The 21st of May 2017 bought the last round of the Prime Constructions FNQ 2017 XC series to Smithfield MTB Park. The premier MTB event site in the North. Home to the 2017 UCI MTB World Championships.
As expected, Dom Hoyle (Giant- Bicycle Centre) dominated the day in the elite men, with the absence of the Rubachs from Townsville. Bernard Cossar-Smith (Trek – Discovery Astute Financial Racing Team) in a strong second place with Tim Flemming. Special mention to Lincoln Carolan (Merida- Bicycle Central on Mulgrave) who came in a close fourth after having also raced in the Cairns Cycling Club Criterium earlier in the morning.
Only two women braved the day of racing with Sarah Kaehler taking out elite women and Jodi Brown taking out the Masters Women. Jodi’s husband taking out the Masters men, Shawn Garraway in the Vet Men, Warren Pike in the Super Masters Men and Rod Tindale in the Grand Masters men. Nathan Clohesy taking the win in the Sport class, Harry Sandilant in the under 15 and Jim Carlsson in under 17. A excellent day of racing with the perfect course for a perfect day. Not much climbing but heaps of funky flowing downhill runs.
With the days racing done it was now time to announce the series winners. With the requirement that all riders must complete at least 3 rounds to be considered for the series results some categories and riders fell short despite strong showings early in the season.
In Elite Female the Series winner was Anita Narula (Giant/Liv – Bicycle Centre Cairns) with no other prizes awarded. Elite Male winner was Dom Hoyle (Giant – Bicycle Centre Cairns), second place was Daniel Rubach (Rocky Mountain – Crank’d Cycles Townsville) and third place to Tim Fleming. In Vet Men Shawn Garraway took the series win with Adrain Tarca and Brett Welch taking second and third place. Masters Female series was won by Jodi Brown and husband, Paul, has taken out the Masters Men, seems winning is in the family. Chris Petrie taking second for the series and Darren Cousins sneaking into the 3rd place with consistent results across the series.
In Super Masters Men, Peter Craig and Warren Pike have been battling out the season with Peter taking the series win over Warren and Ken Davidson taking out 3rd. Joel Groberg takes the win for Grand Masters men with Michael Mehonoshen in 2nd and Glen Mills with a series 3rd place. Young Townsville rider Nathan Clohesy dominated Sport Male across the series and can thank that in part to supportive parents, who have made the effort to take him to every event in the series. Excellent commitment from Team Clohesy, well done guys. 2nd place goes to Brettt Carlsson and 3rd to Vince Marcel. Travis Cummings taking out the U17 male and Harry Sandilant taking out U15 male.
Cairns MTB Club would like to thank Tableland Cycle Sports, Cassowary Coast Multi Sport and Mareeba Mountain Goats for their support of the XC Regional series concept and its success.
On behalf of all of the Clubs we would like to thank Prime Constructions for their support and the efforts of all volunteers at each of the clubs who have put on a spectacular event and contributed to the success of the series. We would also like to thank all the riders and their supporters for travelling our beautiful region to ride bikes.
A special mention to Megan from the Mareeba Mountain Goats, who has been the timing guru for all of the events, with some help from her partner, Rudi. We would also like to thank Drew White for his behind the scenes help with coordination. Big thanks to Andy Taylor from Prime Constructions for attending and presenting the winning prizes.
Plans are afoot for an even bigger Series for 2018. Prime Constructions have pledged their support for our concept to make the racing bigger by adding in another race and upping the stakes.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in 2018 for another Regional adventure on our bikes.
If you haven’t already, make sure you get your rego in for the Masters Games this weekend. The registration closes on Thursday 25th May, click the link to register – https://cairnsmtb.com/event/gbr-masters-games-xc/
RRR in a couple of weeks and put some time aside for the UCI MTB World Championships 5-10 September. Be a volunteer and get in free to watch the best riders in the World battle it out in one of the most beautiful Rainforests in the world for the coveted Rainbow Jersey.
See you on the trails.