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

Aug 14, 2016
by Ian Lean  





Unfortunately the sun didn't shine in Shropshire today, but what an amazing day of racing nonetheless. A blanket of cloud stayed throughout the day which meant the trails were as dry if not drier than the previous day, and no overnight rain saw parts of the track inches deep in dust. With stages one to three in the bag from day one, riders were left to practice and race stages four to six for Sunday which were very similar to the previous day. Every stage was running fast as a few riders found out very quickly, towards the bottom of stage four a steep shoot into a very rocky and loose open corner saw some riders needing to hold on for dear life, others sampled some Shropshire dirt.

All stages claimed a few people today, most notably four and six. Unfortunately, as series leader Leigh Johnson found out on his first run of the day, the Welsh lad had a big crash hitting the ground hard enough to end his day rather quickly. Landing heavily on his shoulder and seeing his bike cartwheel down the track into the trees one would say he got away lightly, and hoping no further damage was caused we hope to see him back for round five.

With Leigh out of contention, it was up to Sam Shucksmith, Nikki Whiles, and John Owen to fight it out for the top spot. The same couldn't be said for the elite women's category, Tracy Moseley showing true professionalism on every stage, looking comfortable as ever someone had to be rather pinned to topple her this weekend.



Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two

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

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
The notorious dust bowl on stage four riders were greeted with this morning, the unfortunate corner Leigh Johnson crashed on.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Flat out drifting, like something you would see in Speedway.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day 1
No shortage of this stuff today!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Tom Dunn pinned on his Specialized 29er Hardtail, taking the win today. What a weapon.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
After witnessing this chap, Lewis Bradley have a massive crash this morning, we were surprised to see him jump back to his feet so quickly, brush himself off and push up for another. A lucky escape but that didn't hold him back, he looked quick all weekend!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Andrew Titley doing it for the Grand Vets, better style than most and most certainly not slowing down. Titley took 1st place today, not surprisingly. Jim Buchanan using his local knowledge to get himself on the podium again looking as stylish as ever.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
The open woodland which was part of the felling over the winter.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Bone dry conditions meant people certainly weren't holding back.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Riders with full face helmets were a minority this weekend, most people preferring the trail lid.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Lewis Summers didn't even fancy knee pads.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Like many others Philip Shucksmith about to cut up high onto the grass for the straighter line coming into the corner. A lot of riders were coming in very hot here, the other spot which claimed a few riders.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Unfortunately for Leigh due to a crash he had early in the morning on stage four, the tough Welsh lad had to sit out for the rest of the day. Let's hope there isn't any serious damage! Leigh should still maintain his lead at the top of the standings, but its going to mean some close racing at Innerleithen!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
It was a hard task for a lot of people, men included to keep up with Tracy, it was no surprise she took the win in the elite women's category, solidifying her lead at the top of the standings going into the last round.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
However, Maddie Brown was fastest through the speed trap today.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Even though Tracy was in a league of her own, all the women were pinned!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
The elite men's category was highly contested, Marin/Stans rider, Nikki Whiles coming home with a 3rd place today.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Safe to say he was enjoying the dry conditions!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
2nd place went to Sam Shucksmith, who will be looking to take the win at the last round to put himself in contention for the overall with Leigh Johnson.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Sam looked solid all weekend onboard his Whyte Bikes G-160

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
But your winner today was John Owen, local knowledge always helps they say.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
John had a rather snazzy looking new Orange which was pimped out.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Well done to John Owen on his win today, enjoy the bubbly.

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Enjoy!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
Here's to another amazing event by the British Enduro Series team, and the trail crew for making it happen. Top event!

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two

Cannondale British Enduro Series 2016 Round 4 - Eastridge Day Two
And Cannondale for supporting the events.

See you all at Innerleithen for round five and the final event for the British Enduro Series of 2016!


MENTIONS: @si-paton / @Leanback



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5 Comments

  • + 5
 was that really Lewis Summers ... or Richie Rude in disguise?
  • + 4
 I wish haha!
  • + 1
 "Andrew Titley doing it for the Grand Vets" - blimey he's aged 10 years in the past week Wink
  • + 1
 Haha he's going to kill me!
  • + 1
 @payner22 lookin snazzy

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