Round 2 Downhill National Series a thriller at Thredbo

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The celebration of the Cannonball Festival at Thredbo Mountain Bike Park threw up fast and thrilling racing as part of Round 2 of the AusCycling Downhill National Series.

Australia’s leading downhillers were storming the trails in the finals run on Saturday which saw Jackson Frew take the top spot in the elite men with a time of 5:00:318 after qualifying in fifth.

Jackson Frew

Jackson Goldstone and Laurie Greenland who were part of the World Cup Downhill Team "The Santa Cruz Syndicate" qualified fastest but bombed their runs to finish well down the ladder.

After his silver medal performance at National Championships last year at the same venue, Kye A'Hern who was the third last down the hill would fall +1.121 seconds shy of toppling Frew for the win.

Third place would be taken out by Connor Fearon a further two seconds back.

Current National Downhill champion Luke Meier-Smith would finish in fifth.

It was equally a strong field in the elite women which was led by two time World Champion Myriam Nicole who qualified in fourth after her run.

Australian Downhill Champion Sian A'Hern would be last down the hill after she posted the fastest qualifying time.

Sian A'Hern

However Santa Cruz Syndicate athlete Nina Hoffman would get her opportunity in the hot seat stopping the clock 5:33.838 with only A'Hern left in the start gate.

The Canberra rider agonisingly close to claiming the W finishing +0.725 seconds outside of the German.

Frenchwoman Nicole would take out third.

In the Under 19 category Max Alran and Elleni Turkovic took the top step.

With only the Adelaide round, hosted by Inside Line DH Inc to go, Connor Fearon sits top of the elite men while Ellie Smith has the edge in the elite women's standings.

Full race results can be found here.


Photo Credit: Thredbo MTB

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