The annual Rocky Trail Gravity Weekend at Thredbo this year brought Round 2 of the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Series as well as the RedAss Downhill Enduro NSW/ACT State Championships to the popular trails in the Koszciusko National Park.
The Fox Rollercoaster competitors completed two runs of the Flow Trail on the Saturday while practice was under way for the RedAss Downhill on the Cannonball Run. Brock Newling increased his Fox Rollercoaster Series Lead and Connor Fearon and Sian A’Hern claim 2017 RedAss Downhill State Titles.
Round 2 of the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Series took Rocky Trail’s gravity racers to Thredbo and saw a new sponsor come on board with Stan’s NoTubes. In a stacked field, Brock Newling from the NSW Central Coast increases his series lead in the Elite Men and Sian A’Hern won in the Women’s Elite division.
Newling clocked in the two fastest times among the Elite Men’s and did so in an effortless style that showed the talent and caliber of this Central Coast rider who said that the Fox Rollercoaster had rekindled his passion for racing after a break from his previous downhill career. With a combined time of 15:03,73 Newling takes over the series lead ahead of Dave Young (15:16,46) from the Blue Mountains, his runner up in Thredbo. In third with a race time of 15:34,31 was Duke Millington who also claims the third spot in the overall series.
Rising star Sian A’Hern wins the women’s divison
In the women’s Canberra’s Sian A’Hern dominated the elite division, winning on both days and displaying a strong form after a season riddled with injury in 2016. With a race time of 16:54,63 she took the win ahead of Kellie Weinert from Kearns (17:23,14) and Ellie Smith from the Central Coast (17:51,72).
Ellie Smith’s third place puts her in the series lead ahead of the grand dame of NSW gravity, Joanne Fox from Emu Heights and Sian A’Hern is in third overall.
Fearon and A’Hern RedAss Downhill State Champions
Downhill superstar Connor Fearon from Adelaide took out the 2017 RedAss Downhill Enduro NSW/ACT State Championship title in Thredbo and the rising star, Sian A’Hern from Canberra dominated the Elite Women’s divisions for the entire Rocky Trail Gravity Weekend on the popular Kosciuszko National Park trails.
With the fastest seeding time, Connor Fearon won the Elite Men’s race in Thredbo in 4:40,11 and claimed the 2017 NSW/ACT State Championship title of the RedAss Downhill Enduro Series. In second was Brent Smith from Woronora Heights (4:6,38) ahead of Thomas Crimmins (4:48,43). In the women’s Sian A’Hern backed up her win on Saturday with a race time of 5:37,93 to take the female title ahead of local gun Teegan Molloy (5:45,37). Kellie Weinert from Kearns placed in third with 5:52,09.
Junior downhill categories show strength in numbers
Almost half of the downhill field in Thredbo was made up of Junior categories between U13 and U19 and event organiser and Race Director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail said that for 2017, NSW partner clubs will be hosting state rounds with points going towards the series.
“Downhill is a very niche sport and we need strong clubs to sustainably grow it and get juniors into it early. We want to support and help promote club-run downhill races by awarding them state-level points. We’re hoping that it will boost rider numbers at that club platform, so that we can continue to grow this sport from the grassroots level up”, Wisata explained the partnership with local clubs. For downhill event and series information, visit the Rocky Trail website.
The Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Series will come to Sian A’Hern’s home track in Canberra next, racing at Stromlo Forest Park on 30 April.Online registration is open via the Rocky Trail website and the organisers are expecting a full house with four race tracks on offer that will have to be completed by riding to the starts in neutral.