The South Australian Push Mobility team ventured to Cairns for Crankworx, thanks to a very lucky last minute invite!
Being part of this event simply shows "What's possible" in the space of Adaptive Mountain Biking, and how Push Mobility and others can integrate into this large-scale international event.
Adaptive Mountain Bike Riders Grant Allen & Renee Junga, who were both riding in events, as well as other group rides and activities were aided by our amazing tech, fixer and do everything guy, Mikey Winter.
Throughout the week of the festival, we were able to showcase our equipment and what we are capable of doing for so many people. New riders were able to trial demo bikes with therapists present and the wider population of the MTB community had the chance to get up close and personal and see bikes in action and witness "What's possible"
One of the big highlights of the week was during the Downhill racing on Sunday where Grant was given the opportunity to do a top to bottom complete run of the same Downhill course that the able bodied participants were competing on. The course itself is an epic undertaking, starting up high in a World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and making its way down to the bottom of the valley where the event village and finish line lay in wait.
No adaptive rider has ever completed a run down an internationally recognised World Cup and World Championship level track. Keep in mind, Grant was able to do this all on his own, with no aid of any outside help other than a safety rider spotting from a safe distance behind.
Feats like this are not for every rider but it showcases what is possible if riders are given the opportunity to chase the dreams they have. Grant noted the level of noise and support from the crowd the whole way down the track was something else.
"For me, MTB riding is something I have always done and always loved. After suffering a spinal cord injury just over 12 years ago riding and seemingly having my world taken away from me, having my Bowhead bike gives me my identity back. It gives me a purpose to showcase to others that there is no excuse to sit on the sidelines and above all, it makes me really happy."
From here, our team will work closely with the event organisers to provide feedback on how we can make next year's event even bigger and better again.
Plans are already in place to bring in more participants domestically as well as international visitors too.
We are grateful for the opportunities afforded to us by the Crankworx Team and for everyone that supported us through the event. We can't wait to get back to the jungle next year...