This weekend Canberra staged the mountain bike national championships at the new Stromlo Forest Park. Although it didn’t rain gold (and jerseys) for all of our local riders, praise for the trails and facilities rained from all those who attended. As far as I know, the only rider from the ACT to score gold was Caroline Buchanan who took out the Elite Womens Mountain Cross.
Luckily the recent heat wave eased off over the weekend and most of the riders and specatators were able to withstand the lack of shade at the recently replanted Stromlo. Unfortunately the wind was present most of the weekend, so there was lots of dust and the main feature jump on the downhill course, a very large step down jump, had to be closed for the event as a number of riders were nearly blown away attempting the jump during practice on Thursday.
Here’s a few of my selected selected photos from the weekend…
Taking the A-line (big jump) at Triple Treat on the downhill course this afternoon.
Styling it up at the road gap jump on the downhill yesterday.
Racing to the finish line at the Cross Country yesterday.
The beauty of the Stromlo trails overlooking Canberra.