Last race’s winner Fergus Ryan (MTB Beds Tea Maker) clearly isn’t used to the pedalling after being spoilt with the gradient in Morzine taking fourth and Legend Tim Ponting still showing no signs of slowing down finishing 5th (He would have won his age cat). Not bad for a guy nearly double the age of some of the competition – sorry Tim!
In hardtail, five guys made the challenge of getting down on a hardtail with Josh Morris taking the win with a (1.54.42) with Finn Chapman (1.58.83) and Tom Bell rounding out the podium with a (2.01.32)
The Rippers category is for the 10-12 year olds. There was a good turn out of 25 Brave youngsters with the top three all finishing on the same second! Rudi Elchhorn just pipped local Will Haines and Alfie Heming by 0.30 of a second – over two minutes thats tight racing!
The Juvenile Boys saw Toby Driscoll stopped the clock with a 1.53.81 putting just over a second into Pedalabikeaway rider Jacey Harris and D&D cycles rider Dominic Platt.
Youth BMX rider Ethan Craik (Gosport BMX Club) demonstrating he can ride a big bike as well putting over 4 seconds into his closest rival and finishing in the Top 20 overall with Grady Jones and Elis Roberts rounding out the Top 3.
Juniors saw some quick Young guns as well with Jordan Beighton stopping the clock with a 1.44.79 just edging Dec Willicombe (1.45.88) and Jake Gaskell (1.46.69).
Seniors once again put on some tight racing with some quick times with Connor Buxton stopping the clock on a (1.43.24) just pipping Tom Creber (1.43.97) and Matt Lynn (1.44.16).
Masters saw Enduro Rider Oliver McKenna (1.44.45) pip Old school World Cup Racer Nick Platt (1.45.47) and another fellow Enduro Rider Tomas Kupstys (1.48.22).
Veterans saw Wayne Davies taking the win stopping the clock on (1.46.98) over Lee Howells (1.47.05) and Pete Crump (1.50.08) rounding out the Top 3.
Ian Bray was the only Grand vet to get under the 2 minute barrier with (1.56.74) with Mark James and Mark Taylor prove they aren’t thinking of hanging the bike up just yet!
Mini Downhills have been extremely good for encouraging female riders to race and their numbers have been getting bigger and bigger by the year – this race had 41 women on the start sheet!
10-18 year old saw Rosy Monaghan winning by by over 10 seconds to Elon Berry and Jenna Fellows.
19-29 Senior women saw Aston Tutt being the only girl who got sub 2 minutes with a (1.58.94) with Abbie Sloan and Katie Perkin finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Master Women saw some old school faces with Mojo suspensions Aimee Dix pipping ex Team Animals Jo Ponting and 417 Flyup’s Amanda Tanfield.
Veteran Woman saw 8 riders compete with Renee Diwell take the spoils over Suzy Dickens and Joanna Tucker.
All in a great weekend for all abilities looking to get into or have fun under the clock, The next race is 25th February 2018.
Full Results can be found at https://www.rootsandrain.com/race6084/2018-jan-28-onza-tyres-mini-dh-1-forest-of-dean/results/filters/overall/
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