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NSW State Series Round 1: Ourimbah

Apr 9, 2017
by Ben Sykes  
While the attention may have been on another Australian MTB race this weekend, the New South Wales Downhill state series continued on from last weekend's Thredbo Champs. With state points on offer at the Ourimbah club round, a good turnout of riders came out to challenge each other and themselves.

Ourimbah downhill track, located near Gosford on the Central Coast north of Sydney, is a track that may not be as technical, steep and rough as some other NSW tracks but still offers a challenge to ride at pace. Multiple pedaling sections, jumps, high-speed technical features and loose berms can make a challenging track to put together a consistent pace on. A lot of riders, including Blake Nielsen and Joel Willis, opted for shorter travel trail bikes instead of downhill rigs.

With the weather forecasted to be a mix of blue skies and cool temperatures and staying that way, we find out how the day unfolded…

Views over to Terrigal on the Central Coast if you know where to look.
Views over to Terrigal on the Central Coast if you know where to look.

Just in case you were wondering.
You may make this face at some point if you manage to hit this crash pad.


NSW State Series Round 1 Ourimbah

NSW State Series Round 1 Ourimbah
Still a few puddles down in the Funnelweb section. Dave Grupe parts them easily.

NSW State Series Round 1 Ourimbah
Practice shuttles on a bluebird sunday.

NSW State Series Round 1 Ourimbah
One of the many berms in the lower half of the track.

NSW State Series Round 1 Ourimbah
Keeping it tight through the trees.

NSW State Series Round 1 Ourimbah
Brett "Hollywood" Pople floating a technical section.



Ellie Smith coming away with the win in Elite Women.
Ellie Smith, coming away with the win in Elite Women.

Tyson Richens sporting a new kit putting down a time placing him equal first in U17 Men.
Tyson Richens, putting down a time placing him equal first in U17 Men.

Ethan Corney wraps up another good race result equal first in U17 Men.
Ethan Corney wraps up another good race result, equal first in U17 Men.

Pacey Stockton fresh from signing with Lusty after Pat Butler moves on smashes down a first place result in U19 Men.
Pacey Stockton, fresh from signing with Lusty after Pat Butler moves on, smashes down a first place result in U19 Men.



Brent Smith switching it up with an enduro bike as well just outside top-3 pace with a 3m 29s putting him into fourth.
Brent Smith, switching it up with an enduro bike as well, just outside top-three pace with a 3:29 and fourth place.

Blake Nielsen sporting a 140mm travel bike for the weekend surprising himself with a third place at 3m 28s.
Blake Nielsen, sporting a 140mm travel bike for the weekend, surprising himself with a third place at 3:28.

Joel Willis on an enduro bike looked fast all day as usual slipping into an equal third place with 3m 28s.
Joel Willis, also on an enduro bike looked fast all day, as usual, an equal third place with 3:28.

Duke Millington s just gonna send it. Coming away from the weekend with a second place at 3m 26s.
Duke Millington's just gonna send it. Second place at 3m:26s.

International man of leisure and all round shredder Jake Newell styles it up in practice later taking first place in Elite Men.
International man of leisure and all round shredder Jake Newell styles it up in practice, later taking first place in Elite Men.


Final Elite Men Results:
1st – Jake Newell 3:23
2nd – Duke Millington 3:26
3rd – Equal Joel Willis & Blake Nielsen 3:28

Full results here



2 Comments

  • 3 0
 It always amazes me the lack of attention Australian race articles get (apart from this week's EWS round) despite this being a kickass set of photos

Nice work Ben on the photos and reporting
  • 2 0
 Thanks mate. The other big race this weekend did sap a bit of the attention for sure. I'm glad in the end I wasn't down there after looking at the weather!





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