After this weekend the 2008 Conehead Cup will be over. The winner will be whoever best comes to terms with the gnar-factor of the Pump Station hill.
The 2008 series has featured two head-to-head tight slaloms (Sidonia
), a single-lane hybrid (Long Reef
), and a ditch epic (Ainslie
). Pump Station is something else altogther; a long, undulating, winding and steep
road in a spectacular bushland setting. The course is guaranteeed to have a bit of everything - fast pumping sections, high-speed GS turns, and dastardly stingers.
This is not so much man-against-man
as it is man-against-mountain
. It will test courage as much as skill.
But the man-against-man aspect still looms large. Steve Daddow
and Jackson Shapiera
are tied at the top of the points table
, and as leading downhill riders on the world circuit
they're unafraid of speed. Paul Carey
is sitting behind them in third place, with Nathan Paff
and Paul Shaddock
threatening his podium spot.
And a wild card will enter the mix - last year's champ Haggy Strom
will return from injury and could upstage everybody.
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