Graves wins The Super Enduro

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.

 

Thredbo Super Enduro

We are back down in Thredbo for the Super Enduro. We have called in the help of fellow photographer Ryan Sleiman so we can cover each and every track.  Despite an early shower and some heavy clouds at time the day heated up and the track remained quite dusty. Some heavy rain last night will have taken a lot of the dust level down and hopefully made the track nice and tacky for a fast race.

Practice runs were the order of the day yesterday with all 3 tracks opened up to riders. It gave us a good chance to spot locations for the race runs today and there is certainly no shortage of locations to be had.

Competition will be stiff out on track today with some great riders including Jared Graves and Richie Rude in town for the race. Even if you are not a rider but are in the area be sure to swing by and check it out.

Check out some more of the shots from today here on our site 

Cannonball MTB: Canyon Flow Motion Cup / SRAM Whip Wars

Day 3 of the events and we were back on track, this time with the Canyon Flow Motion Cup. The Flow Motion cup was the largest event with around 500 competitors. After a couple of hours of practice the racing got underway around 11 and then aside from a few breaks it was mostly a steady stream in front of the cameras until the end at 6.00pm.

The day was finished off with the SRAM Whip Wars on the big jump at the finish line. A selection of Australia’s finest styled it up in front a large crowd. This year the trophy went to Duke Millington.

Find all the images from the weekend’s events here . The Whip wars are up today but the Flow Motion images will follow soon.

 

Cannonball MTB: Maxxis All Mountain Assault

Cannonball, Maxxis All Mountain Assault, Thredbo, 2017

The first of the events for Cannonball at Thredbo was the Maxxis All Mountain Assault race. With around 400 people it was a busy day out on track for us. Unlike yesterday it was fantastic weather with beautiful blue skies. We took the Gun Barrel lift up and stayed around the top section. Its the first time that either Gil or I had shot this track so for us it was all new.

The rain has moved back in here now which will make for some interesting shooting conditions for the seeding runs of the downhill. There was mention of snow too but I guess we shall see what happens.

You can find the full gallery of images here

If you raced you can search for your number and use the password thredbomtb to download all your images for your own personal use 

 

The Big Weekend Down South

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So there we go, another huge enduro race and a big start the season of downhill here in NSW. This weekend saw one of the biggest enduro events to date and just goes to show that the sport is on the up and up.

Cold nights and warm days made for some great mtb weather in the Snowies over the weekend. Kicking off the weekend was the Rollercoaster on the Flow trail. Not a lot of overly technical sections on this trail but a lot of fast flowing berms. Gil took the lift up and covered the top half of the mountain while I walked up and shot the bottom section. The smooth fast berms saw a lot of folks coming in low as they flew past, laying into the berms as far as they could go.

Sunday saw the start of the DH season for us. Many familiar faces were out on track along with a lot of new ones. This time Gil and I swapped, me heading up top and Gil walking from the bottom. A cool breeze right up top meant I didn’t linger too long but quickly headed down to warmer climes. I tried revisiting a couple of old favourites on the way down but really wanted to shoot a new location. I settled in on a corner and the trees just above Snakes an Ladder and spent most of the race there just trying different angles.

Thredbo always puts on great races and its always a chance to get away for a few days before hand to explore the region. I’m already looking forward to our next visit down there.

All the images were supplied to the competitors for the Rollercoaster courtesy of Fox Racing Australia and BH Bikes. The downhill images were supplied by Redass.  Be sure and swing by their Facebook pages and say thanks. And of course to Rocky Trail Entertainment who brought it all together and put on yet another awesome weekend.

You can go and check out all the images in the gallery here. If you were a competitor in either race but didn’t get your password sent to you be sure and contact us so we can send you the password and you can download your free images.

You can swing by Rocky Trails website and check out all the results