SIK MIK TAKES TOP STEP ON HOME SOIL on the final day of Crankworx Cairns.
As the sun beat down on the final day of competition in Crankworx Cairns, riders battled a raw, rowdy and fast-rolling track, chocked full of jumps, roots and rock gardens. Featuring a magical mixture of loose granitic soil and dry volcanic clay, racers had to think fast and adapt on the fly to the changing terrain. The race saw top international riders and impossibly fast locals lock horns in a race against the clock, as they navigated steep and gnarly lines before going all out in a full-throttle sprint across the finish.
While some riders agonized over endless training laps to try and find the fastest lines down the perilous track, others found confidence in a familiar course that hasn’t changed much since its build in 2006. Not surprisingly, one of these riders happened to be the fastest on the day, thanks to over 30 years of experience on the track. “Sik Mik” Hannah couldn’t have drawn up a better result for himself as he took home the win in front of a roaring crowd of fans, friends and close family.
It’s amazing! It’s maybe the 5th international race I’ve had here. I’ve had 2nd’s and been very close. I was third here last year, so to get the win was really special, today is my mom’s 60th birthday so it makes it extra meaningful. We had lots of family here for that, so for all the people who had been following me online for so long to finally see me in person and take the win, it was awesome.”
Joining Hannah on the top step of the podium was New Zealand’s Jenna Hastings, who returned to her winning ways after an extended series of close second’s and podium finishes.
I’ve been getting podiums a lot…seconds, thirds, fourths and I just really wanted to win again, I think I just wanted it a lot today and left it all out there in the sprint, I think that was the deciding the factor. Coming into the final stretch you’re toast and you just have to dig deep and sprint your ass off.”