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Rocky Trail Gravity Weekend – State Championships

The racing calender is well underway, and in 2014 the Rocky Trail Entertainment NSW / ACT State Series opened with State Championships; held at Thredbo Resort. Approaching the end of the summer season, the weather was kind enough to only shower during saturday, before clearing up to perfect conditions on Sunday. With the Flow Rollercoaster event held on Saturday, all had their wet weather gear in action. Read on for the action, including Sunday’s DH event.

Saturday's weather made for a cold shock approaching the chairlift peak, low clouds and showers set an extra challenge for competitors - but riders were having too much fun finding their flow in the mud to notice.

Saturday’s weather made for a cold shock approaching the chairlift peak, low clouds and showers set an extra challenge for competitors – but riders were having too much fun finding their flow in the mud to notice.

For those competing in both the Flow Rollercoaster and Downhill competitions, it was a great mix of riders, and huge variance in bikes. One thing's for sure; everyone was having a tonne of fun on Thredbo's Flow Trail.

For those competing in both the Flow Rollercoaster and Downhill competitions, it was a great mix of riders, and huge variance in bikes. One thing’s for sure; everyone was having a tonne of fun on Thredbo’s Flow Trail.

With mud flying everywhere (usually at the photographer), mud guards (of the homemade and shop variety) were essential.

With mud flying everywhere (usually at the photographer), mud guards (of the homemade and shop variety) were essential.

 

Braap! Enduro riding lets the downhillers breathe easy on a technical level, and brings out the steeze in all of us!

Braap! Enduro riding lets the downhillers breathe easy on a technical level, and brings out the steeze in all of us!

In the Rollercoaster Event, Thomas Crimmins took first place, with two runs of 7:26 (now that’s consistency!). Claire Whiteman of the ACT took the State Champion crown from 2013′s elite female category winner and race favourite Genevieve McKew.
(results courtesy of Rocky Trail Entertainment)

Elite Male

1. Thomas Crimmins / Giant Bicycles Australia, Thredbo MTB / Bredbo (NSW) / 14:52
2. Ben Cory / Giant Bicycles Australia, Onya Bike Canberra / Kambah (ACT) / 15:01
3. Ryan Walsch / Trek Bikes / Scullin (ACT) / 15:14
4. Michael Vanos / Springwood (NSW) / 15:17
5. Tim Eaton / Giant Bicycles Australia, Thredbo MTB / Canberra (ACT) / 15:19

Elite Female

1. Claire Whiteman / LIV/giant Australia, Onya Bike Canberra / Kambah (ACT) / 18:05
2. Genevieve McKew / Endless Flow, Knolly Bikes / Chatswood (NSW) / 18:20
3. Sarah Booth / ADCC, Kona / Newcastle (NSW) / 18:37
4. Jo Fox / Cell Bikes / Emu Heights (NSW) / 19:32
5. Kellie Weinert / Tight’n'Toned Fitness / Kearns (NSW) / 20:25

U19 Male

1. Jackson Frew / Gowrie (ACT) / 16:16
2. Bryan Dunkin / Wallsend (NSW) / 16:29
3. Connor Mackne / Alltrack Bicycles / Helensburgh (NSW) / 16:34
3. Callum Carson / Phantom Racing / Figtree (NSW) / 16:34
5. Connor O’Dwyer / Avanti Plus Wollongong / Wollongong (NSW) / 16:35

RollerCoaster State Champions for 2014 in other categories:

Expert Male: Rob Wardlaw (Thirroul NSW)
Veteran Male 30+: James Collins (Weston ACT)
Master Male 40+: Daniel Segeri (Kaleen ACT)
Master Female: Coleen Boyes (Thornton NSW)
SuperMaster Male 50+: John Myssonski (Farrer ACT)
Junior U19 Female: Rachel Weinert (Kearns NSW)
Junior U15 Male: Matthew Dinham (Turramurra NSW)
Junior U15 Female: Mackenzie Diver (Thredbo NSW)
Hardtail Male: Jim Le (Lurnea NSW)

Come sunday morning, and despite perfect weather conditions, the trail was developing moto-style ruts in some sections. As much a mental obstacle as a technical one, plenty of riders were caught out more than once.

Come sunday morning, and despite perfect weather conditions, the trail was developing moto-style ruts in some sections. As much a mental obstacle as a technical one, plenty of riders were caught out more than once.

Harry Parsons hovers above the rocks, carrying serious pace. Much of the alpine trail was holding it's ground against the barrage of riders and soggy conditions.

Harry Parsons hovers above the rocks, carrying serious pace. Much of the alpine trail was holding it’s ground against the barrage of riders and soggy conditions.A�

By qualifying the ground had begun to dry out, giving riders more speed. Plenty of crowd pleasing whip action on the final jumps throughout the afternoon!

By qualifying the ground had begun to dry out, giving riders more speed. Plenty of crowd pleasing whip action on the final jumps throughout the afternoon!

Under 19s reigning champion, Joel Willis sprints to the finish, spent after a blistering fun.

Under 19s reigning champion, Joel Willis sprints to the finish, spent after a blistering run. With a time of 5:31:26, Joel secured his title by over 12 seconds.

NSW/ACT State Championships Downhill Podiums:

Elite Male

1. David McMillan / Thredbo MTB, Swell Design, Spezialised / Canberra (ACT) / 5:19.58
2. Thomas Crimmins / Giant Bicycles Australia, Thredbo MTB / Bredbo (NSW) / 5:20:50 +0.92
3. Tim Eaton / Giant Bicycles Australia, Thredbo MTB / Canberra (ACT) / 5:28.74 +9.16
4. Jake Newell / Mondraker Australia, Flowbikes / Kincumber (NSW) / 5:34.88 +15.30
5. Luke Garnham / Thredbo MTB / Thredbo (NSW) / 5:35.76 +16.18

Elite Female

1. Genevieve McKew / Endless Flow, Knolly Bikes / Chatswood (NSW) / 6:29.08
2. Michelle Crisp / High Country Firewood, Asn Miranda, Norco, Deity, Gamut, Evoc / Caringbah (NSW) / 6:46.78 +17.70
3. Jo Fox / Cell Bikes / Emu Heights (NSW) / 6:54.13 +25.05
4. Kellie Weinert / Tight’n'Toned Fitness / Kearns (NSW) / 7:02.20 +33.12
5. Sarah Booth / ADCC, Kona / Newcastle (NSW) / 7:02.39 +33.31

U19 Male

1. Joel Willis / Shimano, Fox, Lusty, Bikeminded / Lithgow (NSW) / 5:31.26
2. Alec Reid / Gwynneville (NSW) / 5:44.64 +13.38
3. Jackson Frew / Gowrie (ACT) / 5:46.07 +14.81
4. Josh Lea / KTR / Helensburgh (NSW) / 5:53.72 +22.46
5. Connor O’Dwyer / Avanti Plus Wollongong / Wollongong (NSW) / 6:01.28 +30.02

DH State Champions for 2014 in other categories:

U17 Male: Harry Parsons (Mittagong NSW)
Expert Male: Tom Wilson (Eastwood NSW)
Sport Male: Jonathon Foley (Glenmore Park NSW)
Veteran Male 30+: Daniel Seidel (Kiama NSW)
Master Male 40+: Daniel Taliana (Thredbo NSW)
Master Women: Coleen Boyes (Thornton NSW)
SuperMaster Male 50+: Steven Bullard (Hacket ACT)
GrandMaster Male 60+: Steve Coles (Orange NSW)
Junior U15 Male: James Findlay (Jindabyne NSW)
Junior Women: Mackenzie Diver (Thredbo NSW)

The State Downhill series kicks off again with Round 1 on July 26 & 27 at Green Valleys Freeride Park. The Rollercoaster series will continue in Kempsey on June 29. See the Rocky Trail Entertainment website for more info.

The State Downhill series kicks off again with Round 1 on July 26 & 27 at Green Valleys Freeride Park. The Rollercoaster series will continue in Kempsey on June 29. See the Rocky Trail Entertainment website for more info.

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