Race Day Photo Epic: Ard Rock 2021

Aug 8, 2021
by Tristan Tinn  



Here we are in Reeth, England for the Santa Cruz Ard Rock Enduro, supported by Maxxis. The event takes place on 100% natural, rock-strewn and rough terrain only rideable in the event! The event has been cancelled the past two years for hiccups of biblical proportions - floods and a plague. But despite the weather warnings - they are back!

There’s zero trail centre kitty litter at Ard Rock, just ancient trails and paths with more flowing, steep and technical riding under your wheels than you can shake a stick at. The entire route will be purpose marked for the event and offers a ‘once only’ opportunity to hit up some unique natural rocky zones. But be warned, the Ard Rock stages contain a mixture of flat out fast gullies, off-road tracks, steep rocky chutes and technical single tracks that demand a good level of skill and fitness…

Saturday’s Ard Rock Enduro was the headline event for competent riders who really care about their position, and posting the fastest times! Let's see what went down...

Quaint location

The beast


Dan Hole on the racer's breakfast of choice

Biblical

Goggles will be required

Early bird gets the ... bird?

All the birds out at 7.45am

Pat Campbell Jenner laying it down on S1

Jono Jones, fastest senior elite, cruising past James Petit and Oli's magic cairn. Rumour has it Jono was piloting a new Pivot with ... you guessed it, room for a water bottle

Thanks to local MRT keeping us all safe

Inside for Mr Dale

Outside for Mr Scott

Into the darkness

Rock-strewn terrain keeping us on our toes

Locals providing the goods

Beer O'Clock for the Cotic Shirts

Fuelled by Hops on the next climb

Matt Jones has the shapes, but Jono has the speed!

Lots of riders got lured down this chasm on S3. Here Daisy just realised what's coming

'That' shot

Moods as high as the climbs

One wrong move and that pedal is going to tell you about it

Pull!

On the chase

Becci Skelton drops the anchor

Back up

Bleak spot for a puncture

50:01 lads brought the steeze

Benny Hill galore at the bottom of S7 after a shower

Keep them coming

Never gets old

Back in the village for some refreshments and beats

Pump to the music


Catering on point


Finally normality is resumed

Overall winners - Fergus Lamb and Bex Baraona

Female Senior Winners 1. Bex Baraona 2. Chloe Taylor 3. Polly Henderson

Mens Senior Winners 1. Jono Jones 2. Christopher Gallagher 3. Alex Storr

Results

18-29 Men


1st. Jono Jones: 19:54.52
2nd. Christopher Gallagher: 20:12.56
3rd. Alex Storr: 20:16.03
4th. Lachlan Blair: 20:17.22
5th. Mark Scott: 20:18.87


18-29 Women


1st. Bex Baraona: 22:19.36
2nd. Chloe Taylor: 22:37.56
3rd. Polly Henderson: 23:37.17
4th. Martha Gill: 23:49.36
5th. Sian Dillon: 24:07.15


30-39 Men


1st. Fergus Lamb: 19:29.79
2nd. Marc Beaumont: 19:51.22
3rd. Liam Moynihan: 19:57.45
4th. Reece Langhorn: 20:10.57
5th. Joe Barnes: 20:13.82


30-39 Women


1st. Helen Gaskell: 22:49.71
2nd. Katie Wakely: 23:24.11
3rd. Becky Cook: 23:47.56
4th. Jess Stone: 23:58.73
5th. Katy Sunter: 25:06.72

You can find the full results list here.




41 Comments

  • 25 0
 PB comment section be like "how on earth can Fergus Lamb win on that: outdated, heavy, ugly etc etc bike"
  • 4 0
 Cos Orange bikes are efficient and simple
  • 2 0
 Pure straight line speed!
  • 11 0
 Pretty incredible that Chloe Taylor got second with only one arm.
  • 8 0
 Lol, not to mention Bex winning with that hand growing out the side of her head!
  • 6 0
 Hell of a gap between 1st and the rest of the field. What was he riding - a magic carpet or dodgy timing?
  • 2 0
 Big indeed
  • 6 1
 cutting the tape and missing gates on stage 3!
  • 1 0
 @Madmanuk: interesting
  • 6 0
 Hazzard Racing for the win!!
  • 2 0
 ... and third, and fifth...
  • 4 0
 @pinkbike: please include the hardtail category. Worth mentioning Matt Lakin in 2nd spot on his fully rigid Stooge!! Sick man as always.
  • 1 0
 absolute hero and a really nice bloke as well
  • 2 0
 What it looks like is completely irrelevant. What it actually was, is a fantastic weekend riding bikes, drinking beers with mates old and new. There was a fantastic atmosphere all weekend, despite the somewhat chargeable British weather.
  • 2 0
 Great weekend all round, can’t recommend it enough big thank you to all those who have worked so hard to make such a great event.
  • 4 0
 Yass! Mon Ferg!
  • 1 0
 What happened in last two weeks since Hardline that they allowed spectators to join the party?
  • 2 0
 Different country and covid rules dude. Hardline was in Wales, Ard Rock in England
  • 1 0
 oh thought the rules are the same in whole UK
  • 6 12
flag mcozzy (Aug 8, 2021 at 8:39) (Below Threshold)
 @napalmsender: fortunately not. England, fairly normal'ish. Scotland and Wales, full on covid batshit mental still.
  • 5 0
 @mcozzy: Nah, Covid rules changed here in Wales last night. Still slightly more cautious than England but not by much.
  • 1 0
 Seems like I'll be reading about this in the upcoming Cranked magazine Smile . But until then, nice report right here!
  • 1 0
 Prototype Hope brake levers on the HB160? Looked like new rotors on the high pivot bike too but old levers.
  • 2 0
 Was born in God's County and loving the photos!!
  • 2 0
 Tell me more about the caterer's triple Roccbox setup...
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised: no fullface helmets?
  • 7 0
 Its so hot and dry in the UK that its safer to ride an open face helmet.
  • 1 0
 @drjonnywonderboy:at first I was like "the UK, hot and dry? Ha!" But then I saw the UK Drought Portal (eip.ceh.ac.uk/apps/droughts), and realized that its as droughty as Albuquerque right now (droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap.aspx)
  • 1 0
 @drjonnywonderboy: Can you elaborate further? I don’t quite understand how dry/hot conditions make open face helmets safer.
  • 3 0
 @dreamlink87: it was a joke. It rains a lot here. I did find i crashed a lot less on my first trip to the alps when I took my body armour off though. I was crashing because I was overheating
  • 1 0
 @drjonnywonderboy: haha gotcha. We wear full faces in all weather down in Australia, but yes when it’s really hot I will ride stuff that doesn’t require body armour.
  • 1 0
 @drjonnywonderboy: can confirm it was not hot and dry it absolutely thacked it down at various regular times all weekend
  • 1 0
 Loads of people WERE wearing them.. but not mandatory here in Enduro races.
I've got one, but raced here (at Ard Rock) in a normal lid...
  • 1 0
 I need one of those Cotic shirts!! Where can you get them from?
  • 1 0
 Banana industries
  • 1 0
 Great shots!
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