Video & Race Report: Round 1 Highlights of the Mini Downhill - Forest of Dean

Jan 31, 2020
by Lewis Bradley  
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Video and Words: Behind The Tape
Photos: Dave Price Photography

It was wet & wild last Sunday! The rain definitely made for some interesting racing. The Brothers track was caked in muddy roots that made it tough, but everyone gave it their all!

Images by Dave Price Photography
GT's newest signing Ethan Craik taking the FTD.

The first round of the Mini Downhill is always interesting as there are many changed, with riders moving categories, new bikes and also teams. It’s also the first-time competitors get to see a glimpse of who’s winters training is paying off.

GT’s junior signing Ethan Craik turned up and showed who's boss taking the fastest time of the day, Ben Deakin has decided to move to masters and Sarah Gamsjaeger took a convincing win in the Woman’s category.

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Warren Field showing everyone how to commit to rail muddy turns.

The 'Brothers' track is challenging in the dry, but it’s a different kind of track in the wet. The slick Forest of Dean mud along with its greasy roots start to appear, staying upright is the key but is easier said than done.

Keeping speed and momentum is vital on this track, but too much speed can cost you. Finding the right balance along with technique will allow you to get to the bottom with a decent time. Too slow and it will cost you seconds and find yourself pedalling more than pumping in areas where you shouldn’t be.

Images by Dave Price Photography
Not only was it hard for the riders. But also for the marshalls, media, and spectators who needed to stay warm and dry!

The rain poured down most of the day and the light was disappearing quickly, this only added to the thrill of it all. Luckily, you are allowed two runs at the Mini Downhill. The brother's track may only be just over a minute long, but it packs a punch from top to bottom.

The lower section traversed onto the famous ‘Ski Run’. There is where pedalling counted, a good sprint could shave a few seconds off your time, the difference between a podium spot was tight so every pedal stroke counted to the very end.

Images by Dave Price Photography
The road drop halfway saw some action, with riders using various methods to drop into the muddy turns.

Although the mud, rain and light, every managed to get down in one piece. It was the first time in around three years where it has constantly rained at a Mini Downhill…Let’s home that it gone for another three more!

Well done to all, we hope to see you soon.

The next round is the 1st March, keep an eye out for entries over on Mini Downhill’s Facebook page!


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