Young riders are in the Zone
Who: Jacob Cross, 27, Buderim; Jonah Dunne, 18, Nambour; Nik Barber, 16, Peregian Springs. Occupations: Jacob – mechanic for Cycle Zone Mooloolaba; Jonah – apprentice plumber; Nik – Year 12 at school.
Team name: Cycle Zone Gravity Team.
Favourite food: Everyone in the team lives on Hungry Jack’s. Favourite drink: Jacob’s is Red Bull, can’t live with out it. Nik is anything in a milkshake. Jonah is a lemon lime Powerade.
Sport: Downhill mountain biking. How did you get involved in downhill:
Jacob – I got into downhill after finishing my AFL career having too many injuries so I was looking for some adrenaline and happened to walk into, well crash into, downhill.
Nik – I watched my brother Simon do a couple of races and thought it was sick so started racing on hard tail and progressed from there.
Jonah – I started riding bikes when I was about 13 years old and a few mates and I would always ride Ruff End at the Big Pineapple and we all thought it was the craziest track.
Favourite ride location: Jacob – Cunungra dowhill track because it’s the most technical challenging track in Queensland.
Nik – Thredbo because it has the most crazy downhill run in Australia.
Jonah – Mt Joyce because I love the way the track goes from step to off camber.
Best or most memorable event: Jacob – most memorable was riding with some of my favourite pro riders at the Cannonball Festival at Thredbo.
Nik – most memorable was doing a backflip over the whip wars jump at Cannonball and landing it and the only one to land it in front of more than 700 people.
Jonah – My first win and standing on the podium with my mates, can’t beat that feeling. Bucket-list event:
Jacob – Crankworx Whistler, British Columbia.
Nik – To race in any world cup as a pro junior.
Jonah – Crankworx Whistler. Favourite race: Jacob – Thredbo MTB festival because it’s a five day weekend of smashing runs out with your mates and pros.
Nik – Awaba just because it was the most insane track with huge rocks step.
Jonah – Awaba, I have never been so scared to ride my bike that fast down a insane track before.
What’s your favourite part of racing and training:
Jacob – my favourite part is getting to hang out with mates and just have good times
Nik – hanging out with mates and just getting loose on the bike.
Jonah – has to be hanging out with mates and going as big as I can on the bike.
How do you train and what does a week look like in terms of time on the pedals:
Jacob – Mostly weekends I train at practice days and open days are the best time to learn new skills and lines for future races.
Nik – riding my dirt jumper at the skate park and riding my downhill bike on weekends at open days just learning new skills that I can transfer over to racing.
Jonah – very little to none in fact, ha ha, but when I do train it’s at open days and races.
What is next on your racing agenda:
Jacob – to qualify for a pro world cup race, its not an easy road but I reckon I can get there.
Nik – going over to Whistler to race and compete at Crankworx.
Jonah – hopefully take out the overall this year as its my last season as a junior, off to the big boy category next year.
Jacob – Super Troopers (say shenanigans again I’ll pistol whip you).
Nik – The Grimsby Brothers. Jonah – Shooter with Mark Wahlberg.
Jacob – Mitsubishi Triton 4x4. Nik – Toyotda HiLux rust bucket.
Jonah – BMW E30.
Jacob – Datsun 240Z custom built with a LS3.
Nik – A new HiLux
Jonah – Ferrari 458.
Downhill riders Nik Barber and Jonah Dunne, and coach Jacob Cross.