Paul Roberts hitched a lift up to Caersws at the weekend to film the action for MSC/Descent Gear NPS round 4 for DirtTV.
Gaskell and Simmonds took the main honours on the short flat out track. Conditions looked perfect, dry and dusty. Sit back and enjoy.
Full results on Mikrotime.
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Stu “Sheriff” Thomson from MTBCut was also at Caersws, check out his banger of a video below.
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Here’s some words from Elite winner Matt Simmonds courtesy of CRC/Intense team boss Nige Page.
Upon my return from Canada following the Bromont World Cup, I had planned on a few weeks rest and recovery, before preparing for the final round of the World Cup in Schladming, Austria. However, instead I found myself driving to Mid Wales for the fourth round of the British National Point Series at Caersws. Caersws has been the location of a number of races over the last six years and the hill hosts a number of different courses. On this occasion one of the steeper tracks was used, the top of which consisted of stumpy off camber sections leading into some really steep turns and then continued to the best section in my opinion; some real fast jumps!
The whole of Saturday was assigned for practice, this made for a fun days riding with friends that I hadn’t seen for a while. By the end of the day, I felt I knew the course well with my confidence high leading in to Sundays seeding run.
On Sunday, my qualifying run went well – going hard at the top of the course, then conserving some energy for the final in the lower sections, I crossed the line with a time of 1:36, which placed me in second place in the elite category, being just piped to first place by Tom Deacon who was less than a second faster. I was feeling confident as the final runs approached later that afternoon.
Come final runs, the track was becoming blown out due to the dusty conditions, this caused a few casualties. My run was 98% perfect with only a few slip ups on the bottom section where I did not manage to carry as much speed as I had done earlier in the day, but made up for it with some super strong pedaling. I came across the line with a time of 1:33:005, taking the hot seat, and subsequently the win.
Big shout out to James Hughes who managed to stay on his bike and took second place ahead of Dave Smith in third.
Many thanks to SPS for a great weekends racing.
DirtTV:NPS descentgear round 4 Caersws