After some heavy rainfall overnight, riders awoke on race day to find some less than grippy trail conditions at The Thredbo Super Enduro. Saturday was a dust bowl so with the trails now resembling a slip and slide, tyres would need to be changed and the smart riders played tactics to try to take the win.
Chatting with some before the race it seemed the idea was to wait it out and let some of the more overzealous riders head out and push the water off the track or for the fog to clear and let the sun do it.
As the three of us headed out to the trails, this proved a smart choice by the riders as Gil found very muddy conditions on sections of the All Mountain trail, Richard and Ryan headed up higher on the Cannonball downhill trail and Flow trail respectively, where it was chilly and foggy. It didn’t take long however for the conditions to improve and eventually the blue sky to start showing thru as the fog cleared.
Riders had a 5-hour window to ride all three trails and many of them took the opportunity to ride each at least twice trying to improve on previous runs. With nearly 300 riders at the race this year, Thredbo is going from strength to strength and this event will undoubtedly become as popular as the Cannonball. Having world class riders like Richie Rude and Jared Graves racing is great for the sport and gives local riders the opportunity to measure how they go compared to some of the worlds best. With the Enduro World Series starting soon in Chile, both Rude and Graves had setup camp at Thredbo for what undoubtedly would have been a big training week for the upcoming 2018 season.
Outer Image is proud to be apart of these races and look forward to working with Thredbo to bring action images for the competitors on the trails at future races. Jump over to the galleries and see what shots we caught of you during the race.