Vital RAW - Australian National Champs DH 17

Troy Brosnan, Mick Hannah, Dean Lucas, Connor Fearon and the top Australian DH riders blast the track at the 2015 Australian National Champs DH race. The dust was deep, the roots were nasty and the off-camber caught plenty of riders by surprise. Elite Men DH Top 3 1. Troy Brosnan, 3:56.26 2. Connor Fearon, 3:57.34 3. Dean Lucas, 3:59.44 Elite Women DH Top 3 1. Tracey Hannah, 4:46.64 2. Claire Buchar, 4:50.40 3. Tegan Molloy, 5:02.52 Full results

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17 comments
  • iceman2058

    3/16/2015 4:52 AM

    In Australia, EVERYTHING can eat you. Including the dust. Damn.

  • phunkt.com

    3/16/2015 4:15 AM

    so not iNNERS then….

  • JCL

    3/15/2015 8:23 PM

    Brosnan looks so pinned.

  • The Enginerd

    3/15/2015 8:08 PM

    The speed of the off-camber line at 1:30...holy shit!

  • bizutch

    3/15/2015 7:53 PM

    Season started. Holy smokes.

  • Nicholast

    3/15/2015 7:43 PM

    Note to self: if you ever get a chance to ride in Australian powder, trust nothing; the dust there looks worse than Angle Fire in a dry summer.

  • Pininator

    3/15/2015 9:13 PM

    It gave me flashbacks to the lower-woods at Mt. Hood Skibowl in late-summer.

  • odin

    3/15/2015 7:41 PM

    Carnage!

  • pavlov0032

    3/15/2015 6:34 PM

    Insane in the brain! The fallen guys got lucky they fell between the rocks no on top of them

  • shakerattleandroll

    3/15/2015 6:28 PM

    Hell yeah! A truly WC worthy track at Bright- a beast of a course! Looked like it was Shelly Flood doing the old scorpion.

  • Big Bird

    3/15/2015 6:16 PM

    What a brutal track. The scorpion at 1:10 is horrendous. Yet another World Cup worthy Australian track.

  • Varaxis

    3/15/2015 8:53 PM

    World Cup worthy? I dunno, looks like some other tracks. It'd have to be better than Val Di Sole, regarding logistics, convenient area for pits, spectators and film crew, and have nearby tracks for XC and other events. I kind of like how there's a variety, like groomed Leogang, long open sprints in PMB, long natural terrain with lots of line choice in Vallnord, short and quick insanity in Windham, greasy jungle/rain forest muck in Cairns, steep slopes in Champery... visiting all these places in 1 season tests riders' skill all-around, and not just how they handle the "brutal" stuff.

  • Pininator

    3/15/2015 9:11 PM

    They COULD run a WC a little earlier in the season since it's late-summer in Australia and all the regular WC tracks are still snowed-in or too swampy to run early-on.

  • Nicholast

    3/16/2015 7:16 AM

    Not sure why you got downvoted for this comment. I agree with you; having diversity in the courses means the best overall riders win, not just the best rider on one terrain type.

  • beerguzlinfool

    3/16/2015 9:45 PM

    I would agree with needing different style courses for the season but the courses still need to be designed in such a way that full on downhill bikes are required. If a course can be ridden and won on a six inch travel bike then it is not World cup worthy.

  • Varaxis

    3/17/2015 12:10 AM

    It's not like 6" bikes haven't evolved to handle DH tracks better than DH bikes of years past and it's not like pedaling or sprinting is something DH racers shouldn't have to do. I love seeing Mic Hannah and Blenki pedal it out. Judging by how PMB and other tracks transformed over the years, I think it's safe to say the race venue organizers agree with you. Just trying to emphasize how big a factor other things are, like logistics, and how that matters more than how interesting a few parts of the track seem to online spectators.

    Might as well just say straight up, you want to see quality footage of the big names riding this track, most importantly, with Rob Warner commentating. Unless you feel that this place being chosen as host for a huge money event would be only way to validate things. Rob Warner commentary on something that excites him = gold.

  • foescruz

    3/24/2015 12:16 AM

    Well spoken.