British Downhill Series Round 5 Bringewood 25/26th August 2012

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British Downhill Series Round 5 Bringewood 25/26th August 2012
Big rich race report:-

British Downhill Series Round 5 Bringewood 25/26th August 2012

Round 5 of the BDS and we were racing Bringewood a Pearce Cycles Favourite, we arrived Friday afternoon to find the course was baked in glorious sunshine and after a quick track walk it looked like it was going to be a fun weekend, unfortunately at round 7pm it started to rain and didn’t stop all night, Saturday morning’s practise uplifts started at 9am, as a rule we normally let the very keen riders bed the track in before we have a go but they had other ideas and for once we were the first to the top, the first run was exciting and i had more than a few sketchy moments but with the track drying and over three hundred riders hammering it it wasn’t long before it was dry and fast, i was keen to keep it

rubber side down for the weekend as i had upset my left thumb three weeks ago at round 4 and didn’t want to aggravate this old injury, so with this in mind when the thunder storms hit just after lunch i was ready to call it a day, of course there were still the hard core riders hammering it in the rain and by the time the uplifts had finished the course was almost unrideable, things didn’t look good for sundays racing.

Sunday morning arrived and we waited for an hour or so before we attempted our first sunday morning practise run, the BDS trail fairy’s had been hard at work over night and tidied up some of the hardest hit areas which was a pleasant surprise and with the sun shining and a slight breeze we were hope full that the track would dry out, seeding runs for us started at around 11am and the aim was to get down in one piece, crossing the line with a sub four minute run which seeded me in 11th place i was happy it was clean but steady, 3 hours later it was time for my race run, i was confident that the track would be in better condition and changed tyres from Kenda’s King of Traction to their new intermediate tyre the Nexcavator, with only one race run i was keen not to make any mistakes but try and let the bike go when ever possible, i crossed the line in second place with a 3:33 run which was 24 seconds faster than my seeding run and by the time the rest of my category had finished i ended in 10th place.

Well done to Liam for coming 18th in Juniors in his first National race and a sub 3 min run as well.

As ever many thanks to the BDS crew, they kept things running like clock work and the Pearce uplift system was superb.

Richard Marshall 3:33 10th place (vets)

Richard Molloy 4:10 17th place (vets)

Liam McDermot 2:57 18th place (junior)

 

 

BDS RD4 Caersws

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BDS RD4 Caersws
Caersws BDS rd 4
Having raced at Caersws on more than one occasion myself and big Rich Marshall were looking forward to our return for Rd 4 of this years BDS.Arriving late friday night we made camp and bedded down before tomorrows early start. Having been woken through the night by very heavy rain I wasn’t sure what the morning would bring, but as it turned out it was bright and breezy and quite warm. After a cuppa and a spot of breakfast it was time to have a wonder up the hill to see which of the many Cearsws tracks we would be racing. It turned out to be one of my favourites but with a new steep wooded section added for good measure, a good choice from the organisers as it would prove to dry well after the down pours it was about to receive.Suited and booted we made our way to the always well organised uplift and before long were slipping and a sliding down a still greasy course, thankfully a couple of runs later and the track was drying nicely and we both felt we were dialling it in.

Time for a bite to eat and a few bike tweaks and then it was time for the afternoons practice session. By now the track was dusty dry and running very fast. Soon it was time for the last run of the day, just as we started our run the heavens opened and we learnt how quickly cearsws goes from dusty fun to lethal sloppy! a couple of minutes later we we happy to be down in one piece and call it a day.

A drive out to Newtown for some pub grub and a couple of beers rounded off a great days riding nicely.

It rained again through the night, but agin the morning was bright and breezy and before long we were back at the top of the hill for our first practice run of the day, the rain through the night had made the track a bit greasy but it was obvious it would soon dry so confidence remained high for the seeding and race run.

An hour later and it was time for the seeding run, sat waiting at the top we could see a wall of water coming our way, would we get our runs in before it reached us? well no is the quick answer, if it had held off another 2 minutes I’d have got a dry run in but it wasn’t too be so as I rolled to the start line it was already raining very heavily. With this being the seeding run I decide to take it steady and keep things smooth, even so it wasn’t long before I was having some dodgy moments. Thankfully the rain hadn’t soaked through in the wooded section and that remained fairly dry, which is more than can be said for the final field! after tip toeing my way down I was glad to cross the finish line in 9th, Unfortunately Big Rich wasn’t having a good run with a handful of offs I was glad to finally see him cross the finish line in one piece (almost).

time for race runs, the sun was back out, and we were ready to race. Again sat at the top we can see another weather front approaching, surely we could get a dry run in this time? Yes was the thankful answer, and what a difference a couple of hours of sun and 300 riders had made to the course, this time it was bone dry and running fast, even the grass field could be attacked and I was more than happy to see I knocked over 30 seconds off my seeding time to finish in a time of 2:36, unfortunately I’d slipped from 9th to 11th, partly due to Big Rich having a storming run even with a badly sprained thumb to cross the line in 2:19 and take 9th spot.

all in all another cracking weekend of racing, as always Si paton and the BDS team put on the best races the uk has to offer.


 

 

 

NDH RD2 Alwinton & 2012 Yorkshire Champs

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NDH RD2 Alwinton & 2012 Yorkshire Champs
Liam McDermott:Waking Richard Molloy up at 6:00am with me outside his house didn’t put him in the best frame of mind for our longer than expected 4hr drive (thanks to Rich Marshalls dodgy satnav woman). To Alwinton round 2 Yorkshire champs
After listening to two 20 track ultimate air guitar CD’S and some foreigner we arrived at the the track just after 11, the first rider we saw was one of my team mate’s Adam Hurst cycling up the fire road to the first uplift to smash in his first run. Rich parked the van and we got kitted up for the start of practice.
My first run I was in for a shock. The track was steeper than expected as this was my first time here and didn’t know what to expect. From what I have heard Alwinton is never dry but still offers great fun, as I found out for myself. The track was challenging as it was so steep and sloppy and was hard to stop the bike from speeding up and shooting you where you really didn’t want to go. Saturdays practice went well with only two minor crashes. I was enjoying the track and felt confident by the end of the day.
Sunday morning came and my first practice run put me in a bad mood and knocked my confidence after I took a tumble over the bars and slid 20ft away from the track down the hill. From then on i decided it was time to get my head in gear and change from the trusty Kenda Nevagals to the brand new Kenda nexcavators and a re-lube of yelovelo nasty wet lube for my chain. Now with my tires having further apart tread with a super soft compound meant the mud could clear out of the tires more quickly which left me with more grip to stay in control down the wet greasy steep shoot.
After riding with team mate Adam Hurst and both having a cracking run we were both ready to race. My first run was very loose when coming down the steep shoots which sent me with way too much speed but luckily I managed to stay rubber side down and smashed through the sloppy berms. Coming out of the steep shoot it was time to pick up the speed and put the new Kenda Nexcavators to the test. I was running very low psi in the 2.5in dual ply tires which gave me plenty of grip on the roots. I shot through the final stretch of the track weaving between the trees and coming towards the drop into the finish, I then knew I had put in a half descent time and when I looked at the times as other riders came down I was currenty in 1st. Second run came around and I took the top section around the switchbacks a little slower which made me smoother therefore making me faster. Coming through the bottom half of the track I knew I had to make it to the finish without crashing, I had come this far and was on a good run. I crossed the line 2 seconds qicker than my last run and held my 1st place with a time of 1:47. Which made me Yorkshire’s junior champion.
On the way home listening to American roots and bluegrass (riche’s choice not mine) I was looking back on the weekend and I was chuffed to bits on how well me and all the team did, Adam in 7th Junior, Rich Molloy in 5th vet’s and Rich Marshall 4th ( Yorkshire vet’s champion) all top ten results. Thank you to Carl Davidson who organised this awesome race and everyone else involved.

 

 

 

Richard Marshall:Big Rich Race Report 28-29th July NDH Yorkshire Champs Race – Alwinton

After some sat nav confusion we arrived at Alwinton for the Northern Downhill Yorkshire Champs Race, the weather was sunny and dry which seemed to put us all in a good mood, we suited up and i decided my first run was going to be on KOT spikes, we made our way to the uplift point, 200yards down the fire track and i had the first of four punctures for the weekend, a quick swap of wheel and i’m back in business, the first run was a baptism of fire (due to the track being very steep, a track walk was not on the cards).

The first section was tight with trees and very rooty, then followed with some steep and tight switch backs which lead into some steep muddy shoots, once over the log drop and through the dark section came

the bridge gorge/river crossing, a section that required full commitment on entry to carry speed over the bridge and up the over side, then came my favourite section which was rooty single track and finishing off with a steep shoot leading to another bridge and then the finish line.

Several runs later we called it a day and made our way to the campsite, (The Rose & Thistle Pub) a pub meal and a few beers finished the day off in fine style.

Sunday morning, Race day, with this being a Yorkshire Champs Race the title of Yorkshire Champion was up for Grabs and in my category it was a straight shoot out between me and Richie (2011 Yorkshire Champion), it had rained through the night so we expected the course to be a bit slippy in places, the first run down was exciting to say the least with the middle section becoming a mud fest, a couple of runs later and the course was shut ready for racing, a slight delay waiting for ambulance cover and we ready to go, unfortunately while waiting on the start line the guy behind me noticed i had a flat rear tyre, with no time to repair it i had to run my first race run with it flat which was interesting to say the least, with a quick turn around we were ready for our second runs and with a repaired rear puncture i was hoping for a quicker time, my second run didn’t go to plan with a tree that jumped out in front of me, and couple of hairy moments.

North downhill once again put on a great weekends race event and the only down side were the killer mozies that attacked through out Saturday & Sunday (seemed to like Richie the most!)

Well done to Liam for winning his category and becoming Yorkshire Champion

Race results: –

Liam McDermott (junior) 1st (2012 Yorkshire Champion)

Adam Hurst (junior) 7th

Richie Molloy (vets) 5th (2011 Yorkshire Champion)

Richard Marshall (vets) 4th (2012 Yorkshire Champion)