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Author Topic: SOUTHWEST DH CHAMPS 20/21 OCTOBER 2012 @ GAWTON GRAVITY HUB  (Read 4059 times)

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chaz@woodlandriders-racing.co.uk

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This year sees the return of the South West DH Champs to Gawton for the second year running ;D

As it says above it is on the 20th-21st October @ Gawton Gravity Hub and will be on Proper Job, a totally new track that has just been completed. The whole weekend will only cost you £58.00 including a fully uplifted practice day on the Saturday and a fuly uplifted race on the Sunday.

We are probably the most easy going race organizers in the UK all we ask is that you complete your two full practice runs down the hill either on the Saturday or Sunday practice sessions to comply with BCF rules.

Double BC points will also be available for anyone who finishes in a qualifying possition.

Full sponsors to be confirmed. but sponsors so far are:
Wideopenmag.
Dartmoor cycles.
Supersaturated.
Koo-Bikes.

With more to follow.

For more info, to watch either of the track great videos or to enter go to http://www.woodlandriders-racing.co.uk
« Last Edit: Sep 09, 2012, 09:51 by nick@gawtongravityhub »

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Hi guys,
        Whats your plans for uplift this year? Its no secret that all the riders were frustrated with last years slow uplift service? Also I understand you will be running the new course for the champs? Is this not completely missing the point of the event? Surely the most technically challenging and rewarding course should be used rather some berms and jumps? Sorry if this sounds negative, its not atall my intention.

Freddy
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Hi guys,
        Whats your plans for uplift this year? Its no secret that all the riders were frustrated with last years slow uplift service? Also I understand you will be running the new course for the champs? Is this not completely missing the point of the event? Surely the most technically challenging and rewarding course should be used rather some berms and jumps? Sorry if this sounds negative, its not atall my intention.

Freddy

As you say Freddy the most technical and challenging track would be ideal:) But this race is open for all riders even those who could not ride either Super-tavi and Egypt. The track itself does not make the race, the riders do and their abilities to go faster and take slightly different line choices:)

As for the Uplift it will be done using 4 tractors with trailors for both riders and bikes to travel in. the uplift last year wasnt slow as such we just didnt allow for enough vehicles which for some reason is hard to do as no one wants to provide them:( even for the right amount of cash.

Cheers Freddy, Chaz.

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It is also very difficult to organise the right uplift capacity when entrants insist on only registering a few days before the race! Last year approximately 75% of entrants registered during the week before the race! If we knew the numbers a couple of weeks or so in advance it is possible to get the capacity correct, if we only know the day before it gets to be pretty difficult! Running racing is expensive and the organisers do it all voluntarily, we simply can't afford to have a huge capacity uplift and only a few entrants. The only people who get paid are the Marshals and the up-lift drivers and that is only because if we didn't pay them we wouldn't get anybody to do those jobs. Any profit made (if any is made!) goes straight back into track maintenance and track building, not the organisers pockets. Chaz puts an enormous amount of effort into organising racing for no return other than the satisfaction of seeing it happen.

As for choice of tracks, the South-West Championships is categorised as a regional race by British Cycling and as such has to be open to all categories, thus the choice of Proper Job. We ran it on Super-Tavi last year because then we had no choice and a number of riders were unable to race because of the difficulty of the track. There is a huge amount of line choice within the confines of the track on Proper Job, you just have to find it. The winner will be the person with the skill to find the cleanest line and thus minimises use of their brakes and maintain speed, not the person with the most bottle to take the steepest, shorter line!

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Nick I wasnt criticising the organisers in the slightest, we all know how much effort they put in!! Sure I understand using woodlands tracks and proper job for every other race of the year but being the champs it would be good to use the best track on offer! Super tavi is rideable by all and its at the riders discretion should they choose to take the harder lines.

Fred.


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