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