Emyr Davies and Jess Stone go top of the box at the Forest of Dean 661 Mini Downhill this weekend.

Emyr knocked out a 55.14 with Jess Stone on a 1:02.64.

Full results are up on Naked Racing.

Local rider Olly Hopkinson put down his bike and picked up his video camera to bang out this edit.

Ed H and Jon The designer were racing for Dirt, I'll add their thoughts here soon.

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Filmed with: 1 Flip video camera, 1x drift helmet camera

Music: Queen- Bicycle Race

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Here's Dirt Designer Jon Gregory's thoughts:

A bit of Rough and Smooth.

I headed down to the Mini DH at the Forest of Dean on Sunday with a few mates. Chris Roberts and his crew had decided to move things over a little and run the race on the Corkscrew track. It was an inspired choice and made for some great racing. Margins were close and speeds were high. It was a track of two halves...a pedally blast up top favouring the skills of the seasoned dual and 4X racers with plenty to pump, jump and turn and it also favoured the shorter travel bikes. Down below and across the fire road the trajectory straightened a little, sped up and got a bit crazy.

The going was rough and it took a lot of skill to hold any kind of line at speed. There were multiple line choices for those that could see them and a couple of big rutted corners near the bottom to sort the men form the boys. Conditions were greasy and the spectators were treated to a few spectacular crashes throughout the day. As far as I know though nobody was seriously hurt.

The bottom definitely suited a bigger and more stable machine. Anywhere around the minute mark and you were doing well. Another great day out and the perfect introduction to racing downhill for riders of all ages and skill levels. Everybody I saw was beaming. The push up was a doddle and if you could peel your self out of bed early enough there was more than enough time to get in five or six practice runs completed before your first timed run. Happy days.


Photos: Mark Armstrong/ Matt Grindrod