I am about to surpass 30 years of assisting to run Mountain Bike races. From grass roots to World Champs. I love my job, but it does come with some challenges and 2020 has provided perhaps more than its fair share.
This past weekend at the FOX Superflow – Mt Joyce, extreme hot weather and the associated fire dangers that had us cancel the Sunday race day and added challenges to all riders on Saturday provided just another stress point that made me question my life decisions. But the FOX Superflow Mt Joyce has brought into focus why I keep loving delivering MTB races… The stories…
Jared Graves was always expected to dominate. He pretty much does that when ever he appears on a start list, but given he is coming back from a separated shoulder, one could be forgiven to think he might just take it easy. Not so much… 15:04.5 total time ahead of Aiden Lefmann 15:31.7 and Mark Frendo 15:39.1 was definitive. Chatting to Jared during the day he mentioned how his shoulder would still not be able to handle heavy drops or jarring rock but after see the map of the proposed tracks for the FOX Superflow he thought it was a perfect chance to take some time off the road bike and get back to what he loves.
Rebecca Poole 18:47.0 was the fastest women and won the Veteran Women category ahead of Laura Matthews from Cyclinic. Rebecca has raced all the FOX Superflow races on SE Qld in 2020. Allysa Saw at 19:36.2 was second fastest women and won her Expert category ahead of Elle Ward. Third in the women’s was Kim Kelly from LIV Giant Nerang and she won the Masters category with a 19:36.4 ahead of Penny Holmberg and Kelly Redmond. LIV Giant Nerang and Cyclinic are doing great things to build the confidence and capacity of Women Superflow racers with supportive and social group rides and have a real enthusiasm for FOX Superflow racing. Trinity Hutt was racing her first ever race following her brother into the sport. The Hutt family had travelled down from Rockhampton for the event after being introduced to Rocky Trail at the Mackay event. Trinity won the under 15 category.
Under 13 category Taj Wright defeated a determined Finn Corcoran and Jasper Cowie in third. Taj’s dad Tim took out the Veterans category ahead of John Wallace and Adam Aiken. Finn’s dad rode as a marshal supporting Finn and helping keep everyone safe. Jaspers dad Phil raced in the Masters category. In the Under 15 category Nicholas Nelson took the win with Liam Winkcup in second and Xavier Tromp taking third. Xavier’s dad Ben also raced Masters. Under 17 third place went to Travis Hutt. Travis rode his new Yeti which is now a Graves Signature Yeti again proving how much of a legend Jared is. Travis placed behind Joshua Jacobson in Second but taking out the Under 17 category Luke Sedgman from Cyclinic set a time of 15:50.6. His time was the 4th fastest of the day.
Dean Wilson took third in the Hardtail category behind Adam Campbell and Chris Maierhofer. Dean has been to every Queensland Superflow event including the impressive effort of driving to Townsville and Mackay to compete. Only Wade Shingleton who raced in the Super Masters category managed to get to all 5 QLD superflow events. In the Super Masters Stuart Fulcher defeated Dean Yeo and Alistair King. Alistair has not just raced all Superflow events in SE Qld but has backed up and raced two Shimano GP’s and Dean would have been to all the Superflow events except for a broken foot suffered before our Ipswich event. Julien Redmond won the Masters category ahead of Deon Beier and Darren Perry. Julien and Deon from Giant Nerang are regular at Rocky Trail events.
I have had a great time delivering Rocky Trail events with my best friend Jo Parker around Queensland this year. We can not wait for 2021 season to begin perhaps after the hot weather breaks.
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