2007 has seen increased membership and activity in the Downhill & Mountain X disciplines. The Sunshine Series saw competition at Upper Brookfield (rounds 1 & 5), Toowoomba (round 2), Kenilworth (round 3) and Illinbah (round 4). DRCC was well represented in many divisions and had good success overall as follows:
- Under 15 Men: Brandon Yrttiaho – 1st outright, Ben Power – 2nd outright, Aaron Shillington – 4th outright, Jon Messer – 9th outright.
- Under 17 Men: Hayden Bristow – 7th outright.
- Veteran Men: Nic Jacquet – 8th outright and Pat Egan 9th outright
- Masters Men: Jeff Shillington – 4th outright
- Hardtail Men: Joey Lester – 1st outright and ‘Haydo’ Lester – 5th outright
Attention then moved to the MTBA Qld Downhill Championships which were held at Kinchant Dam, Mackay over the weekend 18-19 August and DRCC was again very well represented in both body and voice. The Club had a total of 10 riders and 4 support crew attend the meet which was conducted under ideal conditions and extremely well hosted by Mackay Cyclopaths Club. Podium finishes were gained by the following:
- Under 15 Men: Brandon Yrttiaho – 1st, Ben Power – 2nd and Aaron Shillington – 3rd.
- Masters Men: Jeff Shillington – 3rd.
- Hardtail Men: ‘Haydo’ Lester – 2nd.
Congratulations to all who competed at the State Championships including none other than the Club President, Gavin (not as quick as in years gone bye but still managed to complete the course without mishap!). The Club atmosphere was fantastic with our own tent and Club banners featuring in prominent positions at the finish line and in Pit Row.
Two Wheel Promotions have announced that they will be conducting Downhill competition at Twin Peaks Canungra during September, October and November 2007, so keep an eye on their web site for more details and entry nomination. This will be good training for the forthcoming National Series and National Titles. Additionally, Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club are conducting Club Days at Illinbah 13-14 October 2007 for both Mountain X and Downhill. I understand that Mountain X will be conducted on Saturday afternoon and Downhill on Sunday however; members should confirm this when they nominate with Gus McInally (0407) 753327 and I would suggest those members interested contact Gus sooner rather than later as numbers will be limited. This is a dress rehearsal for the 2nd round of the National Series to be held at Illinbah 23-25 November 2007.
Haydo, Sam and Ben (Power) competed in the GCMTB Club Mountain X day at Illinbah on Sunday 2nd September 2007 and had a great day. We showcased the Club tent with banners along Pit Row at the finish line. All riders accounted for themself in good fashion with Haydo getting to the final round, Ben and Sam to the elimination rounds but not before ‘eat’n dirt’ at some stage of the day! All agreed that the track is awesome which requires concentration and technical appreciation rather than ‘full on attack’. A big thank you to the Gold Coast Club for their hospitality and friendship.
Well, thats it for the moment and I apologise for this report being so long winded however; I have just stepped into the role of ‘roving reporter’ for the Downhill & Mountain X disciplines and had a great deal to report on for 2007. Remember that our Club will only be as strong as the membership that supports it! To this end, come along and enjoy the mateship and good times we are having and if you know of anyone looking for a Club to join, introduce them to DRCC – they will not be disappointed.
See you in the bush onya bike! HP