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Photo Epic: Downhill - Crankworx Cairns 2022

Oct 7, 2022 at 7:29
by Ed Spratt  

While most of the Crankworx events are new to the scene in Cairns, today’s downhill event brought the riders and spectators back to an iconic track in the history of downhill racing. A lot of sweat and tears have been shed on this historic course, and today was no exception.

There’s a lot of pedaling on this track, with a few flat spots, climbs and the last section to the finish line is an all out sprint. The experience on this track really paid off for both Australian rider Troy Brosnan and Cairns local Tracey Hannah. They seems to know exactly where to stay off the brakes and turn up the watts to come out on top.

Hannah, a decorated racer, knows this track like the back of her hand. She’s also snagged 21 podiums in Crankworx history, with her most recent gold at Crankworx Downhill at Whistler. The local legend knocked Australian Sian A’Hern out of first place by just under six seconds. Her winning time was 3:59.277.

Sian A’Hern takes the silver medal, having shaved a few seconds off her seeding time. Third place went to Scottish ilabb rider, Louise Ferguson who absolutely greased her run even with a few issues.

The Elite male category was a real nail biter. Troy Brosnan ride with textbook precision through the switchbacks at the top section and attacked through the bottom pedal section straight into a finish corral of roaring cheers.

Taking home the silver medal for Elite male today is the seasoned Australian world cup racer, Connor Fearon. Fearon was able to get the flow and generate enough speed to take Mick Hannah out of the hot seat by 0.3 seconds. Mick Hannah got the local crowd going wild with how hard he was pushing through the bottom section of the track.

1st. Troy Brosnan (AUS) // Tracey Hannah (AUS)
2nd. Connor Fearon (AUS) // Sian A’Hern (AUS)
3rd. Mick Hannah (AUS) // Louise Ferguson (GBR)

Check out all the action below.


It's been a while since we last saw a big downhill race at Cairns.


Sam Hill
Sam Hill was looking fast in practice before a crash took him out of racing with a shoulder injury.

Ellie Smith just made it inside the top-five

Campbell Telfer

Connor Mielke takes 2nd in the U19 Women's race.

Vaea Verbeeck
Vaea Verbeeck secured a solid 6th place after a 2nd place in the Speed and Style.

Harriet Burbidge-Smith

Craig Proudfoot

Bas Van Steenbergen
Bas Van Steenbergen fell just outside the top 10 in the hunt for Crankworx King points.

6th place for Sam Blenkinsop

Jackson Frew

Kye A'Hern

Troy Brosnan
Troy Brosnan was on another level today.

Cassie Voysey

Jessica Hoskin

Junior World Champion Jenna Hastings crosses the line in 4th.

Tracey Hannah is back racing and just pulled ahead of Sian A'Hern for the win.

Mick Hannah celebrating a top-three finish.

Connor Fearon had a custom bike for this weekend's racing.

Troy Brosnan
Troy Brosnan takes the win by a huge 2.5 seconds.

1st Tracy Hannah Troy Brosnan 2nd Conor Fearon Sian A Hern 3rd Louise Ferguson Mick Hannah
1st: Tracy Hannah, Troy Brosnan, 2nd: Conor Fearon, Sian A'Hern, 3rd: Louise Ferguson, Mick Hannah

1st Tracy Hannah Troy Brosnan 2nd Conor Fearon Sian A Hern 3rd Louise Ferguson Mick Hannah

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  • 10 0
 So Troy won on a Torque?
  • 1 0
 The video coverage of this race was terrible. Zero cameras in the first 3min of the track save the start gate camera. This track was an enduro track at best. Judging by how many of the top riders were on trail or enduro bikes, this is obvious. Bummer of a "DH" track, and camera crew planning really dropped the ball.
  • 6 4
 So a 6 second win in womens is just sneaking ahead and a 2.5 second win in mens is huge…..yep that sounds like a male thing.
  • 4 0
 0.146 seconds. Tight
  • 1 0
 Obviously some people are not getting the joke
  • 1 0
 @Rhymer: just looked at the results. Actually says Hannah won by 6 in the write up, but obviously not the case.
  • 1 0
 @cypher74: yeah nah this made me chuckle. took me a second
  • 3 0
 I was thinking Connor was more a marmite guy
  • 6 0
 You wash your damn mouth out!
  • 1 0
 Oh no, thats a double crown winning the race! How embarrassing for us, pinkers!
  • 1 0
 Any photos of #350 in DH and #35 Dual Slalom , please contact \m/
  • 1 0
 so awesome to see the Hannah Dynasty continuing (at least in AUS)
  • 1 0
 I came here to see how J. Smyth did.... Could not find his results?
  • 1 0
  • 1 4
 Mike Hannah on a Yeti? When did that happen? Was I in a coma?
  • 2 0
 I think you are a bit behind the times

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