In this edition of coverage from the Cannonball MTB Festival at Thredbo MTB Park, we look at the action from Wednesday and Thursday…
The Cannonball MTB Festival kicked off here in Thredbo on Wednesday. Sunny skies, great weather and a huge number of competitors hitting the hill for practice on Wednesday and the Osprey All-Mountain Assault race on Thursday. With a international contingent of racers including the Santa Cruz Syndicate of Greg Minnaar, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw plus UK / Syndicate DH legend Steve Peat plus NZ’s “Bulldog” Brook Macdonald, EWS racers Yoann Barelli, Rachel Strait and Rae Morrison, Freeride legend Kyle Strait, the Vanzacs crew plus some of Australia’s fastest racers, it will be a massive event and definitely the highlight of the Australian summer MTB calendar.
Now in its 6th year, this year the prize money between Men’s and Women’s has been equalized, making it a more exciting race for the female racers, plus a few changes: the Flow race, normally run over one day has been split up into two days for Group B and Group A, and the prize pool is now up to a cool $100K.
The All-Mountain assault kicks off relatively early in the schedule, running on Thursday. Suited to Enduro guns it uses the All-Mountain track, with a new Home Run section from the upper Friday Flat area into the bottom of the Flow track for this year. With sweeping views from the top near Gunbarrel chairlift, snaking its way across ski runs into some technical sections and tight cornered berms it’s a real test of the lungs and leg muscles, with the winnings runs over 11 minutes long.
The course was hard to predict – that’s a long run and there’s enough altitude here to take your breath away. You just have to pace yourself. – Josh Carlson
1st Josh Carlson
2nd Ben Forbes
3rd Tim Eaton
1st Sian A’Hern
2nd Em Parkes
3rd Rae Morrison
Full results here:
Stay tuned for more coverage in the coming days…
Pics: Simon Noble