Seniors next. It’s great to see that Warren Field has finally received the support via he deserves, thanks to 2:1 Racing. He was onboard his new Specialised Demo and took the win over Archie Box and Tom Prestedge – all going significantly quicker in their second runs.
Matthew Lakin just nosed his way in front of Dirt Jump and Flyup 417 project shredder Tom Gethin in Masters with Ben Day bringing up the top 3 respectively.
Veteran Guy Theron took the win with a time that would have placed him first in the masters (there’s still life in the old dog yet!). He was just in front of Lee Howells and Pete Crump.
In Grand Veterans an absent Pete Little meant a shake up in the podium with Mark Taylor taking the win by over 5 seconds with Stephen Lewis and Mark James coming home 2nd and 3rd.
Hardtails were faced with a tough track! 10 riders took on the challenge with Linford Mill coming home with a respectable time 1.16. Matthew Shearn came down behind him and Ben Jones scraped 3rd on the same second as the two other riders behind him.
A great thing about MiniDH is the strong ladies field – with over 20 racing. Rosy Monaghan took the Youth girls win ahead of Corinna Brisbourne. Senior Ladies saw Abbie Sloan take a good winning margin in front of Maddy Brown and Chloe Buys. Master Ladies saw Irish Erika Mcdermott literally edge Ellie Dewdney by a tire knobble (0.009 of a second) with Ami Grindley bringing up the top 3. Veteran Woman saw Rene Stent taking a convincing 21 second victory over Susan Digges La Touche and Gayle Atherfold-Dudley in 2nd and 3rd.
Last but by no means least were the Expert/Elite racers.
On first runs Glenroy Martin (Grips MTB Race team) set the pace with an outstanding time in the wet condition with myself (Ben Deakin / DMR Bikes) following in 2nd and legendary mr Old Skool former multi National and Masters World Champ Tim Ponting (Mondraker UK) in 3rd.
This all changed by second runs as the track dried out. Unfortunately for Tim and myself we tried a little too hard on second runs both tasting Forest of Dean’s finest mud leaving nothing to do other than show boat for the crowd on the way down.
Local pinner Kyle Hall had crashed on his first run and wasn’t going to let all the practice he had clocked up the day before go to waste! He pushed me down to 3rd and took 2nd, just 0.050 off the win.
Mini Downhill races are a real good laugh with a great vibe. The race was run on a track that was a challenge at speed but also one that the beginners could negotiate and get some experience with slightly easier lines around the hard stuff. So a great place to start for a first race.
Thanks to Chris and the Naked Racing team for the organisation. Huge thanks to the medics, marshals and spectators who braved the cold conditions all day and added to the already great atmosphere this race has to offer.
The next Mini Downhill will be on Sunday 26 March at Forest of Dean. Entries are open here.
Cheers Deaks! #OiOi