Photo Epic: Downhill Racing at The Malverns Classic

Aug 28, 2021
by Nick Bentley  


The finish line was the only place for a rest on this pedally downhill track
The finish line was the only place for a rest on this pedally, downhill track

Stu Hughes powering his way to the win in the Vets field
Stu Hughes powering his way to the win in the Vets field

Sennen Brown having fun in the sun
Sennen Brown having fun in the sun

Olivia Taylor taking the win in the Female Rippers field
Olivia Taylor taking the win in the Female Rippers field

Party shades out in the sunshine
Party shades out in the sunshine

The view from the Red Bull DJ truck wasn t too bad
The view from the Red Bull DJ truck wasn't too bad

The change to the track didn t stop everyone going big over the Viris Bomb-Hole jump
The change to the track didn't stop everyone going big over the Viris Bomb-Hole jump

On Downhill day at the Malverns Classic DH fans were treated to a visit by Gee Atherton - it s amazing to see Gee up and about after one of the craziest crashes ever
On Downhill day at the Malverns Classic DH fans were treated to a visit by Gee Atherton - it's amazing to see Gee up and about after one of the craziest crashes ever

Last time we were at the Malverns Classic the Bomb-Hole was crash central. This year with the track change the grassy turn before it provided the crash entertainment
Last time we were at the Malverns Classic the Bomb-Hole was crash central. This year with the track change, the grassy turn before it provided the crash entertainment

It s hard to beat the Malvern s on a sunny summer s day
It's hard to beat the Malvern's on a sunny summer's day

Andy Ward from Viris doing a mid downhill race giveaway leading to the inevitable carnage for some free goodies
Andy Ward from Viris doing a mid downhill race giveaway leading to the inevitable carnage for some free goodies

Hands up who wants a Viris give away
Hands up who wants a Viris giveaway?

So close yet so far . . .
So close yet so far . . .

Josh Price just holding onto it
Josh Price just holding onto it

Riders enjoying a nice rest at the top after the long push up the fire road
Riders enjoying a nice rest at the top after the long push up the fire road

The British Cycling Commissaires back out working hard again. Racing really wouldn t happen without these volunteers
The British Cycling Commissaires back out working hard again. Racing really wouldn't happen without these volunteers

The upper section of the track was flat out and open leading to some highspeed high risk riding from the quick riders
The upper section of the track was flat out and open leading to some highspeed, high risk riding from the quick riders

Scott Pullin heading towards the last difficult grassy corner of the track before the sprint to the finish line
Scott Pullin heading towards the last, difficult grassy corner of the track before the sprint to the finish line

William Cleland wins the award for most colourful bike of the day
William Cleland wins the award for the most colourful bike of the day

No suspension here Matthew Lakin out taking the win in the Hardtail class on his stunning rigid Stooge
No suspension here, Matthew Lakin out taking the win in the Hardtail class on his stunning, rigid Stooge

Jon Gannidge showing classic bikes aren t just for hanging on the wall riding his classic GT
Jon Gannidge showing classic bikes aren't just for hanging on the wall, riding his classic GT

Vincent Sulaiman carving his way through the upper section of the track
Vincent Sulaiman carving his way through the upper section of the track

Courtney Abbiss pressing send on her race run
Courtney Abbiss pressing send on her race run

Evie Hidderley kicking up dust after safely negotiating the Viris Bomb-Hole
Evie Hidderley kicking up dust after safely negotiating the Viris Bomb-Hole

Rhiannon Gunner finished up in third in the senior women
Rhiannon Gunner finished up third in the senior women

Celebrations at the finish line with the Tennant Brothers with Laurie being the fastest man of the day
Celebrations at the finish line with the Tennant Brothers, with Laurie being the fastest man of the day

Will Soffe third fastest man of the day
Will Soffe third fastest man of the day

The Viris Bomb-Hole jump is a Malvern s legend all in it s own right and most of the crowd gathered at this point on the classic DH Track
The Viris Bomb-Hole jump is a Malvern's legend all in its own right and most of the crowd gathered at this point on the classic DH Track

I d like to pretend I know what s going on here but . . . I don t
I'd like to pretend I know what's going on here but . . . I don't

Finley Cole showing some style
Finley Cole showing some style

Shay Andrew out riding his classic bike
Shay Andrew out riding his classic bike

Daniel Gibbons enjoying some air time
Daniel Gibbons enjoying some air time

Ted Morris having fun on the back wheel
Ted Morris having fun on the back wheel

James Trowbridge on the gas
James Trowbridge on the gas

Plenty of straights for riders to get the hammer down
Plenty of straights for riders to get the hammer down

Nathan De Vaux popping his way through the trees
Nathan De Vaux popping his way through the trees



12 Comments

  • 6 0
 Smashing event the Malverns Classic! What a great weekend, can't wait to go back next year, well done!
  • 3 2
 Looks REALLY expensive for what it is.
  • 3 0
 I think it's funny that back in the old days the Bombhole was on the xc course and the DH track went around it.
  • 4 3
 How is the Malverns classic getting better coverage than Audi Nines and the Worlds Champs?
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike has a photographer at the Malvern’s classic, who’s able to upload all content seamlessly.
  • 1 0
 @2-1RacingUK: Ah fair, just felt that a lot of the content from Audi Nines and the WC felt all over the place.
  • 2 0
 @Jaib06: I'll take it as a compliment it's been a lot of work. we aren't done yet with some more cool stuff to come!
  • 1 0
 @Mandownmedia: Seriously, your coverage has been top notch! Fair play!
  • 2 0
 @Jaib06: Thanks means a lot !!
  • 2 0
 DH on a vintage GT bike, my prefered!
  • 2 0
 Was as much fun as I've had on my bike for a while, so at least something came good from having my bikes nicked a couple of weeks ago. Cheers @Mandownmedia for the shot and coverage

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