Meet Downhill Pro Racer Danielle Beecroft
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.