Words by Thredbo MTB, Flow | Images by Flow, Thredbo

Wow. The 2016 Cannonball MTB Festival just stepped it up a notch. This was the best gravity inspired event we’ve seen in Oz – huge kudos to the Thredbo crew for having the vision to make this event a reality. If you sat on the fence this year, stop dithering and put it in the diary for 2o17 right now! Read on for the official word event wrap from Thredbo.

The weather was at its alpine best with blue sky and sunshine across the weekend. Amateurs, pros, juniors and novice riders were competing for a share of the $50,000 prize pool. There was a roll call of big name riders including Troy Brosnan, Connor Fearon and New Zealand’s Brook Macdonald, plus home town heroes Andrew and Thomas Crimmins.

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Brosnan busted through to hit a sub-five minute time, definitely a new track record.

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On the famous 3.5km Cannonball Downhill track, Troy Brosnan took out the main event, the Go Pro Australian Open Downhill, in an scorching time of 4 minutes and 56 seconds. Luke Ellison and Thredbo rider Thomas Crimmins took home 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The strongly contested event pushed riders to their physical and mental limits, all vying for the biggest prize purse on the Australian Mountain Biking event calendar.

Brosnan keeping it breathtakingly low and fast into the finish of the GoPro Australian Open Downhill.

Brosnan keeping it breathtakingly low and fast into the finish of the GoPro Australian Open Downhill.

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World Cup rider Troy Brosnan was ecstatic with his win. “It’s such a great event, I love coming here and to win for the second time is amazing. The track, the race, the whole vibe of the festival is amazing and something I love being part of,” said Brosnan.

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A big contingent of pros turned out to race, including Josh Carlson.

The weekend opened with a new event- the Canyon All-Mountain Assault –where a mix of gravity and XC skills were key. Riders took on the epic 7km flowy descent through the diverse Thredbo alpine terrain, with a nice little pinch climb at the end that left riders breathless at the finish.

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This is how excited people were about the All-Mountain trail.

This is how excited people were about the All-Mountain trail. Carlson, frothing as usual.

The ROCKSHOX Pump Track Challenge rounded out the first day of competition, with young gun Remy Morton tearing up the new look Pump Track to take home the coveted title. The action was big in the SRAM Whip Wars, with over 100 riders lining up to impress the judges. The flips, old school manoeuvres and massive whips excited the massive hillside crowd. Connor Fearon was eventually crowned the King of Style.

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CRACK IT!

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With both sides of the resort pumping tunes from DJs and live acts, and Thredbo’s stellar offering of bars and restaurants alive and pumping, Thredbo again proved why it’s the ultimate holiday destination for summer. The riding is not just for pros, with a range of new trails to suit every level of rider added to the already extensive network. Thredbo boasts 25 kilometres of epic riding in the region, including the latest and greatest Thredbo All-Mountain Trail.

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