Video: Australian National Round - Mount Buller

Jan 20, 2013 at 14:49
Jan 20, 2013
by Scott Secco  
 
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Men
1: Sam Hill 3:22.02
2 : Chris Kovarik 3:23.68
3 : Connor Fearon 3:24.08

Women
1 : Caroline Buchanan 4:06.42
2 : Claire Buchar 4:07.14
3 : Lisa Mathison 4:16.32
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116 Comments

  • + 55
 Sam is back in full buisness,fresh new start with a win on a new bike.
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 Don't forget Kovarik finishing only a half-second behind Hill.... so sick!
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 Go back to school mate...
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 Longest half second ever...
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 nice! but um, where is troy?
  • + 13
 Troy is still recovering from surgery after his crash at worlds. he is back on the XC bike but he didnt want to risk it at this race. Hopefully he is back next race!
  • + 7
 Still nursing his shoulder. At least that's what his said via Instagram the other day.
  • + 14
 Flat pedal riders gettin in done!
  • + 7
 I was high, screw you guys haha.
  • - 7
 pretty sure it was fantamans grammar and spelling.
  • - 9
 Am I the only one that noticed every one forgot all about this aaron gwin drama with trek and lance armstrong took over the scene?
  • + 5
 I think most of the drama with Gwin and TWC are over.. There won't be any legal actions taken. So both sides have pretty much put it behind them.
  • + 11
 YEAH Caroline Buchanan! Welcome back to DH
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 Anyone remeber watching the video of Connor Fearon when he was like 14 or something a few years back? Nice to see he's still a ripper. Well..more than that if he's placing third.
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  • + 32
 anybody else think a song called broken leg is slightly inappropriate for this website.
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 would make a good recovery vid Wink
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  • + 14
 Anyone else think the CRC TLD kit looks like a tesco supermarket own brand kit?

Like this for all overseas users: juliandickinson.myzen.co.uk/hotscamp/2009/tecfan/tecfan-flat-final.jpg
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 Theres something about the kit that looks kind of good but he should get it with the TLD midnight jersey
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 Very stoked for Kovarik. Hope he gets some good results this year.
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 Good start for Sam he is on the hunt this year I wish him all the best!. And to the dreamers above saying only 5th in the worlds I would be happy just to ride in a world cup let alone be as successful as hill! .
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  • + 7
 Must get myself to Mt Butler one of these days.
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 Troy, stop getting injured!!!! I want you to win! I know you've got it bro!
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 OHHHH YEEEAAAHHHH!!! I think last year or 2 years ago, Kovarik won this one and Sam was just out of the picture. Now it's go time!! To everyone talking about "New Breed", Sam was the "New Breed" protorype before all the young guns started to crop up. He took a lot of A listers to school back then. Then he started crashing a lot on that freakin Demo.. Stay healthy Sam!! Good luck Smile
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 Wasn't last year because Troy I think won every race
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 You are right hollowing2000. Sam "was" the new breed, but not anymore.. The new riders out ther have the skills and the endurance. And as far as him crashing on the Demo.. Just remember he had alot to do with the geometry changes on that bike.. So if you are saying that he failed because of the bike then he would have no one to blame but himself.. How Sam does this year has less to do with the bike he rides and more about his preparation.
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 He crashed a lot on his early days (YEARS!) with the demo. Before any of his geometry changes were applied. Last year was his only "solid season" on the bike, after so much fine tuning for it to suit him.. Maybe he was to blame- because he charged so much hoping his bike could cope up under him..Also at this level of competition, where these athletes are at the top of their game (both mentally and physically), there is only a small difference between the top riders - and that is exactly the time when equipment choice matters.
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 hollowing2000 Sam Hill did pretty damn good and on the demo and Troy got a top 10 finish in his first elite world cup last year and what did he ride? I bike with the same components and geometry. And I bet Gwin will do amazing on the Demo this year
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  • + 5
 Woo hoo! Go Caroline! Good to see her airborne rig is working out for her!
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 KOVARIK RACING!
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  • + 4
 Nice to see the big man on top !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 World watch out, Maxxie is coming and he wants your soul! ps He is the nicest, most modest kid ever, boosts bigger, gets more sideways than anyone else all day and has the skill and time to kill it.
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  • + 2
 A cynic may notice that Sam's crash intense years coincide with his Demo years?
Hopefully the Nuke Proof will stay rubber side don a bit more
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 That's how i see it also..Smile
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 I think he can take Worlds this year. He looks faster than I've seen him in a while.
  • + 1
 Worlds is at PMB. I know he brings out the good stuff for worlds and has talked about going to clips to win, but i just dont see him winning there due to the pedal fest of the course. He did get 4th in 09 though...
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  • + 3
 poor CK scraping the barrel there for words Razz
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 I thought where's Butler? It's Buller hahah
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  • + 3
 Good, all the best for Sam on the WC Circuit this year.. He deserves it..
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  • + 1
 awesome edit. song reminded me of old school bike videos (like plush 2, for instance.)
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  • + 1
 i wish there wasnt 2 feet of snow where i live and that i could go ride the montains
  • + 0
 An 8 month season in Canada still destroys a 12 month season in Australia so don't get too down on it.
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 Caroline Buchanan, BMX isn't she? Not bad at all.
  • + 2
 Shes taking a break from BMX to get ready for the Rio Olympics. She has won two world championships but for 4X I think .
  • + 2
 She is amazing. Hopefully she takes gold at Rio. I obviously know nothing about her.
  • + 1
 Caroline is fast on a BMX bike too...I got to see her race in Abbotsford,BC at the BMX world chamionships. She'll rip it up on the downhill circuit.
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 I have seen video of her, must seem way faster in person though. She should do world cup races in dh.
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 JoshJeffrey, she is going to do world cups shes also trying to go to worlds
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 And yeah let's congratulate Sam with this victory but this is in 99% his achievement, not his new bike.
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  • + 2
 is that luke ball at 00:28?
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 hope that they have a good race season!
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  • + 1
 just noticed kovarik rocking 40's, does any world topping team other than ms mondraker run 888s now??
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 Sick to see Caroline taking the win
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  • + 0
 Such an awesome weather there, in Australia! Can't believe that somewhere in the world the summer never ends, such a good conditions for riding :3
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 Great start for Sam! No troy?
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 "f*cking Gwin, heha" to start 'er off? Don't think twice, it's alright.
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 dusty trails. oh come on Summer!
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 I wouldn't mind seeing some dust in person these days.
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 Fearon two seconds back, awesome!
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 sure its been answered already, but is Sam not running TLD gear anymore?
  • + 1
 let me rephrase that, is he not wearing good looking TLD stuff, they have to get more creative with his gear than that
  • + 13
 Sam is currently wearing Troy Lee Designs GP AIR 'Whiteout' white jersey, and White Ruckus shorts. He asked me for something fresh and clean, white, rebirth of sorts for these first few rounds. We are developing some special kits for Sam, patience mate!!
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 Good deal man, I was just wondering, not necessarily putting down the current gear, but I think we all like to see him in some cool stuff but whatever the TLD crew puts together I'm sure will be done right..i should have put a question mark at the end of my last statement, it wasn't a bashing but merely a question to people that know more. either way glad to see him get a win and hope he has more in him
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 Nursing shoulder injury I think should be racing next month
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  • + 1
 Not much room for error on that course.
  • + 1
 Spot on! Its tight, fast and rocky, for most of the track.... plenty of helmet splitting branches to duck under too!
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  • + 2
 YES SAM WON!!!!!
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  • + 1
 I bet someone smashed into that tree they kept showing people dodging!
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 Wheres troy at?
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 Still recovering from a shoulder injury, he's back on the XC bike though as far as i know!
  • + 1
 Is he still injured from worlds ? Maybe
  • + 1
 Troy might not be racing any of the Australian races
  • + 1
 He was there, just hanging out in the tents and doing a bit of xc.
  • + 1
 skippy888 is correct, Troy was up there dong some XC riding. He will not be rushing back to racing. Probably wont see him race until the Oceana Championship is Tasmania.
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  • + 1
 where is mick?
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  • + 0
 At 0.19 are those shorts just undertow pants cut into shorts ?
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  • - 1
 Great to finally see some technical DH tails in Australia Smile
  • + 2
 There's lots of tech tracks, some which are honestly world class and some which will tingle your balls like nothing else. The problem is you rarely see them ridden let alone raced on because of the logistics. Some tracks are on private property and thus we have to play by their rules, some don't meet safety requirements for holding a race event, some have terrible access etc the list goes on. What we're left with for widespread racing that Pinkbike sees is usually not the cream of our crop. For example, and some old SE Qld riders will know what I'm talking about, the original Brookfield track in Brisbane was fast, super steep, super sketchy and ultra fun. The main problem with it is getting to the top. You need good 4wd's with good drivers. The track up was as sketchy and steep as the ride back down on your bike.
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 Finally? Buller has been raced every year for the past 10 years I think dude.
Oh i loved brooky track bro, ps its still running and being riden at the moment so its not dead. Maybe being raced again soon Smile
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