Round 3 of the Onza Mini Downhill saw riders battle it out on a sort and sharp track to test all abilities. The mixture of sunshine and rain before the race made track conditions perfect for Sunday. On track, it was all about keeping to your line and finding the grip underneath your tyres.
Out of the start and you're straight into the action, the famous hip jump on 'Corkscrew' is the first obstacle to tackle. It's long and fast making it daunting for most people. Many riders opted to keep it low while some decided to take the opportunity to gain some style points.
After the hip, there was a range of flowing bends that had various line options which could shave a few milliseconds off your run and could have decided if you were going to be on the podium or not. This part of the track was all about keeping flow and consistency from turn-to-turn. Many riders liked this section.
Just before crossing the road, there was a mixture of smaller jumps and drops to navigate. This was a section to gain composure and rest before tackling the steepest and most technical part of the track. Keeping off the brakes throughout the top section was the aim if you wanted to be on the podium.
The lower part of the track was the complete opposite to the top. A mixture of slippery roots and tight trees made it scary when travelling at race pace. Riders had a mixture of line choices which made for some great spectator viewing.
The high line was definitely the quickest option but was the toughest part of the track. Too fast or go offline and it's going to hurt. Most riders who chose this option got through with no problem where others struggled. Some of the 'Rippers' category riders saw it as a 'great test' to enhance their skills before heading to other races.
Crowds on the last few turns into the finish. It was great to see people and riders stay and support each other before going home. It definitely pushed riders to go faster and various line choices were used to widen the last left-hander and keep speed to the finish.
The last strait run into the finish. This allowed racers to get off the brakes and go 'flat out', but, you had to tackle a flat right turn. Too fast and you can easily wash out and ruin your run here, it depends who had confidence in their ability to keep the bike upright in the turn. A few pedal strokes and you were over the line and hopefully in the top 3.
People also enjoyed the racing from the comfort of their own home, the live stream on the Mini Downhill attracted a lot of attention.
There is a long break before the last round at the end of the year, it is going to be exciting to see if riders improve over the summer period and crown our Mini Downhill champions.
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