It’s safe to say that DH is as strong as ever with 298 racers attending the Alpine Resort of Mt Buller for Round 3 of the Victorian Downhill Series. It was also quite a historical race being the first ever event to be incorporated in the MTBA National Cup, the Tier 1 event possibly drawing extra riders from interstate.
However, the good people at VDHS made it clear they wouldn’t be changing a thing when it came to organising the event and as the best in the business who can blame them. The series has produced some of the worlds best DH racers and it’s very clear they will continue to do so. There were no fewer than 20 past and present World Cup athletes practicing alongside up and coming juniors of all ages, that can do nothing but inspire the future stars of our sport.
The old but finely tuned International Trail was this years colosseum and the racers would battle a rocky, dusty and technical track, Shannon from ATC mentioned they had added a few changes and tried to tape it as wide as possible to open up potential new lines. The riders enjoyed the changes alongside access to the chairlift (which has been closed all Summer) that gave the event a more relaxed vibe.
When it came to racing, some of Australia’s biggest names had come out to compete including Dean Lucas, Jackson Frew, Tegan Molloy, Tim Eaton, The Zwar Bros, Ellie Smith and a plethora of Juniors who are starting their campaign to represent Australia at the World Championships this August.
When the dust had finally settled it would be Tegan Molloy and Jackson Frew who would be victorious, let’s let the pictures tell the story!
I caught up with the race victor Jackson Frew to ask him how he won:
Frew: “Yeah, I don’t really know to be honest. I’m just felling really good on the bike at the moment, we’re getting closer and closer with the Kona now and I’m working with some pretty awesome people this year. I’m just stoked to be riding a bike!”
GDU: “So what’s up with the Kona, we haven’t heard much on the Team Rumors with you?”
Frew: “Yeah, yeah uuummmm, I’ll just leave that one for now, I’m just excited about what’s coming up.
GDU: “Heading into the new season, looks like it’ll be a good Aussie Summer and heading back to the World Cups, is that a goal for this year?”
Frew: “Yeah, definitely, I proved to myself last year that I can hang with the fast guys and I had a couple of great results overseas. So far this Aussie season has been really good so I’m just looking to keep it rolling throughout the year”
The battle between Frew and Lucas will continue in just a few weeks!
But for now that’s it for another round of the awesome VDHS, round 4 is being held at Baw Baw on Feb 16/17. It’s also a Tier 1 DH National Cup event along with UCI points, so you can expect it to be just as big as Buller.