Considering it was the Dirt Wars UK 10th Anniversary Series, 2019 could not have been more up and down for DWUK if it tried.
The first two rounds of the year went off amazingly well and were filled with dry trails and beating down sunshine but then the UK just seemed to get beaten with bad weather. Round 3 was scheduled at the mighty GT Malverns Classic Festival but after a solid week of rain, the festival had to be canceled on safety grounds so we had to re-schedule the round. We then had the gutting news that RocketWorld had closed its doors due to unforeseen circumstances so we had to re-schedule that round too.
Come Round 7 (the Final) We had nothing but bad weather, which saw us have to postpone twice, but in true DWUK Style we have pulled all 7 rounds out the bag and
had a full series. The Final
Saturday saw nothing but rain and strong winds, which left us thinking we would have to postpone the final for the third time but waking up at the venue on Sunday morning we were greeted with awesome sunshine over the misty valley and not a peep from the wind.
The Open Class of riders soon filled up and the Pro turn out was pretty good too (some still injured and some off doing other stuff). Dirt wars is all about the Open Riders really as we set out to progress riders through the sport and get them up to Euro and worldwide competing level, so with the Open Class stacked with riders we were super stoked. It was great to see new faces and some old faces from the past who turned up to compete.
After a few hours of practice we racked the Open riders up and started the seeding ready for the final. We like to run seeding instead of knockout rounds as this gives all the riders a second chance to throw it down and get the run they want. There were tyre grabs, 360s, barspins and backflips being thrown all over the place. All the riders were cheering each other on as each rider dropped.
Local boy Jonathan Neal was throwing down moto whips and 360s while young Logan Joao hit out with tyre grabs, tucks and backflips followed by the other little ripper Jamie Scriminger with his backflips and tuck no handers.
Nial Greenstreet came out swinging with 360s, backflips and X-ups but trying to outdo him was our South African rider Antony Brooks throwing out tailwhip attempts and 360s.
Our Flying Scotsman Aiden McMillan wasn't having the best day and didn't really get any of the runs he wanted but still put out the backflips, fully extended tucks and 360s whilst Caleb Holford had his heart set on getting the flip on the last (which he eventually did super clean) Dan Vickery couldn't work out what way he wanted to X-up so sent them both ways followed by some sweet 360s.
After all the riders had 3 runs each (best run counts) it was over to our Pro riders to unleash the big tricks.
The Supermans and Superseat grabs were flowing from Freddy Pulman (Corsair bikes), Tom Isted (GT Bikes), Harry Campbell (Rose Bikes) and Matt Scott (Privateer) whilst Zac Rainbow (NS Bikes) was spinning the double backflips and Sam Hodgson (Saracen bikes) throwing out the Candy Bar Backflip. Tom Reynolds (HopeTech/Salice) was whipping out the Superwhips as Cam Crozier (Radio Bikes)hit back with Double Trucks. 3 runs down and the riders were all stoked to get their tricks out on a still damp course…
With Pro Seeding over it was back to the Open riders and the Final, The Top Ten riders runs were as follows.
10th James Forbes - seat grab, backflip, 360 table top
9th Andy Lehman - tuck, 360 table, tailwhip
8th Fin Davies - tuck, nac nac, 360 table
7th Harry Gascoyne - tyre grab, backflip, 360
6th Darren Eastall - corkflip, truck driver, 360 Invert
5th Harry Bolton - bar to X, tuck, 360 double truck
4th Rhys P Griffiths - backflip, 360 X-up, truck
3rd Kerry Pert - backflip, tailwhip, 360 table
2nd Joe Simkins - flip table, 360 X-up, oppo 360
1st Wig L Booth - backflip, truck driver, 360 tailwhip
So that means that the Overall Top 3 Open Series Winners were
1st Joe Simkins
2nd Rhys Pryce Griffiths
3rd Harry Bolton
Well done and well deserved guys…
With the Open Series all wrapped up it was over to the Pro riders to see who was taking the podium from the day and also the overall series.
8th Freddy Pulman- Corsair Bikes - flip bar, front flip tuck, crash
7th Matt Scott - Pioneer Rider - 360, back flip, flip no hands to no feet
6th Tom Reynolds - Hope/Salice - flip, flip table, double tailwhip
5th Harry Campbell - Rose Bikes - superman, front flip, flip X-up to one foot can
4th Sam Hodgson - Saracen Bikes - tuck, barrel one foot can, superseat grab
3rd Cam Crozier - Radio Bikes - flip can, 360 tuck, flip double bar
2nd Zac Rainbow - NS Bikes - flip table, flip tuck, double backflips
1st Tom Isted - GT Bikes - flip tuck, flip superman, cash roll
So with the podiums for the day all tied up the Pro Overall Top 3 was as follows.
1st Cam Crozier Radio Bikes
2nd Harry Campbell Rose Bikes
3rd Zac Rainbow NS Bikes
Well done to the top 3 and all riders who rode throughout the year.
At every round we hold the TeamMT3/Bike Chain Ricci Best Trick award and for the final time this series it goes to the young 10-year-old ripper Fin Davies for his awesome Nac Nac Look Back, It was so clean and super steezy. Well done little fella….
That's 10 Series’s over and done with and set in the history books.
A Massive thank you to this year's Series Sponsors: DMR Bikes, Smuggling Duds, Praiseworthy Apparel, AtomLab UK, Salice Eyewear, Triple8 NYC, MAD4Bikes, Monster Energy, Pinkbike, Bell Helmets, Guy Martins Proper Cleaner, TeamMT3, BikeChain Ricci, Pinkbike and The Malverns Classic.
A Massive Thank You to our Venues: Radical Bike Park, Chicksands Bike Park, Ramps Dirt Park, Penshurst Bike Park and Freddy’s Yard.
A Massive Thank You to the DWUK Crew for keeping the UK Dirt Comp Scene Alive (You know who you are).
And a Massive Thank You to all the Riders, Spectators and Supporters for being with us throughout 2019.
We will be back next year as always bigger and better than ever with a few extra surprises in store. See you all in 2020. Have a safe Winter….
Cliff and the Team…….