Video & Race Report: 2019 Mini DH Round 2 - Forest of Dean

Feb 19, 2019
by Lewis Bradley  
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Round 2 had the perfect conditions for an action-packed day with some fast times by all, 'Flatland' into 'Sheep Skull' had a variety of roots, jumps and high-speed section throughout to challenge every rider. The sun had also made an appearance that brought out a great crowed who were scattered around areas such as 'carnage roots' and the last few corners which made for some great atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

Dave Price Photography
Archie Box displayed his dominance on an enduro bike this weekend to take the Elite win and the FTD.

'Flatland' was just as it says, luckily the sun dried the fast single track so it was easier to maintain speed. This was not easily done due to the amount of sniper roots, tight trees and twisting single track to catch even the best of riders out which it did in race runs. Keeping composure and looking ahead would reward riders with more momentum in sections such as 'carnage roots'

Behind The Tape
Carnage Roots saw a lot of interesting lines and also a lot of crashes in practice.

'Carnage Roots' saw plenty of action throughout the day, this is where you could either gain or lose time. It also allowed plenty of line choice so was a very busy section during practice with riders trying to work out which line was faster or easier. Luckily, everyone walked away after their fall and managed to successfully navigate new lines so that they could race in the afternoon.

Behind The Tape
The 'Ripper' category saw a lot of new and potential talent.

Luckily, the track dried out very quickly and the rooty sections were getting easier, but that increased riders speed meaning that it still wasn't easy to hit your lines perfect. This made times super tight throughout the day and second runs dramatically changed positions at the end of the day.

Dave Price Photography
The sun glazed through the trees as Dec navigated the tight trees.

The middle section included a lot of 'off-camber' and tested riders abilities to focus. Again, there was plenty of line choice when arriving to the rock drop which saw riders tackle some tricky lines that would reward with momentum while traversing over to the final fast and flow section, this was vital as this was the main part of the track where pedalling as needed.

Dave Price Photography

The finale to the track included plenty of high-speed turns and jumps for riders to 'show-off' their skills and abilities in the air, this was a great spectator viewing area and attracted plenty of people before and after their race runs to support everyone who was racing. It was great to see everyone helping and supporting each other on and off the track, it showed that the Mini Downhill brings the DH community together to support and strengthen the race scene.

Dave Price Photography
Another successful and great Mini Downhill complete.

A big thank you again to everyone who helped and was involved on the day... We hope to see you at the next round!

Results can be found here.

Video and Blog: Behind The Tape Productions
Photos: Dave Price Photography / Behind The Tape Productions


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 For those who enjoy riding the forest of dean, please don't forget to respond to the current public consultation on its future.
Mountain biking is mentioned in 2 sections - recreation AND community - make sure to read them both!
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 Rad weekend! Bring on round 3!
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 nice edit bro!
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 Cheers dude, a little different from the norm but it's gone down well!
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 Nice choice of tune also, bass is lovely on my speakers.

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