Text: Mathew Knight @mathew.knight2 | Photography: Ben Briffett @bbriffett

It’s stone cold fact that a local race is the most important race. From World Cup pros to local heroes, Rogate Downhill was buzzing with energy for todays annual race. With dry, dusty conditions that showcased the supreme loam that the southern trails had to offer, the stage was set for those brave enough to test their metal against the worlds best. 

The track was freshly built, a combination of renovated trails and familiar favourites. Local advantage was ever present, but with a few line choices to be made and a healthy dose of track erosion over the day, it was wide open for the win.

Spurring on the high spirits were the rippers from Exotic Pro Riders, the shredders from Out On Bikes and the trail builders from B1KE. The future of southern riding is in good hands, with young guns leading the way. Floating down the track they succeeded in piling the pressure onto the seniors and vets.

Browse through the gallery below and we’ll see you at the next one.

Like father, like son. The rowdiest family on the hill.

Waiting and ready to drop in.

Young guns sending it through the berms.

Making it look Easy.

Don’t want to be giving away all the good lines when every second counts.

Sometimes the home advantage is a factor, but more often than not they’re just that fast.

Mike Smith enjoying the hill before his knee blew up (again), forcing him to call in a last minute replacement.

Ben Marks showing us how it’s done on a hardtail.

All the biggest sponsors in one image.

Line choice was critical with only a few precious seconds separating the fastest from the slowest.

Sometimes you’ve just got to pin it…

And the award for best dressed goes to…

Total commitment was required for a fast time.

Conditions on the hill were perfect for fast racing.

#footoutflatout

There was plenty of support for every riders on the hill.

Attacking the hill.

Sometimes it’s the bike, sometimes it’s the rider.

A bigger deal than World Champs.

Looking to the exit.

Starting fast.

The pressure is on when every move is being watched.

Competition was fierce in all the categories with a great turn out.

Judging eyes from outside the tape.

Beautiful light made for some stunning photos.

Focusing on the details.

You’re never too young to pin a number on.

Grinnin’.

Bit rude really…

Searching for the line.

Red boingers taming the terrain to get home safe.

Hardtail hooning for the faithful.

Big up the organisers and the sponsors for making this event happen.

Eyes on the prize.

Getting tekkers on the dekkers.

It was a pleasure to have such great company on the hill today.

The spoils go to the victor. See you next time. Peace