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Australian Downhill Race Action - Thredbo Cannonball DH

<b>Quite possibly more snow in one day in December than any other day this winter for Australia's highest ski resort. The day before the first Cannonball Festival is not perfect timing.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Friday morning and things weren't looking much better for practice.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Despite what most people think about the December weather in Australia, the Alpine areas are always pretty fickle. Snow is not a new thing to Thredbo in summer, although this was more than we have seen in a very long time.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Shredbo's 1927 meters is as good as it gets for downhillers in Australia. Mick Hannah in audio.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Mick Hannah hasn't ridden the track here in Thredbo since his Cannondale days and was tearing it up like there is no tomorrow.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Sik Mik has started his 2014 season early. After a bit of a break this was Mick's first race since Leogang.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Troy Brosnan has it pretty tough at home. No Jacy to give his bike some love.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>2nd place for Troy was not where he wanted to be, but there is not much you can do when a 16 year old kid wants to beat his idols.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Troy loves himself a bit of Aussie racing, the South Australian always tries to get to every race he can. Whether it's State Champs or for big coin at an event like the Cannonball Festival, TB always lays it down.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Andrew Crimmins will the be the next big name to come out of Australia for Downhill. The 16 year old turned some heads at Crankworx and got himself a World Cup deal with the Kona factory team.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Andrew Crimmins impressed a lot of people today. The final jump into the finish and all he could think about was crossing that line with his perfect run.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Andrew Crimmins is no stranger to the Thredbo hill. Intimate knowledge of the track has seen him deliver great results here before.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>$5000 will go a long way to helping Crimmins ride World Cups next year.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Graeme Mudd has been improving each year and is now a massive contender on the National scene.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Tracey Hannah proved her dominance as Australia's best female downhiller ever with an easy win here in Thredbo. An injury free World Cup season would see her show her true potential.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Tegan Molloy took 3rd in Juniors at World Champs this year. Thredbo is her home track, and she knows how to tear it apart. She took 2nd in Elite behind Tracey.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>DJ's keeping the crowd primed for the "Whip Wars" contest is not a bad way to spend an afternoon.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Luke Ellison didn't have the best first year racing World Cups this year, however the kid has a lot of potential. Shared first place for the whip contest ain't too shabby either!</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>David McMillian got a bit of media coverage this year, his trademark whip scrubs grabbed the attention of most of the World Cup media. Here he is taking the other half of the win in "Whip Wars".</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Yes this is a 10-year old boosting a 30ft jump pretty much to flat. Give him another 10 years and Troy Weinert could be a pretty a pretty big deal.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Dean Lucas steps up to the Elite World Cup next year, some stiff competition should see him turn it up a notch.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Danielle Beecroft was one of Australia's 5 downhill medal winners in South Africa this year, here she is having a blast at the pump track challenge.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>SRAM has always had a massive presence at the Aussie races, the best support keeps guys like J-Butt slaying.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Custom tapered machined Vivid spring works a treat in the tight 322 shock mount.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Rick "The Boy" Boyer has probably attended every single downhill race in Thredbo. Still sheds just as hard.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Thredbo has a mixture of thick timber sections and wide open ski piste. Seasoned National rider Kent Hamilton loves letting it run wide open.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Australian Alpine copper heads are pretty common in these parts. Whilst it's not Australia's most venomous snake, it still has the potential to be fatal. Leave them alone and they're pretty happy.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Yeti Australia's Jack Moir was looking super fast in practice, a blown clip during the Whip Wars event saw him sit out the racing despite seeding 2nd.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Thomas Crimmins is the eldest of the Crimmins bothers and also pretty much a local to Thredbo. Coming 3rd is pretty rad, but finishing 4 second off your little bro has got to hurt.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Dave McMillian tears it up and always looks good doing it.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Justin Havukainen always loves a trip down to Thredbo every year or so. The old Monster Energy Iron Horse rider still gets around on the last bike he was given.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Orange has always had a strong presence at Aussie races and it's thanks to a distributor that races and podiums what he sells at an elite national level.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Stevie Smith's mechanic Nigel Reeve has some pretty quick kids on his NS Dynamics team and Remy Morton is definitely flying the flag. Podiums all over the place at Crankworx at 15, he's just another fast Aussie kid to look out for.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Josh Button had a year off the World Cup this year, but racing moto hasn't been all that bad for the North Coast pinner. 4th today.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Looking east from the hill down the mountains, it's not Champery here. The Aussie Mountains are quite unique.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Snow gums litter the landscape all over the Aussie Alps. There could be worse places to be riding. That's it from Shredbo, bring on the next round!</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

It's summer in Australia, but Thredbo is high enough that it can still snow there in December. A bit of snow did nothing to cool down the red hot racing action at the first ever Thredbo Cannonball Festival though, as 16-year old Andrew Crimmins took both Troy Brosnan and Mick Hannah to school on the near 6-minute long track. Aussie racing at it's best! Sample the slideshow goods from Tim Bardsley-Smith then check out the full results HERE.

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