Great MTB racing at return of Hot Rock Racing in Townsville


Great mountain bike competition at the return of Hot Rock Racing in Townsville - Rocky Trail action continues this weekend!


7-hour female solo winner Laura Dunstan

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Last Saturday marked the return of the HOT ROCK RACE to Townsville XC racing with the Shimano MTB Grand Prix by Rocky Trail Entertainment and supported by the Townsville Enterprise Limited. The event brought lower than expected numbers but no lack of competition. The 4 hour and 7 hour format might have appeared a little daunting to locals at the Douglas Mountain Bike Park and COVID border closures stopped a number of Rocky Trail Racers who might have travelled north to the most remote Shimano MTB Grand Prix, but those who did race were treated to some great competition.


4-hour competition: Female title for Townsville, Cairns top XC athlete claims male solo win
In the Solo female 4hr Meredith Watkins lead the way completing 8 laps and lapping the field, beating Leah Denman and Tegan Maguire both on 6 laps. Meredith was torn between the 4 and 7 hr but decided to take the 4hr since she was backing up with a multisport event on the Sunday. Watch out for Meredith at the FOX Superflow sealed by STANS on the following weekend as she chases the 15 runs challenge. This was Tegan’s first race requiring a “Mummy pass”, and her strong third place proved she will keep improving. When offered a cold Redbull at the completion of her race Tegan commented “Oh, that sounds good… but best not, I have to go home to breast feed.”


Sole Male 4hr saw Bernard Cossar-Smith complete 10 laps and lead all the way from the start. Bernard travelled down from Cairns and is one of the nation’s strongest age group XC riders and after a quick warm down was driving the 4hrs home. In second and third completing 8 laps was Damian Rosenthal, ahead of Rowan Greedy by only 15 minutes in a close race. Bernard’s racing plans, like most, have been thrown into turmoil by the COVID outbreak but he said he is looking to include more Shimano GP’s in his ever-changing race calendar.


4-hour teams: Line-honours for Bike Fix Townsville, Rockwheelers MTB Club juniors steal the show

The team from Bike Fix Townsville provided the fastest 2 riders on the weekend with Bevan Mason being beaten only by teammate Andrew Roberts in the fastest lap ranks. This of course meant they were unbeatable in the 4hr Teams competition completing 11 laps. But the real story of this category was written by the second place “Dream Team” of Drew Roberts and Darcy Cussen. Completing 10 laps and at 15 and 16 years respectively these youngsters provided the drama with determination beyond their years in the battle with third places “Half Baked Goods” Lachlan Spencer and Angus Wood. Drew and Darcy will be riders to watch for the future as both riders have come out of the Townsville Rockwheelers Junior program and are looking to taking on more races.


7-hour competition: Outright line-honours for 5-time Aussie MTB trials Champ Nathan Mummery in Pairs with Alex Diorietes
In the Solo Female 7hr Laura Dunstan was stoked to have exceeded her expectations of completing 12 laps. She was too strong for Kate Davis who completed a creditable 10 laps. Kate was taken back to know she hear she had completed 2850m of climbing in 76km of racing.


The Solo Male 7hr category saw Baily Devantier-Thomas be unchallenged completing 15 laps to win ahead of Mark Mollenhagen and Issara Sintothong who after more than 7 hours were only one minute and 24 seconds apart in both completing 12 laps.


7hr Team Dos Hombres completed 18 laps with Nathan Mummery crossing the line with only 10 seconds to the cut off time to allow teammate Alex Diorietes to get one more… Race director Bob Morris was stunned when Nathan Mummery appeared at registrations. Nathan is 5 times mountain bike trials Australian Champion and has represented Australia at numerous World Championships. Second 7hr team was “The Jo show” team of David Darley and Joanne Koy who completes 14 laps. Dave who is a regular rider at world endurance stage races and a local XC stalward said he “loved the track, it was the best track you could ride at Douglas with the right mix of climbing and smooth descending”. Dave was also appreciate of the trail fairies who cleaned up the “B” lines on “Rock and Roll” track commenting the tidy up will be appreciated by all riders.


Tough course, hot conditions, great start to the Rocky Trail double-header in Townsville! A huge shout-out to the Rockwheelers MTB Club – Townsville! In what will be the first of many Shimano MTB GP – HOT ROCK RACES delivered by Rocky Trail all racers agreed that the format was great and they can not wait for the next.


Rocky Trail Racing action continues this weekend
The Rocky Trail crew will stay in town for the week with the Rocky Trail Academy North Queensland Schools event to follow this Friday, 18 September. The second weekend will kick off with the North Queensland Mountain Bike Schools Comp on Friday 18 September, which is part of the Rocky Trail Academy program. These schools events not only engage youth in healthy social and active recreation but bring a heightened appreciation of nature, the environment, self-reliance, self-learning and independence, all as part of riding a bike in the outdoors.


The Fox Superflow will be the grand finale with a gravity enduro competition – racing both Saturday and Sunday at Douglas MTB Reserve. The field of competitors is expected to be much bigger with the Douglas Reserve trails ideal for the racing format say organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment. 


"The load of exposed rock sections and the fantastic flowy descents are the perfect setting for this enduro-style event. You ride to the top of the three timed race stages in your own time and you can do each up to five times. The best race time on each counts, so in these events you can truly “race the way you ride”. - Bob Morris, Race Director


Racers can practice the courses on the Saturday 19 September and race day is on Sunday. Online registration for competitors is still open. Spectators and visitors from the public in general are kindly asked to enter their details online to request an Event Access Pass (free of charge). All event participants need to pick up either a number plate or a Race Access Pass at the main registration tent on the day.