Fox Superflow gravity enduro Townsville
Last weekend the Fox Superflow gravity enduro event took place in Townsville. Event organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment said that the venue was ideal for the mountain bike racing concept. The unique "Superflow" concept was developed by Rocky Trail and over the past eight years has become the fastest growing gravity format in Australia.
Elite Female Winner Iona Anderson from Condon
The Fox Superflow in Townsville challenged its athletes to tackling three rocky race tracks at Mount Douglas Reserve. What makes these events unique is that the competitors can choose the order in which to clock in the race times and that they have up to five attempts on each trail. The uphills to the starts are untimed, which makes it a social affair and attractive to groups of friends and entire families to compete together.
In unseasonably hot weather on the weekend the nearly 40-minute climb to the summit where all 3 tracks started was a battle for the brave and multiple runs on only 1 track was rare but on all tracks was honest Politician scarce.
Says Race Director Bob Morris said the venue had been ideal as it was so close to the centre of Townsville with three fantastically flowy descending tracks, which tested all with long arm pumping and leg draining flow.
"Douglas Mountain bike park is a chairlift away from the perfect venue for the gravity enthusiast, which makes it a top shelf venue for the FOX Superflow Sealed by STANS", Morris said.
Queen of the North: Iona Anderson
In third for the women Alison Mackrill set a total time of 20:17.1 whilst competing in the Master’s 40+ category. Second went to the Elite rider from TOP Brand Bikes Kristy Kerrisk in 19:21.6. But to take out the Queen of the North was for Iona Anderson riding for CRANKED Bike Shop who completed her 3 runs in an impressive 18:59.1. This time would have placed her just outside of the top 10 in elite men and marks this young pinner as a star of the future.
Worth noting also U13 racer Kamryn Mackrill was the fastest junior and you can be sure will be surpassing Mum (Alison) soon. It was great to see Tegan Maguire, Meredith Watkins and Leah Denman joining Rocky Trail again after competing in the Shimano GP the previous weekend. And after winning the GP 7hr Meredith was the only rider (Male or Female) to complete 2 laps on every course without battery assistance. Some male riders commented “her again” when they saw Meredith at the top of the hill for a second time whilst they were still recovering from the climb.
King of the North: Patrick Morrison
Grant Cooper coordinator of Gravity racing for the Rockwheelers MTB Club had stitched a target to his back on the Saturday by setting the fastest time of 17:41.7. This time was impressive with some commenting Sunday morning that “Coops know these tracks so well that he’ll be hard to beat”. Whilst daunting to some, it seemed to motivated one of the youngest elite riders who with a time of 16:46.0 crowned himself King of the North:
Patrick Morrison 19years old, absolutely smoked it to go nearly a minute faster over the three tracks. Second went to Chris Olsen 17:32.7. Coops commented “I’m stoked to have held onto third from these too pinners”. Several riders were competing for the 3rd time with Rocky Trail in a little over a week. Drew Roberts, Ben Chamings, and Tyler Andersen all having done the Shimano GP, the Rocky Trail Academy for secondary school kids and the FOX Superflow. Tyler was on his 4th day of racing after being a marshal/chaperon for his younger brother Callum on the Saturday. A champion effort and exemplar of the spirit in the juniors at the Rockwheelers MTB Club.
Rocky Trail Academy draws local MTB talent
On Friday Rocky Trail also hosted one of its junior development races. Under their "Rocky Trail Academy" banner secondary students from twelve local schools competed in the "North Queensland Schools MTB Comp". The event had three timed trails on offer that challenged the students in technical skills and endurance in a social environment. The Ignatius Park College students claimed the "Champion School Title", a points classification based on podium positions achieved.
"These events were developed to engage youth in healthy social and active recreation that brings a heightened appreciation of nature, the environment, self-reliance , self-learning and independence, all as part of riding a bike in the outdoors", explained Event Manager Jo Parker.
Rocky Trail says it has plans to be returning to Townsville in 2021.