The nights are drawing in and downhill racing in the Northern Hemisphere is surely in hibernation by now. That leaves us with a few options to fill our precious time. Whilst many were out on an XC ride or down the gym, those in the know went pump track racing!
Saturday 19th of November 2011 - DMR Pump Track Challenge
Bristol Pump Track
The U.K like many countries has seen a wave of pump tracks popping up in towns and cities at a regular pace. Bristol is the latest on the scene, just under Brunel Way, which is only a stones throw away from the famous suspension bridge.
DMRs Duncan Ferris 16.95 seconds
As the track is open 24/7 to the public, unofficial practice was a chaotic affair with the usual council/project kids zipping around like flies around dog pooh on scrappy BMX bikes with the bars bent way too far back as well as a snapped brake cable. We booted them all off come 13:00 for offical qualifying all run under British Cycling rules as the race was deemed as a 4x time trail, hence the full face helmet rule and a B.C Commissaire permanently on the start hill. May I take this opportunity to enforce a new race kit rule for pump track racing? Nobody should be allowed to wear a race kit, you must run jeans/shorts coupled with a tee-shirt/check shirt or a hoody. Plus no SPD's!
Sam Reynolds 17.18 seconds
For the Rippers, Open and Ladies categories the format was quite simple, you had the chance to drop a few pedals before launching over the start line and then it was up to you whether you pumped, manualed or pedalled until you crossed the finish line.
The Pro riders were allowed a rolling lap start, (i.e they did one lap without being timed) this allowed many to showboat along the way to the pleasure of the applauding crowd. Come the last straight they then started to wind her up to gather some pace to cross the start line and straight into their timed lap!
Will Soffe on the first straight
Riders were allowed to pedal on this track, which was a slightly controversial decision as wasn't this a pump track race? The track dictated the rules for this one as the second corner exit almost brought you to a stop hence the need for some crank spins. Not everybody agreed, but this meant the racing was fast and furious, easy to monitor and fair for everyone.
Not everyone was riding their bikes there.
Every rider got a timed run and then we went to eliminators, dropping down the number until we had a super final in each catgeory with just five riders. As you can imagine times were amazingly close, a good time was under 20 seconds on this tight and technical track.
Thanks go out to DMR Bikes the main sponsor of this event
and Andrew Cooper who did a great job on the mic updating us all day whilst the guys at Monster Energy dished out the green fuel. Chris Roberts the organiser for giving us the best days racing for a a tenner.
Olly Wilkins Second Straight 16.65
Anderson Joel 17.835
Stephens Alfie 17.993
Profit Tom 18.61Open
Russell Stephen 17.028
Wells Jack 17.673
Astley Martin 17.918Ladies
Greaves Jess 20.435
Lacey Suzanne 20.648
Burridge Rachel 24.287Pro
Baker Ben 16.298
Kerr Bernard 16.507
Lacey Lewis 17.227
Ben Baker your Pro winner 16.51
Si Paton..Halo British Downhill Series 2012
Photos by Sam Davies
Pinkbikes Si Paton 18.6 seconds
There is always one.