Race Report: Pedalhounds Enduro 2021 Round 2 - Matterley Estate

Apr 26, 2021
by Nick Bentley  


The 2021 Pedalhounds Enduro series continues with round 2 from Matterley Estate in Hampshire, England. The Pedalhounds series is one that always makes the most of the venues they have, the South of England is not exactly famous for its massive elevation changes. This does not however stop the Pedalhounds team from carving out 5 fun stages for each of their races. The format of the series is a little different from other Enduro series with 3 laps of the 5 stages done per rider and then the best 2 times from each stage being added together to give your overall time. The racing is also done blind, with no practice and often on private land. This all adds to the change of these races. The biggest stand out for me at every Pedalhounds event is the fun factor. Everyone racing is always having a good time and with the sunshine and dry trails that greeted riders at round 2 in Matterley Estate the field of 309 riders were in for a fun day of racing.

Red Bull on hand for riders refreshment.


Standard Covid protections in place shot. In all seriousness, the Pedalhounds team did a good job keeping the 309 riders sticking to the rules.



Riders started in batches and sent out to different stages to keep social distancing possible.

Luis Bolwell leading out the Green Snow Collective train today.
Luis Bolwell leading out the Green Snow Collective train today.

Jamie Lee keeping his eyes on the roots on stage 4
Jamie Lee keeping his eyes on the roots on stage 4

Charlotte Baker was so chilled out she was saying hi to the photographers at the side of the track.
Charlotte Baker was so chilled out she was saying hi to the photographers at the side of the track.

At this point Alfred Sommarstrom thought he could hold it.
At this point Alfred Sommarstrom thought he could hold it.
and was committed to the end he was fine after this spill just a bruised ego. Was good to see that the medics having a quite day.
And was committed to the end. He was fine after this fall, just a bruised ego. Was good to see that the medics having a quiet day.

a win today for Allen Craig in the large 50 men s E-bike field. its amazing to see these riders still out there enjoying racing and riding with the assistance of E-bikes with out witch I m sure we wouldn t see as many of these guys out racing.
A win today for Allen Craig in the large 50+ men's E-bike field. It's amazing to see these riders still out there enjoying racing and riding with the assistance of E-bikes without which I'm sure we wouldn't see as many of these guys out racing.

3rd place today for Daisy Potter in the lady s E-bike field. Daisy is one of those riders who is always smiling and happy to be racing but todays 3rd might have made her smile even more.
3rd place today for Daisy Potter in the lady's E-bike field. Daisy is one of those riders who is always smiling and happy to be racing but today 3rd place might have made her smile even more.

Some riders really hung it out in the lose corners even if it was in the wrong driection.
Some riders really hung it out in the loose corners, even if it was in the wrong direction.

Lewis Clary clearly enjoyed the loose conditions as the took the win in the 19-29 men s field.
Lewis Clary clearly enjoyed the loose conditions as he took the win in the 19-29 men's field.

there was plenty of straights today for the riders to show off there sprinting skills or not.
There was plenty of straights today for the riders to show off their sprinting skills or not.

Jack Beckerson leaning it in through the tight turns on stage 4
Jack Beckerson leaning it in through the tight turns on stage 4

Chris Blackmore making his way through some of the remnants of the boomtown festival which is also hosted on the site. Well when we could have festivals anyway. a solid 3rd place today for the Hot Pursuit Cycles rider.
Chris Blackmore making his way through some of the remnants of the boomtown festival which is also hosted on the site. Well, when we could have festivals anyway. A solid 3rd place today for the Hot Pursuit Cycles rider.

Alexia Desile had to settle for 2nd spot in the women s E-bike field still a fantastic result for the Moustache rider.
Alexia Desile had to settle for 2nd spot in the women's E-bike field still a fantastic result for the Moustache rider.

Damian Brown catching fly s on stage 3
Damian Brown catching flies on stage 3

Jamie Arnold having fun on stage 3 today with a manual through the roots
Jamie Arnold having fun on stage 3 today with a manual through the roots

Ethan Craik took the win today in the 15-18 field and the second fastest time over all Ethan showing he means business after winning the DH junior world cup over all in 2020.
Ethan Craik took the win today in the 15-18 field and the second-fastest time overall, Ethan showing he means business after winning the DH junior world cup overall in 2020.

Luca Thurlow trying to use his Mondraker Superfoxy as a balance bike had mixed results.
Luca Thurlow trying to use his Mondraker Superfoxy as a balance bike had mixed results.

A strong 3rd place today for Mike Gilson in the Mens over 50 s field
A strong 3rd place today for Mike Gilson in the Men's over 50's field
Beth Harris powering her way to the win today in the womens E-bike field. E-bikes only race against other E-bikes
Beth Harris powering her way to the win today in the Women's E-bike field. (E-bikes only race against other E-bikes)

Zach Gascoyne just missed out on the podium today with a 4th place in the 12-14 boys field.
Zach Gascoyne just missed out on the podium today with 4th place in the 12-14 boys field.

Warren Field not only taking his age group win but also the fastest man of the day. along with the award for crazyiest face pulled whilst riding for 2 races in a row. The 2 1 Racing rider is on a roll at the moment.
Warren Field not only taking his age group win but also the fastest man of the day, along with the award for craziest face pulled whilst riding for 2 races in a row. The 2:1 Racing rider is on a roll at the moment.

Aidan Bishop on his way to the win in the Mens 40-49 field today
Aidan Bishop on his way to the win in the Men's 40-49 field today

Paul Judd loving life in the sun and dust of Matterley Estate.
Paul Judd loving life in the sun and dust of Matterley Estate.

8th place for Lucy Williams in the 40 women s field today
8th place for Lucy Williams in the 40+ women's field today

Jack Waller using the Sam Hill technique of foot out flat out. helping him to 2nd in the hardtail field.
Jack Waller using the Sam Hill technique of foot out flat out. Helping him to 2nd in the hardtail field.

The finish of 4 the stages brought riders back to Race HQ with everyone watching its not a time to stop peddling to the finish line.
The finish of 4 stages brought riders back to Race HQ with everyone watching its not a time to stop pedalling to the finish line.

Nick Etherton carving the grass corners to finish stage 1 its so good to see another big junior field with so many riders out riding with there parents to.
Nick Etherton carving the grass corners to finish stage 1. It's so good to see another big junior field with so many riders out riding with their parents too.

Andrew Hanson one of the many hardtail riders out racing.
Andrew Hanson one of the many hardtail riders out racing.

Finn Chapman collecting 6th in the 19-29 men s field.
Finn Chapman collecting 6th in the 19-29 men's field.

It was another full tint lenses day honestly it is sunny in England
It was another full tint lenses day. Honestly, it is sunny in England

Neal Burton sliding it round on stage 2.
Neal Burton sliding it round on stage 2.
Paul Paterson one of the 60 over 50s racing at this round its so good to see.
Paul Paterson one of the 60 over 50s racing at this round it's so good to see.

The women s field always seems to grow at every event honestly lady s get out and race there is such a friendly atmosphere especially at the Pedalhounds rounds you will love it.
The women's field always seems to grow at every event. Honestly lady's get out and race, there is such a friendly atmosphere especially at the Pedalhounds rounds you will love it.

Mark Jeffrey working his way through the many twists and turns of todays stages.
Mark Jeffrey working his way through the many twists and turns of today's stages.

Marcus Dodd-Wilson with a strong moustache game going on.
Marcus Dodd-Wilson with a strong moustache game going on.

That Orange was never going to fit through the tress sidway
That Orange was never going to fit through the trees sideways

Rich Turner on his way to 6th in the 19-29 Men s field.
Rich Turner on his way to 6th in the 19-29 Men's field.

Results

Hardtail Men

1st. Michael SMITH
2nd. Jack WALLER
3rd. Chris SCULLARD

12-14 boys

1st. Thomas WHITELEY
2nd. Oli POULTER
3rd. Thomas HAWKINS

15-18 boys

1st. Ethan CRAIK
2nd. Jack LEAR
3rd. Daniel STURGEON

19-29 men

1st. Lewis CLARY
2nd. Finn CHAPMAN
3rd. Ryan KEYNES


30-39 men

1st. Warren FIELD
2nd. Jamie ARNOLD
3rd. Martin ZIETSMAN

40-49 men

1st. Aidan BISHOP
2nd. Jonathan BROUGHTON
3rd. Chris BLACKMORE

50+ men

1st. Jason ARNOLD
2nd. Neil BASS
3rd. Mike GILSON

Fun men

1st. Modestas NORUSIS
2nd. Rytis STANEVICIUS
3rd. Simon PARSONS


E-bike 14-29 men

1st. Aaron MILLER
2nd. Lee TRUEMAN
3rd. Brett WILKINSON

E-bike: 30-39 men

1st. Bradley LEWIS
2nd. Luke DICKINSON
3rd. Casey DARE

E-bike: 40-49 men

1st. Graham GOODYEAR
2nd. Adrian PAUL
3rd. Ian MILES

E-bike: 50+ men

1st. Allen CRAIG
2nd. Mark HOBBS
3rd. Wayne CLARKE


14-39 women

1st. Emily ASHWOOD
2nd. Rhiannon GUNNER
3rd. Charlotte MCGREEVY

40+ women

1st. Rebecca BOOTH
2nd. Rachel CLAY
3rd. Kim BATSFORD

E-bike women

1st. Beth HARRIS
2nd. Alexia DESILE
3rd. Daisy POTTER





9 Comments

  • 12 0
 "A win today for Allen Craig in the large 50+ men's E-bike field". Large 50+ men on ebikes have their own category? I guess it's a growing demographic.
  • 5 1
 Perhaps more importantly, where do I get one of those “Berk Hire” t-shirts?!

Good to see so many people out on bikes here, motor or not. It’s a been a shit year, hopefully a good summer of biking ahead.
  • 1 2
 Nail on head.
  • 4 2
 Seeing e-bikes when they are literately having to peddle up hills... (yes hills not mountains) makes me laugh. I get it for mountainous areas but this is pure laziness. I exclude of course those who are riding their ebikes for accessibility reasons.
  • 1 0
 Us ebikers laugh as those still on pedal bikes slowly pushing up the hill whilst we are smashing the laps out.
  • 3 0
 Presume nobody hit the quad then? #MXGP
  • 1 0
 What is a Moustache rider?
  • 1 0
 Where's the bull track race report?
  • 1 0
 What's the fun class?

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