Australian National Series, Round 6 - Toowoomba

Mar 6, 2016 at 16:35
by Lachlan Ryan  
The Toowoomba range played host to the sixth round of the Australian National DH and XC Series. In an exciting weekend of racing the top spot in many of the Downhill categories were up for grabs with only split seconds separating top riders.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Toowoomba is one of six venues in the series which includes Mt Taylor, Mt Stromlo, Pemberton and Thredbo, with the champs at Bright in two weeks time.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

With Richie Rude in town to contest against many of Aussie's national riders, the top step of the podium was far from decided.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Richie running the SB6c once again with only the fork and rear shock adjustments to his setup after the SRAM Enduro Series race on the range the weekend prior.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Practice Day at the Toowoomba Round of the National Series 2016.
Richie making the large rocks look like smooth pavement during practice day at the Toowoomba Round of the National Series.

Jared Graves was looking strong and fast all weekend on his hometown trails with the dusty and unpredictable sections to his liking, giving him a bit of an advantage come race day.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Jared has a laugh while posing with his S-Works bike set up with a few changes for Downhill. While the competition is fierce, it's always a fun friendly atmosphere with the guys.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Graeme "Muddy" Mudd was the consistent rider of the National series with a guaranteed series win, however he was determined to chase Jared Graves who seeded 3 seconds faster. Jared had only raced one other series round in Thredbo previously this season.

Graeme Mudd of the Summit Cycles Devinci Team with only minor changes to his bike with an XX1 sprocket and Full SRAM Groupset.
Graeme Mudd of the Summit Cycles Devinci Team, here during Friday practice. No major changes to Mudd's setup; he is running an XX1 sprocket and Full SRAM Groupset.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Graeme Mudd sporting the red kit on race day, putting in some practice runs.

Jared had the fastest pace during seeding runs followed by Richie with a gap of 2.79 seconds.

Seeding Results for Elite Male:
2:51.16 - Jared Graves
2:53.95 - Richie Rude
2:54.12 - Graeme Mudd
2:55.35 - Thomas Crimmins
2:55.66 - Adrian Dawson

In the women's elite field, Tegan Molloy and Danielle Beecroft were in a head to head battle for the series points. Tegan enjoyed an extra day of practice on the Toowoomba trails, but both were looking strong and it was going to come down to the wire.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Tegan takes a smooth line through the switchbacks at the top of the range.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Danielle Beecroft was in hot contention for the race and series win.

Seeding Results for Elite Female:
3:23.97 - Tegan Molloy
3:27.17 - Danielle Beecroft
3:27.24 - Lisa Mathison
3:32.39 - Sarah Booth
3:37.61 - Kellie Weinert

The downhill trail 'Mackenzie Frenzy' kept everyone on their toes. It's an especially slippery trail in dry conditions with large sections of loose and unpredictable rocks ready to punish riders and their wheels if they came even slightly off their line.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Cody Kelley was happy to beat his seeding time in the final run, but with a couple of little mistakes he ended up outside the top 5 with 7th position.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Junior Women winner Sian A'hern traverses the top edges of the range.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Sunday afternoon brought around the DH finals. Some cloud coverage provided relief from the harsh sun but the track was running hot and dusty and was breaking up after seeing plenty of action over the last two weeks.

The boys had quite a trek up to the rock garden with their esky trolley and came back with a slightly lighter load. They may also belong to some sort of Downhillbilly rock band judging by their chosen poses.
The boys had quite a trek up to the rock garden with their esky trolley and came back with a slightly lighter load. They may also belong to some sort of "Downhillbilly Rock Band" judging by their quickly chosen poses.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Multiple Australian National Champion and World Cup winner Chris Kovarik held the hot seat with a run of 2:53.42 until Thomas Crimmins bumped him off with a run of 2:52.96.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Thomas Crimmins brings the bike smoothly into the long pedally straight.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Mudd was looking to finish the already-won series with a solid run, although his 2:54.12 seeding run was a fraction faster than the 2:54.84 race run. He was happy to take 5th place against a stacked field and looks forward to the Championships round in Bright in two weeks where Troy Brosnan and Sam Hill are likely to compete.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
The crowd gathered with bells and bike frames in hand to make some noise for the riders through the rock garden.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Richie Rude was hoping for a repeat of the 2015 Oceania Champs in Toowoomba where he edged out Jared for the win, before Jared reclaimed the top step in the National race the following day.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Richie took the hot seat from Crimmins with a time of 2:48.44, four and a half seconds quicker.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Bringing it home strong into the final jump, Richie puts on a show for the locals.

Final rider to hit the start gate, Jared was confident leading into the finals. With a slow leak in his rear tire immediately before racing he had to give it a couple of pumps of air before heading down the range.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
The slow leak in Jared's tire became more of a mental distraction than technical as he became cautious of flatting through the techy sections, backing off just a little. Despite this he put in a solid run of 2:49.19, a gap of 0.75 seconds behind Richie Rude who took the win.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Richie Rude is going from strength to strength and the locals enjoyed cheering him on over the weekend. It's great to have him here training in Australia during the off season.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Sarah Booth finishes up a great career with a 4th place in Elite Women.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Lisa Mathison took second place, following Tegan Molloy by just over a second.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Tegan Molloy brings it home strong with some big air, sending her into first place to take the win.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Tegan Molloy from Jindabyne had a good run on the rocky trails and took the win once again in Toowoomba.
Tegan, from Jindabyne NSW, had a good run on the rocky trails and her win today gives her a series win also.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Jackson Frew took first place in the Junior Mens with a time of 2:51.05, followed by Remy Morton in second place with 2:52.74. Both times would have put the Juniors on the podium in the Elite category.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Remy Morton of the Gold Coast was happy to take 2nd place in the Junior Men after adjusting to the dusty conditions, coming from Rotorua NZ where he has been living and training on smooth flowy trails for a few months.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Junior Men podium. 1. Jackson Frew 2:51.05, 2. Remy Morton 2:52.74, 3. Baxter Maiwald 2:54.23, 4. Harry Bush 2:54.81, 5. Ben Zwar 2:59.34

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Elite Women podium. 1. Tegan Molloy 3:19.30, 2. Lisa Mathison 3:20.53, 3. Danielle Beecroft 3:22.47, 4. Sarah Booth 3:29.57, 5. Michelle Crisp 3:36.12.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba
Elite Male podium. 1. Richie Rude Jr 2:48.44, 2. Jared Graves 2:49.19, 3. Thomas Crimmins 2:52.96, 4. Chris Kovarik 2:53.42, 5. Graeme Mudd 2:54.84.

It was a hot Saturday for the XCO racing which tested competitors on long tough single track climbs, followed by some smooth flowy descents.

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Bec Henderson takes out the win and the series after Jenni King lost a chain during the race. Bec is feeling good ahead of the Bright National Championships and the UCI World Cup in Cairns.
Bec Henderson took the lead and claimed the win and the series; Jenni King unfortunately lost a chain during the race. Bec is feeling good ahead of the Bright National Championships and the UCI World Cup in Cairns.

Elite Female XCO Podium 1. Bec Henderson 2. Samara Sheppard 3. Anna Beck 4. Jodie Willett 5. Imogen Smith
Elite Female XCO Podium 1. Bec Henderson 2. Samara Sheppard 3. Anna Beck 4. Jodie Willett 5. Imogen Smith

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Australian National Series Round 6 - Toowoomba

Dan Mcconnell looked unbeatable and finishes an impressive series strongly.
Dan Mcconnell looked unbeatable and finishes an impressive series strongly.

Male Elite XCO podium. 1. Daniel McConnell 2. Cameron Ivory 3. Brendan Johnston 4. Andrew Blair 5. Reece Tucknott
Male Elite XCO podium. 1. Daniel McConnell 2. Cameron Ivory 3. Brendan Johnston 4. Andrew Blair 5. Reece Tucknott

Special thanks were given by riders to the Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club and MTBA for a successful event.

Next up, the National Champs are in Bright, Victoria on the 17-20th March. With the UCI World Cup in Cairns coming up in April the MTBA crew and all of the riders will be putting in the hours to ensure a successful event on the world stage.


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35 Comments

  • 38 0
 I think it's awesome how Jared has been training with Richie and Cody in Toowoomba this off season, even though they're on separate teams now. Shows the depth of the friendships these guys form, and I've especially noticed it with the Yeti guys in the past (eg. Leov & Graves, Leov & Blenky, Graves & Rude etc). Love the family feeling that the Yeti team always seems to have, even riders who have moved on (like Jared and Gwin) always speak highly of their experiences on the team.
  • 29 2
 Am I the only one who though that the Junior men and Elite women are somewhat indistinguishable?
  • 42 0
 Also somebody is literally named Harry Bush. GTFO!!!! haahaahahahahaha
  • 2 0
 Here's my coverage of the race which includes pics of pretty much everyone
www.pinkbike.com/u/heavyp/album/Subaru-Australian-National-Series-Toowoomba-Round-6
  • 1 0
 The heckler lads just casually using a Blk Mrkt Riot frame as a musical triangle, must've cracked it previously otherwise that's one expensive noise maker haha! STRAYA!
  • 12 0
 If think they pick up Yeti riders by size of their calves...
  • 10 0
 Good coverage, thanks.
  • 6 0
 4. Harry Bush 2:54.81

Righteous.
  • 5 0
 Great name for the 4th place junior guy. Harry Bush.
  • 2 0
 doesn't he have a sister named Muffy?
  • 5 0
 I was hoping for less Harry bush coverage
  • 4 1
 Looks like the Rude ship of world domination is already at full sailing speed.
  • 2 2
 Not really. The gap was tiny, which when your competitor has a slow puncture, means it could easily be the 9th error way round
  • 2 0
 I think endure bikes look way cooler with dh forks since seeing some pics of process 167's running Fox 40's its my latest fetish
  • 1 0
 Agree, but I always wonder what impact it has on the geo (i.e. BB height) and therefore riding. Guess it still works well!
  • 1 0
 If you want to figure it out - use the bike geometry calculator at: bikegeo.muha.cc
  • 2 0
 Fucking Harry bush, lost it when I read his name. Keep rocking that name though!!
  • 1 0
 In the first and second picture cx men i see a, for me, unknownTrek bike. No Fuel, just a sticker on another bike, proto... can someone help me out?
  • 1 0
 Last years superfly?
  • 1 0
 Top fuel
  • 1 0
 Never mind superfly
  • 3 3
 I'm all for chicks in spandex, but those podium shots make me feel awkward. Poor placement of the seams, if you know what I mean...
  • 4 1
 Harry Bush FTW.
  • 2 0
 Said before, but wish we could see Richie at the World Cup DH
  • 1 0
 What's that tire on Jared graves front wheel? Looks not specialized
  • 2 0
 Looks like a cut Hillbilly.
  • 1 0
 Cody on single crown forks
  • 1 0
 Still like that orange Kona Operator 27.5.
  • 1 0
 oh yeah... and the XC riders too! Afterthought.
  • 4 3
 Straya!
  • 1 0
 Way to go Richie Rude!
  • 1 3
 The attack of the silly-un-shaped-straight-billed hat almost overran the elite men podium
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