Crunch Time: Lusty Maxxis MTB Team at the Australian National MTB Championships

Mar 21, 2016 at 3:44
by Jackie Schapel  


Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
Lusty hits Bright for Aussie Champs
Subaru 2016 Australian National MTB Championships
  The Mystic MTB Park has quite a lump in it, perfect for sending some of the country's best downhillers down it!

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This past weekend, the Lusty MTB Team headed to back to Bright, Victoria to compete in the Subaru 2016 Australian National MTB Championships. In what would be the last hit out before the 2016 World Cup Season kicked off, it was time to really leave it all on the track. This is the third time Bright has hosted the National Championships, and each year the event has just got better and better. Not only have there been changes to the track but the town itself is becoming a must-visit stop in the alpine region on the way to Mt Beauty and Falls Creek.

The launch pad for not only this weekends race start but also the hang gliders
  The launch pad for not only this weekend's race start, but also for hang gliders looking to run straight off the mountain.

Mystic MTB Park the home to National Champs for the third year running
  Mystic MTB Park, the home to National Champs for the third year running

The majority of the Lusty Crew had already spent some time in Bright recently racing the Enduro National Series, but this time, it was back to the steep alpine hills of Victoria to put it all on the line for a National DH Title. The National DHI Series had taken riders all across the country, with vastly different conditions culminating in what would arguably be the toughest track to race and succeed.

Cruising through the gorgeous morning light and fresh air that Bright provides
  Cruising through the morning glory light and fresh air that was much more welcome than the storm from previous days.

Weather played havoc with practice, torrential rain and wind left the trails slick and muddy. As is generally the way, though, it was the biting Aussie sun that brought it back to tacky, then blown out conditions.

Remy is just stoked to be riding after the torrential downpours on Friday morning
  Remy is just stoked to be riding after the torrential downpours on Friday morning

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
   Morton down in one piece, and trying to hide behind the hot seat.

Remy Morton had again returned from his second home, New Zealand. Featuring heavily on the podium at Crankworx Rotorua he was on form to have a good result in Bright. Where there was a lack of huge senders to whip off Remy made good on the wild terrain.

Keeping up with the changes over the day Remy did a couple easy runs to keep stress of his back
  Keeping up with the changes over the day, Remy did a couple easy runs to keep stress off his back

After having to sit out the final day of practice during to a recurring back issue he managed to get mobile enough to be back on the bike for Sunday.

Morning light and a bit more relaxed back allowed Remy to concentrate on actually riding the track
  Morning light and a bit more of a relaxed back allowed Remy to concentrate on actually riding the track

His race run was solid enough for 3rd place which was no mean feat given he was struggling to walk on Saturday. Morton will take some time out to recover and prep for the upcoming World Cup in Lourdes.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
  Junior Men's Podium - Remy Morton, Josh Clark & Jackson Frew.

Joel Willis elegantly controlling his bike through the tight trees during seeding
  Joel Willis neatly controlling his bike through the tight trees during seeding.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
  Come ride your bike they said, it will be sunny and dusty they said.... Joel taking stock of the muddy conditions in practice.

After slugging it out in the wet conditions for practice, Joel Willis managed to come through with one of his best results for the summer season placing just outside the top 10. Given the riders before him were almost all full-time World Cup riders, it shows just how strong Willis is riding at the moment. It was an outstanding way to finish his first year racing in the Elite category and we can’t wait to see what he comes back with next season.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
  Crouching Willis, hidden V10. Joel stomping his way through practice.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
  You can cut the tension with a knife during practice. Downhill is very much a game of hurry up and wait.

Proving he’s just as big a part of the Lusty crew on the track as he is behind the scenes, Rick Boyer showed he’s still a threat by sneaking into the top 20 in 19th place. Boyer is a fan of the techy and steep stuff and Bright was just the ticket.

U/17 rider, Pat Butler completed his stellar season with a National Title in U/17 Men. Finishing his seeding run 17 seconds in front of his closest competitor he kept it all together to come away with another win.

This was a gap that only few were able to do. There were two lines into it - one high and another low both off camber and both going down the hill. Here Pat shows us how easy it can be done when you have the right skills
  This was a gap that only few were able to do. There were two lines into it - one high and another low, both off-camber and both going down the hill. Here Pat shows us how easy it can be done when you have the right skills

Pat keeping composed while flying into the road gap. Taking out the top spot by a blistering 17 seconds
  Pat keeping composed while flying into the road gap. Taking out the top spot by a blistering 17 seconds!

His time wasn’t too shabby compared to elite and junior riders showing he’s on track to become a real threat in the not-too-distant future.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
   U/17 Men's Podium - Matthew Dinham, Patrick Butler & Kye A'Hern.

Your 2016 U17 National DH Champ Patrick Butler
  Your 2016 U17 National DH Champ, Patrick Butler!

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
  Jac Schapel on his way to a Tasmanian State DH Title, triple crown forks are just cheating at DH races.

Juliana rider, Jaclyn Schapel kept her eye in at home in Tasmania racing the TAS State DH Championships at Glenorchy whilst the rest of the team were up in Bright. With a full schedule of Enduro racing ahead of her, it was a good opportunity to brush up on some tech skills and come away with a win in Elite Women.

Lusty Industries would love to thank all athletes for putting in such an outstanding effort all weekend, displaying an outstanding amount of professionalism and sportsmanship while showcasing all of Lusty’s Brands at a very high standard.

Lusty Maxxis Gravity Team Results:

Subaru 2016 Australian National Championships

12th Joel Willis – Elite Men
3rd Remy Morton – Junior Men
1st Pat Butler – U/17 Men

2016 Tasmanian State DH Championships

1st Jaclyn Schapel – Elite Women

Lusty Maxxis Mountain bike Team would like to thank its supporters for sharing the ride:

Maxxis Tyres (KWT), Santa Cruz Bicycles, Troy Lee Designs, Yakima, Maxima, SRAM, RockShox, Gamut, ODI, Ogio and Crank Brothers.

All photos courtesy of Matt Staggs.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
   Romantic hangs by the river with the Santa Cruz V10.

Lusty Maxxis MTB Team - Australian National MTB Championships
  It's goodbye to Bright for another year.


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 well done Patrick! your Dad should be very proud!

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