Canyon Factory Racing DH – Fresh Aussie Talent Joining 2018 Team

Troy Brosnan returns as the anchor of the roster after a successful 2017 campaign which saw him depart from the elusive 1-win club by taking the win at the Andorran round of the UCI World Cup. This win vaulted him to a 2nd place overall finish in the UCI World Cup, a career best for Brosnan.

“Last year was started with a lot of unknowns, a new team and a bike that had not set foot on a World Cup podium.  In the end, I was really blown away by how well the whole season went. Spending the year riding with Mark at the World Cups was a key factor in my successful season and when he got on the podium it was just as awesome as if I was there myself. This off-season I really put the hard work in and I know that this season is going to be bigger and better.”- Troy Brosnan.

23-year-old Canadian Mark Wallace re-signed with Canyon Factory Racing in November after a standout season which was highlighted by an opening round 2nd place finish in Lourdes, France. Wallace backed this with a consistency-filled season including three top ten finishes en route to an 8th place in the overall standings.

“I am really happy to be on board with Canyon for the next two years and build on last season’s momentum. Last year was a great experience and the Sender was amazing. Next year Kye will be joining Troy and I and after our first camp last month I am really looking forward to seeing what he can bring.”- Wallace commented.

New to the program is sixteen-year-old Australian Kye A’Hern. Coming off impressive results at Crankworx Whistler where he claimed the Prince of Crankworx honor highlighted by his commanding win in the Canadian Open DH.

Queanbeyan’s Kye A’Hern is the new addition to the Canyon Factory Racing roster

2018 Race Calendar

The 2018 UCI World Cup season kicks off in April on Lošinj, a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea known for its striking bays, rich vegetation and a heinously rocky downhill track. The season peaks at the World Championships in Lenzerheide Switzerland, where in 2017 World Cup action Brosnan narrowly missed the win by a mere 0.162 of a second. Canyon Factory Racing’s focus this season will be the UCI World Cup series as well as select Crankworx events.

Team Manager Gabe Fox says “The season is going to be exciting, heading into a season with two young top ten ranked riders is a great position to be in. I expect Troy and Mark to continue to challenge for World Cup wins.”

What will Troy, Mark and Kye be riding?

Reliable, cutting-edge equipment is crucial to race day success and Canyon Factory Racing DH is proud to partner with industry leaders in their respective categories. In 2018 the team is proudly supported by SRAM, RockShox, Mavic, Dainese, Maxxis, Troy Lee Designs, Ergon, Crankbrothers, E-13, Acros and Mucoff.

“Our Factory Teams play a crucial role in driving product innovation via exchanges between the R&D department and team riders. It allows us to make key developments in kinematics, geometries, and detect any issues long before they reach the market. To me the teams are much more than a simple promotional tool, they draw people to the sport and keep the scene and products evolving.  It was unbelievable to see the Sender take a World Cup win under Troy in its first year on the circuit, we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”- Daniel Oster, Canyon MTB Product & Brand Manager.

Kye will be learning a lot from Troy this year.

“We look forward to the continued partnership with Canyon Factory Racing DH. Troy and Mark have been SRAM and RockShox athletes since the beginning and a huge part of SRAM’s gravity family. We’re super stoked to continue supplying the boys with the highest level, race tuned suspension, brakes, and drivetrain components and to build on last season’s outstanding results.  SRAM’s commitment to gravity racing can be highlighted by this partnership and our mutual push to put riders on the top of the podium.”- John Dawson, SRAM MTB Sports Marketing Director.

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Learn more about Troy’s off-season training in the video feature: Under The Hood

About Canyon Bicycles GmbH

What started life in founder Roman Arnold’s garage as Radsport Arnold has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of road, mountain, triathlon, fitness, urban and kids’ bikes. Officially renamed in 2002, Canyon works hand-in-hand with the best athletes on the planet to produce an array of award-winning bikes that embody a pure passion for riding. With a strong reputation for true innovation, implementing leading technologies, clean and clear design as well as the highest standards in quality and service, Canyon continues to expand worldwide, selling more bikes outside of its native Germany than within since 2008. As a pioneering direct sales brand, Canyon products are exclusively available online at www.canyon.com

Photos by Boris Beyer @maddogboris

Troy Brosnan: Under The Hood

We’ve looked up to Troy Brosnan and his commitment to the craft for many years now. From an irrepressible junior, bouncing around on a bike that seemed far too big for him, he’s grown into one of the sport’s most talented riders. We’re in awe of his incredible precision, that famous light touch, barely seeming to buzz the earth.

When the racing’s done for the year, Troy Brosnan returns home to Adelaide, South Australia. We spent the week with Troy, to get a unique and honest insight into his life during his downtime in the off-season. Though to call it an off-season is a real misnomer – his commitment to training is unbelievable. Whether it be on the road bike, the BMX track or rock climbing, Troy’s approach to each training block is to get as much from it as possible. It all translates – those fractions of a second that might separate him from being first or second on the podium when he gets back on the track.

We also learnt a lot about the man himself. How he values spending as much time as possible with close friends and family too; under the full-face you’ll find a down-to-earth, genuine Aussie bloke. Just one that happens to be extremely fast on a bike.

This is Troy Brosnan: Under the Hood.

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.

After 4 stages on Saturday, Troy Brosnan was sitting in 2nd behind fellow Adelaide local World Cup Downhiller Connor Fearon

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.”

Fearon beat Brosnan at Fox Creek’s 2016 National Enduro Round. The local downhillers are hard to beat even when there’s some pedalling to be done.

Two-time defending National Enduro Champion, Chris Panozzo, had a consistent race, but couldn’t match the pace of the locals downhillers seeing him finish in 3rd.

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.

Elite Female Gravity Enduro Rider of the Year and defending National Champion, Philippa Rostan, won stage 4 and rode consistently to 2nd overall.
Shelly Flood has had a great year of racing including World Cup DH, World Champs and three EWS rounds.
Launceston’s Rowena Fry had a tough task taking on the local ladies but kept it upright to win four stages and the race by 25 seconds.
Sydney’s Mel Hayes wrapped up 5th place in the Elite Women.

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.

Just as at the SA DH State Champs in Fox Creek a month earlier, Sam Walsh took the U19 Men’s win ahead of Bennett Wythe.

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.

Western Sydney’s Jon Gatt warming up with some stretches ahead of a big weekend of racing.
Gatt scored a couple of top 15 stage finishes and 18th overall
VIC’s Richard Kreuzer beat his number plate, by one place.
Ryan De La Rue focused, but this wasn’t to be his race.

After taking the win in the final National Round, Ben Cory managed 4th in the stacked field at National Champs
Keiran Volk
DHaRCO’s Mathieu Taris managed five stage wins, but finished 2nd in Masters 2 Men behind Kevin King.
National Series winner, Dave Ludenia, finished just off the podium in 6th
Fresh from an impressive 55th overall in the EWS, Sydney’s James ‘Cannonball’ Hall finished 10th on his first excursion to Fox Creek.

Michael Ronning wrapped up the National Series for Masters 3/4 Men and took the Masters 3 win in the Champs as well.
Yet another National Title for RonRon
Lower Blue Mountains’ Michael Vanos was too sick to race on Saturday but managed some impressive stage results on Sunday that would’ve seen him pushing into the top 10, including a 5th place in stage 6.
Ben McIlroy’s had a tough National Enduro season, missing multiple races due to injury. After busting his AC joint in Friday’s practice, he sat out the National Champs but continued his @flow_mtb Instagram Stories Takeover – thanks, mate! We’re keen to see him lay down some more race runs soon.
Elite Men’s Podium
Elite Women’s Podium

Find the full results here.

South Australian Downhill 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.

2nd in the World Cup overall, but Troy stepped up to 1st at the SA State Champs
Just a couple of locals riding bikes down a hill. Troy Brosnan follows his Canyon Factory DH Team Mechanic, Aaron Pelttari, down Lone Gum in practice. See the video below for Troy’s GoPro POV.

Following @aaron_yo01 down the state world champs track and he is not scared to get wild! 😳

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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.

U19 Canadian Anthony Poulson made the most of his World Champs trip down under, racing in the hometown of his Kona Factory Racing teammate, Connor Fearon (following). Poulson placed 5th in U19 Men.
Callum Dawes placed 3rd in Elite Men
Conor Clancy is recovering from an ACL injury, hence the knee brace. He’s back on form though, placing 2nd in Elite men, just 5 seconds behind Troy Brosnan

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.

Another World Champs racer, Shelly Flood, dominated the Elite Women’s race.
Coming from an 11th place at the World Champs, Darcy Coutts was a hot favourite in the U19 race but ended up 7th after a scrub-a-dub-down on the final jumps.

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The U19 Men saw very close racing with the top five places separated by less than 2.5 seconds. Enduro racer Sam Walsh (pictured) took the win, just 0.79s ahead of fellow enduro pinner Bennett Wythe.

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!

VANZAC Jackson Davis is known for taking his airtime a bit more seriously than his race times but still placed a respectable 6th in Elite Men. Though he wasn’t finished…

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Anthony Poulson

Connor Fearon’s finals crash wasn’t serious enough to keep him from unleashing his wild whips and leg danglers to send out the epic day.

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Elite Men:

1. Troy Brosnan
2. Connor Clancy
3. Callum Dawes

Elite Women:

1. Shelly Flood
2. Rebecca Wilkinson
3. Moira Love

U19 Men:

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

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Crankworx Highlights: Aussies Dominate Canadian Open DH

Did you see our RAW video from practice? Check it out here.

Troy beat 2nd place Sam Blenkinsop but over 4 seconds in a sub 3-minute track.
Tracey Hannah was over 10 seconds faster than 2nd place

Elite Men

1. Troy BROSNAN (AUS)
2. Samuel BLENKINSOP (NZL)
3. Bruce KLEIN (USA)
4. Jack MOIR (AUS)

14. Joshua BUTTON (AUS)
18. Jake NEWELL (AUS)
24. Jordan PROCHYRA (AUS)
34. Brent SMITH (AUS)
40. Benjamin DENGATE (AUS)
50. David HABICHT (AUS)

Elite Women

1. Tracey HANNAH (AUS)
2. Vaea VERBEECK (CAN)
3. Emilie SIEGENTHALER (SUI)
4. Danielle BEECROFT (AUS)
5. Tegan MOLLOY (AUS)

Crankworx Whistler Canadian Open DH Podium

Full results can be found here.

World Cup DH: Lenzerheide 2017 Results, Highlights & Winning Runs

Elite Men:

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Troy Brosnan (AUS)
3. Danny Hart
4. Laurie Greenland
5. Philip Atwill

11. Jack Moir (AUS)

Elite Women:

1. Myriam Nicole
2. Rachel Atherton
3. Emilie Siegenthaler
4. Tracey Hannah (AUS)
5. Tahnee Seagrave

Junior Men:

1. Finn Iles
2. Joe Breeden
3. Sylvain Cougoureux
4. Moritz Ribarich
5. Nikolas Nestoroff
6. Patrick Butler (AUS)

8. Darcy Coutts (AUS)

Junior Women:

1. Paula Zibasa
2. Melanie Chappaz
3. Shania Rawson


Watch Greg Minnaar’s winning run below

Watch Myriam Nicole’s winning run below


Overall men’s standings:

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Troy Brosnan (AUS)
3. Aaron Gwin

5. Jack Moir (AUS)
12. Connor Fearon (AUS)

Overall women’s standings:

1. Myriam Nicole
2. Tracey Hannah (AUS)
3. Tahnee Seagrave

World Cup DH: Team Videos from Lenzerheide 2017

Team: Santa Cruz Syndicate

Riders: Greg Minnaar, Luca Shaw, Loris Vergier

Lenzerheide Track Preview with Greg Minnaar


Team: Canyon Factory Racing

Riders: Troy Brosnan (AUS), Mark Wallace

Fifth World Cup for the Canyon Factory Team, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Troy Brosnan did an amazing run and finish 2nd. Mark Wallace takes the 17th place. Next stop for the team, Mt St Anne – CANADA


Team: The YT Mob

Riders: Aaron Gwin, Neko Mulally

Last year in Lenzerheide Aaron Gwin came within 96/100ths of a second of winning his first World Cup on Swiss soil, and was highly motivated to take the victory this weekend at Round 5 of the World Cup series. A last minute crash on Thursday saw Aaron in the doctor’s surgery requiring 4 stitches to his right knee yet despite this injury, he went on to win the qualifying race and set the tone for the weekend. Mr Gwin meant business. On finals day, as the last man down, Aaron turned the interval clocks green from the outset, up at sector 1 and 2, and then impressively up by 1.5secs at sector four before a puncture brought his run to an end

Oh man, well, we battled through a tough weekend and got into the finals with a solid shot at the win. Unfortunately I cut a hole in the sidewall of my tire about ¾ of the way down the track. The tire was going flat quick but I pushed it as long as I could. I broke the rim soon after and then everything came apart a few turns later. That’s racin’, sometimes things don’t turn out as you’d hoped, but at the end of the day if you’re content with the effort that you put in, it’s still a positive. The crowds today were massive and it was so cool meeting so many people who appreciate what we do. Good times were had, and I wish we didn’t have to wait nearly a month until the next World Cup, can’t wait!! – Aaron Gwin – The YT Mob


Team: Norco Factory Racing

Riders: Sam Blenkinsop, Joe Smith, Henry Fitzgerald

As most World Cup riders would agree, it would not be fair to label Lenzerheide’s purpose built World Cup track as very ‘bike park’. It may have multiple berms and man-made features, but it’s a very technical and demanding track as well. Due to the high speeds, loose terrain, and top rock garden alone, it test both rider and bike at peak levels. You do not hear many comments about the track being simple or easy. The word wild and sketchy are more often shared amongst the top downhiller’s on the planet.

From day 1 of practice, it was all about getting a handle on the limits of the track. To be fair, this track seems to catch a few riders off-guard. More specifically, sometimes it hard to know whether one is going quick or not on this track. Maybe this is what makes this track so difficult mentally. It’s just hard to know whether you’ve got a hold of the beast or not.

Enter Friday’s qualifying, and all 3 riders were looking ready to rumble. Starting with Sam, just being outside of top 20 protection, there’s a pressure to have a run that satisfies both speed and preservation (of both rider and equipment). Despite a small leak in the rear tire, Sam was able to qualify 39th, he was moving on to the finals. Next up was Joe. With a steady charge, and run he considered less than ideal, he surprised himself with a season best 12th place qualifier. Very impressive, especially with a partial injury. Last up was Henry. Confident in his plan, using ‘modern technology’ (his LITPro GPS timing system) to improve continually improve his performances, the momentum was there. As we agree, numbers don’t lie. For Henry, we believe it’s been a key tool. With a time in mind, Henry came down with a solid run, and qualified for his first World Men’s Elite final. Well done.

For Saturday’s finals, there’s not much to say. All guys had a good practice, and with it being just being past the ½ mark in the World Cup season, strong finishes and points are on the line. With Henry up first, it was great to see him racing in the finals. Unfortunately, the top rock garden (maybe the toughest of the year) decided to pull him off his bike. Getting back up, he finished his run with a decent time considering a big fall. Hank finished up 75th on the day. Next was Sam, simply put, this track’s been tough over the years (never finishing inside the top 20). As some of you can appreciate, sometimes you just can’t get a handle of certain tracks or trails. With a steady run, Sam came down an impressive 6 seconds quicker than qualifying, finishing 33rd on the day. Last was Joe, steady and slightly conservative (his words) might summarise his run best. So this made his season best 19th place finish even more impressive. A good day.

The team is now off for a few weeks, besides Henry racing Canadian National Championships in 2 weeks, the remainder of the team gets a bit of a chance to rest and recover after a 6 week straight race tour. Next big events, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup, and Crankworx Whistler, including EWS Whistler.


Team: Team Dorval AM Nicolai

Riders: Mélanie Chappaz, Mariana Salazar, Benoit Coulanges, Maxime Ciriego

(Translated from French)
A rather mixed race; the day of qualifications went very well, all the pilots were motivated to do better Saturday at the final.
Unfortunately, the team had some bad luck on Saturday; Mariana Salazar fell on top and lost a lot of time to get his bike and go back. It ends in 13th grade.
Boys Benoit Coulanges & Maxime Ciriego know every 2 a puncture on the middle of the track and end up their run.
Despite everything, the good point of the week: Mélanie Chappaz finishes at a beautiful 2nd place very close to the first and she accentuates her advance on her opponents to the overall of the World Cup.
Now a bit of rest for the pilots before going to the French Championships at Carroz in a few weeks!


Aaron Gwin’s hopes of a win were slashed. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull

Racing: Brosnan and Beecroft Break Through at Awaba

While the world number three was the main attraction on the final day in front a strong crowd of fans up and down the course, there were several other results that got spectators into a frenzy on a day perfectly suited for racing on what was described as a world class track.

Troy Brosnan.
Troy Brosnan.

Dannielle Beecroft (NSW) was one who didn’t hold back in her race run in the elite women.

Beecroft, who only one won round of the series in her come back year in 2016 after injury, was last down the course and dropped a winning time of 4:19:78, more than seven seconds ahead of  Tegan Molloy (NSW) and local veteran Sarah Booth (NSW).

“Yesterday I was too cautious hanging on the breaks to much and thinking about crashing but today I let it go and it paid off,” Beecroft said.

dannibeecroft
Danni Beecroft.

“I certainly didn’t think I’d be getting that time for sure.”

While time certainly wasn’t on Brosnan’s mind, it became the talking point of the strong supporter base at the finishing bowl as the South Australian rider clocked a 3:30:19.

“I really didn’t think I could go faster but pretty stoked with that.” 

Jake Newell (NSW), who had the local cheer squad, hardly had time to get into the hot-seat after his run of 3:36:00, before Brosnan crossed more than six seconds quicker to take the top of the podium ahead of Newell and Jackson Frew (ACT) who was competing in his first elite race.

“I was expecting the rocks to be a bit drier so was a little bit wild in there but was rolling down and having fun and there were a lot of people on the track and everyone cheering on,” Brosnan admitted.

It was a disappointing end for reigning national series holder Graeme Mudd (NSW) who was forced out through illness Sunday morning.

But the crowd still had plenty of locals to cheer for when Brunkerville local Patrick Butler (NSW) lit it up in the junior men, as he laid down the second fastest run overall with a 3:34:16 on the track which is 14 minutes from his home.

Pat Butler.
Pat Butler.

Butler took the lead in the series ahead of Joshua Clark (NSW) and Harry Parsons (NSW).

Ellie Smith (NSW) took out the junior women ahead of Sally Potter (NSW) while in the U17 Kye A’hern broke the 4 minute mark to win.

For full results head to Online Results.

The Canyon Factory Downhill Team Is Here

With a star studded line up, we expect the all-new team will be competitive from the get-go.
With a star studded line up, we expect the all-new team will be competitive from the get-go.

The goal of the CFDT is to equip the best riders in the world with the best setup, and provide them with a team and support system unlike any other on the scene. Leading up the project is multiple World Champion, Fabien Barel, who will, in his own words, be responsible for “putting the right people and the right structure together to bring our bike and our riders up on the podium.”

Mountain Biking legend Fabien Barel will manage the new team.
Mountain Biking legend Fabien Barel will mentor the new team.

“Our bike” will be the Sender CF. Troy, Ruaridh and Mark will be the first riders to race Canyon’s flagship downhill bike at World Cup level. Canyon is eager to work with the team to receive in-depth feedback and further advance the company’s mountain bike and downhill technologies. Barel, who works closely with Canyon’s Development Department echoed the sentiment saying, “I believe that downhill is the Formula One of bike racing and that more generally racing is the best method for developing a bike. Being at the top of the World Cup circuit with our bike will definitely raise the bar for the performance and technology of the product and hopefully bring us to a new level!”

Troy Brosnan is the marquee signing for the team.
Troy Brosnan is the marquee signing for the team.

After a busy off-season including extensive testing and a visiting Koblenz to see the Canyon facilities and meet the engineers, the riders are just as excited about the new partnership. For Troy, “it has been amazing for me coming to Canyon. It’s really like a small family where you know all of the right people, in all of the right places, and if you want something done, it doesn’t have to go through too many people to actually get to the top.”

Canadian Mark Wallace makes the switch from Devinci to Canyon.
Canadian Mark Wallace makes the switch from Devinci to Canyon.

The team’s staff will be rounded out by Team Manager Mathieu Gallean, Head Mechanic Nigel Reeve, Troy’s Personal Mechanic Aaron Pelttari and Mechanic Yoann Jurgaud.

Troy's mechanic Aaron has also come across to Canyon this season.
Troy’s mechanic Aaron has also come across to Canyon this season.

The CFDT will work with Mavic, SRAM, RockShox, Maxxis, Muc-Off, GoPro, Crankbrothers, RTI Sports, E.Thirteen, Ergon, Topeak, Mucky Nutz, Troy Lee Designs and Adidas Eyewear.

For an in-depth look at the Canyon Factory Downhill Team go to www.canyon.com/factoryracing

 

2016 Gravity Enduro National Championship powered by SRAM – This Weekend

Two more Australian champions will be crowned in Adelaide, South Australia this weekend with the 2016 Gravity Enduro National Championships converging on Eagle MTB Park, Mt Lofty.

Over a hundred riders will test themselves over the five race stages, which will see them take on a variety of trails, and celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the park. Race director Andrew Byrne from hosts Inside Line Gravity MTB Club, says the course has pulled up in excellent condition after the past few weeks of wild weather in Adelaide.

“A 35km loop that links 5 trails of amazing diversity, the gravel, sand and rock of eagle, the black loam and crystal clear creek crossing of Cleland and the insane off camber, tight tech madness of Waterfull Gully, the course will really challenge all riders.”

“We have cleaned up some sections which have been long forgotten to really make it an equal playing field.”

Plenty of locals are expected to turn out for the championship, which will be held in Adelaide for the next two years. Chris Panozzo will compete in a bid to defend his Australian title on Sunday and Troy Brosnan is one local who will saddle up for the event. The world number four men’s downhiller has been off the bike for nearly a month since his podium finish at Val di Sole, and admits enduro racing is certainly not on his professional radar, but he’s still looking forward to hitting his home trails for a national champs.  

“Haven’t been doing any training, haven’t even touched my bike since I came home after world champs. But it will be kind of fun couple of days of riding and racing.”

Brosnan competed in two rounds of the Enduro World Series earlier in the year, and admits while Australia has a long way to go to reach the heights of the overseas events, it is building.

“I think it’s good for the younger Australian guys and even just the guys who want to go overseas and race in the EWS, it’s good to have the national champs where you can get points towards it.” “I guess it’s just a little taste of what’s over there and this weekend will be pretty decent and great tracks to race.”

The national championship has been recognised as a qualifying event for riders to earn ranking points in a bid to compete on the Enduro World Series stage. 

Registrations open on Saturday morning with the course open for practice all day.

Racing will get underway from 9am on Sunday.

For more information head to the Official Event Website.

Brosnan Again Proves He’s The Best In Bright

Troy Brosnan (SA) has claimed his fourth consecutive Elite Men’s Downhill title with a nail-biting win on the final day of the 2016 Subaru Australian Championships at Bright, Victoria on Sunday.

 

It was an anxious wait for the third ranked rider in the world as Connor Fearon (SA) had the opportunity to knock his mate off top spot, but couldn’t better Brosnan’s 3:45:46 to again take silver behind his fellow South Australian, with Josh Button (NSW) in third.

 

“Its been such tough battle between Connor and I, we’re really good friends and I thought he might’ve had this one this year,” Brosnan said.

Connor Fearon
Connor Fearon

“It was hard to get down in one piece to be honest.”

 

Plenty of talk surrounded the big time battle between Brosnan and five time World Champion Sam Hill (WA), but it was Fearon who threw himself into the mix with the fastest seeding run to ensure he’d be last down the hill for the final.

 

With sister Tracey having claimed the Elite Women only moments before, Mick Hannah, was keen to add to his national title haul of four, the last won back in 2013. The Cairns kid would finish fifth.

 

As hundreds lined the course to get a chance to see Hill in action, the West Aussie wonder couldn’t produce, with a time of 4:01:79 seeing him finish 8th.

 

Sam Hill
Sam Hill

Button, who last finished on the podium back in 2009, produced a sensational run of 3:51:59 to tighten the screws on the last two on the course in Brosnan and Fearon.

 

And despite only getting back on his downhill bike for the first time since he crashed and dislocated his shoulder in Thredbo earlier in the week, the 22 year old was dialled in.

Elite Men DHI Podium 

“I was coming to ride for fun but felt good this weekend and thought I’d give it a crack and put it all in the back of my head of what’s happened before this race and it all worked out.”

 

For Fearon, it’s the third straight year he’s been out-classed by Brosnan to the Australian jersey.

 

“It always seems Troy is one step ahead, but still trying to catch him and hope to beat him one day.”

Destination Trail – Tasmania

In this episode of Destination Trail, we follow Troy Brosnan to the remote island wilderness of Derby, Tasmania.

Jungles, pine forests—this corner of the world checks all of the terrain and flora boxes, and with only a handful of cafes and pubs to keep the isolated locals occupied, an epic trail network seemed only natural. 

Join Troy and Specialized Australia employee, Patrick Young, as they leave the stress of the professional DH circuit behind in pursuit of loose singletrack, insights into trail building, and all-around good times.

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Welcome to the second season of Destination Trail. This year, we’ll continue to follow riders as they travel the globe, hunting for its greatest trails.

Some of what they’ll find might be renowned, some undiscovered, but that’s the point.

After all, when expectations and attitudes are stripped away, only the essence of mountain biking remains. This where adventure continues to thrive, and it’s here that memories are made.

Troy Brosnan | Escape to Paradise: Part 2

After Troy Brosnan was invited to Cairns, the task was set to ensure he got to experience everything Cairns could throw at him within a week.

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Troy went scuba diving for the first time on the Great Barrier Reef, fed giant saltwater crocodiles, took on bungy jumping, glided over rainforest mountain ranges and got sent sky high hot-air ballooning. In between experiencing all this for the first time, the Cairns UCI World-Cup DH course was going to be the most important part to Troy’s stay.

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In 2014, Troy had a less than ideal race in far less than ideal conditions. Cairns saw a cyclone skirt past the region days before the event, leading to the post-cyclone rain to fall down as racers began to hit the course. Conditions were bleak, and the track fell apart infront of our eyes. 

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While the event ran smoothly and the region hailed for its efforts ensuring so, all riders left with unfinished business as no visiting rider got to experience the course to its full potential. Troy had multiple sessions on the course during his visit, each time finding new and daring gaps and lines not even fathomable during racing in 2014. His time on course in the dry left Troy eager for his return in April, with a head start in what to expect in any condition of racing.

Whether a returning athlete, visiting spectator, local or far away tuning in online – we know this race is going to be a step further in the right direction as Cairns perfects itself in preparation for the 2017 UCI Mountain-Bike World-Championships.


For more on the region, places to ride and info on the upcoming World Cup this April head to – www.ridecairns.com

The Final Showdown: Val di Sole DH Highlights

Racing at Val di Sole never fails to disappoint in terms of full-on action and incident, and this year’s event will live long in the memory.

The Parkin Bros were trackside to catch the best bits from finals day.

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Steve Smith
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Patrick Thome
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Tahnee Seagrave
Josh Bryceland
Josh Bryceland
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Rachel Atherton
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Loic Bruni
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Aaron Gwin
Brook Macdonald - Action
Brook Macdonald
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Loic Bruni
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Dean Lucas
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Rachel Atherton
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Myriam Nicole
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Gee Atherton
Gee Atherton - Action
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Turning Lemons Into Lemonade with Aaron Gwin

In this episode of Inside Specialized Racing, we follow Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan at the third round of World Cup Downhill racing in Leogang, Austria.

Both riders have a checkered past on this track, whether it be injury or mechanicals. And as we all know by now, history repeated itself over the weekend.

This time, however, Aaron was able to turn lemons into lemonade. After his chain broke almost immediately out of the gate, he was able to seize his second World Cup win of the season with no chain.

Watch his historic run, and check out Troy as he battles towards yet another World Cup podium.

Brosnan and Molloy in Downhill Domination at Thredbo

Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tegan Molloy (NSW) have turned on a display of downhill supremacy this weekend in Thredbo, in the penultimate round of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series presented by Mountain Bike Australia.

With riders racing on a customised version of the famous Thredbo Cannonball Run track, action was always going to be spectacular at the iconic venue that has delivered national events for over twenty years.

In the Elite Men’s field, all eyes were on the 2014 World Championships Bronze medallist, Troy Brosnan (SA), who leads the Subaru National Series after a perfect round in the You Yangs. With Brosnan setting the fastest time in seeding, he would be the last rider to start for the entire round on Sunday afternoon. The men raced as they seeded, falling into the hotseat one after the other before Brosnan sped into the winning position.

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Brosnan is the second-ranked rider in the World for Downhill, and his true class showed on a clean final run that saw him retain the Subaru Series Leader jersey. “I had a really good run there, not many mistakes,” Brosnan said. “I hit a few big holes but apart from that, just loving it! “It was a lot faster this year and it was actually kind of scary at some sections but apart from that, it reminds me pretty much of Fort William. “I gave it everything I had in that run and just pedalled and really tried to exert myself so I’m happy.”

Thomas Crimmins (NSW) was only 5.13 seconds behind Brosnan, the local rider flying into second place, while Graeme Mudd (NSW) took third.

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For the Elite Women, the hot favourites were Molloy and Sarah Booth (NSW). 2015 Junior World Champion Molloy resides in Jindabyne, meaning she knows the Thredbo course better than most riders in Australia, and her local knowledge played to her advantage today.

Molloy spoke of securing her first Elite win: “It’s pretty cool taking the win in front of a home crowd, it just makes it that bit more special. “The idea was to take it easy in practice and then come out and a have a good race run. I’ve ridden the track many times before so I knew what to expect.”

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Tegan Molloy

Molloy finished in a spectacular time that was 32.7 seconds faster than the field, which means she will take over the Series Lead from Booth with only one round remaining.

Second place in the Elite women went to Ronja Hill-Wright (ACT) and third to Booth.

Under 19

In Under 19 Men’s action, the show would be all about local Bredbo rider Andrew Crimmins (NSW). Crimmins was the fastest Under 19 rider in seeding, and he did not disappoint in the race run, taking the win by exactly 4 seconds from Max Warshawsky (QLD) in second, with Jackson Frew (ACT) rounding out the podium.

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Andrew Crimmins

In Under 19 Women’s racing, talented multi-discipline rider Ellie Wale (VIC) took the win from  Sian A’Hern (NSW).

The 2014/15 Subaru National Series comes to an end in three weeks, with the final round held in Toowoomba, QLD from 27 February – 1 March, in conjunction with the Oceania Championships, which will run 25 – 27 February 2015.

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Jared Graves and Peta Mullens Take RockShox Enduro Challenge, Mt Buller

The Sun comes out as racing heats up at the RockShox Enduro Challenge Powered by SRAM.

After shivering through what felt like arctic temperatures earlier in the week, the sun came out today in Mt Buller with perfect for Enduro Racing. We saw the strongest ever Enduro field assembled in Australia with no less than seven (7) World Champions taking to the start line. Saturdays Prologue winner Jared Graves led the field out on stage one, but with the only time factors being an overall limit it was soon Ryan Del La Rue, trail builder of many of the stages at Mt Buller, took the role of sweeping the road.

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In an unexpected move, Chain Reaction Cycles pair Sam Hill and Mike Jones, soon took over this role, ultimately completing all 6 stages over 30 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. A timing error on stage 5 saw the duo redo stage 5, but as it was the most DH of the stages, including a chairlift uplift there were no complaints.

Ultimately, Graves was too strong for the rest of the field, taking the quickest time on 5 of 6 stages, only losing out to a puncture on the Ski School Step that claimed more than 1 tyre over the weekend of racing. Total racing time was 23:20:05.

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Specialized Rider, Troy Brosnan was on fire all day taking home second place just under 1 minute behind Graves. Clearly this DH rider can pedal as well.

Ryan De La Rue, who spends his days on an excavator for World Trial, and has had an integral role in the construction of most of the stages, took home third place just 3 seconds behind Brosnan. Ryan will be looking to take on up to 5 races of the Enduro World Series this year, so this early season form is looking good for the privateer.

Yeti Rider Richie Rude and CRCs Sam Hill rounded out the top five.

In the women’s field, it was Peta Mullens, fresh off a win as Australian National Road Race Champion, who dominated the girls winning every stage coming in 30 seconds ahead of Qld’s Brodie Chapman. Claire Whiteman rounded out the top 3, with a time just over 1 minute behind Mullens.

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Post event presentations were well attended with over $15,000 worth of product being given away at random, including a Giant Reign, and $10,000 worth of SRAM product.

With over 200 riders entered from all over Australia, it was a great start to the new MTBA Enduro National Series. Round two will be staged in the home town of Jared Graves, Toowoomba on March 8.

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Graves and Clementz Confirmed to Race RockShox Enduro, Mt Buller

The 2015 International Enduro Season will kick off with a bang at the RockShox Enduro Challenge, Powered by SRAM when 2013 Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz will take on 2014 champion Jared Graves and his Yeti team mate, Richie Rude on the slopes of Mt Buller in Victoria.

Clementz, who was forced to sit out the majority of the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury will use the Mt Buller event to wrap up his Southern Hemisphere training program, spending time in New Zealand and Australia ahead of round one of the Enduro World Series to be held in Rotorua in March. Graves and team mate Richie Rude will travel from Toowoomba the location of the second Rock Shox Enduro Challenge to take on Clementz in their first head to head hit out for 2015.

Photos from the SEQ Gravity Enduro Series, Round 2 at Garapine on 18-05-2014.

Looking to spoil the party for the Enduro Specific Athletes will be UCI World Cup regulars Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan and Mike Jones as they prepare their assault on the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Run under the same format and rules of the Enduro World Series, riders will take on six stages, taking in all elements of the Mt Buller trail network in Victoria’s High Country. Entries will be capped at 400 riders.

Event Management Solutions Australia are the leaders in Enduro racing in Australia, having been delivering top class events in the format for over 5 years. They also have extensive experience in delivering large scale events at a World Class level and in 2015 will be taking their support of Enduro a step further through the backing of an Australian Based Official EWS team.

For more information please visit www.gravityenduro.com.au or [email protected] 

Brosnan and Booth Bring Home Gold in Downhill at the 2014/15 Subaru National Mountain Bike Series

Troy Brosnan and Sarah Booth have claimed downhill victory on the final day of Round 1 of the 2014/15 Subaru National Mountain Bike Series in the You Yangs, Victoria.

Brosnan (SA) had a breakout year in 2014, winning his first Downhill World Cup and finishing third in both the UCI World Cup Series and the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Brosnan set the fastest seeding run of the weekend in the morning, but it would be Liam Panozzo (VIC) who set the the time to beat in the finals, spending significant time in the Subaru hot seat after suffering a flat tyre on his seeding run. Brosnan was the last rider to start for the event and was untouchable on the tough course, flying into first place with a time of 1:55.42, beating out second placed Graeme Mudd (NSW) by 0.56 of a second.

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“It was a little bit windy out there and required a lot of pedalling so I just tried to tuck a fair bit and pedal as hard as I could,” said Brosnan. “I sent all the drops to flat pretty much and was pretty stoked to come away with the win”.

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Tim Eaton chased by Andrew Crimmins during practice.
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Troy Brosnan, in his seeding run.
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Elite men podium.

Fellow South Australian Connor Fearon (1:56.85) finished third, with Panozzo ultimately claiming 4th place. In the Junior Men, Andrew Crimmins (NSW) had a great run to finish 1.65 seconds in front of Jackson Frew (ACT) in second and Max Warshawsky (QLD) in third.

In the Women’s race, Round 1 of the Subaru National Series was the first UCI race for Tegan Molloy to step up from the Juniors to the Elite category. Molloy claimed the Junior Women’s World Championship title just months ago in Norway, and today she would start last and ultimately finish second. Booth, who placed 19th in her home World Cup in Cairns earlier this year, was too strong for Molloy and the field in the You Yangs, finishing in 2:31.30.

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Sarah Booth, winner of round one.

“I tried to keep a steady mind – eyes up – like how I train all my friends and girls and I just did what I knew I had to do,” reflected Booth. “I kept it low on some of those last jumps because of the wind but I knew I had to put power down.”

Third place and the bronze medal went to Michelle Crisp (NSW).

This first round of the Series was also the opening round of the highly successful Victorian Downhill Series (VDHS), with riders accruing points and prizes in both series.

Short Course Cross Country

Sunday also saw our cross country stars take on a technically challenging short course, one that was built specifically by the You Yangs MTB Club for the Subaru National Series.

For the second time this weekend, Dan McConnell (ACT) and Rebecca Henderson (ACT) took out wins, dominating the elite men and women’s categories.

In early racing, McConnell sat comfortably behind Tasmania’s Scott Bowden and ACT’s Brendan Johnson, before moving into first place with three laps to go and crossing the line with a clear lead over competitors.

In an exciting sprint finish, Bowden claimed second crossing the line not even a wheel in front of Johnston who finished third.

In the women’s race, Henderson and Emily Parkes (NSW) worked well together in early running, but the Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist is a career stage in front of the younger Parkes and rode away to the win.

Parkes rode solidly to claim second with Holly Harris (NSW) finishing third.

Special mention also goes to up and coming rider Zoe Cuthbert, who at only 13 years of age lapped the entire field of the Open Women’s riders to secure a unique win.

The Subaru National Series will continue with Round 2 in 2015 in Pemberton, Western Australia, where riders will be treated to two-days of back to back XCO races.

All event information can be found at the series website: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-series/

 

Video: The Choicest Action From the 2014 World Cup Downhill Season

The UCI Downhill World Cup treated us to one of its classic seasons this year and following it every step along the way for us, bringing you all the best action from trackside were the Parkin Brothers of Orpheus Productions.

They were baked, drowned, scorched and soaked intermittently all year hauling cameras all over the world’s fastest DH tracks. When it came to an end of season package then we decided to ask for the ultimate; no filler, all thriller!

We decided to ask for the ultimate; no filler, all thriller!

There are always one or two shots that come out of a race weekend that get everyone excited to go out and ride. Shots that demonstrate the kind of sublime skill needed to make a big bike dance on the very edge of adhesion. Whips, scrubs, gaps… It had to be the very best.

The above video clip doesn’t tell the story of a timed session or feature blow-by-blow tracking of one of 2014’s epic battles, it’s simply about all those best shots being tied together in just one place. The best of the best, the best of the Wildmen. Enjoy!

Video: The Best World Champs Downhill Ever

In what has been an incredible year for downhill racing there’s no doubt we witnessed one of the best ever World Championships  in Hafjell.

A chainless run from Neko Mulally astounded everyone by topping the men’s standings for a short time while Josh Bryceland seemingly snatched defeat from the jaws of the victory by overcooking the last bridge jump as he threatened to beat the leading time of Gee Atherton. In the end, Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter took the World titles with the British team enjoying a 1-2 in elite men and a 1-2-3 in the elite women.

The boys from Orpheus Productions bring you the best of the action from an exciting finale to the 2014 season.

Brosnan Storms to Bronze at World Mountain Bike Championships

Troy Brosnan (SA) conquered a demanding course in Hafjell, Norway to collect his first World Championship Downhill medal since moving up to the Elite category.

Racing was spectacular on the sixth and final day of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.

Elite Men 

The story of the day for the Australian men would be the ride that was for Brosnan and the ride that could have been for Sam Hill (WA).

Early racing saw Graeme Mudd (NSW), Bryn Atkinson (NSW) and Jack Moir (NSW) spend time on the coveted World Championship hotseat as the fastest riders at that point of the day.

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Hill, a former triple Elite Downhill World Champion (‘06, ‘07, ‘10), knows both the glory of the win and the tragedy of defeat on a winning run, having crashed in the final stages when leading the 2008 World Championships.

He was the 9th-last rider to start and was on the fastest run of the day by over 3 seconds when he would come to grief with a massive crash in the final rock garden.

Amazingly he was able to get back on the bike and race to the finish placing 26th, and while it seemed likely, he will never know whether his run would have been good enough to take the title.

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Sam Hill, devastated!

Brosnan was the last Australian standing, as he has often been in the 2014 season, and he was the second-last rider of the 2014 Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.

A steady start saw him in 10th place at the first time-split, and like Hill before him, he chose the extremely difficult inside line in the second rock garden and reaped the rewards moving up to 3rd place by the second time-split.

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Brosnan into 3rd.

He would pick up one more place on the final section to sit in overall second place behind Great Britain’s Gee Atherton with only Josh Bryceland, also of Great Britain, left to race.

Bryceland was the 2014 World Cup Series winner, and he had an amazing run but landed heavily sustaining an injury on a finish-straight jump, his time still being good enough to just pass Brosnan and move into second place.

This left Atherton as the 2014 World Champion, and Brosnan to take away Bronze as his first Elite World Championship medal.

Also riding for Australia was Mick Hannah (QLD) who finished off the pace after a crashing awkwardly out of a fast berm.

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Bryn Atkinson into 18th.

Missing today from the action was Brosnan’s junior-days friend and rival Connor Fearon (SA), who crashed heavily in his final practice run and required medical attention.

Elite men's podium, minus Josh Bryceland due to injury.
Elite men’s podium, minus Josh Bryceland due to injury.


Elite Female

Tracey Hannah (QLD) excelled in Norway today to take out 4th place in the Elite Women’s Downhill World Championships.

Hannah was the 2006 Junior World Champion and has had a long career with many outstanding results, finishing this year as the 4th ranked rider in the World Cup Series.

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Tracey Hannah, 4th.

She has twice finished on the World Championship podium in 3rd place (‘07 & ‘13) and is the reigning 6-time National Champion.

As the third last rider to start in Hafjell, Hannah had a strong clean run on Championship day, showing a great mix of power and excellent line selection in the treacherous rock gardens.

Her run would at the time put her into second place behind Tahnee Seagrave (Great Britain) who would ultimately finish 3rd.

Two riders remained, Manon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton, both of Great Britain.

2014 has been the breakthrough year for Carpenter and today she displayed a flawless ride to go on to take her first Elite World Championship title.

Atherton almost crashed on her run and ultimately missed out by the narrowest of margins (.088s) to place second.

Hannah will now return this week for follow-up surgery from a serious crash in 2012.


Downhill Results – 2014 World Mountain Bike Championships  

Elite Male
1. Gee Atherton (GBR) 3:23.769
2. Josh Bryceland (GBR) +0.407
3. Troy Brosnan (SA)    AUS +0.566

10. Jack Moir (NSW) +3.831
18. Bryn Atkinson (NSW) +6.204
26. Sam Hill (WA) +9.187
41. Graeme Mudd (NSW) +12.678
81. Michael Hannah (QLD) +45.366
DNS Connor Fearon (SA)

Elite Female
1. Manon Carpenter (GBR)  3:49.407
2. Rachel Atherton (GBR)   +0.088
3. Tahnee Seagrave (GBR) + 3.463
4. Tracey Hannah (AUS)

Video: Meribel World Cup Downhill Finals Highlights

The 2014 DH season came to a close with a bang in Meribel, delivering one of the best races of the year. Sam Hill returned to the top of the podium with a spectacular winning run, wildcard riders mixed up the usual standings and cheering fans wielding chainsaws, air horns and flags lined the Méribel course from top to bottom. Not to mention the crowning of a new World Cup Champion, Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland.

The Parkin Bros were trackside, capturing all the spills, thrills and highlights from the last World Cup race of the season. 

Racing: Brosnan, McConnell and Molloy Shine in Mountain Bike World Cup Series

The seventh and final round of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup wrapped up the overall series in Meribel, France this weekend after a fierce weekend of racing where Australia’s top riders featured heavily on the round and series podiums.

The UCI World Cup Series included events in seven countries, across four continents, with riders contesting rounds in the Olympic Cross Country, Downhill and Cross Country Eliminator disciplines.

Downhill

On a very fast and rocky track that descended 550m in 2100m length, it was Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles.com/Nukeproof) who shone on the weekend, winning the round and proving to the world that he is back to his best.

Hill is a dual World Cup Series winner (2007, 2009) and broke an almost four year World Cup race win drought earlier this month by taking first place in Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada.

Following close behind was Adelaide-born Troy Brosnan (Specialized Racing DH), who rounded out a stellar 2014 by recording a career-best Word Cup Series performance of third overall, one point in front of friend and former teammate Hill.

Brosnan took the podium in five of the seven World Cup races on the way to his third place, winning in Fort William, UK and recording a third place in Leogang, Austria and Windham, USA.

The overall winner of the men’s downhill series was Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate).

In the women’s downhill, Australia’s Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson UR) finished fourth after an exciting World Cup season, which included podium places in five of the seven races, as well as winning the Canadian Open DH at Crankworx this year.

In the overall rankings, it was Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen Factory Team) who held on for the win.

In the junior women’s, fellow Australian Tegan Molloy was the stand out star, earning the Junior World Cup Series winner crown.

Molloy recorded five wins from the seven races, riding to her best finish in the Series in Canada to finish 11th in the Elite field with a time of 5:32.750, an exceptional result from the young NSW rider.

Cross-country

In the cross-country, Australia’s Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) secured back-to-back UCI World Cup Series podiums finishing third overall for 2014, after taking the podium four times across the Series.

McConnell had a best finish of 3rd place in Mont-Saint-Anne in Canada and only narrowly missed out on making the podium in the last round, coming in at sixth place.

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World Cup series leader Julien Absalon (BMC) and World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) remarkably won all seven events between them this year.

Absalon held on for the win, securing his sixth overall World Cup Series title.

In the Under 23 men, Australia’s Cam Ivory placed 22nd overall in a series including some challenges, a great result.

Australia’s Bec Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) had her debut year at Elite level and had an excellent year to finish inside the top 20. The highlight of her World Cup year was on home soil during the third round in Cairns, crossing the line in 10th place.

Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) was the overall winner for the women’s Cross Country.

Eliminator

Starting on the Friday, and kicking off the final round of races in Meribel, was the Cross Country Eliminator, a 725m course that saw riders taking a gondola to the start line.

In the men’s overall standings, it was Australia’s Paul Van der Ploeg, the reigning World Champion, who would shine with a fourth place in the overall series.

Van der Ploeg had a solid World Cup season, medalling in each of the first three rounds and making the podium in four.

Fabrice Mels (Salcano Alanya) was crowned the elite men’s champion and Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike) was victorious in the elite women’s series.

Trials

The trials UCI World Cup Series is currently at the midpoint, and Australia’s Janine Jungfels took the honours with an outstanding win in Meribel, taking the honours in the third round of the five race series.

Wrap Up

The mountain bike world’s attention now switches to the World Championships, which starts in Norway on September 2nd.

 

Claudio Caluori’s Meribel World Cup Finals Course Preview

Wow, what a track for the final round of the UCI World Cup Downhill series!

From the looks of Claudio’s preview, it’s a very natural track, with plenty of un-ridden surfaces and it looks to be widely taped off. This all translates to exciting racing, with the riders able to make line choices and crafty decisions to get the most out of each run. 

Tune in to RedBull.com for the finals, 1.50am, Saturday night Sydney time. Woo!

http://www.redbull.com/en/bike/events/1331614184359/uci-mtb-world-cup-2014-round-9-meribel-france

Specialized Release the Radical New 2015 S-Works Demo Carbon

This weekend at Mont Sainte Anne, Canada, two-time UCI World Cup Series champion Aaron Gwin will compete on an all-new, 200mm travel bike: The 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo.

“I’ve been on the bike for about a month now,” says Gwin about the completely redesigned World Cup bike he and teammate Troy Brosnan will be debuting at Mont Sainte Anne this weekend. “We got on it right after the National Champs because we wanted to get on it right away for comparison to the old bike on the same track.”

Gwin and Brosnan first got a chance to throw a leg over the new 27.5″-wheeled bike immediately following the 2014 USA Cycling Gravity MTB National Championships in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and found it to be a familiar, but faster, Demo.

The asymmetrical shape of the top tub/seat mast junction. One sided!
The asymmetrical shape of the top tub/seat mast junction. One sided!

“The thing I noticed right away was just how fast it was,” says Gwin. “It’s a really playful bike, but it’s a race bike through and through.” Gwin believes this bike “reacts quicker than any bike he’s ridden before.”

Utilising an asymmetrical design — producing the visually-absent seat tube on the non-drive-side — the radically-new approach to carbon frame construction is intended to lower the center of gravity and keep the frame as stiff as it has always been.

“You can plant it and change directions really quick because of how your feet sit on the bike” Aaron Gwin

“It accelerates fast because of the [lack of] weight and the stiffness.” Gwin says. “You can plant it and change directions really quick because of how your feet sit on the bike… there are not a lot of pivots so when you put force into the bike it reacts straight away.”

One of the interesting points Gwin makes about the new Demo is how the single-sided seat tube allows for easy in-and-out access to the rear shock.

“The switch was really easy and setting up suspension was easy,” says Gwin.”It’s something non-racers might not have to deal with very often. But anyone who races seriously knows how often you need to service, set up and remove your shocks. The access on the Demo makes it so easy, plus I just think it looks rad.”

A floating seatstay keeps the pedalling and braking forces separate, while the standard size 12×135 millimeter axle has been engineered to stiffen the rear end with a square design. However, Gwin says any stiffness gained in the rear end has not added weight. “It’s really light in the rear end, which allows the bike to stay agile. I really like a stiff bike so it’s great to not have to sacrifice any rigidity for the added agility.”

Nico Vouilloz: Interviewing a Legend.

Special Stages 1-3 of the Val d'Allos Eduro World Series

Flow was so incredibly fortunate not to just meet the legend, but to ride with, dine with, share a few chairlift rides, do this interview and get to know the enigmatic character a little more. Riding behind Nico was like watching a movie with special effects, slightly sped up. There is no reason or explanation or words to describe what we saw. In the tight, slippery and steep trails of the French Alps, Morzine and Les Gets we valiantly followed Nico for as long as we could. The subtle weight shifts and direction changes he made as he played with the super-technical terrain was hard to believe.

Nico’s recovering from a couple knee surgeries and a wrist injury sustained earlier this year, but he’s still motivated to school the younger racers in the Enduro World Series. We sat down with him over a delicious aperitif, here is what he had to say.

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Flow:

How does it make you feel to know that you’ve inspired many people, myself included? I did have posters of you on my bedroom wall as a kid.

Nico:

It feels good. I’ve met many people who were fans and now we are friends, so it feels good.

F:

What are you up to these days?

N:

I’ve got a great life. I travel with Lapierre, race and do a lot of product testing. I like this, I’ve always liked playing with my bike setup even when I was racing.

F:

You haven’t been back to Australia since 1996?

N:

I loved Australia! The reason I haven’t been back is because I’m always travelling, so I don’t have any time for actual ‘holidays’. I would love to come back though, in the future. I still remember the race and especially the party after (laughs) in 96.

F:

Do you still have the same passion for racing that you had at the height of your career?

N:

I still love to race, but I don’t think that I’m as serious as I used to be. I’ll keep racing though, I still enjoy the feeling of practice, the atmosphere of competition, but maybe not the pressure of the podium (laughs).

F:

You haven’t raced in a while, how do you think your results will be when you return?

N:

I need to get some fitness back (laughs), but about the results I’m not really sure. Sometimes I feel good racing, I hit the lines well, and other times I don’t.

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F:

So you seem like you’re more relaxed about your racing?

N:

Yes definitely. Now that I’m not as focused on the podium I can ride and see what happens. If I come tenth or fifteenth it doesn’t matter. When I was racing in the past for the podium I was focused on every little thing- the bike, the track, the settings.

F:

You won an EWS race last year though- you’re still pretty quick!

N:

I was so happy when I won that race. I had had some crashes and mechanicals in the previous races, and I arrived super fit. When I saw that I had beaten Jerome that old feeling came back to me- like I was young again.

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F:

Had you done many enduro races before the international rise and the Enduro World Series began last year?

N:

I had done some- local races here in France, like our special endure series. I had also ridden the megavalanche, so I knew to an extent what the races would be like.

F:

Does it make you feel good knowing that you were a pioneer of downhill racing and seeing how far the sport has evolved today?

N:

Yes definitely. The progression has been amazing, from bikes with no suspension, to today’s bikes which have features like adjustable geometry and the amazing suspension. Another thing I’ve seen is now you have to start the sport early today, whereas I started the sport at 15. These days you would never make it from that age.

F:

Are there any younger riders on the scene today that remind you of yourself?

N:

I think Troy Brosnan is very like myself. He is very light, and the way he moves around the bike reminds me of myself. He tucks and pumps and weaves. On the other side of things, Loic Bruni amazes me. He looks so effortless on the bike- he looks still and not like he is fighting the bike at all.

F:

Do you reflect on your rivals much? Does anyone stand out?

N:

Steve Peat. Our rivalry went for so long. I never felt like I had any other rivals for more than a season!

F:

Do you have any negatives, looking back on the racing scene?

N:

I wish they changed up the tracks more. Even if you love a track, it gets boring and repetitive coming back there year after year.

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F:

What do you think the differences between you and Steve were?

N:

I was the straight guy. I trained and raced. He was the cool guy and didn’t mind to party a bit…sometimes a lot.

F:

So you were the straight guy?

N:

Yes (laughs). When I’m racing I’m racing. I don’t need time to drink beers, I just stick to my goals with my team and my bike.

F:

Do you think everyone needs to have that attitude these days, seeing as the top level racers are all so close to one another?

N:

Yes. I think when Sam Hill was racing it was cool to just ride with talent, but now you definitely need to be training hard and be focused to be at the top. Also, it’s not possible now to be so far in front. Everything needs to go right for you to win a World Cup as there are ten or so riders all so close to one another.

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F:

Lapierre Gravity Republic rider Loic Bruni and Loris Vergier are from the Nice region where you’re living, have you had much to do with their development?

N:

Not really during the race season. They have all the support they need. I help them during the off season, doing testing and discussing their riding.

F:

You said you’ve seen the development of the bikes, could you outline what you think of the modern equipment?

N:

These days the bikes are more like a motocross bike without the engine! (laughs). Everyone has a longer bike these days as well. Here at Lapierre every year we change up the bikes a little bit. This year we had ten different linkage configurations to trial on the new Supra Link downhill race bike, to get the best suspension curve possible. We had to try every one, and then we had to evaluate if the front and rear worked well together. The new bike is a single pivot, we have been able to achieve the best curve without the use of an axle path design. This testing, like all of our testing, takes a long time. 

F:

So the testing is very important!

N:

Yes, I think that the testing with Rockshox over the winter has resulted in the better results this year. The bikes have been set up so perfectly through this testing. The bikes will keep getting better as we keep testing as well…

F:

What is the number one most important thing with testing for you?

N:

With testing, when you win a race you know why you’ve run the race, whether that be through your suspension, tire pressure. When you evaluate these features, you can use them in the future knowing that they work well.

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F:

You ride a Lapierre Spicy with e:i Shock, what do you see as the future for the e:i Shock system?

N:

I think it is the future. The product can still to be developed, so there are no detrimental effects to the suspension.

F:

What do you like most about the e:i suspension?

N:

Probably just that you don’t have to think. It’s so simple.

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F:

We heard Lapierre were testing e:i Shock in conjunction with a GPS tracking system for the World Downhill Champs in Pietermaritzburg?

N:

Who told you about that?…

F:

What were some experiments you did back in the day when you were trialing things to improve your performance?

N:

I was doing some crazy things with the aerodynamics, wearing skinsuits…I was also doing some stuff with spoke tension. For example four crossing spokes and low tensions- so flexible but still supportive.

F:

Were any of your methods ahead of your time?

N:

At the World Championships we used to have a screen that could show video of two riders at the same time, so you could see the different line choices. This was good. We used a lot of video with French Cycling Federation.

F:

Who has been your longest sponsor?

N:

Lapierre! They’re a great brand.

F:

What can you see for the future?

N:

I know I’ll be testing and doing a bit of racing with Lapierre for the next couple of years, but after this, who knows?

F:

Nico, thanks a lot for your time today, and good luck with the return to racing!

N:

Thanks Mick, anytime!

[divider]Nico bike check[/divider]

Nico had his Lapierre Spicy at Les Gets, in its exact spec from the Valloire Enduro World Series. Check out some of the finer details here, click the photos for info: 

Winning World Cups with Troy Brosnan, The Interview

Rob Warner: “Is there a detective at the finish line, because Brosnan just murdered that course”

Troy Brosnan’s maiden world cup win, at possibly the toughest world cup course on the circuit, Fort William, has been a long time in the making. Two times junior world champion, and a protégé on team Specialized with some of the greatest riders of all time, such as Sam Hill and Aaron Gwin, Brosnan has always been surrounded by the fastest riders on the planet. The 2014 World Cup season has finally seen Troy get up to speed with his superhuman teammates, with top ten results in the first three world cups of the season so far.

Brosnan, in full froth mode.

Flow: You’ve been the last one up the top of the hill with the fastest qualifier in Australia before, but how was it at a World Cup? Spooky, scary, or were you totally in the zone?

Troy: I Felt Normal. I just tried to treat it like a national round and I knew that’s where my riding should be so I wasn’t spooked.

Flow: How did travelling to the BDS round earlier help your World Cup preparation?

Troy: It really helped me get my bike all set up and ready to go for the World Cup, I had all of my bike settings changed and for the World Cup I just had to adjust my rebound slightly and I was ready to go

Flow: What’s the best thing about having team manager Eric Carter around to help?

Troy: Being an ex-racer he’s really helpful when trying to find lines. He also knows what we need as racers and when to give us some space.

Flow: And Aaron Gwin?

Troy: Aaron is very helpful with racing and finding good lines. We do a lot of runs together to help each other go faster and at the end of the day what separates us in the race is who wants it more.

Flow: Could you see the green time update on the finish banner when you dropped into the arena? How was that?

Troy: Yes! Over the last jump I did see a glimpse of green and my eyes lit up. I wasn’t sure who was in the hot seat so I just hoped I could outsprint them to the line!

Flow: First time racing a 650B downhill bike? What made you decide to try it at Fort William?

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Flow: Where do you think you won the race? On the power sections, or rougher parts of the track?

Troy: I feel it was the whole track, I just really felt the flow hitting all my lines and was riding super smooth. Despite saying that, I did have a really good sprint at the bottom!

Flow: After qualifying first, how confident were you of winning the final?

Troy: It gave me a lot of confidence going into the final, I knew that I could do it but anything can happen in a race run. I just did my best and pedalled everywhere and it paid off!

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[divider]Troy’s winning run, dissected[/divider]

Troy trains as hard as anyone, and watching his run at Fort William this becomes plain to see. Some riders look clean, effortless almost as they clear gaps and track straight through the craziest of rock gardens. Troy Brosnan is one of these riders, but not through anything other than sheer hard work and determination. We see this at a few points through his run:

Click to watch his winning run replay here.

  1. Watch the start of Troy’s run 2.01.05. See how quickly he gets up to speed! Troy’s efficient technique on the sprint, working the bars, combined with his near perfect pedal stroke and a high power to weight ratio means that he’s able to get his Demo going real quick, really, really fast. Continuing with the sprinting theme, has anyone else noticed how many riders on the DH circuit don’t actually sprint at every available opportunity, or sit down? If you haven’t noticed this, watch the replay of the Cairns World Cup, and notice just how many riders have poor sprints in the long pedal leading up to the finish. Brosnan however, never misses the opportunity to get even a single pedal stroke in. Have a look at 2.01.22, and how quickly he gets back on the pedals after cornering- unbelievable.
  2. Just after this corner, Troy absolutely blasts through the infamous rock garden section at the top of the track. For a long time the general consensus with downhill has been that the heavier riders are able to monster their way through these sections of track better than smaller riders, however Troy leads to a big questioning of this with the way he is able to flick his bike around the rough stuff to find the right line. When downhill legends like Rob Warner in the commentary box are admitting as much, it’s definitely a theory that’s beginning to gain merit.
  3. Speaking of flicking bikes around, Troy’s handling skills are up there with the Sam Hills and Brendan Faircloughs of the downhill scene. The way he transfers his lightweight figure through the rough stuff 2.02.06 to 2.02.12– amazing ninja skills. This could possibly be attributed to the dirt jumping he does as part of his training, as well as his recently commenced motocross sessions.
  4. Despite the numerous attributes of Brosnan’s riding that put him firmly up there as a contender for the overall world cup title this year, on top of his second to none pedalling and power through pedally sections, Brosnan has the best tuck in the business. With the speeds going too high to pedal through the open, big jump, ‘motorway’ sections of world cup courses, getting aero is no longer something you did on the road bike during training. Troy won by 1.6 seconds, and he might just have just sealed the deal with his far more superior tuck through the bottom section of the course as opposed to Sam Hill. Not buying this aero stuff? Watch from 2.02.23 onwards- you’ll see.

TB Berm

With the Leogang World Cup taking place this week in Austria, what can Troy pull out? Having mixed results there in the past- a crash in 2012 and eighth place there last year, it’s hard to tell, but his confidence will be right up there following his Fort William victory. As it’s another technical and physical track, Troy’s excellent conditioning and technical ability should favour him!

If Troy can keep performing consistently to the end of the World Cup season, could Australia have another World Cup Champion at the end of the 2014 season?

2012 World Champs Leogang Crash video: Second corner in, Troy crashed injuring his shoulder.

At home with Troy Brosnan, back in early 2013 when recovering from the Leogang World Champs crash.

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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.

Brosnan Mixing it With the Top Guns

Former two-time junior downhill World Champion Troy Brosnan will be heading into the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships with an 11th place finish in the final UCI World Cup event under his belt improving on that will be something that the Australian has his eyes firmly set on when he takes to the Cascades MTB Park track.

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The Specialized Racing Team rider has been in good form this season and has moved up the rankings into 13th position after he registered two fifth places and a 12th in the World Cup legs so far this season and his form is something that he is happy with in the lead up to the World Champs.

“My preparations for the World Champs are going really well, I feel strong and feel in the best shape I have ever been in!” the South Australian said.

“I have been doing a lot more work in the gym on my legs for this event because the course is pretty challenging.”

The former junior star has been chasing the big guns this year and has not quite managed to catch them but he is not focusing on whom to look out for but rather concentrate on himself and see what he can do to beat the more experienced top runners.

“Going into the Worlds I always like to just worry about myself rather than the other riders because then you lose sight of what you have to do,” a focused Brosnan said.

The track at the Cascades MTB Park is unique in that the riders feel that there is a large amount of peddling needed and being strong through those peddling sections is something that Brosnan has been concentrating on in his training. With some spectacular jumps and the experience of having ridden there before has got Brosnan really excited about the opportunity.

“This World Champs track has a lot of pedalling sections so you have to be fit and strong through there so you can keep up your speed.

“It is pretty fun to ride but super hard to race with all of the pedalling but I have been there and raced there before so I will have my lines dialled when I get on the track to race.

“The big jumps would have to be the best part!” he mentioned excitedly.

Being a World Champion at junior level has meant that the 20 year old has had to deal with the hype that comes with competing at the highest level and racing for his country is something that he has come to terms with and relishes.

“I have been racing for Australia for a few years now so I know what comes with representing your country and the pressure doesn’t really bother me anymore which helps keep me relaxed when I’m racing.

“Being able to win a World Championship would mean the absolute world to me.
“It has literally been something I have dreamt of since I was a little kid and if I was the fastest in the world that would be the ultimate prize!” an eager Brosnan explained.

There are five places on the podium and being able to claim one of those is a lot of riders dreams but Brosnan is aiming higher than that – he wants to go all the way and become the fastest downhill rider in the world.

“I always go to a race wanting to win the thing so that is my first goal!

“But getting a medal would also be awesome for me because ending in the top five is a pretty impressive achievement at the World Champs.”

Being at a World Championships is one thing but being away from the major riding meccas of the world is an experience in itself. Travelling to South Africa is something that Brosnan has enjoyed.

“Travelling to South Africa is something that I have enjoyed and it has been fun every time I have been there.

“I really enjoy the country and the monkeys are also pretty funny,” Brosnan said in jest.

(This article has been shared from the UCI MTB World Champs 2013 Facebook page)