Rollercoaster gravity enduro
by Steve Knowles
The fourth season of the Rollercoaster gravity enduro series was kicked off in the weekend, in a first for the popular racing series, the Elite Men's category ended up in a tie between no less than three riders and the Elite Women finished within 10 seconds of each other. The popular race combined neutral uphills to get to the start points of three different race tracks and with more than 150 starters attracted record female and junior fields from all over NSW and the ACT.
Elite Men's podium with a first ever tie of three riders (l-r): Chris Martin, ex aequo first Michael Vanos, Dave Bowden, Jon Odams, Michal Kafka.
The laid back event atmosphere was deceiving as riders pushed themselves to the limit in hot temperatures in the high thirties at Killingworth on Sunday. The once popular downhill and cross-country racing venue had been revived by the local Hunter MTB Alliance club and they were the hosts for the popular Rocky Trail gravity enduro series on the trails just outside of Newcastle. It was very close racing in the Elite Women's field - Vanessa Thompson from Yanderra showed her strong endurance skills, finishing four seconds ahead of experienced gravity racer Joanne Fox (Emu Heights) and gravity enduro women's ambassador, Kath Bicknell from Sydney (+10 sec). With a gap of six seconds to all-rounder Thompson, a Fox Rollercoaster newcomer in the Expert Female classification, Becc Wyatt from Rozelle, was the overall women's winner.
Vanessa Thompson showing great endurance and riding skills on the challenging trails in Killingworth.
The hotly contested Elite Men's classification resulted in a tie between three riders - Jon Odams, Michael Vanos and David Bowden clocked in the same total race time and are now on equal series points - the NSW MTB association has again awarded the official NSW/ACT State Series title for 2015. Chris Martin from Canberra and Michael Kafka from Sydney completed the podium in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Round 2 of the Fox Rollercoatser #Enduro Series // powered by BH Bikes will be held on 1 March 2015 at Del Rio Resort in Wisemans Ferry. For further event information, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com
The series is backed by new naming rights sponsor FOX Shox Australia and major sponsor BH Bikes.
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