Downhill Racing: Victorian Downhill Series - Round 1 - Barjarg 9-10 November 2019
Finals Photo Epic
Every year hundreds of riders compete in the Victorian Downhill Series, this year was no different. Almost 300 riders battled for the podium at the infamous Barjarg Downhill Track.
Located just over two hours north-east of Melbourne, this old school rocky track is known for claiming collar bones, and even turning a foot around backwards (Jake, if you're reading this, hello!).
The weekend delivered classic Melbourne weather, patches of rain kept the mossy rocks slick and the dust down for some loose racing.
This year we saw a few of our top under 19's riders step up for their first year in the Elite Men's category, including Cooper Downey and Will Arblaster, who both finished in the top 10 of the category.
To keep things competitive Kona Factory rider and World Cup competitor Jackson Frew got between the tape to finish first with a lightning fast run of 2:38.75 followed closely by Aarron Gungl with a run of 2:41.60 and Darcy Coutts with a run of 2:44.76.
After a few years off the race calendar the moss was extra slick. Even the spectators had to put some work in to navigate the rocks. At least the light rain kept the dust down!
Come for the racing, stay to pat the doggos.
There's no racing without these guys, huge shout-out to all our volunteers!
Whether your 7, or 57 (might need a fact check on that lol) the Victorian Downhill Series has a category for everyone, get out there and shred the trails with your mates! Liam Steinlauf (left) and David Barnes (right) having an epic time at Barjarg.
1st - 204 - Elise Empey - 3:19.04
2nd - 207 - Ashleigh Weinert - 3:34.35 | +0:15.31
3rd - 208 - Kyleigh Stewart - 3:39.95 | +0:20.91
4th - 210 - Maddison Smith - 4:06.75 | +0:47.71
5th - 202 - Jessica Sheridan - 4:08.41 | +0:49.37
1st - 5 - Jackson Frew - 2:38.75
2nd - 7 - Aaron Gungl - 2:41.60 | +0:02.85
3rd - 4 - Darcy Coutts - 2:44.76 | +0:06.01
4th - 2 - Jackson White - 2:48.50 | +0:09.75
5th - 18 - Cooper Downey - 2:49.30 | +0:10.55
Thanks all the volunteers that make these events possible and all the riders for a huge first round. Shout out to our sponsors: Yarra Valley Cycles, Life of Bikes, Dynamite Cycles, Krush, Reckless Race Concepts, Racefit Athlete Development, MTB Suspension Works and Echuca Printers.