Three Hundred and thirty one riders headed for Bringewood Nr Ludlow for Round 2 of the 2017 Pearce cycles downhill series and with no recent rain on the Shropshire hills and good weather forecast it was going to be another great weekend of racing on a what was to be a very fast track.
Saturday morning was cold and cloudy for the riders on their first practice runs and as usual Dave Pearce had been doing a few track tweaks as you set off from the start and a revamped bottom wood section which was as dark as a bag all Saturday
With world cup riders such as Brendan Fairclough, Adam Brayton, Taylor Vernon and Katy Curd on the start list it was also great to see former world champion Tracy Moseley on track for Saturday practice. She has still got it!
Every race weekend has a few hold ups for accidents and thankfully Pearce Cycles has its own Paramedics and first Aid staff on track as well as a fantastically equipped medical tent a fast response motor bike and a 4×4 Landrover Discovery (what else could it be at a Pearce race?) for such incidents.
So healing vibes go out to the two riders who needed to use the facilities. We had a whip around and got you some flowers (well a photo really). We hope you have a speedy recovery and to see you on track again soon.
Practice was extended for half an hour due to the incidents and as usual tales of 15+ runs were common place.
Sunday mornings should always start this way……..
Full English followed by Coffee and cake!
The weather had perked up as well and come first race runs we were blessed with blue skies. First down the Hill were the Juvenile category and NX2 rider Connor Smith won both runs to bag the top step of the podium. The Youth category is a time bomb of riders gunning for the positions and it was Luke Williamson of the Trek development team who also won both runs and the top step.
Junior Men was won by Madison Saracen rider Matt walker who put down a blistering time of 1.57.602 which was half a second off the fastest time of the day.
With 70 entrants in Senior men, Joel Anderson had the top step for the second race running
Ben Deakin took the Honours in Master men
Stu Hughes of Pinned TV won Veteran Men
Pete Little proved there is definitely life after 50 in the grand vets Category
The women were looking fast all weekend and Megan James of TMo racing was flying in the under 19 women and took the win in both runs
Ellie Dewdney took the 19+ category win with her first and only complete run
In Elite Women Katy Curd was looking smooth and very fast and set a cracking time of 2.12.398
Expert men was won by Reece Langhorn who managed to pull out a storming second run after a big off in the top section in his first run.
Elite men was a shoot out between Brendan Fairclough, Adam Brayton and Taylor Vernon with just over a second between the three of them but Brendan took both runs in a fastest time of the day of 1:57.064
Photos By Sarah Barrett Photography