We’ve had members achieving great results in gravity races recently, it’s been hard to keep up with who is racing where but here is a quick roundup!
After coming back from a shocking injury in early 2022, Lia Ladbrook has restarted her racing career with a bang! In her first year racing in the Elite category, Lia came 2nd in the Downhill Nationals/ Cannonball Downhill at Thredbo last weekend, and was 4th overall in a field featuring some high profile World Cup internationals. Lia is taking a break from coaching duties both with our junior ride program and The Fastline Bikademy to take on the challenge of some World Cup racing over the European summer this year. We’ll be watching & cheering!
Reuben Pfahlert has had a podium blitz across recent rounds of the Victorian & National Downhill Series, and Victorian Enduro series, topped off by coming 4th in U15 at the Downhill Nationals/ Cannonball Downhill at Thredbo last weekend. The U15’s were unlucky to have their race runs cancelled due to high winds limiting the chairlift operations on race day, so it was lucky that Reuben’s qualifying run on a borrowed wheel the day before was enough to place him on the wide podium.
The International racing contingent at the Downhill Nationals/ Cannonball Downhill last week compared the track to some of the toughest World Cup tracks – Italy’s Val Di Sole & Scotland’s Fort William… and a couple of our unlucky members discovered that the hard way with both Eli Green and Callum Hines breaking arms on Day 1 & 2 (respectively) of practice and being unable to race in the U17’s as planned. We wish both fellas a quick recovery and look forward to seeing them back on the trails soon!
Oskar English was also entered in the U17’s but was unfortunately unable to race due to a mechanical after qualifying.
With Lia, Reuben, Eli & Oskar all having come through our Junior Ride Program when they were still in primary school, it’s awesome to see them continuing to have fast fun on bikes.
NOTE: We have been known to miss members’ names on start & results lists, if you know of BCG members doing great stuff in events, please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on the socials!