Photos by Aldo Dezani. Words by Jacko
For the past couple years, Sydney shredder Rob McWhinnie has been putting on a rad little outlaw event tucked away down by the water at a place called Clifton Gardens. The hill is now well known by many Sydney skaters as a fun spot to jam out on, but due to the blind corners and plenty of expensive cars driving around its not (and shouldn't be!) one that is hit on the reg. With proper organisation this spot turns into a real gem of a race track. Several choices of decent all leading to the bottom, tight hairpins and stairs right back to the top the All Moss'd Out outlaw is always mondo fun had by all. This is time we saw young Blue Mountains shredder Lachie Rae take the win! The usual suspects turned up for a stab at beating their mates down the hill but it's always rad to see dudes sneaking past the more experienced riders and getting a taste of the top of the podium.
I had a quick chat with Lachie about his time at the race:
Jacko: First up who da F*** are 'ya and who da f*** do ya ride for?
Lachie: I'm Lachie Re, from Leura, blue mountains, I’ve been riding for Rayne since last MOTH when Cam offered me a spot on the flow team, which was about 5-6 months ago I think.
Jacko: First time racing this hill? What's it like?
Lachie: This was my second time racing the hill, pretty chill course in terms of speed which is great for beginners and super tight heats and it’s also technical enough to still be fun for the more experienced riders, plus the last corner can get a bit sketchy which is also fun.
Jacko: Many new riders show up or same crew for those small races?
Lachie: Some guys came up from Canberra which was sick because it doesn’t happen very often for local outlaws these days, other than those guys it was the usual Sydney mates racing which is always great fun in terms of racing and just hanging out with the crew.
Jacko: How would u say the racing scene is in Sydney right now?
Lachie: In the last couple of years the scene has died down a little, but it’s still competitive enough to make for challenging and fun racing, plus we’re all mates and skate a fair bit with each other.
Jacko: Was it hard beating Rob at his own race or u think u can do it all the time now? Lachie: Since I started skating Rob’s been someone I looked up to, heaps down to earth and always encouraging with a side of playful banter. In the last 8-12 months I’ve been out skating with him and the crew a bit which again is always an 'effin rad time. Racing with Rob has lately been pretty tight, and I don’t think I could beat him all the time hahaha, depends on the course really. He can absolutely smang me down some runs!
Jacko: Anything big coming up in the Sydney zone people should plan for?
Lachie: Wild Wild West is gonna be a blast, plus keep your eyes peeled for local outlaws, Rob dog and Maga are always holding frequent races round Sydney that are guaranteed to be blast.
Jacko: Who are the next dudes on your list of dudes to beat at races?
Lachie: Austin Jones, Jayden Howarth and Josh Hardwick (Plus the usual Mitch, Tyron, Zac and yeah those dudes are good) plus a few others!
Jacko: What do you want to see more of in the future? How can we make this sport better?
Lachie: I reckon a world cup event in Oz! It would do great things for the scene. More sanctioned events on top of the outlaws, but gotta love outlaws. Other than that more people. Shouts out to Rayne!!