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Photo Epic: The Malverns Classic 2022 Downhill Race

Aug 29, 2022
by Nick Bentley  


Daran Taylor getting the speed tuck down the grassy straights
Daran Taylor getting the speed tuck down the grassy straights.

On a track like the one found at The Malverns it s all about keeping the inside line and shortening all the corners
On a track like the one found at The Malverns it's all about keeping the inside line and shortening all the corners.

Less than a second separated the top 3 in the Veteran Mens class with Gareth Hopkins taking home third
Less than a second separated the top 3 in the Veteran Men class, with Gareth Hopkins taking home third.

Stu Hughes with his nice new race kit. A busy weekend for Stu racing across multiple disciplines taking home second in the Men s Veterans class
Stu Hughes with his nice new race kit. A busy weekend for Stu racing across multiple disciplines, taking home second in the Men's Veterans class.

The Bomb-hole section of the track has not changed since the inception of the downhill track at The Malverns Classic all those years ago and it remains a firm riders favourite
The Bomb-hole section of the track, sponsored by Viris, has not changed since the inception of the downhill track at The Malverns Classic all those years ago, and it remains a firm riders' favourite. It was sad to hear a lot of the Viris branding was stolen from around the bomb hole, that's not what our community should be about, the advertising banners cost a lot of money and they aren't just used for one event - if anyone knows the whereabouts of the banners reach out to the guys at Viris.

There s always time for a turn bar on your race run
There's always time for a turn bar on your race run.

Jim Buchanan giving it a little tweak on the Viris Bomb-hole jump during his race run on his way to second place in the Veterans
Jim Buchanan giving it a little tweak on the Viris Bomb-hole jump during his race run on his way to second place in the Veterans.

The adaptive bikes are mostly e-bikes and are all full-suspension but are not as easy to ride as you think. Not that it seems to put these riders off I mean look at the lean on this through the lower corners of the downhill track
The adaptive bikes are mostly e-bikes and are all full-suspension but are not as easy to ride as you think. Not that it seems to put these riders off, I mean look at the lean on this through the lower corners of the downhill track.

It was amazing to see some para-sport included in a mountain bike event. It s something that our road cousins do quite alot of but mountain biking isn t quite there yet so credit goes to the team behind The Malverns Classic for giving these riders the opportunity to compete down the same downhill course as everybody else
It was amazing to see some para-sport included in a mountain bike event. It's something that our road cousins do quite alot of but mountain biking isn't quite there yet, so credit goes to the team behind The Malverns Classic for giving these riders the opportunity to compete down the same downhill course as everybody else.

There was a strong turn out for the Womens classes this year at The Malverns Classic
There was a strong turnout for the Women's classes this year at The Malverns Classic.

Big shout out to all the marshalls and staff at The Malverns Classic without whom the weekend would not happen. All weekend the marshalls have been a great laugh and always been helpful
Big shout out to all the marshalls and staff at The Malverns Classic without whom the weekend would not happen. All weekend the marshalls have been a great laugh and always been helpful.

Harry Warner kept his eyes on the prize as he came into the finishing straight
Harry Warner kept his eyes on the prize as he came into the finishing straight.

Riders dropped into the finishing straight in the main events arena
Riders dropped into the finishing straight in the main events arena.

The Downhill track had riders venture up to the highest point of Eastnor Castle soaking in the views before plummeting into the events arena
The Downhill track had riders venture up to the highest point of Eastnor Castle, soaking in the views before plummeting into the events arena.

For some it was a long wait at the top but they were thankful for a bit of shade
For some it was a long wait at the top but they were thankful for a bit of shade.

British Cycling Commissaires were on hand to ensure the start gate went smoothly - it s unusual that downhill races run ahead of schedule but the team were so on it runs had to be spaced out
British Cycling Commissaires were on hand to ensure the start gate went smoothly - it's unusual that downhill races run ahead of schedule but the team were so on it runs had to be spaced out.

There were only two ways up to the top ride or walk with many choosing to push in the unprecedented heat of the Bank Holiday weekend
There were only two ways up to the top, ride or walk, with many choosing to push in the unprecedented heat of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Riders had to put the power down straight out of the gate with flat stretch before the descent Simon Palmer had a great race coming second in the Senior Men
Riders had to put the power down straight out of the gate with flat stretch before the descent, Simon Palmer had a great race coming second in the Senior Men.

Who needs race kit when you ve got chinos and a button down shirt
Who needs race kit when you've got chinos and a button down shirt?

On the other hand full race kit just has something about it
On the other hand, full race kit just has something about it.

Jesse Holmes keeping it tight to the inside line through the first few corners
Jesse Holmes keeping it tight to the inside line through the first few corners.

The Marshalls were out enjoying the sunshine keeping the riders safe
The Marshalls were out enjoying the sunshine keeping the riders safe.

Goggles were a must with the loose grass and sunshine Peter Crookes looking the part enroute to 10th in the Masters
Goggles were a must with the loose grass and sunshine, Peter Crookes looking the part en route to 10th in the Masters.

Another speed tuck the main decision on this section was do you go out wide or kept it tight into the slick berm
Another speed tuck, the main decision on this section was: do you go out wide or kept it tight into the slick berm.


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9 Comments
  • 13 0
 Rad seeing some adaptive racing here in the uk! Please take note British Cycling
  • 4 0
 damn look at the left thumb of rider 255, better put it under the grip! safety first
  • 2 0
 It was a great event, my daughter did her first DH race and enjoyed it, didn't come last, and did smile eventually after the horrible push-up and the "acquired taste" UCI Commissioner who wasn't taking any prisoners.
  • 1 0
 I was expecting racing old bikes only...
  • 1 0
 or just skinwall tyres
  • 1 0
 Or maybe some DH bikes in the DH race.
  • 1 0
 @Yaan: it’s pedalling down a field, with a dump at the bottom. It’s a great event, but is very much not ideal for full on DH bikes made this millennium.
  • 1 0
 *jump
  • 1 0
 Don't think those are chinos. Ion riding trousers perhaps?







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