Caersws Cup Final Round

Oct 21, 2010 at 11:22
by Ian Harvey  

As the UK race season draws to a close the final round of the Caersws Cup was held in mid Wales. With views that came straight from the Alps, to start the day the low clouds finally cleared to give way to crisp sunny conditions for an afternoon of downhill racing.

Pictures and video inside,

For the first four rounds of this year, Caersws had been blessed with dry and sunny conditions making for dusty and fast racing action. At the start of the day from the campsite it looked like this would not be the case as thick, damp fog covered as far as the eye could see and that was not far. It was not until you got over half way up the track that you broke into the cloudless blue skies and alpine views.

Soaking in the view
Soaking in the view

This is Wales in October!
This is Wales in October!

The track started with a quick sprint off the start ramp, through a berm to be faced with a gap jump across a fire road. This went into a 90 degree berm making this one of the most spectacular parts of the track with the backdrop of the low cloud making it all the more amazing.

Eyes fixed on the berm landing
Eyes fixed on the berm landing

Styling it up for the camera
Styling it up for the camera

Shooting through the berm
Shooting through the berm

The track then opens up into a series of steep straights connected with switch back corners down to the next fire road. These sections were made all the more difficult due to all the stumps from the many cut down trees littering the way.

The next fire road has no jump across it, but a tunnel cut under it where riders plunge into the dark for a couple of seconds and appear out the other side back onto a rooty and stump littered track.

Tunnel vision
Tunnel vision

Keeping it low and pinned
Keeping it low and pinned

The second half of the track is smoother, but still tricky. After coming off the dusty, loose top section the riders swoop through a fast berm to a high table top which could be hit full on, or as many riders did, cut at the side allowing you to keep your speed for a level sprint section before the next off camber descent towards the finishing field.

Styling the jump just before the last section
Styling the jump just before the last section

Once down the descent it was a quick sprint over the fire road and into the finishing field and a flat out dash to the finish line.


Results:



Expert - Leon Rosser
Hardtail - Richard Acott
Juvenile - Callum Havard
Youth - Philip Atwell
Junior - Callum Dew
Senior Men - Simon Stuttard
Master Men - Dave List
Veteran Men - Darren Howarth
Youth Women - Charlote Hughes
Senior Women - Lianne Bartleman

Fastest Time - Simon Stuttard - 1min 55.13s


Video Action

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Another Caersws Cup series draws to an end with five action packed dry and sunny races and we can only hope 2011 will be as kind.


Pictures By:
turniptowers.pinkbike.com
john-brignal.pinkbike.com

Videos By:
teamboon.pinkbike.com
kikmtb.pinkbike.com

Event Organizers:
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34 Comments

  • + 14
 Wow, awesome scenery. I miss Wales! (Whoever thought anyone would say that?!)
  • + 1
 you miss sheep too? Big Grin
  • + 4
 ..anyone american Wink
  • + 6
 Awsome 5 Rounds. looking forward to next year.
  • + 3
 1st picture i think is the best, being above the clouds, i like that shot alot.
  • + 5
 great video mate shame lukes face is on it ha ha
  • + 4
 Great photos! this is why we ride bikes, better than daytime tv.
  • + 3
 1 of these photos will be POD.
  • + 1
 no seeing as its you its ok but have you noticed whats writen on the top of the van in the background "ghost busters" springs to mind lol ,
  • + 1
 who you gonna call??
  • + 1
 1st video song: Chase and status - Against all odds,
they using a lot of breaking beats in bike vids haha
  • + 1
 RIDING OVER THE CLOUDS....VERY NICE!!!!
  • + 2
 looks awesome! Sheep
  • + 1
 Very apline, just look at them mountains.

its pronounced "care-sue-s"
  • + 1
 nice but dont remember you asking if you could use my pic hmmmmm john...
  • + 1
 Sorry about that was i a rush and forgot it was the only pic of the finish I could find. Hope it is not problem.
  • + 1
 looked soo sick i wish i went now Frown
  • + 1
 Was that the new 2011 Devinci Wilson on the first pic?
  • + 1
 yep... looks fecking sweet!
  • + 3
 I agree, I really like the looks of that bike. I don't know what it is, but there's definitely something about that bike.
  • - 1
 Check out this sick threads t-shirt entry i really like it you gotta see it plz fav it....

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5790110
  • + 2
 Nice pics indeed...
  • + 1
 what was the song on the second vid?
  • + 1
 what was the second song on first vid ?!
  • + 1
 Crush by Pendulum
  • + 1
 thanks mate !
  • - 1
 Check out this sick threads t-shirt entry i really like it you gotta see it....

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5790110
  • + 1
 Some great pics there.
  • - 1
 HOLLY TREND EATERS!!! These boys sure love flat bars!!!
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