Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016, Round 4 - Eastridge, Day 1

Aug 13, 2016
by Ian Lean  



Welcome to Round 4 of the Cannondale British Enduro Series in Shropshire, just one hour west of Birmingham.

Eastridge Woods are nestled amongst a hilltop woodland setting in the Shropshire Hills near the small town of Pontesbury. Eastridge was a famous and regular venue for downhill racing in the late 90's with Steve Peat racing here for the 1999 UK National Championships, where he won with a time of 2:00:27 beating Scotland's Crawford Carrick-Anderson.

The terrain is rocky with exposed roots littering the tracks here from top to bottom, luckily the riders have been blessed with dusty dry conditions. Over the winter, it has undergone a facelift after substantial tree felling work meaning there are a good mix of trails from dense woodland to open hillside. All thanks to the Eastridge Trail Partnership headed up by Andy Woodvine and his team of trail diggers and sculptors.

For Round 4 this weekend we saw riders practice and race stages 1 to 3 with practice in the morning and racing commencing at 14:00. This gave riders ample time to dial the tracks in as well as head back to the pits to get their bikes serviced from the likes of Shimano, SRAM and Crankbrothers.

Everyone woke to spots of light rain this morning, the clouds dispersed and British summer time finally arrived. To say the conditions were dry was an understatement, for any rider following another would most definitely have eaten dust for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The weather forecast for Sunday is looking even better for the three stages on offer from the tried and trusted BES team.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1



Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1



Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1



Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Ankle deep in some areas, rain this morning made little difference.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
No moisture to hold riders in corners, things got a little loose today.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Plenty of switchbacks in the forest.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
People held it wide open in the dry conditions.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Leon Rosser using his DH skills to keep it pinned.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Tracy Moseley is comfortably in the lead after Day 1, not sure anyone will be able to topple her tomorrow.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Early morning turn bars for Chris Hutchens, who needs porridge anyway.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
The men weren't the only ones not holding back today in the dry conditions.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Nikki Whiles of Marin/Stans has looked focused all day, wouldn't be surprised if you see this man on the podium tomorrow.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
In his natural habitat going by the look of the kit and berry combination.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Andrew Titley keeping it low.


Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Leigh Johnson of Marin/Stans at the top after day 1, probably not a surprise to many people.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
The man currently sat in 1st place, Leigh Johnson has had blistering speed all day on board his Marin.

Stages 4, 5 and 6 practice starts at 09:00 on Sunday morning with racing starting at 13:00, stay tuned for a photo fest tomorrow evening and to see if Tracy Moseley and Leigh Johnson maintain their leads come the final stages.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Pink sky at night shepherd's delight?

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
Cheers, see you tomorrow!

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4 Comments

  • 2 0
 Eastridge, Shropshire is not in Wales.
  • 2 0
 Mint trails.....quality event too
  • 1 0
 Eastridge or Cannock Chase? Not really a contest.
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