Our final article from the 2018 Cannonball Festival covers Sunday and the Australian Open Downhill!
Heavy Rain, Haste and Haircuts
Photos: Matt Rousu // Words: Gravity Down Under
Sunday and the final event on the Cannonball MTB Festival calendar: The Commencal Australian Open Downhill. Far from ideal conditions rolled in, compared with the previous day’s perfect warm weather, the start of Sunday saw large clouds roll in and storms predicted to roll in and stay around, changing the game plan for many racers.
Sunday morning also saw a few people’s emotions cloud over as the reality of the bowlcut haircut making the rounds at Thredbo sank in. Greg Minnaar the highest profile scalp of the crew late at night in the Thredbo bar!
But with the Syndicate crew around and plenty of others used to wet weather racing at World Cups, the Enduro World (Wet?) Series and hopefully a few Maxxis Shorties mud tyres kicking around the racing hopefully wouldn’t be dampened too much….
As the day wore on there was a large gap in the rain in the middle part of the day, allowing U19 and Elite Female categories to race, however things changed for the worse after their runs with a huge thunderstorm rolling over preventing further racing by the Elite Men as the lightning would affect the timing system. Holed up in the Eagles Nest the Elite Men waited it out until they got the all -clear eventually to now race a track with significant mud…
The Men’s results were thought to have Dean Lucas winning the race with Troy Brosnan and Harry Bush behind, however after a short-lived victory celebration there was a timing adjustment which had Dean back by around 15 seconds putting Troy back into the lead with Harry in 2nd place and Loris Vergier in 3rd.
5 Kye A’hern
4 Brook Macdonald
3 Loris Vergier
2 Harry Bush
1 Troy Brosnan
5 Kellie Weinert
4 Rae Morrison
3 Tegan Molloy
2 Sian A’hern
1 Tracey Hannah
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