Propain Dirt Zelvy team video: Cairns World Cup 2016
The low down from Cairns from the Propain Dirt Zelvy crew.
For the second round of the world cup, the team headed down under, to Cairns in Australia to check out the critters, beaches and hopefully dry and dusty race conditions. Upon arrival, spirits were high despite the horrific jet lag and we opted to head straight for the beach, and then onto one of Cairns' most popular cliff jumping spots. It seemed Innes Graham had no fear jumping from the highest ledge, which was about 15-20 meters, Phil was then peer pressured by Eddie Masters and crew into jumping it himself.
Following the creek escapades, we then hit up local legend Mik Hannah to go ride and film some of his local tracks – and by heck they get gnarly round these parts. Check it out in the video for some technical jungle riding, oh and the odd highside.
Once the race rolled around, all the boys were keen to get riding down what looked to be one of the most fun tracks we'd seen, judging from track walk. A good few triples were spotted and debates were had over the infamous top rock garden.
Phil felt ace on course in practice, and put down a solid race run with few errors to land him in a consistent 33 had to say post race run: “Yeah it was good fun, I was riding quite tired at the top, kind of sketched those top corners up. But I can't complain, once I hit the crowd at the rock garden, I was just stoked beyond belief, absolutely loving it. I did a little squeal out of excitement. Ben: He actually pedalled well too, for a wingnut".
After a wrist injury in Lourdes, Isak was keen to get redemption and restart his season here in Cairns. He was carrying some serious speed in practice and had his suspension and tyre choices dialled. He put down a solid race day run, despite still being able to feel his wrist injury. A top 50 for him with a 47th place, but he knows there's still way more to give. .
“Yeah it was good – I got into the hotseat, I had everything in that run a lot better than I have had in practice. I still can't really ride as fast as I want to, and it'll probably show in my top split I think. Rest of it was pretty good, oh and that last pedal was really fun, ha!"
Along with Phil, this was the first time at Cairns for Innes too. He's been happy snapping away all week at the picturesque beaches and commuter bike antics of the time. After a good result in Lourdes, he was looking to continue his good form here in Australia. However, it was not to be. After a good qualification time, he tried to take the alternate line at the top rock garden, lost control and nearly wiped out a marshall in the process.
Check out what he had to say below “I thought I was being smart doing the chicken line round the rock garden – to be fair it was hooking in practice. But yeah, I cocked up there, went too fast and hit a tree, and my saddled was all screwed up. I'm not making excuses but it sucked – I cracked on, my head was jelly, rode the middle not very well too. I want another go!"
There we have it, escapades in Australia done for 2016 and a week of ups and downs for Propain Dirt Zelvy. We'll live and learn and set our sights on getting some practice in at Fort William at the BDS in preparation for the World Cup only a few weeks after. It's time for us to hit the skies and head home, and acquire some more mind boggling jet lag in the process.
We'll see you there! G'day!