Kona Factory Team Australia - National Series Round 3

Mar 19, 2013
by Lewis Kerr  
The final round of the Australian National MTB Series has been run and won in the beautiful Victorian mountain town of Bright. Whilst entry numbers were small, all riders who attended were more than impressed by the quality of the track to be raced, with many quoting it as the best track they had raced on all season. The Kona Factory Team hit the road once more this season with Connor Fearon, Dean Lucas, and Tegan Molloy all in attendance.

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Practice got underway below clear blue skies on Friday. With almost two consecutive weeks of temperatures over 30 the track was warm, dry, and extremely dusty. The track to be raced was steep, technical, and fast, every racers dream, and a track that was sure to clearly define the differences between a fast local and a potential World Cup rider. After a solid day of practice on Friday the team retreated back to their accommodations and enjoyed the surroundings.

2013 Australian National MTB Series Round 3 - Bright Victoria Photo credit - Tim Arch http www.timothyarch.com www.facebook.com KonaFactoryTeamAU

Kona Factory Team rider Connor Fearon during practice.


Waking up on Saturday morning to clear blue skies was a brilliant change after the rail deluge in Canberra for National Championships. With an hour or so of Group A practice left, sure enough the weather gods decided to play games and threatened to spoil the weekend but the end result was only an hour or so of rain on track, doing little to settle down the dust. With Group B seeding out of the way, it was time for the pros to hit the track and show everybody how it was done. Tegan was first down the hill for the Kona Factory Team and managed to seed second fastest in U19 Female behind Danielle Beecroft, 13 seconds down on the changing track. U19 Male, arguably one of the most watched categories, put on a ridiculous performance with the top three all on the same second after a four and a half minute track, Tom Crimmins in 3rd, Luke Ellison in 2nd with a crash, and Kona rider Dean Lucas in 1st with half a second on Luke. Connor snagged 5th fastest in Elite Men, maintaining a narrow lead over Chris Kovarik, and sitting behind Sam Hill in the series overall who set the track alight with a 4:18 well ahead of the nearest rival.

2013 Australian National MTB Series Round 3 - Bright Victoria Photo credit - Tim Arch http www.timothyarch.com www.facebook.com KonaFactoryTeamAU

Dean Lucas


Come race day, the excitement was well and truly in the air. With a mere handful of points between some of the categories for the series overall, racing was going to be amazing with nobody holding back. Many riders upped the ante and it was clear nobody was holding back. Story after story of riders pushing until they crashed filtered through the pits with some missing race runs due to injury. Tegan was the first rider down for Kona and crossed the line into second place to Danielle Beecroft, and secured second place in the Series overall. Tegan performed brilliantly and put on a brave face despite struggling with a shoulder injury all weekend and is more determined than ever to come back and grab the series next season with eyes now firmly focused on World Champs.

2013 Australian National MTB Series Round 3 - Bright Victoria Photo credit - Tim Arch http www.timothyarch.com www.facebook.com KonaFactoryTeamAU

Tegan Molloy


U19 Male was anybody's race and in the end it came down to who really wanted it more. One of the race favourites and series leader Tom Crimmins flatted in the early corners of the track but managed to hold the overall series win, whilst Dean Lucas showed us once again why he is a favourite for many by putting almost 8 seconds into second place to take the win on the day and third overall in the series. After flying through the top half of the track with amazing pace, Connor’s run took a turn for the worse with two crashes and he cruised to the finish in one piece, relegating him to third overall in the series behind Jack Moir and Sam Hill.

2013 Australian National MTB Series Round 3 - Bright Victoria Photo credit - Tim Arch http www.timothyarch.com www.facebook.com KonaFactoryTeamAU

Dean Lucas on his way to a commanding 7 second win.


The Australian National Series is now over for another year and we are in the home stretch of our season with only two races left to go in the Victorian Downhill Series. Thanks to our sponsors for their ongoing support. Kona, Mavic, Race Face, Maxxis, SRAM, Rockshox, Avid, Adidas Eyewear, Fox Head, GoPro, Evoc, Revolution MTB Mag, Timothy Arch Photography and Torq.

2013 Australian National MTB Series Round 3 - Bright Victoria Photo credit - Tim Arch http www.timothyarch.com www.facebook.com KonaFactoryTeamAU

Tegan negotiating the entry into the steep woods soon after the start straight




17 Comments

  • + 13
 cant wait for the world cup rounds! sam the man is gonna kill it this year!
  • - 9
flag Protour (Mar 20, 2013 at 7:59) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like the Nuke Proof is faster than the Demo. Maybe Sam can challenge Gwin this year, Gwin was unimpressive in his Specialized debut, I wonder if he is telling Specialized he wants a 650b Demo by the start of the season after Bingelli beat him with one?

Don't be surprised if most of the top pro's are on 650b by PMB.
  • + 3
 Unimpressive? Protour, were you at the race? Did you actually see Gwin ride Kevorkian and shred the f*ck out of it? Or how about the fact that Bingelli lives 90 minutes away from said trail and has probably ridden it countless times in the last few weeks in prep for that race? Dude. Shut the hell up already. Your inane keyboard jockeying is tiresome, ignorant and annoying. Go ride your goddamn bike.
  • + 2
 You do a good job keyboard jockeying yourself sorry gwin is gonna get smoked by the guy who designed the bike he is riding hahaha. And yes unimpressive he should of came out with a win doesn't matter if bingelli lives 90min away when you have that much hype around you You are suppose to win !!!! Can't wait to see the big show and see who actually kicks ass. Watch out for hart haven't seen much about him !!!!
  • - 2
 Bingelli also cut a couple corners out of the track and cheated. Watched it happen in person
  • + 2
 ^^ Hey bud, you might want to be very careful about posting complete nonsense online -- that statement right there would qualify as libel without proof that Bingelli did indeed cheat. There were race marshals and photographers all over that course, which was also very open and pretty visible. Bingelli beat Gwin by .16 seconds... Do you have any idea how close that is? If indeed you were watching the race, you would understand that he beat Gwin, fair and square. I was there and not only did I watch their runs, I raced that course and it wasn't easy.
  • + 5
 Dean Lucas, call me, lets get you a fresh TLD D3 helmet!
  • + 5
 Have you got a number or an email I could get you on?
  • + 6
 I think the 90's themed jerseys need a little more attention...
  • + 4
 Jersey, or something you'd wear to bed?
  • + 4
 Too much talking, not enough riding!
  • + 2
 Seriously the bc race was sick and the riders were insane. Pitts gets the most pounds for his line!! Kvorkian is no joke
  • + 2
 they should just start building gopro mounts into peoples helmets...
  • + 3
 I dont think that would work properly. It´ll be an predetermined breaking point if you put that kind of form into the shell.
  • + 1
 My buddy just got his new moto helmet that does have a go pro/contour mount in-moulded, with pre set up breaking point simlilar to the thorasic strut on leatt's.
  • + 1
 That moustache is horrendous

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