing cross country courses. The nearly 14km of single track and 8km of vehicle tracks can be woven together to provide world class XCO tracks, but with so much quality track to play with in a relatively small area it isn’t hard to re-lace the tracks to provide some fun, fast and flowy tracks that thrill the gravity rider and it prove a perfect venue for a FOX Super Flow sealed by STANS. – And that’s just what the Rocky Trail Entertainment crew did!
For the first time ever local and visiting gravity racers from as far as Brisbane, Townsville and even Port Douglas and Hamilton Island hit the three race tracks – the verdict from competitors was that they were loving the track combinations, which even locals had never raced like this before.
The Fox Superflow is all about racing the way you ride!Bob Morris, Race Director
Morris explained that the racers at Mackay were able to take all the time they wanted to get to the starts of the timed race stages and with five attempts on each track and in any order they wanted at that, there was always plenty of time to catch the perfect race lines.
Outright win goes to Rockhampton Elite, local junior claims silver
The overall win in the men’s went to Aaron Hutton from Rockhampton in a total race time of 8:04.4. In second outright was local shredder Will Kelly who took home the U17’s victory and claimed the silver line honours on his home tracks with 8:14.7, a gap of only 6.3 seconds to Hutton. In third overall was Kiah Dumigan from Mackay in 8:14.8.
Rebecca Steele from Salina was the fastest female ahead of Fiona Lang from Townsville.
Race tracks shine with local MTB community support
The Fox track was the most technical and caused a lot of angst with the less capable riders. With the support of the local Mackay District MTB Club (MAD) an “B” line was cut in around the toughest rocky section right in time for racing and some locals who hadn’t ridden it in a while were out practicing in the week prior to relearn the fastest lines. Thus it was that it provided some of the fiercest racing of the day with times dropping from the outset.
The fastest time was one of the last ones clocked in on race day, as with only 40 minutes of the 6 ½ hrs of racing left the Under 17 local pinner Will Kelly smashed through to record a 1:59.0 on the Fox track. The event’s Overall and Elite winner Aaron Hutton from Rockhampton completed the Fox track in 2:00.2 and local champion Under 19 XCO racer Kiah Dumigan finished with a fastest time of 2:03.3.
The STANS track is probably the best known to the local as it ran through the middle of the park and except for a pinchy, pedally switchback corner which Race Director Bob Morris had bypassed are tracks that are included on most days rides at the park. As the least technical track local XC pinners were predicting this track may have provided some of the fastest sections and there was a buzz that it would suit the XC focussed ahead of the technicians of gravity. Aaron Hutton proved that fast is fast putting down a 3:24.4 ahead of Veteran winner Jamie Jochheim from Airlie Beach who’s 3:25.3 proves age is no barrier to fast. Jamie said “It has been a long time since I was between the tape”, and “It was great to see FOX Superflow format racing in the north”.
Event Manager Jo Parker’s favourite track was LAZER as it had the most flow. It also had Mackay’s iconic “Dragon Back” as its technical feature, so it was not simple. Rockhampton’s Aaron Hutton again proved too fast taking the best time on this track with a 2:43.8 ahead of Will Kelly with a 2:44.4 and Kiah Dumigan’s 2:44.8. Kiah was unlucky during the day having persistent flats and mechanicals that stopped him chasing the times to his potential.
Strong junior presence
The event proofed particularly popular with the juniors – almost half of the competitors was under 19 years old. In the Under 13’s field local George Gofton, beat out Townsville brothers Benjamin and Jesse Chamings. In the Under 15’s Oliver Rivers who would have placed 7th overall and 3rd in Elite headed Connor Parish and Dylan Scoble. Dylan was super excited to be leading his dad Barry with an hour to go before Barry put down his coffee and pulled out a fast final run to win the Super Masters and (possibly more importantly) pip his son by only 1.8seconds in the last. Barry went on to tell Dylan there was no Santa Clause and the easter bunny doesn’t lay chocolate eggs to cap of the disappointment. Dylan did the most runs of any on the day with an impressive 14 of a possible 15 timed runs. This makes us think that dads time as the fastest of the Scoble family might be coming to an end.
Local legend Ryan Corry from Corry Cycles was quickest in the Master (40+) age category. Ryan’s 8:39.4 had him also placed 6th overall proving has credentials as a great bike rider as well as a champion bloke. Corry Cycles have long supported Mackay mountain bike riders and it was no different when Rocky Trail came to town providing us with a bike for our photographer to see the park.
Clive Reynolds from Rockhampton took out the Shimano STEPS Electroflow ahead of local Ben Palise.
All in all a great day’s racing was had and Rocky Trail can not wait to revisit Mackay. Planning is already underway for the 2021 FOX Superflow Sealed by STANS – Mackay.
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