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