Snow, Rain And Wind Batters Queen Stage

Posted by jo-2, November 24, 2019

Riders were battered with snow, rain and blustery winds on the Queen Stage on day one of the 2019 MTBA National Gravity Enduro Championships at Maydena, Tasmania Saturday.

It made for an interesting first stage for riders as they struggled for visability at the top of skyline and made their way through the track that tested riders endurance and physicality.

In the elite men Connor Fearon posted the fastest time on Stage 1 with a 12:54:20, 10 seconds faster than local favourite Dan Booker with Troy Brosnan a further seven seconds back.

Last year’s junior men’s champion Sam Walsh also found himself sitting at the pointy end finishing sixth after the days run.

After victory last weekend in Derby, Rowena Fry held the narrowest of margins 0.006 to Leanna Curtis in the elite women with Shelly Flood the only woman to take the final step-ups and lightup the small but enthusiastic crowd, in third place.

While in the junior ranks it was the Australian junior cross-country champion Zoe Cuthbert who kept herself on the bike and claimed a one minute lead ahead of the enduro specialists in Fenella Harris.

Downhiller Luke Meier-Smith also came with the intention of knocking off the enduro kings and he took solid 17 seconds lead into Sunday’s racing.

For the first ever E-Bike National Championships it was Josh Carlson who had the lead in his three man field.

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Photo Credit: Matt Staggs

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