The second EWS Qualifier of the year gets underway this weekend with the Intense Cycles Capital Kamikaze at Mt Stromlo in Australia.
Two hundred riders will take to the start line as the fifth and final round of the series based around Canberra. The riders will be up against five or six (depending on category) stages that will be made even more intense by a weather forecast predicted to be in the low 30s on race day.
And there’s no shortage of local talent getting between the tape this weekend, but the fiercest battle will be between Canberra shredders Tim Eaton and Kye A’Hern. Eaton has consistency on his side and a number of wins to his name, but Canyon’s A’Hern is gearing up for the start of the Downhill World Cup season and will be looking to make his mark. A former National Downhill Champ A’Hern is a tough competitor, but when he and Eaton race head to head Eaton has more wins to his name - expect an intense race from these two this weekend.
In the women’s race Georgina Von Marburg will be gunning for top place in the Elites. After seeing this weekend’s course she said; “Some of us actually want to suffer and test ourselves.”
Josh Kentwell, Race Director, said: “Mt Stromlo will host the fifth and final race for the season and it’s our biggest, longest and toughest one yet. Sunny conditions and temps in the low 30s are predicted for Sunday as racers face five or six stages of loose, dusty and janky goodness which is going to test and push their limits to the redline. With 200 riders expected, Mt Stromlo will be buzzing with energy and we can’t wait to see how the day unfolds!”
More information on this weekend’s race is available here.
A full list of the 2021 EWS Qualifier Events can be found here.