What a huge weekend of bicycle racing! Seven stages, over a vertical kilometer of climbing, and a guest appearance from EWS #2; Mr Sam Hill.
Everyone was loving the Linga Longa Bike Park. Arguably some of the best trails in Australia, straight from the mouth of Sam himself. Huge jumps, hundreds of sculpted berms, super steep natural terrain, and epic 5+ minute trails that will test anyone. After a freezing (literally) morning, the sun came out and produced a perfect winter’s day in the Balingup hills.
Racing the trails blind with no practice, Sam Hill decimated the rest of the field by over a minute. Blake Pearce and Mark Frendo rounded out the Elite Men’s podium. Special mention to Luke Ball, who came second overall but didn’t have the coin for the National race registration and missed out on a result… someone sponsor this guy!
Julia Boer was the Elite Women’s winner, with Junior Sarah Tucknott taking out the fastest time of the day by over two minutes.
The Junior Men’s race is always a tight one with so many fast kids coming up the ranks. Jesse Morgan fought his way to the top of the podium, beating Roly Kyme and Harrison Dobrowolski who finished second and third respectively.
And so that wraps up a brilliant weekend of racing. The guys at WAGE did a stellar job organising the event, bringing live music, movie screenings, and delicious catering from a local business. Everything ran so smoothly that presentations began ahead of time!
The next round of the 2017 MTBA Gravity Enduro National Series heads back across the country to Rockhampton, QLD, on the 8th & Sunday 9th July. For more information about the race check out: https://www.mtba.asn.au/calendar/genatseries2017_r4/
Photos and Story by Sean Lee