The grand finale of the British Downhill Series is well under way in the welsh hills of Llangollen. This is the rider’s last chance to battle it out for the overall series win! Martin is the main man behind the steep, technical and fun tracks of Llangollen. Most famous for its death woods. Raced on for the past two years in the wet and the dry however this year there has been a change of track. The squirrel track is taking over for this weekend’s racing. Despite the sun being out, the looming clouds have been threatening some changes in weather. The Track
The track stretches over 1.6km giving some riders around two and a half minutes of steep technical descents. The morning dew created a greasy layer on track. Making first runs pretty slippery. As the day proceeded the mass of riders combined with sunshine soon dried out the track. Causing it to get more blown out each run.
The course starts off with riders flying over four jumps and landing into the first of the berms. Another two berms lead riders into the straight and down the loose, rocky shoot. It was knees out and brakes on so they could make it round the next corner. Following on further down the track riders hit more berms, with over fifteen to rail and roost. If you’re a berm railing master you’ve pretty much already won the race!
Oak tree junction had riders questioning line choices. With the right line looking like the slowest it was a fight between the left and middle line. Most riders opted for the middle line as it set them up better for the following corner allowing them to get enough speed for the jump. Though the left line is shorter some riders were slowing down to make the corner.
Dropping off into a long straight, some riders went for a full out sprint while others went into a tuck to keep their speed to clear the hip jump. Drawing closer to the bottom of the track riders went into an off-camber section. The last two berms sent riders down Drop Avenue at full speed into the field. A leg burning sprint lead riders across the finish.
Off the first drop of the course, down a loose root shoot, riders carried on down the next few corners and over another drop. Keep track on seeding and race runs with live timing.