Once again, mother nature gave us a little reminder of why we love the tropics with a snappy shower 30 minutes before race start at Cardwell, as riders prepared for the rescheduled round 2 of the Prime Constructions FNQ XC Series.
here is the series tally to date for the first 3 rounds of XC.
Reminder: Competitors must compete in at least three races in the series to be eligible for prizes.
So see you all at the next XC events. Cant wait to see who takes out this years top spots.
After rain most of the week Atherton and Mother Nature found it in its heart to bless the 1st round of the Prime Constructions 2017 FNQ XC series with sunshine. The tracks were prime, with a little bit of water flowing in the creek crossings, and the ever present croc hiding in Georges Pool. The race was using sections of trails 1,2 and 3 of the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, a 7.1km course set and prepared by the Atherton Crew, big thanks to Jeff Green and Knowlesy for their efforts with trail setup. A course that appeared deceptively flat but competitors were to find out rather quickly there was a climb hidden amongst the fun.
The second round of the 2016 Cross Country series was held on the Smithfield Trails on a beautiful North Queensland Winters day. The 6km loop included a new section of trail ‘red belly’, which was given the approval from all riders as fun and flowing.
There was plenty of quality racing today with a hotly contested Elite Men field. Early race leader and winner from round 1, Dominic Hoyal withdrew mid way through the second lap, with a mechanical. This left a bunch of 3 containing Oliver Phillips, Daniel Rubach and Jeff Rubach in contention for the win. The bunch stayed together until half way through the final lap, where Oliver launched his attack to bridge a gap on Daniel and Jeff. Oliver increased his lead for a comfortable win, completing 5 laps in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 25 seconds. Taking out the sprint finish for second and third was Daniel Rubach, then Jeff Rubach respectively, some 45 seconds back. In the Elite Women, Sarah Kaehler took the win with 4 laps in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes 27 seconds.
It was great to see some close racing in the other categories and plenty of camaraderie and good cheer as everyone crossed the finish line. Results for the day are below by category as well as individual lap records.
Thanks once again to all our volunteers who helped to mark out the course, setup the venue, be there for safety as course marshalls and make sure events like this run smoothly and safely. We are always in need of helpers, as without them, races won’t happen. The next XC will be confirmed soon, stay tuned to this website, facebook and the club emails for details.
The second round of the 2016 Cairns Downhill series was run in somewhat damp conditions on the Smithfield Nationals downhill course. This didn’t stop nearly 50 riders getting out there in the wet and muddy conditions to throw down some great times. Jordan Payn from Townsville took the top step in Elite Men, with a very respectable 2:53.11. Dylan McKenzie took 2nd place, some 6 seconds back and Yanni Marple took a very close battle for 3rd. Christel Dallozzo, also from Townsville took the win in the Elite Female category with a 3:33.44, closely followed by Kaitlin Lawlor only 1.6 seconds in 2nd place and Jacinta Pink rounding out the podium in 3rd.
Results from the day are below and well done to all those who took part.
Once again a huge thanks for all of the volunteers and helpers for day, made a little more challenging by the rain. Stay tuned to the website and facebook for details of the next round of the club Downhill series
Image credit (Discovery Cycles) – Female and Male Elite Podiums
The Cross Country season is off to a flying start in 2016, with round 1 being run on the somewhat damp Smithfield Trails. A few early morning showers kept things nice and slick on the 5km loop.
Results for the weekends racing are below, including individual lap records.
The next event in the 2016 XC series is scheduled for the 8th May, with the race location to be confirmed.
Results for Round 1 of the 2016 DH series are below, including by category, overall and a special set of results for Team Simpson. All three Simpson brothers, John, Connor and Nick took on the family challenge to see who is currently the fastest. John took the win by the way.
Well done to all those who raced today, some very close times on a dry and dusty National’s track. For the record Adrian Dawson kept his winning streak on the Smithfield Nationals DH track on course, taking the win in a time of 2:44.67. In second place just under 5 seconds back was Henry Blanch (2:49.19), with John Simpson (2:52.14) third, only 0.7 seconds ahead of 4th place Cody Mettam (2:52.83) and another second back to 5th place Dustin Michna (2:53.94).
In the Elite Women’s category, Christel Dallozzo put down an awesome time of 3:18.36, which put her mid field overall. Second place for the women was taken out by Jacinta Pink in a time of 3:32.04.
The next DH event for Cairns is currently scheduled for the 22nd May. In the meantime, make sure you get your tickets or put your name down to volunteer out at the upcoming World Cup between the 20th to 24th April, right here in Cairns.
Thanks again to Larry, Stacey and all the volunteers, drivers and marshalls for helping out, as these races don’t happen with your support.
Photo Credit – May Wetterling (Facebook Image)
Results for Round 1 are now online. Congratulations to all riders for another great days racing on the awesome Smithfield Trails.
Due to popular demand the Masters 3+ category for 40+ riders has been added to the schedule for 2016.
Round 2 for the Enduro Series will be held in Atherton on the Sunday the 17th April. Check out the facebook post for more information and entry details.
The Smithfield Trails are open once again for the weekend of the 19-20 March and we’ll advise of any further trail closures in the event of weather or trail construction for the upcoming World Cup.
Huge thanks to the awesome turn out at the working bee this morning. Plenty of hands on deck to clean up Jacobs Ladder, which now has a new B line, and the original A line has had plenty of dirt and rock to clean it up.
Work has also been completed on Rodeo Drop and Python Steps sections of the Cross Country Course. Please have a look at first on any sections that look like they’ve had fresh work as they will be different to when you rode them last.
Thanks to Cairns MTB Trails Social Rides facebook page for the pic of the revamped Jacobs Ladder
2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for MTB in Cairns. Not only do we have the return of the UCI World-Cup right on our very own trails, the RRR & Crocodile Trophy; we are happy to offer you a stacked racing calendar for anyone not taking on the big league. Racing includes XC series, Enduro and DH series between Smithfield, Mareeba and Atherton parks. See something you like? Why not enter and give it a go!
Keep an eye out for more news and info as we move into the year! NOTE – kids days / clinics have not been included into the calendar right now, but we wish to advise they will be running throughout the year, we are simply confirming dates.
Gravitate 2015 is now done and dusted, after another awesome event on the revamped Nationals DH Track. Great to see A huge turnout of riders with plenty of the 30+ crew out there, reliving the glory days of DH racing. The course was expected to see some fast times, and 15 of the 50 riders managed to get an impressive sub 3.00 minute race time.
The winner on the day was Adrian Dawson in an unbelievable 2:40.88, with Berend Boer just 2.5 seconds back 2:43.40 in 2nd place and wrapping up the Elite Male category was Jordan Payn in a 2:48.98
Christel Dall’ozzo took the win in Elite Female with a 3:19.22, with Jacinta Pink just over 15 second back in 2nd with a 3:34.58. In the hotly contested 30+ club, John Simpson overcame a first run disaster with a crash and a DNF, to steal the win from Grant Cooper by 0.3 of a second. John posted a 2:54.98 for 1st, with Grant at 2:55.32 for second and Jeremy Watts rounding out the podium for third with a 2:56.20
Ashley Gosley took the win in the Under 15 with a very respectable 3:19.54 and Dylan McKenzie won Under 17 in 2:48.97 in a time that had him third fastest for the day.
Full results are below and congratulations to all participants and thanks to all our volunteers who make these events a great success.
As we sign off from Gravitate 2015, remember that next weekend is a double header with the Crocodile Trophy starting Stage 1 at Smithfield at 12:00PM on Saturday and the National Gravity Enduro Championships kicking off with a Prologue starting at Palm Cove from 2.00PM. Racing for the Gravity Enduro starts around 8.00AM on Sunday on 5 gruelling stages of the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park.
Results from Saturday nights awesome Pony Express are below. Congratulations to all those who took part in what was an exciting and fun race, with plenty of close battles between the teams. Top place went to team BO or Oliver Phillips and Ben Coulter in a hotly contested dual with Team Bicycle Centre of Dominic Hoyal and Isaac Fleming. After 13 laps, only 8 seconds separate the top two teams.
Teams of 2 riders can be mixed male/female, will compete to do the most laps from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Riders will Complete a lap then tag their team mate sending them out on there lap, riders can complete more than 1 lap at a time, but both riders must complete 2 laps each
World Cup Event site around Behind the Uni, turn left at the uni and drive around the back and its on your left
Dont forget your lights as its all happening at night!
Course map and Elevation is below.
It is a 3k loop take 10min at a casual pass with no major climbs
The Course is
Ride up the World cup start finish straight over the bridge backwards up the downhill track
Turn Left in 1st finger(wobbegong) ride this go past 2nd finger( WC XC Barramundi) till you hit the ring road
Turn right onto the ring road and ride along this road
Turn right up the DH Access road through the yellow gate
Turn left into MP39 ride this trail
Turn left into Stumpies ride this trail
At the end of Stumpies there is a hairpin corner you need to turn LEFT here and head back out towards the ring road
Once at the gravel piles you will turn right in the Greenfields Follow this trail all the way back to the World cup site
Rego will be done at the World Cup Site from 2:30-4:30 with Racing From 5:30pm
The 21st edition of the Crocodile Trophy starts in Cairns on Saturday 17th October and we welcome all to come along to watch Stages 1 and 2.
Stage 1 , Saturday 17th October, Smithfield Mountain Bike and meet at the World Cup Site from 11.00AM for a 12.00PM race start.
Stage 2, Sunday 18th October, The Esplanade, near the Lagoon with riders meeting from8.00AM for a rolling out at 9.00AM. Stage 2 will officially start from the first lookout on Lake Morris Road.
For more information about the race, check out the Crocodile Trophy website http://www.crocodile-trophy.com/
For those of you who were planning to race the ‘taste of the croc’ for stages 1 and 2 this year, the club has recently been advised this will no longer be run.
The Crocodile Trophy returns to Far North Queensland for 2015, starting on Saturday 17th October with a 5 lap race of the Smithfield Mountain Bike Trails. This 9 day event is renowned around the world as one of the toughest mountain bike races out there. For more information about the Croc, head on over to http://www.crocodile-trophy.com
While you won’t get to ride it this year, (unless you’re racing the full event), we’d encourage everyone to come out to Smithfield and cheer on some of the worlds fastest endurance racers. There is a strong contingent of Australians again this year, with a number of Cairns based riders taking on the full 9 days of the Crocodile Trophy.
Round 4 of the 2015 Enduro Series is done. A few light showers during the week, proved to keep it tricky in the rainforest and well grippy in the open sections.
Results for the day are below with Overall and Category Placings. Congratulations to Berend Boer for the Win in Elite Men, Jacinta Pink for the win in the Womens, Justin Bailley for the Sport Men and Behailu Green for taking out the Junior category.
Championship results will be posted up soon.
The Stages for round 4 included
Stage 1 VINES
Race will start down on the wooden bridge in vines, due to QLD Parks putting large rock on the race trail, Decend Vines section ending at the world Cup Event site
Stage 2 OCEAN VIEW
Start at the top of the World cup XC climb(or ride the road), Decend down croc teeth/Jacobs ladder/Catiplillers finishing at world cup Event site
Stage 3 HAPPYS,
Start on Happys , decend that trail into MP39, Turn left into Stumpies, ride that trail till the last corner turn left out towards the Greenfields with the race finishing just passed the second creek
Hi all you Gravity Nuts,
With Craig our Gravity guy being way for the last few weeks updates have been a bit slow, BUT hes back so lets get upto date with the DH Series
Below are the Results for
Round 2 witch include the Cairns TRI city DH Round
We will post a updated results of the Tri City Series Results soon as we get em
With lots of events happening over the last few weeks, on the same weekend as Ironman the Gravity nuts headed up to Atherton to compete in Round 2 of the Tri city race series
Over 60 riders battled it out for the quickest time down the hill on trail 9 (ricochet)
Results are below
With round 3 being held in Cairns on 9th of august hope to see you all there