The Hit Bikes crew headed off with gun local rider Aaron for an epic 1-day road trip to Toowoomba and return on Saturday. Why you may ask?
Well, it was to watch some great riders from the Oceanic region throw themselves down the side of the range on the well known Mackenzie Frenzy downhill track, for the 2017 MTBA Oceania Championships. Also it was to check out the trails for future ride days and trip in that area.
So with the demo bikes loaded into the Hit Bikes dual-cab they hit the road and arrived at 9.30am amidst open practice and immediately got the bikes out to head up the range to the imposing rock garden section to see how the riders were getting on.... what a sight!
It was great to see kids as young as 12-13 right through to elite/pro riders taking multiple different lines, at various speeds, with varying degrees of success through this challenging section. Many near misses were seen with a few gnarly crashes for good measure....
There was a break in action around lunchtime so the Hit Bikes crew set off to explore some of the trails, but with many closed for the racing of the DH and the XC the options were limited. 'Turkey' had a few runs along with 'Canyonero'. The brand newly built up demo Mondraker Foxy XR was christened with it's first ride with its new Shimano XT drivetrain, FOX 34 Performance 150mm fork and MAVIC Deemax Pro wheel set getting run in. The consensus is that this is a great bike which will be a great addition to the Hit Bikes demo bike range.
After the ride and a bit of lunch, it was time for the qualifying runs for all categories so it was back up to the rock garden for all the action. It didn't disappoint with some epic riding witnessed from all riders taking part.
It was a long but enjoyable day out in the hot sun of Toowoomba and a big hats off to those competing over the whole weekend, with tough condition being so dry and dusty.
Special mention goes to local riders from Eleven Hills Adventure team who achieved some great results in the XC Championships that were held in conjunction with the DH