Head to Head Ep 6 - Gravity Cup Round 2, Mt. Buller
Episode six from the Trailmix-Procon Racing mob brings us action from round 2 of the Australian Gravity Cup at Mt. Buller.
Over the past two races the Trailmix-Procon Racing team has spent the best part of two weeks in the Australian alpine resort of Mt Buller. It was beginning to feel like a home away from home, and once again props must go out to Yully for his management of the Bike Buller lodges! Better hospitality and accommodation than anywhere on the mountain! As the second round of four of the Real Insurance Australian Gravity Cup, the best of Australia’s gravity riders were all on hand to put on an impressive show. With the likes of Brosnan, Hill, and Atkinson (Bryn and Rhys!) all turning up, racing was going to be super fast!
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Official practice got underway on Friday morning with open practice all day. The majority of riders who had been up here last weekend for the state round took practice easy as racing was held on the same track as only a few days prior. The attitude in the pits was relaxed and super fun, a testament to the Australian scene and how well everyone gets along, it’s sort of like a giant travelling family!
Saturday saw the return of Ricky after 6 weeks off the bike with a separated AC joint, and even though he was ‘taking it easy’, he sure looked back to his fast and wild self! Group A practice in the afternoon gave the team a chance to ride the track without interruptions. A few quick runs were busted out by each rider as we tried out the teams new Contour HD helmet cam.
Race day rolled around on Sunday to an amazing alpine morning. The team was treated to a rare sleep in as Group A practice wasn’t scheduled to start until after 12.30pm. Some chose to do a track walk while others relaxed in the pits before the final hour of practice before race runs. Racing came around and Jai Motherwell was the bread winner for the day with 8th in U/19, Olly coming through in 16th. Ricky was the best places Elite in his return to racing with his shoulder holding onto 19th position, and Lewis crossed in 29th. All are amazing results compared to the quality of riders that showed up and definitely something to be proud of.
Full race results at http://www.castech.com.au/Results
Next week we are off on a road trip to the Australian capital for round 3 of the Real Insurance Gravity Cup where the title fight for U/19s and Elite is going to heat up. As usual, we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, so make sure you check out Trailmix, Procon Group, Specialized Australia, SRAM Australia, Anthem Industries, Narimba Fitness, Natural Swim Ponds Australia, Adidas Eyewear and Alpinestars. For more information on the team you can find us at www.facebook.com/trailmixproconracing