The fourth round of the Chain Reaction Cycles-sponsored Victorian Downhill Series took place over the weekend in Mt Buller, Australia. LR Productions were there to bring us this report:
We are back at the only venue on the circuit that offers chairlift runs so you know its going to be a popular one. Situated in the high planes of Victoria’s main alpine country Mt Buller Bike park is a special place and Round 4 was lucky enough to experience the very best in conditions that Mt Buller could offer.
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Heavy rain on the Friday meant that when the blistering sun came out Saturday, the rocks and wood features all dried up and the fantastic alpine dirt tacked up nicely on the trails making this one of the best conditions we had seen in years. Over 200 riders took full advantage as they ventured out of the start hut to see a few small changes that had been made over the spring.
One not so small change, was the introduction of a second road gap, following out of the landing from the original road gap. This was larger than the original and also offered a steeper lander, so the original line was kept in place to offer the riders choice.
Come Sunday the conditions had dried up and the dry dusty conditions that Buller is usually famous for did rear their heads in sections, but all in all the trails could not have been better. With so many top Elite Men being OS on World Cup preseason duties, it was the local Elites battle to see who could take the top spot. In the Elite women, we have seen a great resurgence of new comers and Buller was another round of new and old faces owning the podium.
1. Oliver Zwar – 3.04.93
2. Liam Panozzo – 3.06.97
3. Shannon Hewetson – 3.07.58
4. Jackson Frew – 3.07.80
5. Aiden Varley – 3.08.06
1. – Megan Lowe – 4.20.24
2. – Marnie Williams – 4.31.34
3. – Sarah Silverlock – 4.43.45
4. – Tracey McGuire – 4.49.56
Words and Video by LR Productions
Images by Daniel Brooks Photography & Hartwig Photography