Results & Photos: Rockhampton 2023

On the weekend of 10+11 June 2023, the Fox Superflow® returned to Rockhampton together with a Rocky Trail Academy on the Friday.

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Author: Rockhampton Regional Council

Mountain Biking Event brings a Tourism Boost to the Region

Hundreds of mountain biking enthusiasts and their families gathered in Rockhampton for the recent Rocky Trail Academy Schools Competition and the Fox Superflow® Gravity Enduro race, two of the fastest growing mountain bike racing formats held in Rockhampton during winter.

The Rocky Trail Academy Schools Competition held on the Friday attracted 17 schools from across Queensland with entrants coming as far south as Nerang and as far north as the Whitsundays, and is geared towards secondary school students as an initiative to foster Junior Development.

The weekend’s Fox Superflow® Gravity Enduro event was established by Rocky Trail Entertainment in 2012 and has evolved into the biggest gravity enduro series in Australia, and is a qualifier for the Enduro World Series.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said that Council proudly sponsored the event for the second year running and mountain biking events are a valuable contribution to sporting tourism in our region.

“This event aligns well with our winter Explore Rockhampton: Ride Rocky, it’s Rad campaign and a is great boost for local businesses, bringing an estimated $200,000 into our region’s visitor economy over the course of the weekend,” Mayor Williams said.

“More than 75% of visitors came from outside the region to take part in this event, which is a reflection on the hard work from the event organisers, Rocky Trail Entertainment, and also the Rockhampton Mountain Biking Club for their ongoing maintenance of our world-class trails.”

Advance Rockhampton’s Acting Executive Manager Zac Garven said that as the lead tourism, marketing and major event agency in the region, hosting sporting events presents a significant economic boost and forms part of our Economic Development Strategy to increase visitation.

“Mountain biking tourism is considered one of the fastest growing recreational activities globally, with AusCycle reporting a $136.9 million direct economic impact to Australia, per annum.”

Rocky Trail Entertainment Founder Juliane Wisata said the weekend was a huge success among participants resulting in a donation of $1,730 to the Rockhampton Mountain Biking Club for trail maintenance and building efforts.

“Overall it was a great weekend and we thank the Rockhampton Regional Council for their support.”

Rocky Trail Entertainment is one of the major mountain bike events companies in Australia. In 2012 they launched the series that now is the Fox Superflow® based on the European and North American enduro races. The Superflow® has established itself as Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing gravity series!

Jack Druery and Sheena Tickner fastest Superflow® racers on course in Rockhampton

 In the Superflow, Jack Druery from the Gold Coast has increased his QLD Series lead with a win in the Elite Men’s competition and is now on par with Sydney’s Cooper Lowe in the Australia-wide Rocky Trail ranking. Lowe is currently competing in the Enduro World Series in Europe. Local Elite racer Garth Merrill came in second in the Elites with a gap of 49 sec to Druery. Aaron Hutton from Parkhurst was in third. A strong field of U13’s was made up almost entirely of locals and in the U15’s Brodie Mckenzie finished in 11th. The biggest line-up again was in the U17’s division – local racer Mitchell Burkhardt from Allenstown claimed 7th among the 43 racers. The QLD Series leader of the U19’s, Kai Pyyvaara from Mackay was unbeatable, local Declan Schillaci from Wandal came in second. Top positions for local racers also in the Expert (19+) and Veterans (30+) divisions.

In the women, Sheena Tickner was the fastest local in the Masters 40+, coming in second behind Sarah Saunders from the Sunshine Coast who was also the fastest outright female on the weekend. Spectacularly, the U13’s racer Kirrily Gates from Sippy Downs was in second outright with Bianca Davis, the U17’s winner in third outright.

For more information about the Rocky Trail Entertainment Schools and Gravity Enduro Races, visit https://rockytrailsuperflow.com/

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