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Mondraker Australia at the 2015 Cannonball Festival - Video

Dec 7, 2015
by Matt Staggs  
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Snow had fallen two days prior yet the forecast was clear, no one knew if it would stay that way. The third annual Cannonball MTB Festival was underway, and with it came the best riders Australia (and America) has to offer. It was set to be huge. Arriving on Thursday evening gave us some time to set up the tent and check out the dual compressor course. Narrow and fast. The only opportunity you had to make the win was in the first corner - whoever had the lead from there, won 99% of the time.

Dual Compressor
U19 Women
Ellie Smith - 1st

U19 Men
Duke Millington - 5th
Josh Clark - 6th

Elite Women
Kellie Wienert - 2nd
Sarah Booth - 3rd

Jake Newell rocking the beach style for Whip Wars.
Jake Newell rocking the beach style for Whip Wars.

Pumptrack Challenge
In the evening came the Pumptrack Challenge. One lap for juniors, two laps for elite, no pedalling, the fastest time would win - it's as simple as that. Freshly built and finished the day prior to the event, DirtArt did a brilliant job executing a style not yet seen in Australia.

U17 Men
Harry Alford - 2nd

U19 Women
Ellie Smith - 1st

U19 Men
Duke Millington - 1st
Josh Clark - 4th
Jacob Mossner - 9th

Elite Women
Sarah Booth - 5th
Kellie Weinert - 6th

Flow Motion Cup.
A 3.5 kilometre long flow trail filled with endless corners, ruts and braking bumps. Like an earthquake to the body.

Lift access for all trails is the way to go.
Lift access for all trails is the way to go.

U17 Men
Matt Dinham - 1st

U19 Women
Ellie Smith - 1st

U19 Men
Josh Clark - 1st
Duke Millington - 6th
Jacob Mossner - 11th
Tim Hughes - 16th

Elite Women
Sarah Booth - 2nd
Kellie Weinert - 5th

Elite Men
Will Shaw - 26th

A failed first attempt at a back flip. Duke Millington nailed it on his second attempt.
A failed first attempt at a backflip. Duke Millington nailed it on his second attempt.

Whip Off
The brief for the day was to have five well-executed whips as sideways as possible, but also bringing them back as late as possible. Josh Clark, Jake Newell, Duke Millington and Harry Alford were all filling the expectations but didn't look the best in the eyes of the judges. Going for some cash the riders pulled out some free ride moves - Jake with the nacs and Duke with a failed first attempt at a backflip, landing cleanly on his second attempt.

Cannonball Festival Toyota Australian Open Downhill - Recap images
Cannonball Festival: Toyota Australian Open Downhill - Recap images

Australian Open Downhill
One of Australia's longest and oldest downhill trails, winding its way down the ski slopes into the Thredbo Valley. At 3.3 kilometres long, it is constantly full on with rock gardens and braking bumps including 'Snakes and ladders'. One run to take it all.

U17 Men
Matt Dinham - 1st
Harry Alford - 8th
Lleyton Lothian - 11th

U19 Women
Ellie Smith - 1st

U19 Men
Josh Clark - 1st
Jacob Mossner - 8th
Duke Millington - 12th
Tim Hughes - 14th

Elite Women
Sarah Booth - 4th
Kellie Weinert - 5th

Elite Men
Jake Newell - 20th
Bruce Moir - 22nd
Matt Hardwick - 29th
Charlie Coquillard - 31st

Looking down Thredbo Valley
Looking down Thredbo Valley


MENTIONS: @MattStaggs / @ThredboResort



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2 Comments

  • + 1
 Thanks matt for the good work!
Keep it up! Smile
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  • + 0
 great package Matt !!! very entertaining . inspired me to get down to Thredbo for next years cannonball .

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