The third round of the Haibike Mini Enduro was back at the Forest of Dean but with a twist. Brand new trails that have never been raced with many people unaware where the stages were—it made for a great days racing.
Davi Roberts charging on his E-bike down the steep and loamy Stage 1
Stage 1 was pure loam from start to finish, the riders were buying about this short but amazing stage. People were also doing multiple runs in the morning of it just because the turns were so much fun! With various line choices and high-speed sections in between, it was crucial to keep momentum and flow throughout.
Jayden Randell tackling the steep chute on Stage 2, this was a challenge for most riders as it was long and fast.
Another amazing stage, another challenge for the racers. This stage consisted technical sections throughout, with tight turns and steep chutes. It kept the riders focused and on their toes throughout. The middle section caught a lot of people out but everyone had a smile on their face at the end of the stage.
One rider keeping the momentum going throughout the twisting trees of the Forest of Dean.
Heading back over the road and into the main Forest of Dean trail centre area. Stage 3 awaited the riders who were halfway through the loop. Stage 3 started with a flat sprint before crossing the road and into another set of amazing switchbacks that snaked down the loamy hillside and to the bottom. The stage was short but intense as riders were slowly getting tired but the smiles at the bottom remained constant.
You got one shot to impress on the finish jump...dont bottle it!
One more climb to the top and its time to start the penultimate stage of the day. It was the most physical stage of the day so riders could leave it all on the hill, after a long sprint along to top of the hill. It dropped into another set of steep and amazing switchbacks to take the riders back to the car park. It was amazing to see most of the riders stay at the finish and walk up to encourage and heckle the rest of the field to get them to the bottom of the stage with a big finisher jump to finish.
Throughout the day, I did not see one person without a smile on their face. It was definitely one of the best enduro races of the year. The stages and atmosphere were electric and everyone supported each other, even if it was a race.
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