Cannonball festival is huge in 2017, with 750+ riders registered across 5 events. We catch up on some of the action from Days 1 and 2 of the event…
Thursday started with prime conditions following the rain on Wednesday and sunny conditions all day. Only a few puddles remained around the track and with a huge number of registered riders, the scheduling was reasonably intense.
The main race was the All-Mountain Assault. The longest course of the weekend incorporating long sweeping traverses and turns, along with some pedally sections at the bottom. A few puddles and greasy sections remained on course but for the most part it was super tacky dirt all the way down. Gunbarrel chairlift was operating to transport racers directly to the top, and for this year a new finish line area and bottom section was incorporated. For those riders not racing the AM Assault there was the option of Downhill or Flow track practice on the main chairlift.
1st Ben Forbes
2nd Josh Carlson
3rd Scott Graham
1st Sian Ahern
2nd Claire Whiteman
3rd Tegan Molloy
Friday saw the running of the Pump Track battle in the afternoon/evening, and Downhill Seeding, along with Flow practice.
The conditions changed hourly, at a few points in the day small chunks of hail fell, along with showers, wind and also sun. The Flow track and downhill both became very damp and sloppy in parts with the amount of rain, seeing long queues at the bike wash station and plenty of mud covered riders.