Brosnan and Fry – 2017 Gravity Enduro National Champions
Adelaide’s Fox Creek trails were home to the 2017 Gravity Enduro National Championships over the weekend. Hosted by the Inside Line Downhill Club, racers were faced with the most technical and challenging stages this renowned trail network could offer. After eight stages of racing over two days, Troy Brosnan (SA) and Rowena Fry (TAS) won the 2017 elite men and women’s championship titles.
Brosnan, who was four seconds behind Connor Fearon (SA) heading into the final day, was able to pull back the time to take top step by three seconds ahead of fellow South Australian Fearon and last year’s champion Chris Panozzo (VIC).
“It’s kind of interesting to actually be an enduro national champion; I’m not even the downhill national champion,” the Adelaide resident remarked. “After yesterday I knew I had to make that time up and really gave it all on that first stage and surprised a little bit it worked out.”
For Fry, the 30-second gap she held to the 2016 champion Phillipa Rostan (SA) was enough to take out her first national enduro title with Shelly Flood (SA) in third.
The Tasmanian two-time cross-country Australian champion proved she was an even match for the local downhillers on their home track and added another title to her already impressive resume.
“I was always a little bit worried cause I didn’t actually feel that great on the bike today but knew I had a bit of time up my sleeve and could be a bit more conservative and stay upright,” Fry said.
There was more local joy with junior men up-and-comer Sam Walsh claiming the green and gold jersey making it a perfect season after winning the national series.
Sam’s time of 17:58:24 would have placed him 5th in elite men.
More than 200 riders were part of the weekend hosted by Inside Line Downhill MTB Club which used 22km of Fox Creek’s best trails.