Perfected pumptrack runs win awards at day 2 of Thredbo Cannonball Festival! Words and Photos by Nick Waygood.
The second day of Thredbo’s Cannonball Festival brings with it a crisp Alpine morning, with the sun shining down on the village as the chairlift started spinning up. Today competitors hit the pumptrack for practice sessions and head-to-head races, with a select few keeping their eyes on the top prize of the weekend; King and Queen of Cannonball.
Flow racing also commenced, with the event split up into 2 days of racing due to over 900 competitors entering!
Lift lines progressively grew through the day, with practice and Cannonball seeding sessions sending riders down the Cannonball run before cutting laps around the pumptrack for the Rockshox Pumptrack Challenge.
The event that draws a huge crowd and has one of the best vibes of the weekend kicked off as the sun set, with Pro and U19 categories going head-to-head under floodlight. Danni Beecroft backed up her win at last year’s Cannonball, with Sian A’hern taking a close second. Harriet Burbridge-Smith suffered a DQ, leaving Tegan Molloy to third.
As the night wore on, competitors grew tired but remained in high spirits with competition still on the line. Duke Millington was on fire, bettering international freeride legend Kyle Strait. An unfortunate and somewhat controversial DQ against David McMillan in the finals would leave Duke in second place, behind McMillan.
Stay tuned for Flow and Whipoffs coverage tomorrow!