With a record number of riders taking to Thredbo Resorts’s three gravity tracks, they lapped for five hours for what was a massive weekend on the mountain at the fourth annual Thredbo Super Enduro presented by Maxxis in late February.
The field was a mix of women and men, amateurs, pro’s, young guns and master riders and with over $25,000 in the prize pool, every second mattered to over 500 riders as they raced the three iconic gravity trails – the SRAM Cannonball Downhill, DHaRCO Flow Trail and the Osprey All-Mountain Trail. With a wide age range the Super Enduro is an event that everyone can take part in, the oldest competitor was 61 and the youngest was 9! The best times from each track were tallied to crown the ultimate winner.
The famous Thredbo gravity trails. Photos courtesy Thredbo Resort.
This new and popular style of mountain bike event is not just about how fast you are but also how smart you are with the need for special tactics, trail knowledge and equipment choice.
The conditions across the weekend were as good as they get – tacky, grippy, fast and perfect blue skies with minimal winds, allowing all riders to give it all they’ve got for their chance to take out the title in a team or as an individual.
The men’s pro category saw a top class field with a heavy list of riders including Tim Eaton who rode into first place, followed by superstar Kye A’Hern sliding into second and the hot up and comer from New South Wales Riley King placing third.
“The trails were super good,” said pro men’s podium placer Riley King.
“We had some rain throughout the week which made for some really good racing and the tracks stayed really nice and consistent across the entire event which let everyone rip it up. This was my first race in the pro category and I’m stoked to land a spot on the podium at one of my favourite events of the year.”
The pro men’s podium.
Pro Women’s Podium
The pro women’s category was also filed with a stack of incredible female riders, with all riders raising the competitive bar in this endurance style of event. It was a tight finish with Sian A’Hern claiming first place, closely followed by Leanna Curtis and Ellie Smith landing on the podium in third place.
“Incredible event! Awesome conditions all weekend and the trails were riding great, that bit of rain earlier in the week really made a huge difference. I had a great time at this year’s Super Enduro and loved how fast the trails were riding, I beat most of my previous times on the three trails! It was a great weekend – lots of riding, great vibe and stoked to ride away with the win” said pro mountain biker Sian A’Hern.
Overall it was a huge weekend and amazing to see so many riders having a crack plus the excitement from a lot of people getting to ride alongside the world’s best, on perfect trails.
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Tim Easton Pro Men’s Winner.
Concentration from this rider.
Sian A’Hern Pro Women’s Winner.
Kicking back at the Thredbo Alpine Bar.
Cutting a tight corner with the village below.