DANNI BEECROFT

Australian Mountain Bike - - Thredbo -

Syd­ney born and bred, Danni Beecroft has been a sta­ple on the down­hill scene for about 5 years. You might even re­mem­ber a big story we did on Danni in early 2014. 2018 was a huge year for Danni, with a win at the Crankworx Whistler Dual Slalom – on her down­hill bike.

While Thredbo isn’t in her back­yard, Danni finds it the ideal place to ride and train in sum­mer.

“Com­ing to Thredbo is per­fect for me. I live in Syd­ney and we don’t have big moun­tains and big down­hill tracks. This is re­ally the only World Cup level Down­hill track I can ride. It’s per­fect for me to come here and smash laps, and use the lift to keep do­ing it all day!”

It’s easy to get the im­pres­sion that Thredbo is only for riders want­ing to train and com­pete – but Danni as­sures us that just about any moun­tain biker can have fun in Thredbo.

“There is so much for all lev­els here, and the lift helps with that. You can hire a bike, go up the moun­tain and have fun on the flow trail, or even the all-moun­tain trail. Plus there is the skatepark and pump track for kids to play around on too. There is so much on of­fer here, and I al­ways have a lot of fun when I visit.”

“You don’t have to go hard on the trails, you don’t have to hit all the fea­tures. There are B lines that you can use to go around the big fea­tures, so it’s ac­tu­ally a good place for a wider va­ri­ety of riders than some peo­ple think.”

Hav­ing just spent a sum­mer in Whistler, we have to ask Danni – how does Thredbo com­pare?

“It’s in Aus­tralia!” she laughs. “You don’t have to pay for re­ally ex­pen­sive flights to get to Canada, and Thredbo doesn’t get as busy. Whistler gets smashed, it is ab­so­lutely packed all sea­son long. So here in Thredbo you can get more runs in.” Danni is pretty mat­ter of fact about it. Sure Whistler is amaz­ing, but it is far cheaper to get to Thredbo, and it is way qui­eter too. Danni also thinks there are some things you just shouldn’t miss when vis­it­ing Thredbo.

“You have to do the flow trail if you come to Thredbo. That thing is fun for all lev­els of riders. 100%, you can’t miss it. But I would also say the all-moun­tain trail is a must do, as the view from up the top is just sen­sa­tional. You can see for days and it’s just beau­ti­ful. I also think some peo­ple should re­ally give the Can­non­ball run a shot, why not? Give them all a run!”

And Danni’s main tip for a visit to Thredbo to ride the trails? “Bring sun­screen and a smile.”

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