Just one week after cheering on Australia’s best mountain bikers racing the World Championships on home soil, South Australia’s downhill fraternity had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of these downhill heroes at the Giant Adelaide SA State Championships.
We knew that the excitement building in the lead up for last weekend’s racing on the historic, new track, Lone Gum was big but we had no idea just how big. Everyone who ever rode a downhill bike was there, it seemed, relishing the atmosphere of a great mountain biking community event.
The new Trailscapes track offers a bit of everything; off camber old school racing through the steep pines, rock chutes, crazy gaps, berm transfers and a massive set of jumps at the bottom making for a spectacular finish.
This track has been years in the making with much advocacy, planning and building going into it. Thanks to Forestry SA, Bicycle SA and Inside Line sponsor Trailscapes for every ounce of effort that has gone into bringing Lone Gum into fruition. The track can be found at Fox Creek Mountain Bike Park which offers a plethora of riding options for XC, GE and DHI on Forestry land in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.
The official opening ceremony involved cutting of the bunting by next generation rider, Izack Fielder, along with our homegrown World Cup heroes, Troy Brosnan and Connor Fearon. After the race, both Troy and Connor stated that this was the most fun they had had all year on their downhill bikes and plan to return for more next year.
The weather was perfect and Zolle Borbasi and Jordan Roberts manned the mic while DJ Delta pumped out the tunes for an excellent atmosphere. A memorable day of racing was capped off by a whip-off contest featuring four World Cup riders that was simply nuts!
1. Troy Brosnan
2. Connor Clancy
3. Callum Dawes
1. Shelly Flood
2. Rebecca Wilkinson
3. Moira Love
1. Sam Walsh
2. Bennett Wythe
3. Joel Hakkinen
Full results can be found here.
The next Inside Line event will be the Gravity Enduro Nationals, once again in Fox Creek as part of the Adelaide Festival of Dirt from Oct 20-22. The Adelaide Festival of Dirt is a celebration of mountain biking based at the Anderson Hill Winery with sideline events running concurrently with the GE Nats including a night ride in Fox Creek, dual slalom competition and some quality downhill coaching. More details can be found here www.adelaidefestivalofdirt.com.au