Benny Mac makes it 2 in a row!
Oh man, who saw that coming? A MASSIVE 259 riders took to the course in this year's McKayos - easily the biggest one yet. We've hit the tipping point and McKayos is now up there with the must-ride events of the year.
This was the field we all wanted and yes, it delivered.
Amidst the carnage of the start line (watch the video above, we'll wait) a few of the usual suspects emerged in front, no surprises to see Ben McIlroy and Chris Panozzo amongst the leaders along with Alpine locals Geoff Vietz and Max Kruezer.
On the softening snow thrills and spills started to play a big part in this year's arm-wrestle of an event. BeeMac took advantage of a Panozzo stack to take the lead, Vietz went down, broke his collar bone and still managed to make fourth! From Ben Mac's own words, the conditions were right for fat-bikes... until they weren't!
“At the start on the snow it was way softer than everyone thought and one dude on a fatbike got out in front, then on the second corner we all came into it together and he just slid off the track!"
In the ladies field, less than 30 seconds separated Goele Schmitz and Bec Feltrin, one dealing with 3 crashes on snow, the other an unfortunately-timed dropped chain.
In the words of Goele:
“The snow section was carnage but because I started on the front row I still got through quite safely with only 3 crashes, it wasn’t too bad. After that it was just pure fun and I managed to ride smooth on the dirt section to take the win!”
On the banks of Lake Guy in Bogong Village, first over the line was McIlroy, followed by Alistair Farley and Chris Panozzo (and then Geoff Vietz, with a broken collarbone...). In the ladies Goele took out first placed honours and Feltrin close behind and the junior dynamo Ayla Armitage pulling the third place.
McKayos began with the simple concept to put a heap of shredders on snow and watch the chaos unfold as they set off in a mass start. Now into the fourth year we've seen the event hit mainstream MTB status. Taking a huge jump from previous fields of around 100 riders, more than 250 hit the snow and serious discussions were had to enacting the pre-determined (but never really considered) cut off limit of 300. Expect this number to be reconsidered next year...
As the dust settles on another year (or should that be the snow melts?), we look forward to the opening of Falls Creek's MTB season on November 17-18. Check out ignitionmtb.com.au for the full details on our season opener social weekend & grab your tix before they sell out.
Check the full set of results HERE >