Pearce Cycles, based in Ludlow, Shropshire, a family owned company run by Lindsey and Dave Pearce, has been in the cycling business since 1991. However, the shop does not just sell bikes – it is also involved in the organisation of the sport at a regional and national level, and puts on an annual British Cycling-affiliated Regional A Ranking downhill race series.
Races are split into different categories for different levels of ability. Naturally, most interest is focused on the Elite and Elite Women competitions, where star names such as GT Factory Racing’s Gee Atherton and Marc Beaumont have taken part in recent years, but there are also Expert, Grand Veteran, Junior, Juvenile, Master, Senior, Veteran and Youth categories. Winning the overall men’s series in 2013 was Harry Molloy (Madison Saracen), while the women’s title went to Jess Stone.
The 2014 series expanded to six races, and kicked off at Hopton Woods in Shropshire on 12th April. The Elite Men’s race was won by Reece Langhorn, finishing narrowly ahead of Glenroy Martin (Team Aston Hill/Banshee) and Robert Smith. In the Elite Women’s competition, Stone was victorious, ahead of Suzanne Lacey (Team Aston Hill/Banshee) and Jess Greaves (Don Skene Cycles).
Next stop in the series is at Rhydyfelin, Llangynog, Powys in May, and the series returns to Rhydyfelin in June. It then moves on Bringewood, near Ludlow for round 4 in July, and Kinsham, near Presteigne in Herefordshire in August, before finishing off in Bucknell Woods, Shropshire, at the end of September.