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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Photos: David Price Photography