King Of Ballarat R1
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.