The inaugural Mt Vic Super D went down today in Wellington, and going off its huge success you can all but guarantee it will be back next year! (Right Hippy?) 141 riders entered on the day and just like the Underground Super D series that Tryfan, Jim, Paul and Jono have been running the last couple of years the turnout was a good mix of XC, all-mountain and DH, but with the WMTB club and PNP combining forces the pool and variety of riders in attendance was massive, from my eight-year-old son Elliot, through to XC weapons like Gavin McCarthy and Ed Crossling and serious DH contenders like Kurt Lancaster and Nathan Rankin and even a small (c'mon girls) women's field.
Predictions were rife leading up to the race as to which discipline would rule. Pedalling was crucial, so to reach the podium you had to be able to mash! As you can see from 80% of the podiums there was a mixed bag of XC and DH riders atop the tread plate steps. It was fitting then that one of each ended up taking home the $500 fastest rider cash, DHer Kurt Lancaster representing the boys and XC rider Sasha Smith representing the women. The solid mix of DHers and XC riders atop the podiums signalled just how perfect a Super D course the Wellington MTB club had put together!
I'll let the results do the rest of the talking but I'm pretty sure almost everyone racing agreed with Ed Crossling's podium comments that it was indeed "the best race of his career!" (and he didn't even win.)