Saracen BDS Rd1 Combe Sydenham, pre-race walkabout.

It’s showtime,  round 1 of the Saracen British Downhill Series is on at Combe Sydenham Country Park in Somerset.

Words and photos: Iain Woodley

I finished work at 5 and pootled over for a walkabout and see who has turned up so far.  No track time on Friday but early birds get to spend time scoping out line choice.  The campsite was filling up,  I found a quiet spot, parked up and went walkabout.

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Found signing in and Manon Carpenter,  got roped into helping Si do some taping and take the yellow windsock up to the field jumps.

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As we head up the hill we bump into Team CRC,  Sam, Nigel and Matt,  i didn’t think Nigel was racing as he wasn’t in Vets cat,  he is racing and is playing in expert cat.

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Then we bump into Team GT.

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Wind sock planted and we carry on checking taping.

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The Face book spoof shot of the super pro line….  the ramp taped in was on top of the kicker,  it’s staying where it is for the racing :)

Met a few faces on the way up,  riders from all over the country,   team Rock Gardener from Yorkshire,  with a few more team mates down in the campsite,  all looking forward to uplift kicking off Saturday morning.

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With taping checked we came back down,  Si zipped off to check on other things,  the smell from the burger wagon reminded me i was hungry and it was getting dark,  so i wandered off home.

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All the pro-bikes where under wraps and being prepped for practice,  as i walked through the pro pit i could hear “snip”  “snip”  “snip”  Team GT are customising tyres,  perhaps the suspect weather forecast has a hand in this.

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That’s the scene a few hours ago,  heavy rain on Thursday night,  track is dry today, changeable weather for the weekend.

Hopefully i will be about Saturday afternoon,  try and get some riders and bikes,  maybe an update Saturday night.

 

Ace.

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  1. Andrew

    Nice update. thanks.

  2. billy

    Looks like it might be wellie weather tomorrow!

  3. tdiddy

    what front fenders are the Atherton’s running on their top secret new gt’s? I haven’t seen them anywhere before.

  4. scant

    athertons are using dfender mudguards

  5. billy

    Ed should have a feature up next week about these new light weight carbon guards…stay tuned.

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