After a three year break, the UK downhill series returns to Rheola in Wales, with the Welsh track being a firm favourite with riders thanks to its blend of technical features and flat-out speed. However, this track is not one for the faint-hearted. Saturday morning's practice session began with a slightly damp track, which was slick in places and became a bit of a handful for some of the riders. Primarily through the Star Wars rock garden with a practice day littered with red flags; however, the slick conditions didn't seem to bother Some with Stacey Fisher, the Elite Women's race winner saying "I felt really comfortable in the morning despite the challenging track conditions."
However, thankfully, a different track greeted the riders with sunshine all weekend on race day, and the track began to dry. Although the lower section stayed slightly damp still. Leaving the Elite riders and those fortunate enough to have spare sets of wheels a hard decision to make about whether to run a fast-rolling tire for the upper section or something with a bit more bite for the middle and lower areas that were still slightly damp. One thing is for sure the stage was set for an epic race.
Round 2 will be Fort William Scotland on the 7-8th May. this should be another action-packed event with plenty of World Cup level riders making the trip to ride the legendary Fort William track just before the world cup.
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