Simply Downhill - Wentwood Wales

Mar 3, 2009 at 11:37
Mar 3, 2009
by Simon Paton  
 
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Simon Ward's first effort and a result for any of you that were down in South Wales, not quite the Valleys but there was still one burned out car on it's roof! £20 to enter, no uplift expense or Health & Safety issues and a good honest walk up the hill gave you this.

Pics, race video and results inside:

Firstly many thanks to these guys:
Photos by Tee Jay teejay05.pinkbike.com
Video by Ian teamboon.pinkbike.com/channel/Boon-Productions

2004 was the last time I went to Wentwood and if I remember rightly it rained cats and dogs. This man here:
Jason Carpenter

Jason Carpenter



He used to run the infamous Dragon Downhill series. At the time these were the only races in the land that enforced full face helmets and recommended full body armor. Racing a Dragon was for the men, guaranteed you would fall off in your race run but don't worry, so did every one else. The Dragons were the stomping ground for the skilled and the brave, the Athertons were regular contenders.

What is she doing, the woman in the background?

What is she doing, the woman in the background?


Interestingly Jason Carpenters daughter races, Youth Female-Manon Carpenter and she came down this course in 2:26.983 today. Is she the next Rachel Atherton? Remember she beat Fionn Griffiths last weekend at the FOD. Remember her name. So that's Rachel taken care of, what about a replacement for the brothers Dan and Gee? How about these two, finishing with the third and fourth fastest overall times of the day today!

Jamie Maller, current British National Champion.

Jamie Maller, current British National Champion.

Ashley Maller the older brother

Ashley Maller the older brother


After spending all day Saturday up at Innerleithen for the Alpine Bikes / Trek Winter Series in Scotland the Descent-Gear van hot footed it down the M6 and M5 for seven hours to land at 08:00 in South Wales.

Gareth Hughes in control or going down? Look at all the details in this pic, there is a lot going on

Gareth Hughes in control or going down? Look at all the details in this pic, there is a lot going on


Tired and not quite sure of the directions of how to get to the race? Heading in the right direction and passing Macky Dee's on the left at 07:42? Drive in, order a McMuffin Meal and before you can say "Ronald McDonald" every car in the car park will have £7k worth of DH rig bungey corded to it's rear and one of them will know the way, guaranteed!

The McDonald's breakfast unweighted him

The McDonald's breakfast unweighted him


We wound our way down to the main pits which was conveniently located two thirds of the way down the track. Splitting up the uplift walk quite nicely, thank you very much.

The worst part of the push here. From the finish line it was a mellow 10mins walk back to the pits. Then it was a tough 20minute hike to the top.

The worst part of the push here. From the finish line it was a mellow 10mins walk back to the pits. Then it was a tough 20minute hike to the top.


200 riders entered, enough practice as your little legs could get you back up the hill and the track was yours. Plenty of first timers as well as some really experienced riders made the show roll.

Roe Murry doing the Dance here in practice. Race run he waltzed in with a 2:18.852

Roe Murry doing the Dance here in practice. Race run he waltzed in with a 2:18.852


The course was really split into two. The top section was a dream, sweeping carved out berms littered with exposed roots, fast, hard straight ways and loads of step downs, doubles, whoops, manualling going down before we hit the show stopper. Not the biggest step down in the World but two of the greasiest steep switch back corners some 25ft before the take off. Coming out of those corners at 3mph for many meant the quick crank spin and a huge pencil style to super case of the back wheel that was that ugly it made your toes curl up.

Adam Price 10th fastest time of the day.

Adam Price 10th fastest time of the day.


Cross the fire road and smell the freshly cooked bacon from Janet's Jacket Potatoes, stop, F1 change of tyres from your High Rollers to WetScreams cut down and then into the last third of the course. Fresh and juicy soil the Highrollers just sat on top and slipped and slid here. The Wetscreams cut down dug in great meaning you could hold your line and stay outta the ruts of which there were plenty. This was almost like riding on a different hill.

Even the young guns were flying

Even the young guns were flying


Juvenile
The top two boys were oh so close here as you can see. Proffit was in 5th place on the 1st run so no pressure!
Proffit Tom BCDS 2:33.013
Gibson James Bikenutz 2:33.284
Croton George 2:42.120

Youth
Copp was 10 seconds clear on his first run and therefore had time for a cup of tea second run. Faulkner closed it to 9 seconds but still a country mile behind Copp.
Copp Sam 2:11.730
Faulkner James Bikestation 2:20.774
Anderson Isaac UK Bike Park/Torico performanc 2:21.035

Junior
Jones is on the march, still 5 secs off the top two so some more training! Maller was almost 1 second up 1st run and everyone was going faster second run. Close but no cigar for Cartigny who had to settle for a well deserved second.
Maller Jamie Momento Mori 2:03.804
Cartigny Tom Bikestation UK - KTM 2:04.395
Jones Vivian 2:09.574

Master Female
Caroline put it all down to the Oury grips she purchased that day.
Chauvin Caroline 3:16.478
Denham Ivy Brechfa Bike Club 4:32.137

Masters
Greenland needs to make sure he pays for his bar plugs. FOD winner Bishop was pushed here by Gaskin who rides all winter and summer long guiding for Switchbacks.com in Spain.
Bishop Joe 2:07.352
Gaskin Antony 2:08.744
Greenland Ben Psyclewerks/Bodyenglish 2:12.456

Veteran
Only four entered, perhaps it was that big walk up that put them off? Saying that though, checkout Sanders time of 2:19, that was fast for this old boy.
Sanders Ian Bike Station UK 2:19.297
Astley Mark 2:28.121
Belcher Patrick Bike Station UK - KTM 2:37.054

Senior Female
Hewitt Sarah Jane Bikeactive/Minx-Girl 3:18.831
Hilton Becky 4:18.951

Hardtail Podium
1st- Alex Marshall
2nd- Stuart Bond
3rd- Robbie Rickman

Senior
Cannocks Racers Guild Machin held on to second by the skin of his teeth. Gareth Jones (must be Welsh) went from fifth to first come second run.
Jones Gareth 2:03.946
Machin Elliot RG Squadron 2:07.455
Price Adam The Bikeshed 2:07.721

Expert
Soffe onboard the 2Stage - see the review we did last week on those bikes. West went from second to third as Maller for some reason didn't do run one.
Soffe Will 2 Stage Bikes/Torico 2:01.762
Maller Ashley 2:03.895
West Mark 2:06.890

Elite
O.K so only one Elite rider turned up, Rowan still posted up the fastest time of the day against some hot competition. Plus he was on a strange looking Orange.
Rowan Sorrell

Rowan Sorrell

Sorrell Rowan South Wales Trail Centres 1:59.660
Strange?

Strange?



Gerrard Thomas posing in front of the Pike banners.

Gerrard Thomas posing in front of the Pike banners.


Ian Boon on it again, Danny Boyle watch out.
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To Improve? The mongrel riders that threw their cans and bottles into the bushes on the uplift walk. You need shooting.

Good? Back to the old skool. Back in the day we had no uplifts, it's only in recent years they have appeared here in the U.K. This makes you count your blessings.

Will there be another one? You will have to ask Simon Ward that one: www.simplydownhill.co.uk

Si Paton 6th again onboard his Mountain Cycle Shockwave

Si Paton 6th again onboard his Mountain Cycle Shockwave


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25 Comments

  • + 1
 This weekend the 7th and 8th of March we will be at the Caersws Cup so make sure your bike and kits clean as we'll be doing a race report. If your taking and good pics or video then get them loaded up on Pinkbike.com ASAP and send me a link please.
si@descent-gear.com
  • + 1
 Cheers superfly.
Massive thanks to; PS cycles in abercarn for the youth prizes, Descent Gear for the juv prizes, Jamie at Wideopen mag for the champagne and various other prizes and 559 bikes in chepstow for the jerseys given to the masters and vets winners. Also, Rach and Liz for sign on and helping with the timing. Nacc events for the timing. Extreme medics. All the marshals. Everybody who entered. WDMBA for the number boards. Go to wdmba.co.uk to enter Rheola now!
  • + 1
 Where's the best place to find out about events like these? I only ever seem to find out about them after they're done and I really want to get taking photos of races... Southerndownhill.com forums?

Oh, and despite my flag I'm not in Canada anymore. At least physically Frown
  • + 0
 if you sign up on websites such as:
www.pearcecycles.co.uk
www.borderline-events.co.uk
www.caerswscup.co.uk

there all online entry or print out entry forms.
the pearce cycles sieries is full so u can either put your name on the reserves or wait till next year

these are all mid/north wales.
borderline events has a race in april,at an NPS track moelfre (its prity awsome)

caersws cup is all on one track but different times of the year.
tup hope this helps. any questions, just write on my notebord tup
  • + 0
 the whole no practice on saturday really anoyed me and others who i was with. we came all the way from oswersrty at 7 o clock to find theres no practice, it felt like the race was for locals who knew the track so they could do well... other than that the event was ok for si's first.... exsept on my first race run a FUKING van pulled across the road as i droped in, i lost 25 seconds at least because i hit the drop off the road funny and crashed... by the time i found some one to talk to about it the first runs were over... not impressed with that as iif i took 20 seconds off my time i would of come 6th!!!!
  • + 0
 The no practice saturday had been broadcast over all the major forums and events websites. And no one had ridden the new sections until sunday morning so no advantage.
  • + 0
 It was my first race and I loved it! I did pretty terrible, but I knocked 50 secs off on my 2nd run and didn't have the slowest adult blokes time, beat a few whipper-snappers and wheezed like a 90 year old at the bottom. But fantastic fun, will be training more so I do better at the next race I enter.
And to Si Ward, many many thanks for a great day. You were super stressed for most of it, but you still managed to stop and say hi. Full credit to you mate!
I'll be there again in a flash if there's another race! Cheers Smile
  • + 0
 "quick crank spin and a huge pencil style to super case of the back wheel that was that ugly it made your toes curl up" - ha ha, Si you must have been watching me because you got it to a tee! Great race, loved it. Pushing up is for real men!
  • + 2
 nice one sam!! lol cant believe there is one picture of you! PUSHING. but still nice one.
  • + 1
 haha, yeh it was a killer of a push)
  • + 0
 Was a really good really wanna race here again! Congrats to Gaz who won senior he snapped his gear leaver on his first practice run and hadn't spent thousands on his bike and still won!
  • + 1
 Looks like it was great fun (^^apart form you mate unlucky^^) wish I had a fully and more time to race...
  • + 0
 Great race/day simon and nice review Si.
I love the only bit of footage of me, decking it in the top section with action replay lol . .
  • + 0
 thank si yes of cus i need more training but some day will quick umm hope so Smile ! btw i got your dog's plate cos u forget haaa lol
  • + 1
 woop, awesome Event, well done to James Tennent and Co.

nice one Dan (or Dans dad) for getting the pics Big Grin
  • + 0
 Great atmosphere and some great riding made filming a pleasure. Thank you to everone who watched my film and all your comments make it worthwhile.
  • + 0
 Ooops, I missed out the hardtails! Hardtail Podium 1st- Alex Marshall 2nd- Stuart Bond 3rd- Robbie Rickman
  • + 1
 Nice to see PB supporting races across the pond from "head office", ha ha.
  • + 1
 those are some good picsWink awesome write up si (Y)
  • + 0
 Was an awesome day. Hope all the races come out like this one. Smile
  • + 0
 Thanks for adding the pic of me even though I'm no pro (Thomas Gerrard)
  • + 0
 nice write up, even got my bag sorted now cheers to the organisers!
  • + 0
 DANCE f*ckER DANCE!
WHY, DO YOU ASK?
BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR KID
  • + 0
 tahts my best m8 with the red shirt :L
  • + 0
 yeah nice sam!! wahey!

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