Video: Kona Factory Team Australia at Kinglake - VDHS Round 3

Dec 3, 2012 at 23:06
by Lewis Kerr  

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The third round of the Kona Victorian DH Series took us to the reworked track at Kinglake. Back in the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Kinglake was one of the worst hit towns by the tragedy and almost four years on, the pain and scars are still evident. On a more positive note, one of the best public riding facilities in the outer-Melbourne region has risen from the ashes. The newly built Kinglake downhill track (Sheppard’s run, named after local rider Danny Sheppard who lost his life in the fires) held its first race on the weekend of December 1-2. The high speed track did not disappoint, with massive jumps, off-camber sections, and a great pit setup.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Arch Photography. http www.timothyarch.com

Representing the Kona Factory Team for the weekend were our seasoned female shredders Sarah Booth and Tegan Molloy, who are currently sitting 1-2 respectively in the chase for the series crown. On the male front, the team had a solo representative as U/19 rider Dean Lucas was racing out of his category and raced Elite. Connor Fearon and Chris Whitelock were absent for the weekend but will make a return early next year at Mt Buller for the VDHS round, a testing day with Australian suspension brains NS Dynamics, as well as the first round of the National Series.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Arch Photography. http www.timothyarch.com

Practice started on Saturday morning with a lot of riders quite cautious about hitting some of the massive jumps so early on in the weekend. Throughout the day Dean managed to nail down all the gaps and doubles on the track and found himself riding at a comfortable speed, whilst the girls weren’t too far behind, confidently jumping a few of the jumps on track that half of the racers there avoided. The track took many victims on the day with reports of over 10 riders transported by ambulance to hospital and a handful privately transported. The Kona Factory Team riders were lucky enough to avoid any major crashes and mechanicals, with bikes just being tweaked for the fast nature of the track. The weather held off for once again another sunny day of practice in the Victorian Downhill Series, before letting loose on Saturday night, providing a scary and magical lightning storm in the race village, ironically situated below some high-voltage pylons.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Arch Photography. http www.timothyarch.com

Arriving at the track on Sunday morning was a slightly damp affair but the rain the night before did little to reduce the amount of dust being kicked up by riders. Considering the high volume of riders that had bombed down it over and over on the Saturday and the Sunday, hats must be taken off to Glen Jacobs, Rhys Atkinson and the rest of the World Trail crew for building such a sustainable track to withstand the rigors of racing. Morning qualifying came and went in traditional fashion with Tegan and Sarah qualifying 1st and 2nd respectively, and Dean nailing it in the Elite Men category, securing his position as the last rider down the hill for the weekend.

Continuing the recent domination of the Victorian Downhill Series, the girls managed to secure 1st and 2nd in Elite Women, with 16 year old Tegan getting up over Boothy for the first time this season in a brilliant display of racing. In true Elite Men fashion, racing came down to the wire and was decided on with the last run of the day. Spurred on by the insane crowd in true 'Bay 13' heckle style, Dean pushed hard and managed to take the win with the fastest time of the day! We now have a christmas break before hitting the road again mid-January for the annual Mt Buller pilgrimage!

For complete results please visit www.VDHS.com.au

Have a great holiday period everyone, and happy trails!

We'd like to thank all the volunteers and people that work hard behind the scenes for another awesome event, as well as our team sponsors Kona, Mavic, Race Face, Maxxis, SRAM, Rockshox, Avid, Adidas Eyewear, Fox Head, GoPro, Evoc, Pedros, Straitline, NS Dynamics, Cane Creek, Revolution MTB Mag, Timothy Arch Photography and Torq.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Arch Photography. http www.timothyarch.com
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49 Comments

  • + 26
 HAHA the little kid in the last photo! Smile
  • + 2
 haha did u see in the video!? hahaha i thot that was halriouse
  • + 33
 *You. *Thought. *Hilarious.

Kill yourself.
  • + 14
 He be burning, not concerning.
  • + 3
 Dowhill340, why dont you kill yourself if correcting people is the only thing you do.
  • + 4
 *Downhill340. *Don't.

Kill yourself.
  • + 3
 Go die in a hole mate. Thanks.
  • - 1
 ya ur neato cock wad. oh woops i spelled ya wrong and ur. im so sorry
  • + 4
 I'm clearly trolling you's. Chill your balls. And If I wanted to correct that last comment , I couldn't. I've no idea what you're trying to say.
  • + 1
 What the hell are you on about? You little retard
  • + 1
 kamo dont be a meany poopoo head
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  • + 7
 Insert dingo in reference to baby *here*
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  • + 7
 There is no doubt that the Victorian DH series is the best in Australia. So happy to be a part of it.
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  • + 3
 no photos of dean through the mass crowds?
shattered, rad work though. The kona team is killing it on the vic series this year
  • + 2
 Not quite on the same level of quality as Tim's shot but close enough

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/8970065/
  • + 1
 Sick shot Oskar. pretty rowdy day
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 Melbourne area has some pretty sic downhills, I work right near this track and have ridden YouYangs too, both tracks are gnarly in their own right, the whole kinglake track has tiny kickers and fairly big gaps, definitely need the right setup for it
  • + 1
 what tracks are there mate? ive always wanted some.
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  • + 1
 Love the tiara and princess wand at the top of the podium. It's a good reminder that there is still a lot of fun involved in riding and racing and that it shouldn't always be taken so seriously.
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  • + 1
 Looks like a very fun track...

I miss Austraia SO MUCH. If for nothing ese then seeing so many sick Toyota 4wd's all over the place everywhere. Haven't heard Hilltop Hoods since I left there either. XXXX > VB Wink
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 I lived in the us for 8 years and and got into DH there and the tracks were awesome, but most Aussie tracks I've road are raw, rough and tec, there's only a few smooth flowy trails. What happened to Connor Fearon?
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  • + 2
 Dam this video was aggressive, like fresh outta the pen aggressive.

LOL at the baby, was that MJ tossin him around!?
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  • + 2
 I have ridden this track, and these guys are jumping sh!t that i didn't even know existed
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  • + 3
 Highlight of the Vid was the wee kid during the speeches!! Beer
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  • + 2
 wow someone is actually wearing a neck brace??? what a strange concept...
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/video/260159 ... And that is why it is a concept at all.
  • + 2
 I thought people wore them for this reason.....

www.pinkbike.com/photo/6778690
  • + 2
 90% of riders at Australian NSW state rounds wear neck braces. Not sure about VDHS.
  • + 2
 sarcasm does not translate well over text sometimes...
  • + 1
 Ah, fair enough.
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  • + 2
 What Hilltop Hoods song is this?
  • + 1
 Song is Funkoars ft Hilltop Hoods - Bodycount
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  • + 1
 i know its the hilltop hoods i heard them say it but whats the track called? its dope!
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  • + 1
 @0:53 doesnt look so good...
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  • + 1
 Mate, that Kona jersey is just hideous!
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  • + 1
 I followed Tegan for a bit down at Thredbo. Total pinner!
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  • + 1
 this track acc looks so fun to ride! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Who is the hair farmer in the last photo?
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  • + 1
 What's the song ? It's pretty cool Smile
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  • + 1
 what is the name of the song?
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  • + 1
 That kid is awesome.!!!!
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  • + 0
 Those checkered jerseys are pretty cool.
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