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National Gravity enduro cup Round 3; Stromlo, ACT

This past weekend we ventured up to Mt. Stromlo in the ACT for the third round of the MTBA national and what an experience it was!

We hadn't been to Stromlo before, however the folklore that surrounds it is strong to say the least. What the mountain lacks in elevation it makes up for in a rich, decorated history with mountain bike culture in Australia.

The trails were technical up the top, however riders were put in the hurt locker lower down as the mountain lost it's elevation, with gradients replaced by dry, open meadows littered with kangaroo's and ribbons of single track.

The racing was full of action from the get go, with Rachel and series leader Jess Hoskins crashing out in Practice. Rach ended up with a minor break in her wrist, however word on the street is that Jess came off far worst. We are yet to get a final word - healing thoughts to you if you're reading, Jess.

Stromlo locals Em Parkes and Claire Whiteman stepped up to take the top spots for the day - Em set a blistering pace with a time that would have been in the mix in the elite men's class.

The Juniors saw some insane racing as per usual, with Roly Kyme once again netting the top spot. Interestingly enough, Roly didn't actually take a stage win, rather placed top 3 on just about every stage whilst many others chopped and changed. Consistency is key at these races - particularly on physical courses such as Stromlo which at times looked more like a XCO course.

Onto the elite mens and there was no surprises seeing local boys Tim Eaton and Thomas Crimmins out front. They finished in that order, with last rounds winner Jordan Powell keeping in form and rounding out the podium - the highest placed, and fastest overall interstate rider for the day.

I've got a mix of photos here, and over on Gravity Down Under, so be sure to check over there as well.

A big shout out to CORC (Canberra Off-Road Cycling) for orchestrating such a rad event - definitely looking forward to getting back to Stromlo again in the near future for some more laps!

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