Reactions to Covid-19 and the measures put in place to quell the spread of the global pandemic have varied from country to country and region to region. Some of the areas which put stringent measures in place quickly have seen the most success in terms of quelling the virus' spread and are now starting to re-open. One such part of the world is Southern Australia where the spread of the Coronavirus is now said to be well under control. So much so in fact, bike racing is finally getting underway!
The stages in Eagle MTB Park were a mixture of lengths and severities. Pic: Kane Naaraat
The first round of Gravity Enduro South Australia's championship took place last weekend at Mount Eagle and saw the Kona Factory Racing pairing of Shelly Flood and Connor Fearon take the wins in their respective Pro classes.
Here's Connor's report from the race:
We’re finally back racing for 2020! On the weekend we South Australians were fortunate enough to race the first Gravity Enduro at Eagle MTB Park. Eagle was one of the first mountain bike-dedicated parks in Australia and has held numerous National DH, XC and Enduro events and championships over the years. The park has pretty epic views and is only a stone’s throw away from the Adelaide CBD which makes it one of the most popular venues for us to race on.
Fearon on the attack - a welcome sight in 2020. Pic: Kane Naaraat
It was a single day, five-stage format. Stages ranged from some punchy one minute thirty runs to the most physical top to bottom stage at four and a half minutes. We were able to race the stages in any order we wanted and I opted to get the hardest one out the way first. This is one of those stages where there’s more pedaling than descending and you keep thinking to yourself “surely other people aren’t going this slow?!”
Anyway, with that one out the way, I felt really good on all the other stages with no crashes or mechanicals. It just felt really good to be back doing what I love. Once the results were in, I came out on top with almost a clean sweep of stages which I was stoked with because we have a pretty stacked field of riders in Adelaide.
Shelly Flood took the Pro Women's class ahead of Jaclyn Schapel and Emily Hill. Pic: Kane Naaraat
Connor Fearon took an impressive 17 second win ahead of Troy Brosnan with Sam Walsh in third. Pic: Kane Naaraat
Catch up with Connor Fearon riding at home in Adelaide, here.