Saracen BDS Race Preview (April 13-14th)

Apr 11, 2013 at 0:05
Apr 11, 2013
by Simon Paton  
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This weekend sees round one of the Saracen British Downhill Series (BDS) on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of April 2013. 330 of the UKs fastest riders in the World will be battling it down in the South West of England in Combe Sydenham.

The course is long and flowing, littered with roots and rocks to catch even the finest riders in the World out. A huge step down greets the riders as they enter the long field with man made berms and jumps before they hit the last woods and a super steep rock chute which will again cause carnage.

Up for grabs is a share of the series' prize fund £11,000 in cash and over £20,000 in prizes.

Last year GT's Marc Beaumont took top honours whilst Gee Atherton was out with a broken leg. CRC/Nukeproof's Sam Hill is racing, so expect the Aussie ripper up on the podium from the on form, former World Champion.

Nuke Proof Sam Hill Signature Components - Seat

World Exclusive, Sam will also be showcasing his new product range at Combe Sydenham.

Manon set for a storming season on Madison Saracen - Laurence CE -

The big battle for the ladies will be between GT's Rachel Atherton and Saracen's Manon Carpenter with Tahnee Seagrave trying to squeeze her way in as well.

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Getting sideways over the table at round one of the British Downhill Series.

Brendan Fairclough, get your cameras ready..

The Venue:
Combe Sydenham country park is situated on the eastern edge of the Exmoor National Park. The venue is well signposted from every direction, just follow the brown tourist signs. The venue is accessed off the B3188, between Elworthy and Monksilver. The nearest Motorway junction is J25 of the M5 Taunton. Postcode: TA4 4JG. Parking is £5.00 per vehicle with spectating free.

take at combe sydenham downhill round 1

Get busy now with the cardboard and colouring crayons.

2013 Race Schedule:
09:30 Open practice for all riders.
18:00 Course Closed.

08:30 Open Practice for all.
11:00 Timed Seeding Run followed by one timed race run.
17:30 Podium for top five in each category.

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Round 1 of the BDS from Combe Sydenham
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  • + 10
 Everyone's going to be dry humping Hill!
  • + 6
 This will be LIVE on (formerly known as freecaster) Sunday. Psyched. Peaty, Hart, Atherton, Beaumont, Bryceland, Fairclough and Hill!
  • + 0
 Hart is in USA ... i supposed
  • + 0
 I wish it was cheaper to enter! £70 entry plus £60/70 for a race licence! I probably wouldn't win but know a load of racers who I am one would definitely enter if we had the money and we beat a lot of the guys who are going
  • + 1
 We didn't get any snow. It was even dry & dusty...last weekend!!
Think Peaty & Bryceland are in the US with Santa Cruz.
  • + 3
 Better get Some security to the crc pits!
  • + 1
 Off first thing tomorrow to setup camp, soo pumped to see the pros hammer down combe!!
  • + 2
 Sponge Bob!!!!!!
  • + 1
 By all accounts peaty isn't attending now.
  • + 1
 Is there still snow there?

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