Victorian Downhill Series 2016 round three report

Monday, December 19th, 2016 8:13am
Category: MTB

The third round of the Chain Reaction Cycles-sponsored Victorian Downhill Series was a brutal weekend from beginning to end. Here’s the race report from LR Productions:

Barjarg… what to say, that hasn’t already been said? Maybe I’ll let the words of this world class rider tell the tale.

“This track is brutal” – Connor Fearon

As sincere a statement as you’ll ever hear. The Victorian Downhill Series has copped a bit of flack in recent times for holding downhill races at venues that leave a lot to the interpretation of ‘downhill’.

This is not the case with Barjarg: it makes your hands, legs, body and mind hurt, it provides that skill level separation that has genuinely gone missing in this sport.

With almost 200 riders braving the unforgiving rocks, it was all set for a stellar weekend. Practice began on Saturday morning, and I’d be lying if I said the shuttle lines were full, many riders knew what was coming and that every run was going to take a lot physically, especially if you planned to even attempt a full run, which was virtually impossible with the amount of riders stalled up, scoping out lines.


Conditions were perfect, the air was still and the sun was causing no unwanted interruptions, rider after rider came down.. until over the radio we heard someone had a crash and the track was closed, we proceeded to sit there for the next 2 hours, not knowing what was happening, until a call came through on the radio that stated a rider had come off and broken there tib and fib! This track really does claim vic-tims, we wish a speedy recovery to Jake Royle.


Elite Men:

1. Connor Fearon – 2:31.883
2. Dean Lucas – 2:34.738
3. Shannon Hewetson – 2:36.809
4. Liam Panozzo – 2:39.374
5. Joel Panozzo – 2:40.284

Elite Women

1st – Sarah Silverlock 4:45.795
2nd – Megan Lowe 5:01. 999

Full Results can be found on the VDHS Facebook page and The series now moves on to Mt Buller, the first of 2 Ski/Bike Alpine locations in Victorian that we will use this season.

Big thanks to Alpine Gravity for hosting the event.

Words and Video by LR Productions
Images by Daniel Brooks Photography

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