SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix celebrates fifth anniversary of Mt Annan Enduro Trail

For the sixth time, The Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan hosted a SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix event on their popular Enduro Trail on the 5th anniversary weekend of its opening. As one of mountain bike race promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment’s most popular event, it attracted 240 participants from all over NSW and the ACT to race in the four and seven hour competitions on the 10km trail.

Fifth anniversary for the popular Mt Annan Enduro Trail. Photo: OuterImage.com.au
Fifth anniversary for the popular Mt Annan Enduro Trail. Photo: OuterImage.com.au

Rocky Trail Entertainment hosted the first ever mountain bike event on the Enduro Trail at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan in 2010 and since then has brought more than 2,500 racers and spectators to the popular venue with six SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix and four JetBlack 24 Hour events.

On the fifth anniversary weekend of the trail’s opening, many local riders participated in the tenth Rocky Trail event at Mt Annan with Trent Pons from Spring Farm taking out the third place in the general classification of the four hour solo men’s race with 8 laps completed in 4:14.21 – Canberra’s Dylan Cooper took out the win with a gap of just over 16 mins and fellow ACT racer Lewis Cressy came in second.

Dylan Cooper wins the 4 Hour men's solo general classification. Photo: OuterImage.com.au
Dylan Cooper wins the 4 Hour men’s solo general classification. Photo: OuterImage.com.au

In the women’s competition, Wendy Stevenson from Sydney won the 4 hour race and Catherine Wood from Linden in the Blue Mountains took out the seven hour general women’s classification.

Wendy Stevenson takes over the 4 Hour women's solo GC. Photo: OuterImage.com.au
Wendy Stevenson takes over the 4 Hour women’s solo GC. Photo: OuterImage.com.au
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Catherine Wood wins the 7 Hour women’s solo GC race. Photo: OuterImage.com.au

Fourth series race, fourth win for Finlayson

Andrew Finlayson from the JetBlack Racing Team once again proofed his great form with a fourth win in the SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series. He completed 14 laps in 7:24.45 and took out the overall line honours with this phenomenal result as well. In second with 13 laps in 7:03.52 was Ed McDonald from Canberra ahead of Sam Moffit.

Andrew Finlayson increases series lead with fourth win in the 7 Hour men's solo GC. Photo: OuterImage.com.au
Andrew Finlayson increases series lead with fourth win in the 7 Hour men’s solo GC. Photo: OuterImage.com.au

One more race to go in the series

In the 4 Hour competition, it’s going to be a tight race with Novocastrian Andrew Lloyd leading the general solo men’s classification (GC) by 290 points ahead of Central Coast’s Max Richardson. Michael Crummy is coming in third ahead of round six. In the women’s, Wendy Stevenson has taken over the lead by 220 points ahead of Charlie McCabe from Erina and Lana Moy from the Northern Beaches.

In the 7 Hour race, Andrew Finlayson leads by a gap of 310 points ahead of Canberra’s Sam Moffitt and Jarrad Connolly from Erina is in third. Melinda Allen from Sydney’s South has reclaimed the series lead ahead of Melinda Holmes and Dalene Pretorious ahead of the final series race, which will be held at Mowbray Park Farm in Picton on 3 October.

It will be the first ever event to be held on the farm property and we  have a race track preview available on our event blog.

For detailed race results and to sign up for Round 6, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com

Event MC Paul Craft with the SHIMANO Cycling Australia's Mitchell Ho and his event crew. Photo: OuterImage.com.au
Event MC Paul Craft with the SHIMANO Cycling Australia’s Mitchell Ho and his event crew. Photo: OuterImage.com.au

 

Rider photos

Available for download for FREE, thanks to major sponsor, SHIMANO Cycling Australia – use the password mtbgp and post them with #rockytrailracer to share your racing experience!

 

Results portal with series results

 

Interviews

Interview: Dylan Cooper (GP4 hour men’s solo GC)

Interview: Wendy Stevenson (GP4 hour women’s solo GC)

Interview: Andrew Finlayson (GP7 hour men’s solo GC)

Interview: Catherine Wood (GP7 hour women’s solo GC)

 

Find out more about the track for Round 6 – Mowbray Park Farm

 

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