The Downhill Course for 2011 will be 3km long with an elevation drop of approximately 416m, starting approximately 150m further up the hill from the 2009 course.
The overall course direction is the same but the course has been modified to incorporate a number of steeper and rocky sections.
Eyeboggler Singletrack Section
It begins out of the start hut with a short pedal into a tree-lined singletrack rock section called Eyeboggler. The riders exit the trees onto a district road and enter an open winding track which leads into a road jump, into a drop off and into a left hand berm. This leads to a straight which crosses the beginning of the old course and turns into some off camber kinked corners.
Cloud 9 Rock Drop
The end of the straight is a tight off camber right into a 5 foot drop-off onto a 20m road section. This road leads into a sharp left-hand hairpin onto the “Cloud 9” rock drop of the old 2009 course. The main Cloud 9 rock drop is the same as 2009 however the exit has been changed to incorporate a steeper, rocky off camber exit.
Pebble Beach Rock Feature
The course has a large g-out over a road before entering Pebble Beach through a tight right hand turn over a large rock with a number of line options. This leads into the main rock feature at Pebble Beach which is a large 6 foot drop off the rock into a small berm which leads into a large rock garden.
Driftage Singletrack Section
As the rider exits the rock garden they will have to put in a couple of pedals to clear a large road gap jump which lands into a fast section with a couple of flyoff drops. A pump roller leads into a large double before the drop into the singletrack section at Driftage. The singletrack section ends with a small rock garden leading into a flyoff jump.
Dr Evil Gully
A couple of bermed corners and the rider drops into the Dr Evil gully and the large hipped gap jump above the main Gully. Speed increases to a good 50km/h as the rider hits the fly in jump into the main gully. The rider exits the rough gully over a fade away step down into the 2 main 20m long tabletops on the N3.
Bombhole and Air-odrome
The pedalling section from 2009 has been altered by adding in a number of pump-rhythm sections using rollers, tabletops, doubles and berms. The rhythm section leads into a short pedal section towards the Bombhole. The stepdown into the bombhole remains the same as the 2009 course which exits into the large bridged road gap of “Air-odrome” over the Cross Country Course.
Slip ‘n Slide
A number of rock step downs lead over the 4X Course into a hipped right hander and into a small rock garden. A short pedal and the rider enter a large off-camber banked section, Slip n Slide which ends with a large rock garden.
Moneymaker Hip Jump
The DH Course joins the 4X Course over a large step down for a short sprint into a 14m long right hip jump known as The Moneymaker followed by a 13m long left hip into the final 13m fadeaway stepdown to the finish!