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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Men2016 Tasmanian State DH Championships
1st Jaclyn Schapel – Elite WomenLusty 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.