Race Report: SixSixOne Mini Downhill December 2014

Dec 9, 2014 at 1:24
by Lauren Jenkins  
The Forest of Dean is without a doubt one of the best race venues in the UK. It has everything riders need in one compact area of forestry without feeling claustrophobic. Situated just outside of Monmouth, the Pedalabikeaway centre has ample on-site facilities; including uplift from Flyup and plenty of parking for competitors and spectators. Whilst the tracks may be short the fun factor is not, the atmosphere and friendly competition at the mini downhill is something you won’t often experience at other races.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC

Last weekend was the first round of the winter series. The Sixsixone mini downhill has been coming to the Forest of Dean for a number of years and gives riders the chance to push their limits without an overly competitive feel. The track was announced on Wednesday before the race – Skirun was the track chosen for this round, but organisers mixed things up by making a few changes to the top of the course. The variations saw the start run slightly left of the usual top section, adjoining with an older line to the left after the first fire road, from here riders would ride over an embankment and drop into a rocky corner before the usual rooty section then take a new ridge line to the right of the original.

Video: Adam Neale

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC
Jacob Dickson from the Orange Dirt World Team

From here the track remained the same, riders would emerge from the fire road and continue on the original bottom section to take on roots, a tight switchback, berms and jumps. The changes kept things fresh and provided an extra challenge for riders with a few line choices and some fresh loam.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC

As usual the fastest time was taken in to account and riders were pushing to shave seconds off. With the lack of available light in winter, second runs were overshadowed by the dying light and it proved to be great viewing for spectators.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC

The track had dried out through the day and despite a small shower in the afternoon it was running great. The race was close to capacity and this meant plenty of friends and family turned up to watch and support racers, the fire road was rammed with cars and the café was full, riders had turned up by the van load eager to take on what would be the last race of the year for most.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC

The weather had decided to play ball and despite the cold and a few showers on Saturday night it stayed dry for the weekend. A few riders took the opportunity to practice on the Saturday scoping out lines on the new top section that Chris and the Dean Trail Volunteers had worked on during the week. As the day went on a few roots were uncovered and lines were slowly cut in and embedded by the riders. 4x World Champion, Katy Curd did a track walk with the women, discussing lines and working through any questions as the day drew to a close. Practice kicked off at 9am Sunday morning with blue skies and the remnants of rain from the night before, a few people opted for spikes for optimal grip on the loose top section and powered through, getting wild. The marshals were on course and the sound of whistles echoed through the forest.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC
Simon, a familiar face marshalling the mini downhill - You're bound to see him track-side.

With a mixture of local talent and riders from further afield it was great to see so many young pinners, including 20 rippers. There were also a number of young girls competing in the senior women category, a true testament to the popularity of the Mini Downhill as it always draws in a wide range of riders from all abilities and ages. Wildman, Ieuan Williams threw down a few lines others thought not possible and gapped a few sections of the track putting in a time of 1:08.50 just 0.35 seconds from the pro-am winner, Jonny Howe.

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Pro-am winner, Jonny Howe

Team Skene rider, Jake Gaskell was looking pinned, taking the win in Juvenile with a time of 1:13.81, whilst Flyup Downhill rider, Charlie Hatton stormed into first in youth by three seconds with a time of 1:10.45.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC
Charlie Hatton, winner of the Youth category.

Katy Curd took win in senior women with a rapid time of 1:15.94 and Lindsay Hanley took the win in master women with an impressive ten second lead. Trophies and prizes were handed out in the dark with a small number of racers and spectators staying to brave the cold and congratulate their friends.

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC

Overall it was another fantastic weekend of racing. The Mini Downhill is a race series that continues to sell-out and attract new and experienced riders alike. The racing was tight and the comradery was evident with racers yelling support and screaming ‘PEDAL’ at their fellow competitors whilst checking out each other’s line choices and sharing tips. Cooper kept people entertained with his commentary and Chris and his team kept things running smoothly throughout the day. Flyup Downhill were on hand to offer uplifts at only £2 a run, and the Pedalabikeaway team worked tirelessly to keep people fuelled and bikes running smoothly - it was a perfect end to the season. The next round is 25th January 2015 - get entered and keep an eye on the Mini Downhill social media for updates.

Mini Downhill - Facebook - Twitter - 2014/15 Winter Dates

661 Mini Downhll - Forest of Dean 7th Dec. Wayne DC

Results

Pro-Am Men

1. Jonny HOWE - 1:08.15
2. Ieuan WILLIAMS - 1:08.50
3. Will SOFFE - 1:11.46
4. Brandon LOVE - 1:11.61
5. Carl BARTLEMAN - 1:12.74

Junior Men

1. Jacob DICKSON - Orange Dirt World Team - 1:10.22
2. Daniel BUTTERFIELD - Descend Hamsterley - 1:13.89
3. Callum PHILPOTT - - 1:14.90
4. Oli EVANS - 1:15.87
5. Tom DUNFORD - 1:16.46

Youth Boys

1. Charlie HATTON - FlyUp Downhill - 1:10.45
2. Will HART - Bad Ass Bikes - 1:13.53
3. Jay LITTLE - 1:13.88
4. Seth BARRETT - Pedalabikeaway - 1:14.45
5. Luka CHADWICK - 1:16.55

Master Men

1. Tomas KUPSTYS - Bird Cycleworks - 1:12.22
2. Wayne DAVIS (mas) - FlyUp pedalabikeaway - 1:13.14
3. David FAIRSERVICE - Online Bikes - 1:15.72
4. James WEAMES - Crank Cycles - 1:15.92
5. Pete CRUMP - Decade - 1:17.34

Senior Men

1. Joe WINSTON - Banjo Cycles Newbury - 1:12.55
2. Liam JONES (2) - 1:13.23
3. Andy BENNETT - Aberystwyth Univ / Bad Ass Bikes - 1:13.49
4. David DAVIS - Tidworth Freeride Club - 1:14.52
5. Matt KOVAR - 1:14.81

Veteran Men

1. Andy SADLER - Bad Ass Bikes - 1:13.45
2. Ian BRAY - Continenta / Decade / MIJ Downhill Events - 1:16.33
3. Mark BOWERS - 1:17.94
4. Richard SMITH - 1:18.34
5. Graham AYLING - 1:18.35

Juvenile Boys

1. Jake GASKELL - Team Skene - 1:13.81
2. Jordan BEIGHTON - Kreek Racing Team - 1:14.22
3. Dillon CLARKE - 1:19.41
4. Ben CLERKIN - 1:19.78
5. Lewis PICK - 1:21.04

Hardtail Men

1. Steven JONES - Malvern cycle sport - 1:19.63
2. Sam BURGESS - Aberystwyth - 1:20.85
3. Oliver JEHU - DuckSmart - 1:25.04
4. Ben JONES (sen) - GWJ Racing - 1:26.36
5. Kit RISBEY - - 1:53.76

Ripper Boys

1. Chris CUMMING (u12) - East Coast MTB - 1:23.51
2. James ELLIOTT - 1:24.96
3. James WILSON (juv) - Wolfpax Riders - 1:28.30
4. Luke WILLIAMSON - Rogate DH - 1:28.53
5. Daniel COPE (rpr) - Team Skene - 1:29.28

Senior Women

1. Katy CURD - 1:15.94
2. Louise WILLIAMS - Bike It! - 1:26.04
3. Aston TUTT - vans55 - 1:30.40
4. Ellie DEWDNEY - Derby BMX Club - 1:31.73
5. Liz FOWLER - 1:33.88

Master Women

1. Lindsay HANLEY - 1:34.05
2. Emma BRADLEY - 1:44.46
3. Hannetjie LOWE - 1:45.24
4. Louise SALTER - 1:59.98
5. Marcia ELLIS - 2:07.72

Full Results Here

Photos: Wayne DC


Mentions: @wayne-dc @nakedracing



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13 Comments
  • 6 0
 Props to Wayne for those photos! To achieve photos like that in such low light is impressive! Most photographers would want to turn away from that!
  • 2 0
 I know! His words were - I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to send you much and then he send me these! Top job @wayne-dc
  • 3 0
 Cheers for the kind words guys @TheGripMedia and @laurenjenkins.
  • 5 0
 buzzing for a 3rd in the hardtail!!
  • 4 0
 Such a good day! Happy with 5th
  • 4 0
 Pro am winner jonny Howe on his 650b enduro bike ! Pinned and stylish.
  • 5 3
 Shame it doesn't actually mention anything about the winner of pro am and it talks about the kid who came 2nd
  • 5 1
 To true stu, Jonny should of got a bigger mention!
  • 4 2
 Wildman Ieuan haha nutter he is. That time is stoopid quick mate.
  • 8 0
 not as quick as the guy on a XC bike...
  • 2 5
 Must have been the fastest guy down the hill that day then. Smaller bikes are always fastest at the FoD.
  • 2 0
 Was the most amount of fun that I have had on two wheels!
  • 2 0
 famous ! nice write up







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