Halo BDS rd 3 Glencoe - Cancelled.

May 30, 2011
by Simon Paton  
This is why we are the top DH nation in the World, we don't let a spot of rain put us off.
This is why we are the top DH nation in the World, we don't let a spot of rain put us off.

Sunday 29th May 2011. Location: Glencoe Managers Office, in attendance, Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Tracy Moseley, UCI Commissaires, Glencoe Resort Management, Dave Franciosy and Si Paton. More importantly a clean, unfolded white piece of A4 paper, freshly printed, the latest weather forecast.

In summary increasing winds with 80mph gusts forecasted with heavy rain falling.

The chief UCI domestic commissaire and myself walked the track top to bottom come the start of practice and by the time we were down to the finish arena a meeting was called. We had already witnessed gondolas hitting the lift towers and a few riders being blown almost off track.

Sion Whitecross on the gas, or should I say lighter fluid..
Sion Whitecross on the gas, or should I say lighter fluid..

The chief UCI Commissaire made the call after listening to all the information presented and on safety grounds made the call to cancel the race. With the gondolas closed all day the option of a push up race was still not valid as the winds at the top were blustering at over 80mph. We ventured up the track after telling everyone the good/bad news (most were relieved!) to take the course tape and poles down. That in itself almost got canceled after one major gust took three of us clean off our feet.

The fastest window cleaner in Telford, Matt Simmonds is back to full strength with that ticky knee for CRC/Nukeproof
The fastest window cleaner in Telford, Matt Simmonds is back to full strength with that ticky knee for CRC/Nukeproof
CRC/Nukeproof Nige Page, current Masters leader
CRC/Nukeproof Nige Page, current Masters leader

The Atherton team truck is still standing at Glencoe carpark as I type this Monday morning. With the continuing high winds they are unable to take it down, they need a quiet spell. Hopefully the current weather situation in Scotland will settle down with the Fort William World Cup about to start. Word back from there is the chairlft has been closed for three days. Fingers crossed as I wouldn't fancy that as a push up race, would you? At least the mechanics wouldn't need to take the rollers up would they..

Santa Cruz Syndicate's Josh Bryceland rocking the gaffa taped 5.10s. Not quite the same picture of him as the cover boy poster for this round that got distributed.
Santa Cruz Syndicate's Josh Bryceland rocking the gaffa taped 5.10s. Not quite the same picture of him as the cover boy poster for this round that got distributed.

Obviously no race results, so not much to write about.. Glencoe is 30minutes South of Fort William and the track is super tech and steep so if you like a challenge when traveling up to Fort William pop on by. The venue is a few hundred yards off the main road and the chairlift drops you 5 seconds from the start line. With a gentle gravity assisted roll down from the finish line for 20 seconds to the uplift again, winner! Just don't go there if it's windy!

In the meantime enjoy some nice pictures courtesy of Ian Maclennan.

Phil Attwill doing it for Saracen/Madison
Phil Attwill doing it for Saracen/Madison
Rachel Atherton will be at Fort William, no upside down forks on show today though
Rachel Atherton will be at Fort William, no upside down forks on show today though
Sweden in the house, Robin Wallner getting warmed up for Fort William
Sweden in the house, Robin Wallner getting warmed up for Fort William
Rhubarb managing to get his wheels off the ground between the gusts of wind
Rhubarb managing to get his wheels off the ground between the gusts of wind
Fair play to all the riders, despite the awful weather conditions they battled on
Fair play to all the riders, despite the awful weather conditions they battled on
SPS Syndicate and Masters ripper Chris Griffiths sporting his carbon V10 whilst checking out the track below
SPS Syndicate and Masters ripper Chris Griffiths sporting his carbon V10 whilst checking out the track below
Andy Hughes
Andy Hughes
Cameron Cole
Cameron Cole
Chris Hutchens
Chris Hutchens
Helen Gaskell
Helen Gaskell
Jack Reading one of only a handful to clear the last jump
Jack Reading one of only a handful to clear the last jump
Glencoe has got some nice bits!
Glencoe has got some nice bits!

Stay Unclipped!

Si Paton..
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24 Comments

  • + 3
 So stoked to see simonds back out racing again! Best of luck dude. About halfway through the one guy had the goggles that work like windowshield wipers, sickk!
  • + 2
 its fair to say we have all ridden in conditions similar, bearing the spirit of mountain biking on our shoulders, but secretly crying inside as your wheels want to go home different ways. But it must be done
  • + 1
 Sucks for everyone it was cancelled but was the weather forecast not available before everyone drove up to Scotland and spent all their money then? I know it must have been gutting to make the call but you must have had a general idea of the weather surely? Quite glad I didn't go!
  • + 4
 Weather is really unpredictable in that part of Scotland.
  • - 19
flag nouser (May 30, 2011 at 14:47) (Below Threshold)
 wimps, should have run it
  • + 3
 If you watch the video by Scott Marshall of the event (username Marsha11) then there is an interview with dave in which he said that the weather was initially supposed to calm down, but then they got another forecast through with a warning for high winds and their own weather station was showing extremely high winds. The marshalls couldn't stand up at the top, thats how windy it was.
  • + 4
 So whats happening to all the prize money for this race,
double roll over at the next round aye?
  • + 2
 Just since there was supposedly going to be 3 grand prize money - I'll take from the lack of response that none of the riders are ever going to see any of that prize money then....
  • + 2
 Yeh I was racing at farmer Johns near Stockport. About 30 riders traveled down from Glencoe to race there instead. That's commitment.
  • + 1
 I was tempted. Figured most people would be at Glencoe leaving a nice open track down there.
  • + 2
 Wasn't racing, but was there. The circumstances were unfortunate, and anyone who said the track wasn't up to just couldn't handle it because its such a fun track to ride!
  • + 4
 good ol british (scotish) weather messin up plans
  • + 3
 Really bad luck Si I know how much effort and time you put into your events.
  • + 1
 Callum, well spotted, many thanks. The brains still recovering as is the body after the mega drive! Wedgbury the current Mrs P will leave me the day you beat me down a hill!
  • + 2
 we were all at farmer johns then at about 02:00 in the morning a load of you lot rolled up to race there instead! Razz
  • + 2
 That sucks that it got cancelled.I think that second last picture should get POD its great
  • + 1
 Does it look like quite a few of the riders in these pics are running their 'spare' helmets?
  • + 2
 Hey Ian, how did you keep your camera gear dry ?? Pictures are awsome !
  • + 2
 Canon 1D bodies and many L lenses are water resistant so the odd shower is not a problem. However torrential rain and flying mud and stones are a different matter, so I eventually resorted to using a Kata rain cover. This works well and provides protection against small stones too but, even with this protection, by the end of the day everything was liberally coated in mud, including me. My 580EXII flashguns didn't have the benefit of any rain jackets but happily withstood torrential rain for at least an hour without any problems.
  • + 1
 Hi Ian, Thx for the Infoand tips ! I took pictures for the first time at a Downhill in Todtnau two weeks ago and was amazed at just how dirty my gear was from the dust, not to mention flying stones !! I didn't even consider that beforehand. Getting great DH Photos is also an extreme sport then ;-)
  • + 2
 whens your divorce coming through?...........si.
  • + 1
 i was riding in that weather up moelfry the other week awful conditions
  • + 1
 Si, the second photo is sion whitecross not leon rosser
  • + 1
 Hope Fort Bill still happens!

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