The Trek Superfly carbon 29er proved it’s worth on the race circuit again this weekend by being ridden to 3 National Championship victories and a win in a 100 Mile marathon.
The MTBA Australian MTB National Championships were held at Eagle MTB Park in Adelaide, South Australia this weekend and the Anytime Fitness-Trek team made no secret that they were there to win the Elite Mens XCO race with Dan McConnell and the U23 Womens race with Bec Henderson. These riders went on to do exactly that on board their Shimano equipped Trek Superfly hardtails.
Bec raced first on Saturday morning, and led the first lap of the womens race that included both Elite and U23 classes. Given the extremely high temperatures of the day, Bec then backed off, having already opened a large gap over the other U23 contenders and went on to take her third straight U23 national title and proving she is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage later this year.
Dan lined up at midday under a scorching sun with temperatures touching 38˚C. After a fast start Dan settled in with a lead group of 3 other riders and completed the first lap in 3rd wheel. Dan felt strong enough to move to the lead on the second lap where he stayed for the rest of the race, slowly extending his lead until the finish where the gap was over a minute to second place.
Also on Saturday, but at Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra, was the Rocky Trail Entertainment MTB Cruise event, where riders can ride 1, 2, 3 or 5 laps of a 33km course. Lining up at 5am as a hot favorite in the 100 Mile category was Trek Ambassador and local Canberra rider Ed McDonald on board his new Superfly Elite hardtail. While being challenged early by other racers, and later by the hot sun and rising temperatures, Ed stayed ahead of the field and rode his Superfly to victory, the third Superfly win of the day!
The following day saw the short track events at the National Champs and Bec Henderson capped off her weekend by taking the win in the open womens race, again on her Trek Superfly. Dan then took to the line for the mens short track, and after an aggressive race finished in second place.
The team now heads to New Zealand for the Oceania Championships in Rotorua and then on to the World Cup circuit looking for selection for the Olympics in London.
Ed McDonald will be contributing to the Trek Down Under blog: