Thredbo wraps up record breaking Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival
Posted on 11 Dec, 2018
Australia’s biggest gravity mountain biking event, the Cannonball Mountain Biking Festival, has just wrapped up in Thredbo after five days of intense competition, with over 900 competitors riding it out for a slice of the $100K prize pool across the five signature events.
The sixth instalment of the event attracted some of the biggest names in the industry with aspiring young riders competing alongside some absolute legends of the mountain bike world.
South Australian World Cup rider Troy Brosnan made the most of the conditions, sliding in top spot of the headline event, the Australian Open Downhill on the iconic Cannonball run. He rode the course in 5 minutes 30 seconds just a pedal stroke ahead of Australian Harry Bush with French rider Loris Vergier in third.
In the pro women’s Tracey Hannah, winning in 5:52, with Canberra rider Sian A’Hern in second and Jindabyne’s Tegan Molloy rounding out the podium.
Canberra brother and sister biking duo Kye and Sian A’Hern won the prestigious titles of King and Queen of Cannonball, a reward for their consistent podiums in events across the weekend.
The heavy hitting line-up of riders loved the racing and vibe around this year’s event.
“A lot of us ride all over the world and to come here and ride in front of the home crowd, it feels great. For not only Australia’s best to be here but the world’s best is fantastic. What an opportunity for everyone to meet and see mountain bike superstars race” Australia Pro, Josh Carlson.
Super good week, had the best time, the top riders were here so a great prep for the world cup season ahead. And the vibe, the vibe is great – parties, bbq’s, music – a super good time, I will be back” French Legend, Yoann Barelli
Results for the events included:
Commencal Australian Open Downhill
Troy Brosnan made the most of the conditions, sliding in top spot making it a four-peat, this win makes Brosnan the most decorated Australian Open Downhill winner. He rode the course in 5:30 just a pedal stroke ahead of Australian Harry Bush with French rider Loris Vergier in third.
“It was a really muddy race, it was hard to keep pushing and going hard. I had a good run but it was tough. To race in the wet with so many fast guys here and win, I’m wrapped” said Brosnan.
In the pro women’s it was a great welcome back to Thredbo for Tracey Hannah, she took the win in a 5:52, around five seconds ahead of Sian A’Hern with local Tegan Molloy rounding out the podium.
“So good to spend the week here, I’ve missed it so much. I haven’t been for a while so to be able to chill in the off-season and come to this race is awesome, I loved every minute” said Tracey.
Maxxis Flow Motion Cup
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It was a brother and sister pro winning combo with Sian and Kye A’Hern both taking top spot on the podium in the pro category.
“The track is hard on the legs, I definitely thought I made up my time towards the bottom on the flat traverses, just putting everything in through there. I’m stoked with the win” said Kye.
Kye took the win today in a cracking time of 8:08, two seconds ahead of Tim Eaton with Graeme Mudd riding into third.
Sian raced to the finish in a time of 8:52, 9 seconds ahead of Tegan Molloy with New Zealand’s Rae Morrison coming in third.
Osprey All Mountain Assault
Kicking off his summer training and racing campaign men’s pro Josh Carlson took the win in a scorching 10:24:95 edging out 2016 and 2017 winner Ben Forbes by 4 seconds, with Tim Eaton flying into third. Racing up in elite 17 year old Kye A’hern took fourth place.
“The course was hard to predict – that’s a long run and there’s enough altitude here to take your breath away. You just have to pace yourself. I was so glad to see a gravity finish to the race this years” said Carlson.
In the pro women’s Sian A’Hern took the win at 11:35, only seconds ahead of Em Parkes with New Zealand Enduro rider Rae Morrison in third.
Canberra brother and sister biking duo Kye and Sian A’Hern won the prestigious titles of King and Queen of the mountain a reward for their podium in events across the weekend.
Rock Shox Pump Track Challenge
Danni Beecroft coming in hot after a Crankworx dual slalom win, ripped through the field taking top spot in the pro women’s with Sian A’Hern in second and Tegan Molloy in third.
The pro men’s was a crowd pleaser as biking superstar Kyle Strait took to the track. It was super close racing with only hundredths of seconds separating the field. Taking the win was Dave ”the Magician” McMillan with versatile Duke Millington in second and Kyle Strait in third.
Deity Whip Wars
The competition was so close that the judges called for a top seven whip off with Queenslander Sam Fraser, eventually crowned the winner. During the jam he launched an incredible cache of tricks and whips, his ride in the final saw a super stylish whip that pushed past 90 degrees.
Jackson Davis took second spot on the podium and third was king of air consistency Dave McMillan, his ultra-smooth style showed why he is a Thredbo crowd favourite.
The girls took to the air impressing the 1000 strong audience, winner was BMX-er Harriet Burbidge-Smith, Em Parkes was in second and Danni Beecroft took third place.
All in all, the Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival took everything to new heights this year with more action, entertainment, competitors and more than ever before! Riders, spectators, family and friends all loved the festival atmosphere and fast paced fury on the mountain each day, definitely an event for the books.
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