Video: Madison Saracen 2013 - Episode 4: Regeneration

Apr 11, 2013
by Laurence Crossman-Emms  
 
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The weather in the UK has starting to turn a corner after a long, hard winter. Temperatures are up, the sun is making an appearance and the trails are dry, dusty and fast but not for long: they call them April showers for a reason.

Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Regeneration Aston Hill Halton UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Regeneration Aston Hill Halton UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Regeneration Aston Hill Halton UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

In many ways the UK is slightly polarized when it comes to quality downhill riding. The hills and mountains of Wales, Scotland and northern England are ideal training for World Cup-length tracks. However, for those people close to the capital, there are a number of great locations to train on without having to travel for hours. Aston Hill is one of these places.

Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Regeneration Aston Hill Halton UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Kit and bikes are all looking tidy for the first race of the season this weekend - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Nestled in the Chiltern Hills (a certified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of London, Aston Hill has been on the map since 1996. With five graded DH runs emanating from the steep hillside, Aston Hill takes no prisoners with its mixture of chalk and flint that is made all the more lethal with the slightest hint of moisture. In recent times Aston Hill has shot to prominence with the opening of the Surface to Air trail, a smooth, flowy trail full of berms, fun drops and inviting jumps. This trail is very different to the others on offer at Aston Hill, but gives you the ability to mix up speed and style with roots and some hefty gradients.

Dense woods and big jumps Aston Hill has it all with their flagship freeride trail Surface to Air - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Regeneration Aston Hill Halton UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Pinned and getting a little loose at Aston Hill. Harry is on for a season - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Harry Molloy is a focused individual for 2013. Whilst pulling out some solid results on the both the domestic and world stage, Harry never quite found the form to match his potential. The off-season has been a time to take stock, to regenerate and hit the race season with confidence and positivity. World Cup tracks are changing. No longer is it all about roots and rocks ­just take a look at the groomed styling of Leogang or the smooth flow of Pietermaritzburg. To be successful and consistent requires mastery of multiple styles of track, mixed with the ability to put the hammer down on the pedals when its required.

Harry Molloy stepping it up on Surface to Air - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
All kitted up and ready to drop it what can only be described as the first day of summer in the UK - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison and Shimano work closely with the guys at Aston Hill to make it a go to venue in the South - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

It may have been a hard winter on our island but Spring is now here, the domestic race season is starting up again and after a period of regenerating fitness, focus and motivation the drive now moves on to the time on the clock as the line is crossed.

This is now the third year of the Madison Saracen team and after three years on the team, 2013 should be a great year for Harry as he looks to build on a solid foundation.

Photography & Videography: Laurence Crossman-Emms (www.laurence-ce.com)

Previous Episodes//
Episode 1: Preparation
Episode 2: Apprentice
Episode 3: Conditioning

Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Conditioning Risca South Wales UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracen 2013 Ep.3 Regeneration Aston Hill Halton UK. Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
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41 Comments

  • + 22
 Saracen makes a damn nice looking bike
  • - 25
 True, but that and a trendy soundtrack doesn't really do much to disguise what is a pretty boring video
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  • + 9
 This track looks so amazing, damn, its not around the next corner ;( props for riding this with such a niiice style! Nice ankles on filming. No doubt a VODedit.
  • + 13
 Angles and ankles are two very different things my friend haha
  • + 5
 Yep, the track is awesome!. But for shred with a 4x hardtail
  • + 4
 That track is so steep, that guy makes it look like nothing :/
  • + 2
 Defiantly looks like it would be fun to ride on a hardtail
  • + 2
 DannyJB: yesterday i fooled someone else cause of poor typo, today i was teached. i forgot for a sec where im on, @ pb, another wellknown podium, for a free english lesson. really appreciate that! Big Grin
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  • + 2
 Does it really matter what bike ur on.... big bike small bike who cares as long as the rider is having fun who gives a f***
big bikes are fun the give you the confidence to go bigger and not worry so much, small travel/hard tails r faster and less for giving but bo put a big smile on your face :-)
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  • + 4
 great track, great edit, sick goggles
  • + 2
 dem goggles!
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  • + 1
 've taken shits that have sounded more appealing than that music....sick riding though
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  • + 1
 Awesome power wheelie. Not been to Aston Hill in a few years.. Looks like they've been busy!
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  • + 1
 I remember seeing him race at Blandford. He smoked the entire field. This boy's quick.
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  • + 3
 i NEED those goggles
  • + 1
 what brand ??
  • + 1
 They are Dragon NFX goggles
  • + 1
 Dragon I believe - that's the logo and his sponsor.
  • + 1
 Dragon Goggles
  • + 1
 Shame they cost about ¬£100
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  • + 1
 That was tasty! Nice beats.. Ride what pleases you,..and ill also add that those goggles are lookn good!
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  • + 1
 great video (the part from minute 1:00 woohaaa)
and sick photos! (both, action and portraits)
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  • + 1
 great riding, trail and amazing edit. triple threat.....added to favorites!
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  • + 1
 why DH bike on this highway? FAKIN.
  • + 1
 The video hides how rough it is. It's Aston Hill's surface to air track. You can ride it on a hardtail, don't get me wrong, but I'd rather take a 6+ inch bike.
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  • + 1
 Sick riding, so much power! Great video!
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  • + 0
 Second webisode I had to mute because the music was annoying, Edits are good, just pick a good soundtrack.
  • + 12
 Personally Laurence I think all the sound tracks have been bang on the money... Keep em coming mate!
  • + 2
 Awesome edit as usual, but yeah, could've lived without the music, but then I'm more Radio 6 than Radio 1...
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  • + 1
 just found a picture of where the trail ends Smile
  • + 1
 where is this place???
  • + 1
 Aston hill - surface to air Sick track
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  • + 1
 Adding this to my list of places to ride... Looks so flowy and awesome!
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  • + 1
 Looks great as usual, now I can't wait to get over there again!
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  • + 0
 do alot of dh riders ride clipped in these days?
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  • + 1
 lol wot a gogle
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  • - 1
 That's some incredibly shit music
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