Cannonballs let loose

YOUNG local riders performed superbly at the recent inaugural Cannonball Mountain Biking festival. The events included the Australian Open Downhill, the Pump track Challenge, the Whip Wars Big Air Bonanza and the Flow Motion Cup, which is a gravity flow event.

Young local riders, Alex Dickson, Chris and James Findlay and Riley Horseman performed very well in a range of events.

Alex Dickson who is sponsored by Bilt Bikes and local bike shop Sacred Ride came first in the Under 17s division for the Flow Motion race and also won the inaugural Australian Open downhill in the under 17s category.

Chris Findlay came third in the under 15s flow motion race and second in the Downhill.

James Findlay came seventh in the flow motion in the under 15s and third the Downhill.

Riley Horseman who is sponsored by Sacred Ride and High Country Fitness competed in all four events. He came fourth in the under 17s Flow Motion, and sixth in the Downhill race. Riley also made the finals in the under 19s category in the Big Air Whip wars and came second in the under 17s at the Pump Track Challenge.

These riders who attend Snowy Mountains Grammar School train at Thredbo for school sport and also train at Thredbo on the weekends.

They have a hectic Downhill mountain biking schedule over the summer mountain biking season where they compete at a number of events including the NSW and Victorian Downhill series. They will also be competing at the National Gravity Downhill series which are scheduled over January and February in Adelaide, Mt Buller in Victoria and in Thredbo.

Further, the will be competing at the National Championships which are being held in Bright in Victoria in March.

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