Mt.Buller, VIC, Australia, January 22, 2012 – The sun was out all weekend in the Australian alpine, to set the tone for Team Norco International’s first Downhill event of the year- Round #2 of the Gravity Cup at Mt.Buller. With a lot of big changes in regards to equipment and training, Bryn and I used this Aussie National to get a feel for the new bikes, go through the motions of racing, and build confidence- checking off another couple of podiums.
Australian national rounds offer a lot of variety of courses and competition. This particular track at Mt.Buller was as rocky as it gets, but it also had tight twisty wooded sections, some high-speed fire roads, and a couple good sprints to keep us honest. Another bonus for this event, there were world-class competitors; Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan, Tracey Hannah, etc.- all respected World Champions of Downhill in attendance.
For Bryn, proving that his body is ready was worth the trip in itself. He fought through the nerves, was pain free, and also pulled out a podium position!! 3rd place to Troy and Sam is something to be proud of, and with the first race jitters out of the way, he will keep the ball rolling.
For me I am happy with the progress I have made with my downhilling and fitness, so this race was a great benchmark prior to the World cup season. Not the cleanest of runs, but I finished on the podium in 2nd place behind Tracy Hannah, who is on fire right now, so it was good to have a gauge and go home with motivation.
All in all, we had a successful weekend with 2 podiums and some good Intel about the bikes. Everything is on track, and our new program was really well received. Mission accomplished.
Next up, Aussie National Champs –Feb 22nd.
We’d like to thank the following companies for their support:
NORCO Bicycles, Crank Brothers, Fox Racing Shox, Shimano, Renthal, Maxxis, Lezyne, 5.10, e*13, Dakine, Oakley, Fi:z’ik, Cane Creek, Alpinestars, Tld, Cti, and eSoles.