As the sun goes down and the loam dries, we look back at last weekends highlights on each stage and see the action unfold from the Forest of Dean. With the new start/finish arena away from the main Forest of Dean car par, it meant new stages. Riders were faced with four challenging but exiting stages for them to tackle, all with a mixture of gradients and terrain to test their abilities.Stage 1
Firstly, riders were faced with one of the most physical stages of the day. This loamy single track trail would suit the fittest of athletes as it only had a few tricky sections such as off-camber roots while traversing along the fresh cut hillside. This would challenge the top elite riders on their physicality while trying to keep momentum over the obstacles that occurred throughout the long and pedal stage.Stage 2
Stage two was more intense with burlier features for the riders to face. The top section would consist of table tops and flat-out berms before dropping into more technical terrain along with steep chutes to take the riders to the finish. Pedalling at the start and keeping the bike on the correct line at the bottom would gift you with momentum into the last two stages.E-Bike Stage
Yep, you read that right! The E-bike category had another stage to tackle while out on the hill. Although it was short, it was very steep and super technical. Keeping your traction while pushing on the steep loam would not be easy before weaving in and out of the narrow trees at the finish.Stage 3
This stage was like Marmite for riders, you either 'Loved it or Hated it'. A loamy tight and loose top section would push a riders limits before plummeting down the steepest part of the day. The right-hand switchback caused havoc in practice and it did not stop for race runs, this could ruin your whole day and positions if you were caught by the 'sniper roots' on this stage.Stage 4
The final stage of the day would see riders giving it their all. This was flat out top-to-bottom with loamy turns throughout, it just got steeper and more loamy with every turn. There was not an unhappy face after this stage, the final stage concluded the day's action and would separate who was on the podiums and who didn't manage to keep up with the pace.
If you liked what you have seen, make sure you are there for round three of the Haibike Mini Enduro on the 14th of October.Results.
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