Pearce Cycles – Charity Event / Midland DH Champs 2012
The aim for this ‘season-ender’ event was to raise money for Jason Brennan and the Air Ambulance.
Jason from Rave Racing has been a regular at The Pearce Cycles races for many years. Unfortunately last year he suffered a broken back as a result of a crash at Caersws. The hope is to help Jason purchase a Thera-trainer which attaches to his wheelchair to help him exercise. They have also needed to call upon the services of the Air Ambulance in the past so will also be making a donation towards their operating costs.
“Carlsberg don’t do Downhill Races but if they did…”They would be very hard pushed to put on an event as good as the Pearce Cycles team, anyone who has ever raced or had an uplift with them will back me up, and this weekend’s event was as smooth as clockwork again.
The format for this one day event was uplifts from 8.00am until 1.30pm followed by a single race run, so mistakes would be costly in the final placings. With the uplift performing as usual, the queue was non-existent, some hardcore riders not worrying about saving energy for race runs boasted of 12+ uplifts during the morning session.
“The Quarry drop track” had been taped by team rider Ike Francis for this race which is the most technical track at Hopton. Turn right out of the start gate and you are greeted with damp roots on a steep slope just to wake you up a little before smashing a reshaped road gap, fast into the technical wood section, where more of those sniper roots waiting to send you crashing. The Quarry drop briefly slows you down and then spits you out and over a reworked double towards the fire road crossing. Into the fast open section with a hip jump and then onto a newly added fade jump. Then it’s fast into tight right and left corners and across the hill towards the log drop. Sharp right and off towards the off camber section. Drop onto the last fire road and into a steep loose rock garden. It’s back on the pedals, through the tight gap through the trees towards the big berms and over the table top and
then sprint for the line. Some riders went with the cut down spikes but most opted for the faster rolling tyres with the track drying up as the day progressed.
Racing Started on time with the Juveniles and Andrew Barrett set the ball rolling by taking the Midlands Championship on what was to be a podium fest for the Barrett Family and the Pearce Cycles race Team during the weekend’s events (see also Gravity Event Report HERE).
The Youth category followed, with Andrew’s older brother Matt taking the win for the host team and the Barrett family as well as Midlands Championship honours.
The Juniors Title was won by the fashion icon that is Ben Nott. (The sunny weather was obviously his motivation for the flip flops and shorts).
Carrie Poole set fastest female time of the day in taking the win in the Master Womens’ race.
With the track now drying out after the fresh, damp start it was the Veterans’ turn to make their way to the start ramp, John Cobb took full advantage of the double points on offer and put 7 seconds into the field.
Senior men and the Midlands Champion for 2012 was taken by Chris Field
In Masters, Foes rider Dan Haines took the win on the day but being from far a field was not eligible for the Midlands champs so this honour went to Craig Taylor instead.
Expert Men was won by Ride.io’s very own Guy Gibbs and again being from out of the county the Midlands championship trophy went to Tom Deacon.
The Elite riders were last off and Ralph Jones came down the hill with a 2min 13.9 to take the win and fastest time of the day, with Rob Smith of Ram bikes taking the Midlands Title.
A fantastic uplift and a race to finish the day off, more importantly this event was primarily put on to raise money for two very important causes and let’s not forget what they are! I am sure we all would like to thank Dave and Lindsey Pearce for the fantastic events and endless work they put into their races and fund raising events such as this, Thank you both very much and long may it continue…. In the never-ending quest for perfection Dave & Lindsey came very close to perfect with this one but there is always a but and I think I found a flaw….
Sort the light out Dave….
Finally on behalf of all the Guys and Girls who attended this weekend’s events we would all like to wish Jason all the very best and we look forward to seeing you again soon..
Pictures of this event can be found here: http://www.rootsandrain.com/photos/sarah-barrett/