Downhill World Cup racer Danielle Beecroft recently won both the Australian Downhill National Series and the Oceania Continental Championships on her Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 wheels. The 21-year-old pro, who hails from North Richmond, Sydney got started racing bikes at a young age and currently competes nationally and internationally as a privateer.

NoTubes: Tell us about winning the Australian Downhill National Series.

Danielle Beecroft: The Australian Series was run over three rounds at three different tracks. It came down to the last round at Mt. Beauty, Victoria. Tegan Molloy and I were equal on points after having each won one race and gotten a second place. Whoever would win the final race would take the series. I was having a killer good time on my bike, and it paid off as I smashed the seeding by 10 seconds.

Danielle Beecroft racing at the Australian Downhill National Championships. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

Danielle Beecroft racing to a victory on her Stan's NoTubes Flow MK3 wheels at the Australian Downhill National Championships. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

 

My race run was no different - I was just having fun on my bike, and I took another five seconds off my seeding time to take the win ahead of Canadian Georgia Astle in second and Tegan Molloy in third.

NT: What about the Oceania Championships?

DB: After 11 hours of travel up the coast to Toowoomba, I came down with the flu so only did two runs during practice to save energy. On seeding day, I did just one run and aimed to be smooth and just see where I compared to the other girls. To my amazement, my seeding run was good for first place. On race day, I nailed the top section and put in a few extra pedal strokes where I could. I felt like I had a good run and in crossing the finish line - bingo, I was five seconds faster than in seeding and won first place.

Autralian Downhill Pro Danielle Beecroft aces a rocky section. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

Autralian Downhill Pro Danielle Beecroft aces a rocky section. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

 

NT: What wheels do you use for racing downhill?

DB: Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3s. I love that they are so light and strong. I raced a full World Cup season on them - using the same set of rims the entire time - and never had a problem. I’ll ride them again for the 2017 season. They are bombproof.

NT: Tell us about your setup.

DB: I use the same wheels for training and racing. My Flow MK3s are 27.5”. They are stock wheels with Stan’s NoTubes Neo hubs. I have a 20mm front thru-axle and a 10mm rear thru-axle. For tires, I run Schwalbes, mainly Magic Marys at 26 psi in the front and 28 psi in the rear. I use Stan’s NoTubes regular sealant. The main thing about that is - no flats.

Danielle Beecroft on her way to winning the Oceania Championships downhill race. Photo Credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

Danielle Beecroft on her way to winning the Oceania Championships downhill race. Photo Credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

 

NT: How did you end up riding and racing Flows?

DB: I am sponsored by Jetblack Products in Australia and they asked me to give Stan’s NoTubes a try.

NT: Based on your experience using NoTubes products, do you have any advice for others?

DB: If you want to race or just ride without all the hassles of flats and want to know you’re riding a strong and reliable wheel, use Stan’s NoTubes.

NT: Do you race enduro?

DB: I just raced my first ever enduro. It was a state round, and I decided to enter and use it as a training session. I borrowed a bike for it.

It was fun with no pressure, and at the end of the day I went over to see the results and bingo, I had taken out the win. Anyone that knows me knows that I hate pedaling, particularly uphill, so to take out the win was a bit special for me .

NT: Do you race any other disciplines?

DB: I also race Pumptrack. For that, I ride 26” Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Podium Max wheels - they roll so smooth.

Danielle Beecroft relaxing between race runs. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

Danielle Beecroft relaxing between race runs. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

 

NT: How did you get into racing?

DB: I started racing BMX at age 7 and did it until age 12, finishing with a ninth place at the World Champs. Then I raced four cross and downhill, winning Australian national titles in both categories. Now I’m racing downhill and pumptrack and have won Australian titles in both.

NT: Looking back at your career, what races stick out and why?

DB: I think the biggest thrill I had was taking third spot on the podium at Crankworx Whistler in the Pumptrack at age 15. That was pretty cool.

I also finished second in the Junior Downhill World Championships in South Africa behind Tahnee Seagrave. Then I was third at the Junior Downhill World Championships in Leogang.

My eighth place at the Cairns, Australia round of the Downhill World Cup last year was special as I had only been back riding for four months after two and a half years off due to injury.

NT: What’s coming up next for you race-wise?

DB: The Australian Championships and Crankworx Rotorua. Then maybe Sea Otter if I can get enough money together for my flights.

NT: What do you like to do when you’re not racing your bike?

DB: Either playing with my dogs or being at the beach.

 

Danielle Beecroft catches air at the finish of the Oceania Continental Championships. Photo credit: Matt Staggs Visuals

Danielle Beecroft catches air at the finish of the Oceania Continental Championships. Photo credit: The Voice Photography