Rocky Trail Entertainment have combined their love of Downhill and Endurance racing with the Rollercoaster event series in 2012. It’s been a two round series of SuperD style events to test the waters but there are plans to bring it back for 2013 and it will be right at the top of my list. Put simply, I have not had that much fun on a bike in a very long time.
Stromlo proved an excellent venue, save perhaps for the arctic weather, providing a run that lasted over 10mins for most riders. How many times have you heard the phrase “those switchback climbs suck but the run down skyline and luge makes it totally worthwhile”. Well imagine being able to ride the super fun, super fast but not super technical downhill sections without having to rip your legs off to get there in the first place.
Buses were provided to shuttle riders to the top of the mountain and there was never more than a 5 minute wait for a lift. The morning session was dedicated to practice runs and two timed runs after lunch dictated the winners. The biggest win for the day was the variety of riders who rocked up to have a crack. Lycra wearing XC whippets were outnumbered by baggy short, armour wearing all-mountain assassins by at least two to one and they showed them a thing or two about bike handling skills too.
For those of us more used to endurance or XC style racing, the only drawback I can see in signing up for a SuperD in the future is that you’ll most likely want to buy a bike with more travel so that you can shred that little bit harder.
The Rocky Trail Entertainment crew deserve a huge thankyou for running such a great event and we can’t wait for the next series. For further info on their events – Rocky Trail Entertainment
A huge thanks to the crew at www.theroostmag.com.au for the images from the weekend