Video: Eddie Roman’s Hammertime

MTB and BMX action featuring Mat Hoffman, Tim Fuzzy Hall, Brian Lopes, Chad Herrington, Eric Carter, Hans Rey, Dave Voelker, Ryan Vanderveen, Todd Lyons, Alan Foster and many others.

Filmed in Utah, Oklahoma and California, Hammertime features some of the first MTB jumping including the first MTB backflip. Mat Hoffman riding his motorized BMX bike on the gigantic half pipe is absolutely amazing. Watch Mat launch off a quarter-pipe after being towed by a motorcycle at 55 mph.

Eddie Roman’s Hammertime from Eddie Roman on Vimeo.

Video: Eddie Roman's Hammertime

MTB and BMX action featuring Mat Hoffman, Tim Fuzzy Hall, Brian Lopes, Chad Herrington, Eric Carter, Hans Rey, Dave Voelker, Ryan Vanderveen, Todd Lyons, Alan Foster and many others.

Filmed in Utah, Oklahoma and California, Hammertime features some of the first MTB jumping including the first MTB backflip. Mat Hoffman riding his motorized BMX bike on the gigantic half pipe is absolutely amazing. Watch Mat launch off a quarter-pipe after being towed by a motorcycle at 55 mph.

Eddie Roman’s Hammertime from Eddie Roman on Vimeo.

Racing: 2014 MTBA National Series – All Rounds Now Opened for Entry

We are pleased to be able to advise that all rounds for the 2014 MTB National Series are now open for entry.

MTBA are very pleased to be able to say that the 2014 MTB National Series rounds will be conducted in partnership with a number of local organisers and clubs. The support, assistance and cooperation we have received from organisers and the mountain biking community has been invaluable. The passion displayed by all those I have meet has been extremely positive and highlights the vast opportunities and potential for the sport through mutual cooperation.

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We are delighted to still be able to honour a commitment made to host a round of the 2014 MTB National Series at Echuca/Moama. The new Moama Mountain Bike Park, near Echuca is the site for a series of races in Round 3. Local organisers are very excited at the opportunity to showcase the wonderful sport of mountain bike and our community of National level riders. The track should prove fast and physically challenging. With a number of activities planned, including an XCC, Come’n’Try activities and the track’s official opening, I feel sure that this round will prove extremely exciting and I encourage as many riders as possible to attend.

The 2014 Australian National MTB Championships will be held as announced in Bright VIC on 6-10 March.

Please visit MTBA to register for all races.

Video: Tegan Molloy | Kona Australia

Tegan Molloy, 17 years old from Jindabyne, NSW, Australia riding her local track.

This year Tegan finished top 3 in the Downhill World Cup Series. Great efforts at such a young age and I’m sure there will be more to come from Tegan next year.

Filmed in Thredbo, NSW, Australia.

Tegan Molloy | Kona Australia from Patrick Neville | PN Films on Vimeo.

Video: Tegan Molloy | Kona Australia

Tegan Molloy, 17 years old from Jindabyne, NSW, Australia riding her local track.

This year Tegan finished top 3 in the Downhill World Cup Series. Great efforts at such a young age and I’m sure there will be more to come from Tegan next year.

Filmed in Thredbo, NSW, Australia.

Tegan Molloy | Kona Australia from Patrick Neville | PN Films on Vimeo.

Video: Hills of Home

“Hills of Home” is a Black Forest production by the film crew of workID and german XCO racer Pirmin Kuß.

Pirmin rides bikes since day one and straight from the beginning his heart belongs to olympic XCO racing. He rides for the german WHEELER-iXS Team and loves the good time he has with his team buddies during the race season. What he really doesn’t like, is the prejudice that cross country fellas are technically unskilled! He tries his best to prove the opposite and puts his heart in his riding. For him it is pure fun to pull his 29″ hard tail through the lovely Black Forest and to have a new challenge everyday out there, without the need of full suspension. Nevertheless the 20 years old boy loves all sports which are based on rolling on two wheels, doesn’t matter how big they are. He puts a lot of time into digging last year and build his own little pumptrack around the house of his family. He truly believes in the progression and fun that brings the BMX pumptrack riding into his training, besides the tough exercises a racer has to do.

Riding for a video project is a little dream came true for him, because in Pirmins opinion racing isn’t only about big races and results. He puts all in and we snapped some awesome shots. After all we had an amazing weekend filming and riding out there and became good friends.

Watch Pirmin blasting some original Black Forest home trails and after it having some fun with his 20″ bike on his pumptrack – for him a perfect day. Enjoy!

Racing: UCI promotes Crocodile Trophy to category level S1

The Crocodile Trophy is the oldest mountain bike stage race in the world and in 2014 will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In honour of this jubilee and major milestone for the event, its organisers decided to join the UCI.

The most adventurous mountain bike stage race in the world will become a UCI event category S1.  As an official UCI race the Crocodile Trophy will still be open for professionals, amateur racers as well as recreational cyclists.

The infamous event is not only the oldest and most renowned mountain bike stage race in the world, but it also features the biggest solo competitor field of any stage race of that dimension.

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The organisers confirmed that for the 2014 anniversary race, there will be at least four completely new stages in the nine-day tour program. With a new and larger infrastructure the Crocodile Trophy will be able to host more participants than in previous years. The new stage plan through the remote Australian Outback and lush rainforests in Tropical Far North Queensland with the new stage finishes and spectacular tracks and trails will be publicized by the end of January.

The event dates are:  18th – 26th October 2014

Online registration has already been open since 1st December on www.crocodile-trophy.com!

For further information please check our website www.crocodile-trophy.com or contact:

Video: This Is Peaty – Season 2, Episode 8

“What a season it’s been…

It’s been a jam packed year full of laughs and good times with Peaty and co, but unfortunately this season has come to an end.

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With the up-coming release of Steve Peat’s life story ‘Won’t Back Down’, produced by Clay Porter and John Lawlor. We take a look into what went into making the masterpiece…

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Just as the alcohol had left the system from the Sheffield World Premiere, it was time to hop on a plane one last time this year and head to Santa Cruz, California, for the USA premiere and a chilled week.
We can’t thank you enough for tuning in each month and all the comments and stoke we receive from you all each month, it’s truly what keeps us going!
This isn’t the end of the road for Peaty and co by any means though… Season 3 is being brainstormed as we speak, so look out for more on that early 2014!
Merry Xmas and see you all next season!
Cheers!
Produced by Steel City Media”

Video: The Cell Stromlo on home turf

We like Australian brands, especially when they’re proud of their heritage. Cell Bikes mightn’t be the first brand you think of when it comes to Australian mountain bikes, but they design and test all their bikes locally. Their new entry-level hardtail is named after a place that still rates as one of our favourite destinations; Stromlo.

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Cell’s new designer, Dave Musgrove, comes to the party with some serious riding and product development credentials and here he puts his latest creation to work on the singletrack of its namesake, shredding around Mt Stromlo on the $749 Stromlo 2.0.Stromlo_0226cropped_LR_RGB

We’re looking forward to seeing more from Cell, with Dave Musgrove at the wheel we know they’re serious about repositioning themselves with some real offerings for the mountain bike market. Keep an eye out for some high-end hardtails, and cross country and all-mountain duallies in early 2014. www.cellbikes.com.au/Bikes/Mountain-Bikes

Video: Kiwis Can Fly – the Christchurch riding scene

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The Kiwis Is a new web series taking an action packed look at New Zealand mountain biking – from downhill in the Queenstown Bike Park, scree freeriding in the Southern Alps, Canterbury single track, downtown dirt/street/park anarchy, to the competitive NZ race scene.

For episode two ‘The Perfect Line’ head further into the Christchurch riding scene and checkout the recent Gravity Canterbury Downhill race at Victoria Park, then it’s a short trip to the Horbny BMX track and skate bowl, followed by a session with Port Hills Hucker Rhys Idiens and all topped off with a trick jump step up – Backflip Tailwhips anyone?!

Music courtesy of Sweet Leaf: Single – High on Jet Vapour

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Video: A Racer's Dream // The full length movie

A Racer’s Dream by Hutchinson UR UCI Elite Downhill mountain biking team.

This is a movie that shows downhill mountain biking from a different point of view.
Hutchinson UR team is used to making web videos that show a lot of the fun and the bright side of mountain bike racing, with the traveling, the riding, the fun, the podiums etc…

A Racer’s Dream // The full length movie from Hutchinson UR Team on Vimeo.

A Racer’s Dream gives you an insight on all of the above but also shows the other side of the sport with the injuries, the doubts, the research and development, the hard training, the preparation and at the end, the ruthless judgement of the clock.

Follow closely Mick and Tracey Hannah, Fabien Cousinié and Guillaume Cauvin through 14 months of preparation towards their biggest goal of the year : The Downhill World Championships in South Africa. Becoming World Champion is still a racer’s dream for them.

This movie was made possible thanks to the help of Polygon, Alltricks, Formula, 100%, Alpinestars and Fox Racing Shox. It’s available for FREE on internet.

Thanks to Redbull Media House for their support .

The team would like to thank all their sponsors for their support : Hutchinson, Polygon, Alltricks.com, Alpinestars, Fox Shox, Bluegrass, Ride 100%, Spank, E-thirteen, Formula, Mavic, Crankbrothers, VP Components, Sony, FiveTen, ODI, JetBlack, Fizik, Zéfal, Unior Tools, Freelap, Clear Protect, Black Mountain Snowscoots, Ti-Springs.com

A big thanks to all the people who took part in this project.

Follow :
facebook.com/hutchinsonURteam
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Video: A Racer’s Dream // The full length movie

A Racer’s Dream by Hutchinson UR UCI Elite Downhill mountain biking team.

This is a movie that shows downhill mountain biking from a different point of view.
Hutchinson UR team is used to making web videos that show a lot of the fun and the bright side of mountain bike racing, with the traveling, the riding, the fun, the podiums etc…

A Racer’s Dream // The full length movie from Hutchinson UR Team on Vimeo.

A Racer’s Dream gives you an insight on all of the above but also shows the other side of the sport with the injuries, the doubts, the research and development, the hard training, the preparation and at the end, the ruthless judgement of the clock.

Follow closely Mick and Tracey Hannah, Fabien Cousinié and Guillaume Cauvin through 14 months of preparation towards their biggest goal of the year : The Downhill World Championships in South Africa. Becoming World Champion is still a racer’s dream for them.

This movie was made possible thanks to the help of Polygon, Alltricks, Formula, 100%, Alpinestars and Fox Racing Shox. It’s available for FREE on internet.

Thanks to Redbull Media House for their support .

The team would like to thank all their sponsors for their support : Hutchinson, Polygon, Alltricks.com, Alpinestars, Fox Shox, Bluegrass, Ride 100%, Spank, E-thirteen, Formula, Mavic, Crankbrothers, VP Components, Sony, FiveTen, ODI, JetBlack, Fizik, Zéfal, Unior Tools, Freelap, Clear Protect, Black Mountain Snowscoots, Ti-Springs.com

A big thanks to all the people who took part in this project.

Follow :
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Gunna Gotta Go – Rotorua competition, we have a winner!

The best Christmas present ever.

That’s how Australian mountain biker, Mitchell Ho, described winning return airfares for two to Rotorua for the Bike Festival in February.

The competition was organised by Rotorua International Airport with Australia’s Flow Mountain Bike, and Flowmountainbike.com

“I’d been watching Flow Mountain Bike’s Top 10 Rotorua Trails videos the last couple of months,” says the 30 year old from Rockdale in New South Wales. “I kept thinking ‘man, all these trails look awesome’, but it’ll be a while until I can get over there to ride them…maybe one day.”

So, of course, he entered the competition.

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“Fast forward to today and I‘d just watched the final video when I got the call from New Zealand saying I’d won.” he continues.

It’s good timing, as he’d just bought a new mountain bike for his recent birthday.

“I got into mountain biking when I was around 14, but eventually stopped to focus on bike trials,” he adds. “I bought a cross country bike in 2011 and it was great to get back on track (pun intended). Being able to flow (also intended) on single track is a great contrast to trials riding. And it’s excellent cross-training.”

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Mitchell has visited Rotorua twice before. In 2006 he joined large numbers of Australian fans to watch the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships. He returned in 2009 for the UCI Trials World Cup, final round.

“But I’ve never ridden your trails before,” he says with a chuckle. ”From what I’ve seen of the top 10 trails videos, I’m really looking to checking out all 130 kilometres of them.”

The trip is for two and Mitchell’s fiancée, Jess, will join him.

“She hasn’t done a lot of mountain biking before, but she’s super keen,” he says. “And, I’ve no doubt that after visiting Rotorua, she’ll love it.”

The couple will enjoy the full Rotorua experience worth $5000 dollars. This includes accommodation at the Millennium Hotel, a Thrifty Rental car, a tour of the trails with Mountain Bike Rotorua, rafting at Okere Falls and kayaking on Lake Rotoiti with MultiDay Adventures, the OGO and Skyline, clothing by NZO Active, pampering at the Polynesian Spa and hospitality from the Pig & Whistle and Capers Epicurean.

“When the idea of the comp was suggested all these great local companies immediately put up their hands to help,” says Graeme Simpson, from the Rotorua Bike Festival team. “No surprise, it’s the Rotorua way.”

The 10-day Festival runs from Friday February 14 to Sunday February 23. The full programme is on www.rotoruabikefestival.com with regular updates at facebook.com/RotoruaBikeFestival

 

Fresh Product: MTB Rotorua 2014 Calendar, a mountainbiking and photographic wonderland

The 5667 Hectares of trees at Rotorua’s back door, called the Tokorangi Forest (known as the Redwoods) and the Whakarewarewa Forest are a mountainbiking and photographic wonderland. The forests have many moods during different weather and times of the day, and there is no better way to experience them all than exploring on a bike.

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One of the finest ways to see the forest at its best is through the lens of Graeme Murray. Graeme is also the producer, filmed and editor of the recent Ride Rotorua Top Ten video series. 

Rider: Jono Church

This year he has put together a calendar: large format, beautiful images, ready to go now from NZO’s online store for $29. Why not grab a pair of those world-famous NZO shorts while you’re there?

Get it here.

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Video: Our Process: The Lunch Ride with Yeti Cycles

Don’t call us between 11:30 and 1:00. We won’t be here.

Every day, weather permitting, we shut our doors, turn on the answering machine and head out for a ride at lunch. With the headquarters situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our local trails are just a few pedal stokes away. This daily opportunity to get out and ride is a large part of why many started working here, but at the same time, it allows us to test and refine new models, try out component spec, or just drop the boss on a climb. It is core to the process behind the bikes we design and manufacture.

Our Process: The Lunch Ride from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

Fresh Product: Shimano XC90 shoes

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  • Cross X Strap is optimized for relieving tension on top of foot during push off motion
  • Custom-Fit heat moldable insole with adjustable arch wedge provides support while optimizing heel stabilization

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  • XC race specific outsole is lightweight, ultra-stiff and combined with a lower stack height provides superior energy transfer and efficiency
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Video: Mufftime Road Trip, from Cairns to Buller with Ryan De La Rue

“After 6 months in Far North Queensland building some awesome new trails and having a shit ton of fun it was time to head back down south to Mount Buller to start a new exciting trail project. Here’s a quick little video of my road trip from Cairns to Mount Buller, enjoy!” Ryan De La Rue

Mufftime Road Trip from Ryan De La Rue on Vimeo.

Trails: First dirt turned on Mt Buller’s ‘Epic’ Mountain Bike Trail Project

Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management has announced the beginning of construction on what is set to become Australia’s first International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) EPIC mountain bike trail.

The project is a partnership between the Australian Alps National Landscape Committee Inc, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management and the Australian Government through the T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants program.

Designed and constructed by Glen Jacobs and his team at World Trail, the 40.39km trail will offer visitors to the region a long distance, cross-country descending ride on terrain within the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts (managed by the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management), Mansfield State Forest (managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment), and the Mt Russell Education Area (managed by Parks Victoria).

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Upon completion next summer, IMBA will undertake an assessment of the trail and if EPIC status is attained, it will be one of the few trails outside of North America to receive this endorsement, meaning that it is recognised as a world-class trail that offers an iconic, diverse and high-quality backcountry ride experience.

“While Resort Management has already invested over $1 million into the development of a dedicated mountain bike network at Mt Buller, we understand the importance of continually evolving our offering to maintain our position as a market leader,” said Amber Gardner, Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management. “The launch our Epic trail project in summer 2014/15 will truly solidify Mt Buller’s role as the premier mountain bike park in the State, delivering significant tourism benefits to the Mansfield-Mt Buller region.”

To date, the project has received $125,000 in federal funding through T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants, and $375,000 in state funding through Regional Development Victoria. Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management has contributed $225,000 and the Mansfield Shire Council a further $25,000.

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Mt Buller is Australia’s first and only accredited IMBA Ride Center, recognised as offering world-class mountain bike facilities for all levels of riders. This iconic mountain bike park features over 100km of cross country trails including 40km of dedicated singletrack; Australia’s best cross country trail (Stonefly); two skills parks; the country’s first flow-down trail (Copperhead); Australia’s first modular pump track; and the only chairlift accessible downhill course in the State.

For further information on Mt Buller’s comprehensive network of trails, visit mtbuller.com.au.

For further information on Australia’s National Landscapes, visit http://www.tourism.australia.com/campaigns/national-landscapes.aspx

Video: SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 2: Flat Out and Focused

Enduro is demanding on riders and bikes in the same way: it requires a unique combination of all-out riding and reliability over long stages, multiple days of racing and ultimately a long season.

This second chapter follows the best enduro racers in the world from the iconic Mega Avalanche in Alpe d’Huez to the final race of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure, Italy. Here, in addition to Jerome Clementz’s victory in both the race and overall, Curtis Keene, Rene Wildhaber, Anka Martin, Anneke Beerten and many more reflect on the first season of the Enduro World Series and what it means to be an enduro racer today.

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

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during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

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during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

 

Video: SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 2: Flat Out and Focused

Enduro is demanding on riders and bikes in the same way: it requires a unique combination of all-out riding and reliability over long stages, multiple days of racing and ultimately a long season.

This second chapter follows the best enduro racers in the world from the iconic Mega Avalanche in Alpe d’Huez to the final race of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure, Italy. Here, in addition to Jerome Clementz’s victory in both the race and overall, Curtis Keene, Rene Wildhaber, Anka Martin, Anneke Beerten and many more reflect on the first season of the Enduro World Series and what it means to be an enduro racer today.

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

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during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

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during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

during the final stop of the EWS, Finale, Italy.

 

MTBA Takes Control of 2014 National Mountain Bike Series

Mountain Bike Australia announced today that the 2014 National Mountain Bike Series will be brought back under MTBA control and delivery.

The recent re-structure of Cycling Australia’s (CA) Commercial and Events team means that the arrangement under which CA delivered the previous National Series is no longer a financially viable option.

“This provides a great opportunity for MTBA to engage with our clubs and our members to ensure that a series is delivered which meets the needs of mountain bikers while providing top-level competition for our best riders as they prepare for the international season.” said MTBA President Russ Baker. “I am confident that the future development of this delivery model by MTBA will see a better progression of club, state and national events which will provide fun, development and competition opportunities for all mountain bikers.”

“Our focus will be on providing great races for the riders, in many ways it will be getting back to the basics of our sport and providing what our riders want. It is those very basics that make mountain biking what we all love. I look forward to a successful first round in Adelaide in the new year.”
The 2014 National Mountain Bike Series will use the established venues and dates for rounds 1 and 2, and the downhill component of round 3. There will be no need to change travel plans for those events. XCO riders will still be able to earn valuable UCI points from all races in the series.

The current MTB National Series Schedule is:
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
17-19 January 7-9 February 21-23 February
Eagle Park SA Mt Buller VIC Thredbo NSW
XCO, XCE, DHI XCO, XCE, DHI DHI

The date and location for the third XCO/XCE round is subject to a final confirmation of the suitability of the course and venue. Some of Australia’s best Elite XC riders and MTBA Staff will be inspecting courses in the next week and an announcement will be made on the MTBA website as soon as a decision is made, along with entry details. Russ Baker said, “We must make sure that the course is worthy of our riders and the standard of competition. The best advice MTBA can currently give our riders for planning purposes for Round 3 XCO/XCE is that the dates will be either 22-23 Feb or 1-2 March.”

The 2014 Australian National MTB Championships will be held as announced in Bright VIC on 6- 10 March.

In announcing the transfer of responsibility for delivery of the series, Cycling Australia Interim CEO Adrian Anderson said, “These changes have been undertaken with the best interests of CA, the sport and the mountain bike community top of mind. We would like to thank MTBA for their understanding and willingness to ensure the continuation of the series.”

Video: Road Bike Party 2 – Martyn Ashton

Road Bike Party 2 is here! Martyn Ashton and two very special guests take you on a new journey with a new bike in RBP 2.

Incredible stunts and amazing tricks all completed on a £15,000 Colnago C59 Italia? It can only be a Road Bike Party! Lycra-clad trials legend Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party was a YouTube sensation, so a sequel HAD to be made, bigger and better than before! Martyn was in the middle of filming when his life was transformed by an accident during a trials display which has left him paralysed from the waist down. Courage, determination and great friends have helped Martyn to complete his vision for what a Road Bike Party is.

Road Bike Party 2 features special guest appearances from two trials riding and YouTube legends.

In the words of Mr Ashton, “Party on”!

Video: 2014 Cairns, Australia – World Cup Teaser

The World Trail crew has recently finished construction of the 2014 World Cup XCO & DH tracks, in Cairns Australia. These innovative styles of world class race tracks have evolved over years of professional builds, by World Trail. These tracks will cater for a whole new breed of Mountain Bike racers, both XCO and DH.

A full detailed video, profiling these unique courses, will drop in the coming months, until then, here is a short teaser of what to expect in the jungles of Far North Queensland.

2014 Cairns, Australia – World Cup Teaser from Tom Emrys-Evans on Vimeo.

Cannonball MTB Festival, Thredbo – Day 3

 

We love downhill race day at Thredbo. The long, rough, fast and physical track always makes for awesome racing, so were super excited about the third and final day of the Cannonball MTB Festival.

Thredbo has played host to more legendary downhill races than just about any other venue in Australia, and with $5000 on the line for the men’s win and $2500 for the women, the Australia Open Downhill was going to be another one to remember. Seeding on Saturday afternoon hadn’t thrown up too many surprises, but as we found out, seeding results mean nothing.

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There is no place quite like Thredbo for a DH race.

A warm morning and dry, strong winds ensured the race track was in absolutely prime condition; Friday’s snow and slush had given way to dusty bomb holes, particularly on the new sections of track which were becoming whooped out and choppy, just as you’d hope. In the more open sections of trail the gusty westerly wind was becoming a bit of an issue, and more than a couple of riders found themselves launching the canyon gap a lot further than anticipated with a tail wind pushing them along.

When the start times were revealed it was a surprise to see the women running in reverse order, with fastest qualifier Tracey Hannah up first, followed by Tegan Molloy. Tracey, Tegan and Danielle Beecroft (who had a big off in her seeding run) were definitely the three favourites and apparently the call to swap the race order had been made to ensure both Tracey and Tegan got a clear run at the track.

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As the first women on course, Tracey Hannah had the hot seat all to herself, with no rider able to threaten her time. She is still on another level when compared to the much younger Dani Beecroft and Tegan Molloy – her years of experience racing at a World Cup level shone through, and she took the win (though perhaps not as comfortably as she’s anticipated, with Molloy only 12 seconds back). Danielle Beecroft’s form keeps getting better and better too, her third place after a huge weekend of competing was a fine way to cap off what must’ve been a seriously tiring three days!

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Tegan Molloy raced the pump track, the Flow Motion Cup and the downhill, and nearly got a clean sweep of every event she entered – only Tracey Hannah got in her way.

In the men’s race all eyes were on the highly anticipated showdown between Mick Hannah and Troy Brosnan – surely it would be one of these two World Cup stars who’d know how to tame a long, physical track like Thredbo?

No one was surprised when local rider Tom Crimmins slotted himself into the hot seat with five riders still to go, posting a time of 5:30 – the older of the Crimmins brothers calls Thredbo his home track and his form is superb. But he didn’t get to keep the seat warm for too long. His 16-year old brother Andrew Crimmins came flying out of the final woods section at insane speed, and when he stopped the clock at a ridiculous 5:26 we don’t think even he could believe it.

Andrew Crimmins was on a borrowed bike and by the looks of it borrowed clothes. He had only just signed a new deal with Kona a few days prior to this race  and getting used to his new rig obviously wasn't a problem.
Andrew Crimmins was on a borrowed bike and by the looks of it borrowed clothes. He had only just signed a new deal with Kona a few days prior to this race and getting used to his new rig obviously wasn’t a problem.

It was the Crimmins family in first and second with only Brosnan and Hannah left on the hill. Hannah was the first to appear, and when he shot out into the final berms it was clear that he hadn’t done enough. His 5:32 was well back and ultimately good enough for fifth place, with Hannah quick to acknowledge that he’d been too conservative and knew he’d finished with far too much energy in reserve. With both Crimmins boys now guaranteed a podium, Troy Brosnan was the only threat to the $5000 winner’s cheque. But even with an admittedly clean run, the two time junior World Champ couldn’t match the pace of the younger Crimmins, coming in two seconds back for second place.

The weekend wrapped up with poolside, with the presentations accompanied by a ‘greasy pole’ session, with riders attempting to ride over a 10 metre log across the pool (a spectacle last seen back at the 1994 National Champs!). Awesome stuff.

All in all, it’s got to be said the inaugural Cannonball MTB Festival was a massive, emphatic success. We’ve been coming to Thredbo for years, and this was hands down the best mountain bike event we’ve ever been to at this grand old venue; the mix of events, the quality of the riding, the trails, the festival vibe… it all added up a seriously fun weekend. There were around 240 riders this year and we’d be very surprised if that number doesn’t double for next year.

Flow will be bringing you a full event video in the coming days, so stay tuned, and we’ll see you at Thredbo next year!

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The conditions for racing were fantastic. The sun was out and most of the snow had thawed.
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Ricky Lee of Canberra proved a point and placed 19th in Elite men on his single-crown all-mountain machine.

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The time machine was in operation – Justin ‘The Hurricane’ Havukainen came back to race with his old bike.
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Josh Button made a return to racing with a new team (Giant) and a 4th place. It’s great to see him back on the scene again.
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Sik Mik must stand in the mirror and practice his race face for hours. There is no other rider with such an intense stare!
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Another young pinner coming up the ranks – Luke Ellison.
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David Sharp looking very sharp.
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U17 men’s winner Alex Dickson flying down the open slopes.
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Blue skies and dust – perfect.
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The big booter in the middle of the track had a tailwind in the finals and a few launched it a bit too far.
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Troy Brosnan knows too well what it’s like to beat his older competitors so it must have felt familiar (in a weird reverse kind of way) to come in 2nd to the 16 year-old Andrew Crimmins.
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We witnessed Danielle Beecroft bin it pretty damn hard in the seeding round but she still smashed it in her race run. The battle between the top three women meant pushing everything to the limit.
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Style for miles. No matter what he’s riding, Dave McMillan looks great on a bike.

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Zac Green lays it over on the home straight.
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Andrew deserved the win, big time. You know the sport is healthy when younger riders start taking the top spots.
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Mick Hannah had a lot of the attention over the weekend and it’s great to see rides of his level racing at Thredbo. Mick hadn’t touched a bike since the last World Cup and the physical nature of Thredbo might have been a shock to his system.
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A bit of poolside fun before the DH presentations.
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Tracey Hannah could hardly lift the winners trophy – 3 x cannonballs. First place to the Cairns local, with Tegan Molloy second and Danielle Beecroft in third. Speaking of Dani Beecroft, she deserves loads of respect – she competed in every event over the weekend, the pump track, whip wars, Flow Motion cup and the downhill.
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That’s a big cheque that will help pay for more than a few tickets to the next Justin Bieber concert. Jokes, just because Andrew is young doesn’t mean he like Justin.
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Tracey enjoys the spoils.
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The end.

Cannonball MTB Festival, Thredbo – Day 2

It was a seriously jam-packed day on the hill at Thredbo for day 2 of the Cannonbal MTB Festival, with finals for the Flow Motion Cup, downhill seeding and the Whip Wars to cap it off.

For the Cannonball team it was a dream outcome. A cloudless sky and toasty temps had melted off all but the most resilient snow by mid-morning, and only the upper wooded section of Flow Trail remained really muddy. After the axle-deep drifts of the previous morning, it now looked like riders would be up against genuinely dusty conditions by the weekend’s end.

The Flow Motion Cup was a great scene, attracting a real mix of riders. From kids and old blokes on cross country bikes all the way through to some of Australia’s best downhillers who’d traded the big bikes for their trail bikes for the race.

Tegan Molloy proved that local knowledge counts, convincingly taking out the elite women’s race as many had expected and making it two from two for the Jindabyne rider. The men’s race was wide open however and only a handful would’ve picked Ben Cory as the eventual winner. But the big Canberran stopped the clock at 8:11, three and a half seconds ahead of Graeme Mudd and Timmy Eaton.

It was a quick costume change for the pro downhilers, before they headed up the hill for their seeding runs ahead of tomorrow’s Australian Open Downhill. All eyes were on Tracey Hannah, and despite binning it in the very first fireroad corner she did the job by 12 seconds with Tegan Molloy in second. Danielle Beecroft was looking dangerouns but took a high speed digger.

Troy Brosnan had been keeping a low profile on the downhill track but showed his stripes in seeding, putting two seconds into Mick Hannah. We get the feeling that both Troy and Mick have a fair bit hidden in reserve for tomorrow. Young Andrew Crimmins was the real surprise of the afternoon – everyone knows he’s a threat, but seeing him just a couple of seconds behind Hannah was pretty impressive.

The afternoon wrapped up with the crowd favourite: the Whip Wars. The comp took a freestyle jam format  and after half an hour of sessioning the 40-foot table top, Dave McMillan and Luke Ellison were eventually declared joint winners. But it was 10 year old Troy Weinert who got the crowd really pumped as launched higher than anyone, on a bike that probably weighs as much as he does. Danielle Beecroft was the only woman to step up to the plate, sending it big despite undoubtedly feeling the effects of her crash earlier in the day.

Tomorrow is the big one; the Australia Open Downhill. With $5000 on the line for the men’s win and $2500 for the women there’s going to be some serious business done on the slopes of Thredders.

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The Flow Track was almost split in half in terms of conditions; the top was still a challenge in the wet, but the lower two-thirds was dry and fast.
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Mick Hannah. Even the pros were all talking about the fact Mick had gapped the top two water bars on the Eagles Way fire road. With the snow on the left of the road now, we don’t think anyone else will give it a go.
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Playing in downhill practice. A bit of snow has stuck around up top, with just enough if the white stuff to give everything a beautiful backdrop.

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Tracey Hannah tucks on the fastest part of the downhill track, the run-in to the nine-metre canyon gap.
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Sebastien Deubel of Deubel Bicycles is as enduro as it gets, loving life in the Flow Motion Cup.

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Dennis Turkey Turkovic…. gobble, gobble, gobble.
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Tegan Molloy made it two wins from two events in the festival so far winning the Flow Motion Cup. Can she cause an upset and grab the downhill crown as well?
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Ben Cory showed us all that he’s got the fitness to match the skills, setting a new course record of 8:11 on the Flow Track on his way to a win.

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Even the ‘second tier’ events at the Cannonball Festival have solid cash prizes. Molloy and Cory bagged $500 and $750 respectively in the Flow Motion Cup. The downhill has a $5000 first prize for the pro men too. For Australian racing, that’s big money.
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Troy Brosnan spent plenty of time in the hot seat in seeding. He was the second rider on course and no one could match his time.

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Luke Ellison with effortless, light style in the Whip Wars.
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The Whip Wars had an awesome vibe, just like the pump track event had on day one. Music, great banter from the MC and plenty of room to lounge in the grass while spectating.

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Tim Eaton busted out some of the most consistent whips of all but missed out on a podium spot.
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Dave McMillan had his name on all over this event from the word go. His lazy, effortless style is so relaxed. In the ended the judging panel couldn’t split the difference between Dave McMillan and Luke Ellison, awarding joint first place.
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Bad ass whippers: Luke Ellison and Dave McMillan.
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10-year old Troy Weinart was the crowd favourite, boosting almost into orbit. As Danny the MC put it, “For Troy, that jumps actually 70 feet long!”

 

Trails: Fox Creek Core Loop

Freshly completed single track super loop- the Core Loop @ Fox Creek in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Nick Bowman from IMBA Australia has realised his dream and crafted a world class top-to-bottom loop, all prime single track taking in the best of the park. 4 local riders on a lap- scenic climb super-flow descent…

Fox Creek Core Loop from Sam Roberts on Vimeo.

Cannonball MTB Festival, Thredbo: Day One

Baking under the late afternoon sun around the pump track it seemed impossible that the inaugural Cannonball MTB Festival had gotten underway with an epic session of snow shovelling.

With a good 10cm of snow blanketing the hill all the way to the village this morning, it was action stations for an event team who are accustomed to taking the high country weather in their stride. Out came the snow shovels – it was particularly awesome to see Mick Hannah clearing out the run in to Bunny Walk. “It’s just like being back in Colorado,” he laughed, having just escaped -12 degree weather in the USA for the Australian ‘summer’.

Thankfully the sun came to the party too, and by 10:30 riders were on the hill, albeit using the slower Snow Gums chair and only running from mid-station. Conditions were much better than anyone had dared hope, and while the chairlift up was still chilly, the ride down was actually pretty primo; wet in the woods, but hero traction everywhere else.

Come late afternoon things had thawed enough to let riders up to the top of mountain. With the snow melt turning parts of the track into deep mud, it was a memorable arvo for many. The temps have thankfully remained high enough for shorts and the clouds have kept away, so by tomorrow the whole mountain should be running superbly, including the Flow Trail which was only opened from mid-way today.

Practice for tomorrow’s Whip Wars got underway on the newly built 40-foot tabletop at the bottom of the run too, with Crimmins and McMillan looking ridiculously comfortable.

The final event for Day 1 was the Rockshox Pumptrack Challenge, held down by the Thredbo River on the village green. It was a great scene; grandstand seating, a DJ and MC  and the pump track in absolutely perfect condition after a night under a layer of snow. Local hero Tegan Molloy took out the pro women’s category after Tracey Hannah and Danielle Beecroft both suffered a bit of a brain explosion in the final and accidentally chucked in a forbidden pedal stroke.

The men’s race held everyone in suspense a little longer – without any live timing there was no telling who’d thrown down the fastest laps. In the end it was Troy Brosnan, who rode a super consistent race, his wheels barely leaving the ground on the way to victory, leaving him $750 better off.

Tomorrow should be another glorious day with the Flow Motion Cup finals, the Whip Wars final and a lot less snow!

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The scene this morning did not look promising. This is the bottom of the hill – it was much, much deeper up top.

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Getting the pump track drained was a priority for the morning, so the sun and wind could bake it dry.
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Troy Brosnan checks in. There’s plenty of talent here to race this weekend.

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Mick Hannah – no dig, no ride.

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Wet in the woods of Bunny Walk.

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The new wall ride near the bottom of the downhill track is just one of the cool features that have given this old girl a lot of appeal again.

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This ten year old fella (didn’t catch his name, sorry) sent the final table top higher than anyone. Zero gravity.
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Dave McMillan’s lazy man style is awesome.

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Ellison, crooked.
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Mick Hannah practicing on a borrowed bike, wearing Asics runners, for the pump track.
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Right: Ryan Hunt attempts to double in, double out of a super tight corner on the pump track.

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Tegan Molloy took out the pro women’s race – even if her competitors in the final hadn’t been DQ’d, it’s likely she would’ve taken the win, though without live timing, who knows?
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Troy Brosnan rode it clean and calculated, mistake free, to grab the win.

 

 

 

 

Trails: New Mountain Bike Park For Launceston, TAS

Dirt Art, the Australian mountain bike trail construction, consulting, maintenance and management company will soon begin work on a new project; the Hollybank MTB Park in Tasmania.
Hollybank MTB park, plenty of great terrain to work with.
Hollybank MTB park, plenty of great terrain to work with.
The Hollybank MTB Park, will consist of a 20km, $800k trail development 20min north east of Launceston, TAS. The trail network includes 8.5km of blue and green graded trail loops, and a 10km point-to-point all mountain descent that can also be climbed.
Notably 5km of the loop trails will be surfaced, providing Launceston’s first all-weather, year-round mountain bike facility. The descent is shuttle-accessed with the existing Treetop Adventures operation looking into providing a paid shuttle service. The descent/point-to-point trail will include a wide range of rock slab and constructed trail features, and offers a vertical drop of over 300m.
Dirt Art will also be designing and building a large skills area and trail plus a massive pump track. The new developments compliment an existing 1.5km downhill trail, which will be upgraded as part of the project; this trail is also shuttle accessible.
Work on the Tasmanian government-funded project is due to start in early 2014, and will be finished in July 2014.  The project has a strong jobs focus, and as such we will be looking to fill a range of new positions, including two new trainees.
It is also planned that trails will be opened in a rolling fashion, as they are completed.

Video: SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 1: Stepping Up

Follow SRAM enduro racers Jerome Clementz, Nicolas Vouilloz, Rene Widlhaber, Curtis Keene, Anka Martin and many more as they take on rounds 2 and 3 of the 2013 Enduro World Series in Val d’Allos and Les Deux Alpes, France.

With enduro quickly becoming one of the most progressive and interesting forms of mountain biking, enduro riders have become an essential part in the development of a new generation of components, which combine light weight, durability and flawless performance during long and hard races. SRAM XX1 is the prime example of this new breed of components, after dominating the 2013 season with 6 wins out of 7 races with Fabien Barel, Nicolas Vouilloz and Jerome Clementz.

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

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Video: SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 1: Stepping Up

Follow SRAM enduro racers Jerome Clementz, Nicolas Vouilloz, Rene Widlhaber, Curtis Keene, Anka Martin and many more as they take on rounds 2 and 3 of the 2013 Enduro World Series in Val d’Allos and Les Deux Alpes, France.

With enduro quickly becoming one of the most progressive and interesting forms of mountain biking, enduro riders have become an essential part in the development of a new generation of components, which combine light weight, durability and flawless performance during long and hard races. SRAM XX1 is the prime example of this new breed of components, after dominating the 2013 season with 6 wins out of 7 races with Fabien Barel, Nicolas Vouilloz and Jerome Clementz.

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

at the third round of the Enduro World Series, Les 2 Alps, France

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Flow Nation: Thredbo, Day 1

It was only a couple of days ago that we were trawling the net, looking for mountain bike videos for our regular Throwback Thursday feature. In our YouTube haze we came across some footage from the 1994 National Champs, held in Thredbo.

Ah, Thredbo – as that video served to remind us once again, Thredders is a destination that’s an integral part of of Australian mountain bike history. We’d struggle to count the number of times that we at Flow have made the drive from Sydney to the idyllic Snowy Mountains, usually with a downhill bike in the back of the car, all set for another weekend of riding Australia’s longest chairlift accessed descent.

And now we’re back again, this time on a mission to learn more about the changes afoot here in Thredbo. Of course we’ve got our downhill bikes with us, but we’ve also got the trail bikes too; the recent development of the Flow Track and the commencement of work on the new Thredbo River Trail has opened up the hill to riders other than those on downhill rigs.

Our first day here couldn’t have been more spectacular, with perfect blue skies and temps in the mid-twenties. Local legend Stuart Diver (Thredbo Operations Manager) had something special to show us, a little way out of the village itself; the Cascade Track. This absolutely magnificent fire trail revealed to us a side of Thredbo that we’d never seen before. It climbs up into some of the most stunning alpine country we’ve ever seen in Australia. In fact, some of the vistas didn’t even look like Australia at all, with the huge open expanses reminding us of rides we’ve done in places like Colorado and Utah.

With a crystal clear river running through the valley floor, wild brumbies roaming the hills and the ghostly fingers of dead snow gums clawing the air, it was a sight we’re not likely to forget. If you ever come to Thredbo and don’t explore this area, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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The Cascade Track starts at Dead Horse Gap, about five kilometres from the Thredbo Village, which you can see nestled down in the valley.
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Just magnificent; grassy tundra, spooky snow gums and blue skies that went on forever.
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From Bob’s Ridge you can look out across the range to Victoria’s Mt Feathertop.
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Stuart Diver has been exploring Thredbo for almost 20 years.
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The ‘Devil’s Kitchen.

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This ride is one where you earn your turns; there’s no chairlift out here, but the descent feels all the better for it.
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Warning: horses! Wild ones!
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Moments after this shot was taken, the photographer crashed on this creek crossing with such violence that he almost cleared the entire creek with his body. Amazing stuff!