As winter arrives so does the King of Ballarat Series. A 3 round series hosted by Club M.U.D at Black Hill in Ballarat. We have all been hanging out for this series to kick off even more so this year as Dirt Art have been busy upgrading the whole park. They have done a fantastic job over the last few months and to everyone’s credit the hill is now a work of Art (pardon the pun). The downhill tracks have been cleaned up keeping the Black Hill theme but with bigger gaps and steeper berms provide the trails with a faster more technical flow about them. As online entries were used for the first time this year and the riders capped at 120 it was inevitable that it would sell out, and within 2 weeks it was. Great for the Club and Ballarat in general, it was obvious that the idea to develop the hill was a great decision. Seeing a lot more families getting out and enjoying the new pump tracks and XC trails in the area was also great to see.As we all know Ballarat isn’t the warmest place on Earth especially in winter and last weekend was no exception, although during Saturday practice the weather wasn’t too bad, even the sun came out to say hello on the odd occasion. The tracks were running at their best during practice the smiles on rider’s faces proved the appreciation of what Club M.U.D and Dirt Art have done. Practice went well for our riders, and all came out unscathed and most had ticked off the big A-Line gaps. Although the weather and track was great everyone knew there was rain on the horizon and was likely to be a different track in the morning.
Race day arrived and the realization of the amount of rain and hail Ballarat had copped overnight, every rider was curious to see how the new track held up. As the first few riders made their way down the hill it was obvious that the track was slick but as practice went on it started to dry out nicely making the faster riders able to start clearing the A-Line gaps. As we all took a break for lunch and the riders briefing was getting under way the rain gods decided the track was way too dry for their liking and give it a good 20 minute downpour just to spice things up a bit. Riders took to the track for their two race runs.Our riders did exceptional well in the conditions and we couldn’t be more proud. Our new recruit from Bright Charlie Jones took second place in Under 15s. A great result having never been to Black Hill before. Charlie will be racing under 17s in the Vic Series this year even though he is still only 14. It’s great to see a young rider pushing himself against the older boys. We are looking forward to a great future with him and his family.
Dylan Lombard managed to snag a 6th in A Grade (Elite Men). We’re all so pumped to see Dylan doing well and enjoying his riding again after a shocking run of luck last season and ending in a broken collarbone in the last round at Baw Baw early this year. Dylan is out of the junior class this year and stepping up to Elite which we look forward to seeing how he goes.Our other great rider Chris Richards ended the day with 16th in A Grade and is starting to get his speed back after his injury’s last year. Chris will be looking to grab some good results in expert class this year in the Vic Series and will be spending some time in Whistler over the next month (lucky him).
Local Boy Liam Thomas had an awesome ride, as always and came away with 9th in A grade opting for his enduro bike like a lot of other riders did including Chris and Charlie.
We would like to thank Club M.U.D (which we proudly support) and all the volunteers who go into making this series such a fun and stress free one. We look forward to Round 2 which we will have some new products to promote. Also thanks to Mack Design for the photos. Check out his Facebook page.
See you all at Round 2.
We have been waiting all year for the first round of the Victorian Downhill series. As we are a new company and are running a new team we have been very nervous about the first round to kick the series off, seeing how the riders would go and to see how our new products would be rated. We couldn’t be happier with the out come. Our riders had a great weekend and the reactions to our products was over whelming. People who purchased products or came to take a look were very happy with them. So we can’t wait to get more products out there for all riders to enjoy.
We would like to give a massive thank you to our team sponsor Cut and Fill who have helped us a lot to get the race team ready for this series and the national series. Cut and Fill are a civil construction company operating out of Melbourne building bridges and roads for Vic Roads.
Round 1 was held at Mt Major,Dookie in central Victoria. The track has a couple of testing rock sections and a fast rhythm section at the bottom,great for spectating as there are no trees enabling them to see 90% of the track from the bottom. The heckling seemed to be down a lot especially for the first round hopefully this picks up as it adds to the atmosphere of race day. We are very proud of how our riders went over the weekend. Liam Thomas who is recovering after breaking his collar bone and shoulder blade even managed to come along and support the other riders. We wish Laim a quick recovery and can’t wait to get him back on the bike.
Dylan Lombard who is racing in the very competitive U/19s class had a great weekend qualifying 5th and ending up with 7th, only missing a podium by .8 of a second. We are sure that Dylan will be on the podium this year at some point and we are very proud of the effort he puts into his racing. We would also like to thank Dylan’s parents Gary and Cathy for helping out over the weekend. Also to Dylan’s brother Justin for taking some great photos. p((.
Quentin Hill also had a great weekend racing in the most popular category (expert) with 41 riders. Quentin ended up with 19th. Although he wasn’t happy with his result we are. Being that it was his first race in downhill it will only make him a better rider as he looks to improve at each round this year.
Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who took the time to help out. Without you we wouldn’t have a series to race. We are looking forward to round 2 at the You Yangs near Geelong to see how the boys go.
Reckless R.C. will be running a Downhill Race Team in this years VDHS. We are also sponsoring the series so expect to see us around at meetings. Make sure you come say hi.
The race team will consist of 3 sponsored riders this year all in different classes. The riders are Liam Thomas (Elite), Dylan Lombard (Under 19) and Quinton Hill (Expert). We are also sponsoring another rider Finn Morcombe who will be competing in the Vic Gravity Enduro series (under 17) but will also be competing some VDHS rounds as well keeping himself very busy. We are very keen to get this series under way. This being our first year as a team in the sport we are all stoked to go out and have some fun.
Liam Thomas is racing in elite. A confident rider and can mix it with the fast guys out there. We are very happy to have secured him for this year. Liam is also planning on competing in a couple of national rounds this year.
Dylan Lombard is racing in under 19. Dylan will be racing the VDHS and the National series this year. Breaking both wrists in the second last round of the VDHS last year Dylan still managed 6th overall and 14th in the Nationals. Dylan then came back and snagged a 3rd overall in the King of Ballarat series. Dylan is hoping to have a great season this year and we cant wait to help him along the way.
Quentin Hill is racing expert. Quinton has decided to try his hands at Downhill after a great career in motocross looking to ad some more trophies to his already staked cabinet. Looking forward to seeing Quentin at his first DH event.
Finn is racing under 17. Finn had some great results last year with a 4th overall in the Enduro series and will also be competing in some VDHS rounds as well. Looking forward to seeing Finn in a DH race.
All of our riders are unique in their own way and are impressive to watch. We wish eveyrone competing in the VDHS and Enduro rounds good luck for this year and can’t wait to see everyone at round 1.