Video & Race Report: Forest of Dean Mini Downhill - Round 2

Mar 5, 2020
by Lewis Bradley  
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Video by Behind the tape Productions

Check out the highlights from Round 2 of the RIDE 100% Mini Downhill. Corkscrew was littered in greasy roots and mud, but it didn't stop over 200 competitors battling it out for a place on the podium!

Photos provided by Dave Price Photography

"Great weekend at fod. Happy to come away with the win in elite and the FTD" - Dec Willicombe has been pinned at every Mini Dh and grabs another Elite win a month before Round 1 at the National in Rheola.

It was another wet weekend at the Forest of Dean, Saturday saw all types of conditions. The mixture of rain, snow and sun made the track conditions difficult to judge. The top section is fast, whereas the lower section is steep and slippery. Tyre choice and staying off the brakes would also be a major factor in addition to focus and determination. Many riders struggled with either the flat pedal or the lower rooty section before the final switchbacks.

Photos provided by Dave Price Photography

The 'young guns' were also giving the top boys a run for their money, it's amazing to see how quickly young riders are progressing. This is thanks to the Forest of Dean Trail Volunteers who make sure the hillside is littered in amazing trails to learn and race every weekend, I'm sure we will see some of them on the World Cup circuit in a few years time.

The top section was full of jumps, rhythm sections and the occasional pedal to warm the riders up. The 'fireroad' gap would be the talking point as it would take courage and determination to gap onto the road, there was a lot of 'look away' moments as many got it wrong. The ones who perfected it were rewarded with speed and momentum into the chute that connects the lower half of the course.

Photos provided by Dave Price Photography
'Battling against the elements all day at the @minidownhill!' - @Davepricephoto

The 'Root Drop' was the 'make or break' section, faster you go the less time you are dealing with the slippery roots.

Spectators gathered around the lower part of the course, the mixture of greasy roots and mud made for some spectacular falls or saves. You would even hear the occasional 'bottom-out' of the rear shock which made people look away. The Facebook Live Strem nearly got taken out while people watched from the comfort of their living rooms.

Photos provided by Dave Price Photography
Eyes on the prize, the fastest times were just over 50seconds.

The Final round will be at the end of the year in December, let's see who come back after the season to take the series overalls!

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 I could learn to love the chute coming off the fire road if it didn't take you straight into the greasiest, off-camber rooty step downs that British mud has to offer. I hate it, and yet, even when I end up on my ass or my face I'm still smiling

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