Daily Archives: 04/09/2018

Kona Rider Elliot Smith Qualifies for Red Bull Pump Track Championship Finals

This past weekend in Wellington, New Zealand, the second round of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship went down and the country’s capital lived up to its reputation of being pretty darn windy. 178 days a year the wind gusts at or above 39mph (63 km/h) in Wellington, and Saturday was one of those 178 days. The wind started off as a northerly and then pulled a 180 around lunch time to finish the day as a southerly. Despite the wind, riders put down some blazingly fast times around the small but well-designed Velosultions pump track. Competitors from as far as Christchurch in the South Island had made the trip, but a win was not going to come easily.

After laying down the 12th fastest qualifying time, local 16-year-old Elliot Smith rode his Kona Shonky though the 32 strong knock out rounds, besting both elite BMXers and fellow mountain bikers. After a day of hard racing (and quite a bit of play in practice), Elliot would finish off in fourth place, qualifying for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship finals later in the year at an undisclosed location in Europe.

Connor Fearon Wins Gravity Enduro South Australia at Cobbler Creek

Connor Fearon and fellow south Australian Kona rider Shelly Flood competed at the Cobbler Creek round of the GESA (Gravity Enduro South Australia) series over the weekend. Despite the dusty conditions, 34ºc heat (93.2ºf) and the course being more like an XC stage race, Connor laid down the watts to take the win against a solid field of SA’s fastest riders. Shelly also put the hammer down and pulled of a strong second, bested only by a local XC racer.

“I love getting out to these races to ride with all my mates and familiar faces. Fortunately, I hadn’t left for the first World Cup yet so I was able to race the first round of the year at Cobbler Creek. It was such a hard day, the park doesn’t have much elevation at all so some of the stages were strung out pretty far. It was actually like a different sport. I thought of it as a staged short course cross country race. The stages did have some fun sections in-between all the sprinting. I ended up with a clean sweep of all the stages in front of some fast local pinners. That’s the last bit of racing for me until the world cups in a couple weeks, so its good to know I’m heading in fit and healthy.” -Connor Fearon

All Photos Ryan Finlay