May 18, 2012
Double the fun with two Mini DH races
Last weekend was packed full of exciting of racing with two rounds of the Scottish Cycling Youth Mini DH series. First up it was off to Newmilns near Kilmarnock to the Extreme Valley Riders Bike park next to the dry ski slope. The course was a mix of berms and small table tops with a few challenging flat and off camber turns to break the rhythm. After the morning practice session the sun came out just in time for the stop for lunch with our hosts firing up the BBQ. The racing was a reasonably relaxed affair with four timed laps per rider. This allowed a bit of time to hunt down the best lines to shave the valuable seconds off the run times.
Have a look at the full results for Newmilns.
Then it was off up the road to Stirling to set Sundays course in the shadow of the Wallace monument. With the previous two rounds being a mostly man made affair it was time for a near 100% natural trail, but with a weather forecast that was threatening a whole lot of rain competitors were a tiny bit nervous!
Sunday morning and it was dry start for the 38 riders at sign on, it was a steep push up the hill but it was worth it for a great natural course that evolved through the practice session with some muddy sections, ruts and roots popping up to keep the riders on their toes. With the course and the weather changing as each rider passed there was a noticeable difference between first and second runs for nearly the entire field.
Have a look at the full results for Stirling.