A'Hern and Von Marburg win in Australia

24 February 2021

Australia kept the EWS Qualifier Calendar rolling with the Intense Cycles Capital Kamikaze in Mt Stromlo last weekend. 

The 200 racers competing lined up for a huge day of riding, taking in 40km and 1200 metres of riding under a blazing hot sun. 

First stage of the day was a rude awakening for the riders; tight, techy and rocky with a good dose of pedalling and a pinch climb once they were past the halfway mark. Stage two was a shorter affair but no less challenging thanks to high speeds and sharp rocks. 

Stage three was a mash up of some of Mt Stromlo’s most iconic trails; Roller-coaster, Magpie Rock, Slick Rock, Pork Barrel and 3 Amigos. As the longest stage of the race, stage three was arguably the crux of the race and featured everything from flow to pedalling to raw, natural trail, pushing even the most experienced riders to the limit. 

The penultimate stage of the race for everyone except e-bikers and elites, stage four was the first time competitors went down the front of the mountain and were faced with a dry, dusty and rutted track that saw a few riders bouncing and riding their bikes unconventionally as the got ping ponged between the rocks. Those that made it through unscathed were rewarded with some flowing berms to finish on. 

Stage five was another lung buster at seven minutes long and marked the end of the race for all categories except the elites and e-bikes, who still had their biggest test to come in the form of stage six. The 2009 World Cup Downhill track takes no prisoners and it was Canyon’s Kye A’Hern who took top honours, with Tim Eaton in second place, just pipping Thomas Crimmins who at just one second back had to settle for third place. 

 

Kye A’Hern won three stages to win the race. Pic: Nick Waygood

That win on stage six cemented A’Hern’s as the race winner in the Elite Men’s category after a hard fought battle with Tim Eaton who took three stage wins to clinch the second step on the podium, with Thomas Crimmins in third. 

In the Elite Women’s race Georgina Von Marburg proved she’s a name to watch, winning the race with an impressive 42 second margin over Casey Voysey in second place and Ebony Tanzen rounded out the podium in third.

 

Georgina Von Marburg on her way to a convincing victory. Pic: Nick Waygood 

Race Director Josh Kentwell said; “Canberra’s newest enduro race series is definitely on the up! We want to test riders and create a pathway for some who want to race an EWS event. We can’t wait to bring everyone the 2021/22 season later this year!”

Full results from the Intense Cycles Capital Kamikaze are available here.