Downhill National Championship 2016
WARDIJA DH 17.09.16
The Malta Mountain Bike Association for 2016 which brought 19 riders to the location. The event was held in Wardija on one of Malta's fast tracks which found the riders exceeding 50k speeds over the rough and challenging terrain (view trail segment on Strava). The race was won by Jonathan Darmanin in the men's category and Gabriella Veneziani for the ladies category. Great start to the season which will be followed by 2 more races in 2016. The next race will see athletes competing for the Downhill National Champion title.
Mark Zammit dropping in to the start of the downhill course. Although crashing out during training sessions and injuring himself, Mark still managed pull himself together and finish off the race in 4th place.
Above: Mark Zammit, first runner up for the event, heading into the speed track with full concentration.
Below: Gerth Lapira testing his Mondraker with hands on the brakes down one of the most challenging sections on the course..
The loose and dry terrain allowed for the spectators to experience the adrenaline of the riders from the sidelines. There was no doubt that all the riders pushed their bikes and fitness to the limit from top to bottom slashing approximately 3 seconds from their training times.
Above: Wayne Schembri tackling a steep drop leaving a trail of dust and debris behind.
Below: Claudine Gatt keeping control of her bike with hands on the brakes.
Left: Wayne Schembri climbing the steepest section of the course. Right: Team MTBM post-race discussions.
Once again the Malta Mountain Bike Association brought us another well organised event. For future events we hope to see more riders as well as spectators joining in the action. We'll keep you updated.
Above: Jonathan Darmanin celebrating his first Downhill win beside Mark Bonnici from The MMBA.