Now in its third year, the Thredbo Super Enduro kicked off on the weekend with 400+ riders registered to race across three trails at Thredbo Bike Park. The combined times across the All-Mountain, Flow and Cannonball Downhill would test competitors in different ways, with a pedally traverse at the bottom of the All-mountain providing a test of the lungs and legs, the Flow testing their cornering, stamina and speed and the Downhill providing the real test of bike handling across steep and technical sections.

With unofficial practice kicking off on the Saturday then a short practice session on Sunday before racing, there was 5 hours for each competitor to set their fastest time on race day across the tracks, with many competitors opting to tackle the All-Mountain first while the legs were fresh to then focus on the Flow and downhill later, but there was many different tactics taken by competitors to get the race runs down and see where they were in the placings throughout the day.

The scene was set with many bike failures particularly of rear wheels from the many rocks of the Downhill, many a carbon rim didn’t survive and plenty of wheel borrowing, last minute wheel builds and many tweaked alloy rims was evident right across the weekend. Dean Lucas, showing up on his new Scott Ransom after the new Scott Factory deal this year blew up a rear wheel on his first downhill race run, having to borrow a wheel, Dave Ludenia spent most of Saturday sorting out a wheel to ride on missing most of unofficial practice, James “Cannonball” Hall was on a borrowed wheel, there was many riders throughout the day queueing at the bike workshop getting spokes, rims or wheels organised… 

Chairlift queues were short this weekend, the lift started early at 8:30 and Gunbarrel was also running.
Trophies lie in wait for the competitors
Styling it up in the Saturday practice session
Dean Lucas practicing down the Flow on Saturday
This square edged rock hiding at the bottom of the Kareela rock garden destroyed many a rear wheel over the weekend.
Including this carbon wheel, exploding on impact…
The classic wallride. Kellie Weinert rails it
Competitors line up at the top of the All-Mountain. Morning queues here were a little long with many choosing to do this first.
Many jumps on the Downhill to keep the competitors (and photographers) happy 
Finishing up the Flow course overlooking the finish line arena.
Ben Zwar
Plenty of high speed sections in the downhill.
Sian A’Hern and her Norco Range
Sian, solidly taking the win in Pro Women’s.
Dean Lucas and his new Ransom 
A rough day on the hill for Dean, busting a wheel and sitting in 30th overall until he put down better times to end up in 6th place Pro Men.
Ben Cory and his Santa Cruz
5th place overall Pro Men, a solid effort from the big man Ben.
Ben Forbes, the QLD enduro specialist making the trip down to Thredbo for the weekend
4th place was his reward with a couple of mechanicals throughout the day to overcome!
Tommy Crimmins, smashing out a couple of well-timed race runs for his 3rd place result.
Luke Meier-Smith, 16 year old pinner and his Pivot Firebird 29er. Jumping up to Pro Men for the first time this weekend.
Luke had arguably the biggest result of the day, taking 2nd place overall! One to watch.
Timmy Eaton and his new Kona Process from his new sponsorship deal
Tim’s in fine form recently and took the overall Pro Men’s win!

For another year that’s a wrap, and we look forward to this event in next year’s racing calendar!

Full results here: