Youth men (15-16 year olds) saw Morgan Tyrrell take the win in front of team-mate Chris Cumming with Dec Wilicombe rounding up the Top 3.
Juniors saw some seriously quick times with Jordan Beighton taking a 3-second-win with a time to put him up with the big boys finishing 5th overall with Owen Martin and Riley Jenner both securing their positions on the podium.
Seniors saw the tightest racing with the top 4 separated by less than a second with Archie Box finishing a nose whisker in front of Jay Little and Joe Bremner-Foord rounding out the top 3.
I’m pleased to say that I’d have won the Masters category – but I didn’t want to sandbag and raced in elite. One-time pro BMX’er Scott Edgworth took the win with Lines Kupstys and James Weames ending in 2nd and 3rd respectively behind him.
The veterans saw Pete Crump a seasoned racer take a convincing 2 second win with Chris Blackmoore and Matt Burridge rounding up the Top 3.
The Grand Vets saw 7 riders take to the hill with Pete Little putting 21 seconds into the rest of his category (someone check his ID!). Mark Taylor took 2nd and Steve Lewis 3rd.
22 women showed up to race which is a great turn out for any race! The fastest female on the day was Natasha Bradley taking the win ahead of Aston Tutt and Abbie Sloan in Seniors.
Youth girls saw Rosy Monaghan taking the win in front of Ellen Flewitt and Corinna Brisbourne.
Master woman saw Erika Mcdermott take the win in front of Hazel Wakefield and Kate Gries.
Veteran Woman saw 4 girls compete with Lindsay Hanley edging her way in front of Rene Stent and Kasey Brock rounding out the podium.
The top boys field dominated by the ginger pocket rocket Charlie Hatton. He pushed hard from the start with a 1.32.960. Rich Thomas from Wideopenmag snapped at his heels with a 1.33.640 and Irish EWS racer Kelan Grant (also on Wideopenmag) followed him down with a 1.35.100.
The light was fading fast for second runs and it was super hard to see in the trees. Despite that Rich and Charlie both beat their first run times. I had a mare but was stoked to show the young guns a thing or two and raced in elite rather than my age category (masters). I scored 6th overall and 5th in Pro Am category.
Overall the Mini Downhill races are a real good laugh with a great vibe. The fact that the race was fully booked weeks ahead tells the story of how good they are. The race was run on a track that advanced riders can challenge themselves on with creative lines but also one that the beginners can safely negotiate and get some experience. Everything had chicken runs and rollable features, making everything safe and enjoyable.
Thanks to Chris and the Naked Racing team for a brilliant race. 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. Healing vibes also to the lady who went to hospital.
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