Gravity Enduro SA - Rd 2 - Eagle MTB Park

Jul 15, 2013 at 11:50
Jul 15, 2013
by Kyle Stevens  
 
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Round 2, Take 2 - Eagle Gets Dirty

The View from the top of stage 3. Looking out accross Adelaide.

Already postponed once, Gravity Enduro South Australia's second attempt of holding round 2 almost looked due to suffer the same fate. The heavy rains decided to leave us on Saturday morning however and the park had a bit of time to recover before race day.

Sunday morning, the organizers arrived early to an eerie atmosphere and about 5 meters visibility. But at least it wasn't raining. A quick scout of the course and it looked as though everything had held up quite well. Bring on the Race.

Yep there was a bit of that wet stuff around.

Round 2 was always going to have some new faces on the podiums, Both the series leaders from both Elite Men & Elite Women would be absent for this race. This left the door open for the rest to get some serious breathing room in the points chase, and with some new competitors to the series such as Troy Brosnan, Craig Yates & Genevieve McKew, those points may prove vital come Round 3.


Lucas Tearing down stage 1 of GESA s Round 2 at Eagle MTB park

Stage 1 was almost like a prologue, using the short and (normally) uphill trail of "North Face" to bomb down back in to the event village. This normally tame trail managed to catch a few out dealing with lack of traction and tight switchbacks. Troy Brosnan managed to take out the stage win just over Andy Clarke. Andy was some 7 seconds behind Troy on this stage, which amazingly, was the largest margin between the two all day. Genevieve managed to take out the fastest time for the Women.

Jeff on stage 1 of the GESA course.

A relatively short climb took the riders to the start of Stage 2. Sitting on the start line for this stage would of proved either extremely exciting for some riders, or extremely daunting. The trail started on the newly constructed trail of "On the Verge", which has recently had some loving attention from Garry Patterson and his crew at Trailscapes. Just under 1k of massive jumps ranging from some nicely sized tabletops to gap jumps measuring around 35 foot. Fortunately there were B-Lines, which quite a few people took. There was no lack of showmanship however, Cameron Ryan was spotted pulling a huge Nac which resembled a dog relieving himself on a Fire Hydrant.

Anna Puckridge - Elite Women s Series leader on her way to 2nd Place at Round 2.

From there the riders bombed down a section of the ridge adjacent to the downhill track where they were faced with an array of line choices before eventually hitting the never ending switchbacks of "Overlocker". Then a little more relaxing decent to the bottom via "Valley Trail" and "Valley Road" before rejoining the downhill track for a sprint to the Finish. Once again, Genevieve & Troy took out the stage.

Andy amp Troy were neck and neck all day long. 7 seconds was the largest gap they had between any of the stages. In the End troy took the Win by 12 seconds but Andrew now takes the series lead.

Stage 3..... Well... Such a mixed range of emotions at the finish line of the Stage, mainly relief they got through it, accompanied with a grin from ear to ear and the odd expletive. the Stage used pretty much the 1st half of the parks notorious downhill track with a few line changes that threw up some surprises. This stage offered some of the roughest terrain of the entire event, it also offered the most mud of all the trails. Goggles were being removed mid stage as people just could not see anything out of them.

Jason suffered a Mechanical on the very 1st stage. A snapped chain. In this fast paced format this is enough to end your day.

The sky also opened up briefly during this stage, adding to the adventure. There were some flats, some rear mechs copping a pounding, and for one unlucky fellow, a shattered head tube on his Carbon frame. No surprises here as Troy & Genevieve kept the trend going and both put in the fastest times for this stage.

Sam Hardie on his way to 6th Place on the day. This moved Sam up to 2nd in the Championship.

Finally, a stage comes along where some of the more XC oriented guys stood a chance to regain some time. Starting on the very pedally "Tunnel Vision" and moving on to the old 4X track before dropping, and I do mean dropping, in to the rarely raced on "Hills Hoist". The 2nd half of this trail is where it got tricky, very narrow, very tight single track perched on the edge of a pretty steep hillside. Probably a good thing it's so surrounded by trees as it prevents you from looking out and actually realizing what you're coming down. Popping back out right near the bottom of the downhill track, Sighs of relief were heard way back at the event village. Unfortunately for the competitors though, they had to climb back up the fire road to sign out for the day. Genevieve once again put in the fastest time for the Girls, and Andy Clarke managed to regain a bit of the time he lost to Troy at Stage 1 and took out the honors for the lads.

Troy Brosnan at Gravity Enduro South Australia s 2nd Round at Eagle

Troy Brosnan ended up taking the overall Elite Men win for the day, in what was an epic battle all day with Clarke. Genevieve McKew took the trophy home for the Elite Women after a complete whitewash.

Andrew Clarke now sits on top of the Elite Men's points table whilst Anna Puckridge has taken the lead in the Elite Women's after 2 consistent podium appearances.


Once again, the format proved successful. What a contrast it was to the Craigburn farm round though, No sun in sight and plenty of Mud. It's what it's all about though.

Thanks to Mitcham Cycle Centre & Lapierre bikes, as well as all of the other sponsors. More info can be found at www.gravityendurosa.com.au


Results can be found here: http://gravityendurosa.com.au/2013-rd2-eagle-mtb-park/

Words by Kyle Stevens from http://www.gravityendurosa.com.au
Photo's by Kane Naaraat for the photo's. More can be found here http://www.kaneophoto.com.au
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16 Comments

  • + 12
 fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1075521_542925642441375_1014510562_o.jpg

Ol Mate Cam Ryan's Nac half way through stage 2.

Photo Cred to MattBird Photography
  • + 7
 sick to see some South Australia coverage, thanks very much Kyle. Pleasure to read.
  • + 3
 There seemed to be less big bikes here than there were in round 1, strange. The good news is there was also less Lycra.
  • + 1
 Less Lycra is always a good thing.... SA is my stomping ground and it seems now that there are some decent trails over there. Will have to try and hit them next time im over that way.
  • + 4
 Once again the downhillers show them who's boss.
  • + 2
 What a great Comp, Organisation, Locale and course design. Well done GESA all. Wish we had here in WA.
  • + 2
 YAY! Australia got some coverage on PINKBIKE!
  • + 2
 Good stuff Kyle. Great write up.
  • + 1
 I got my foot and plumber's crack in this! haha
  • + 0
 The only thing missing is a KOM climb
  • + 1
 Gorgeous!
  • - 1
 Damn I didnt know it was on!! Please advertise these events better!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 It's on Ambc's website, our own website, our Facebook pages as well as inside line, Adelaide downhill & downhill 24/7. The roost have our events in their calendar, flow Run articles on their site, there was a print article in revolutions last issue as well as posters in numerous bike shops and info on their sites. There is a thread on rotorburn and i think even a thread on here too. Short of a TV commercial, we think we're doing alright and have filled numbers at bith events. But now you know so get along to the next one.
  • + 1
 www.facebook.com/GravityEnduroSA
The facebook page will keep you up to date!
  • + 2
 Maybe you should have a billboard on the the rock I have been living under!! I dont facebook and I havent bought a MTB magazine for a while.I have been in bike shops though and I havent seen any posters up. Hopefully I can make it to Melrose for the next one. I looked on the gravity site and cant find the entry fee price any where does anyone know what it is?
  • + 1
 Melrose event is $45

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