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Video: Forest of Dean Mini Downhill Series Finale

Dec 4, 2018
by Lewis Bradley  
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On a cold and gloomy Sunday morning, riders gathered and were ready to race the final round of the Mini Downhill of 2018. The legendary Ski-Run track would make its return with its challenging terrain and features to crown winners of the series. It was also great to see the variety of people in each category, meaning that it was no easy task to be on the podium at the end of the day.

Mini Downhill
The action packed Ski-Run offered no easy opportunity to make a perfect run happen.

The top half of track was littered in slippery roots but also offered a great amount of line choice for people to choose, riders would be out of the start hut and straight into the action. There were a lot of small gaps that saved a lot of time if riders opted for the risk as one wrong judgement could make them slip down the leaderboard. On a minute track, only slip could mean a lot if places.

Mini Downhill
One to watch...Young gun Ethan Craik destroyed the competition by 4 seconds!The only rider to gap down onto the fire road crossing.

After crossing the road the terrain would change, the loose rock had a mixture of drops and tight singletrack that could easily catch you out. It tested the riders ability to adapt but to also stay consistent when changing from slippery mud to a hard and rocky surface. Consistency was key throughout this section as rides needed to keep momentum while traversing across the mountain.

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The iconic Ski-Run jump is the stand out feature on the track.

Then it was into the lower section, this was a variation of berms and jumps that riders could either keep low or gain some style points for the photographers and spectators watching on. Fitness would be needed as the lower section is relatively flat compared to the rest of course, meaning that the enduro bike would be a lot more suited compared to the top.

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Over the road gap and into the final corners.

After that, the road gap and sweeping turns that you could hit as fast as you dare were the only features left to tackle. The risk vs reward on the track is high and riders were granted a solid result if they put a perfect run together.

Once again, it has been a great year for Mini Downhill with riders always stepping up to the challenge. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved and also to the sponsors that make it happen. We hope to see you very soon in 2019!

Results: https://www.rootsandrain.com/race7044/2018-dec-2-mini-dh-onza-mini-dh-forest-of-dean/results/

Blog & Video: Behind The Tape Productions
Photos: David Price Photography


5 Comments

  • + 4
 I only got into riding DH around 3 years ago and have been racing for just over 2 years, with almost all of them at the FOD.
This was yet another excellently run event, great atmosphere and Ski Run was as always a fun track. Absolutely love these races, my riding has improved immeasurably since I started racing, having had a number of coaching sessions with from Katy Curd and I'm much smoother on the bike. Just need to get off the brakes a little more :-)
  • + 3
 Me and my kids all raced again.. great event and loads of fun. Well done mini dh team, really well organised and good banter.... we’ll be back !!!
  • + 3
 Holy crap, look at the size of the children's categories in those results! Roughly half the entire field are under 18
  • + 2
 They were unbelievably fast too!!!
  • + 2
 Ski run awesome track

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