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The Flow-n-Five Fest for 2017 saw 140 registered riders descend on Coondoo over the weekend for the two events, with 65 riders hitting the trails on the Saturday for ‘The Flow’, and 95 riders on the Sunday for ‘The Five’ … many doing both. If you missed it ... bring on 2018.
The 65 riders that enjoyed 'The Flow' took on 4 timed stages that captured the best bits of Coondoo, including new sections for some extra fun. It was a chilly 5 degrees that greeted the 95 riders for the start of 'The Five', but things soon heated up, with riders taking on the sweet sweet singletrack that is Coondoo. The new berms and bridges were a hit, the deviation around the dam mixed things up a bit and only caused one splash ...
None of this could have been done with the help of the fantastic SCUM crew that pulled it all together, plus of course the event sponsors that helped fund, provide prizes and other essential items (thank you Coates Hire) ... check them out to help say thanks:
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After multiple practice runs, the timed runs started, with some blistering times being put in. Fourteen (14) year old local SCUM rider Jarrod James (Open Male category) took overall line honours with the fastest time - a speedy 13:27. Jarrod's closest competitor, Rhys Flahive completing all sections in 14:02 (35 seconds behind). The competition was a bit closer in the Masters Male cateogory with only 3 seconds between Christian Allen (14:51) and Nick Smee (14:54). It was even closer in the Super Masters Male with seven seconds separating the top 3 riders - Chris Cafe (15:43), Grant Turner (15:44) and Trevor Bridge (15:50). Get the full results here.
It was also great to see four (4) female categories in the event - Under 19, Veteran, Masters and Super Masters Females were all present ... whilst only making up 15% of participants the fun factor and enjoyment level was off the dial ...
Was a super fun event; Thanks to everyone for the organizing and the great atmosphere on track - Tracy
Thanks to all that made this such a great weekend. Loved both events - Natalie
The Flow was fabulous! Thankyou for a great afternoon. - Clarissa
The chilly 5 degrees that greeted the 95 riders for the start of The Five - 5 hrs of sweet singletrack didn't lessen the enthusiasm (or the dust) as the riders hurtled around the 10.5km flowing singletrack; Coondoo had really turned it on. A few course variations to previous races and some new infrastructure (i.e. bridges and berms) made it glow. Full results are available here.
Here's a few stats & facts:
|Rider numbers:||95 riders||45 solo||22 pairs||2 teams of three|
|Fastest male lap:||28mins 27secs - Jason Chalker (team ICE Cold Racing)|
|Fastest female lap:||33mins 02secs - Natalie Anderson|
|Most laps completed:|
11 laps by Male Over 40 Pairs - Ice Cold Racing [Jason Chalker & Ryan O'Neill] in 5:23:28 (approx. 115km)
|Total overal laps (all competitors):||534 ||Total kilometers completed:||Approx. 5607|
|Youngest riders (14yrs and under):|
Henry Mackay (10yrs) - 4 laps Male Junior pairs
Gillie Macken (10yrs) - 3 laps Male Junior pairs
Harper Hancox (11yrs) - 6 laps Male Solo Junior
Eliana Macken (12yrs) - 4 laps Mixed Pairs
Maizy Evans (13yrs) - 6 laps Female Solo Junior
Alastair Urquhart (13yrs) - 2 laps Male Junior Solo
Henry Gray (14yrs) - 4 laps Mixed Pairs
Callum Charlesworth (14yrs) - 5 laps Male Junior Pairs
Some more feedback:
Great day, great trails, great event, thanks heaps SCUM!!!! - Cory
Five stars for the Five! thanks guys! - Russ
Another quality event guys, you're definitely raising the standard for club events! - David
and our BBQ Fundraiser ...
Congratulations to all participants for raising $700.40 for Noah's Inclusion Services - the Charity Nominated by the TAFE student who 'staffed' the BBQ and stall during the events. Huge thanks to the crew from TAFE who did a sterling job of supplying tasty Bacon and Egg rolls, Sausage sangas plus cakes / slices and softdrinks at the event … you all rock.