Woodland Riders round 2 - Avalanche
Sloppy shredding in the South West
Photos: Chris Davison
Deep down in the South West, they do grassroots racing right. With both Chipshop and Gawton to pick from, there's no shortage of tracks for the Woodland Riders Winter Series that's currently entering its eighth year.
Over 150 riders turned up on a soggy Sunday with an overhauled Avalanche track awaiting them. It's a track defined by rooty straights, fun jumps and dark woods but the crux was a drop into a steep chute and a sharp, catch left that attracted the hecklers and left plenty of riders taking home some Tavistock soil on their backs.
Jay Williamson looked fast after a summer racing World Cups and a strong 61st place finish in Val di Sole. He was always going to be hard pushed by local ledge Ash Mullane though who was racing in the Masters category.
Mullane went fastest by over a second in run one with a 1:07.659 - a lead of over a second. His second run was .2 slower but Jay turned on the afterburners and rattled through in 1:07.446.
In the women's race, Maya Atkinson had to wait until her second run to claim victory too after initially falling two seconds down on Meghan Harris.
When you think of Devon and Cornwall what comes to mind? Pasties? Tractors? Surfing?
If that’s it then you a missing out big time. The southwest has some of the most gnarly and extreme spots to ride in the country and a truly grass roots riders run race series, Woodland Riders Racing!
WWR has been running races at Tavi woodlands and Gawton gravity hub since 2010. These sites are both run by an awesome team of downhill riders who give up their free time to bring you some insane trails that push you are your bike to the absolute limits. Both sites are funded by day passes and membership which is available at www.gawtongravityhub.co.uk
Gawton Gravity Hub has 4 main trails including everything from a red to a double back, it also has the rattler jump track and a pump track with a 5th track due to open next year. Flyup provide a uplift service on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you don’t fancy the push up.
Tavi woodlands which is ran by the same team of enthusiasts has over 11 downhill tracks full of features and will truly test your abilty of riding natural roots.
The 2017/2018 winter race series in already underway with two races completed so far one on each site and both sold out within weeks of going live on British cycling. At these events you get everyone from the little rippers to world cup riders including the steve peat syndicate rider Jay Williamson.
Jan 21st at Woodlands on Gnarkill.
March 4th at Gawton on Proper Job.
April 1st at Gawton on Supertavi.