The first round of the UK Bike Park Seiries kicked off at Blandford last weekend. Read the Report here.
Last weekend saw the first race of the Ukbikepark / torico race series held near Blandford. 100 riders turned up to ride the new track that had been constructed over the winter. Practice on Saturday saw around 70 riders turn up to ride and relax with the evening hog roast and entertainment provided by stillgotsomelegs. Sunday morning dawned with a few clouds in the sky but no sign of the much needed rain that we needed to keep the dust down. The track started with a couple of table tops that led you into “Bern Bandit” down a fire road with a set of doubles and an 18 foot table. Off the fire road and things start getting a bit more interesting, over a loose double and then into a rock garden that needed commitment from the previous berm to ensure you carried your speed through the rocks. Back on the gas and then you were heading to the clearing drop.
Hit the loose off camber corners and keep high to ensure a good line over the big roots. Back on the gas for a single track terraced stretch and then stay high to get a good line for the next corner. Stay High again for the track jump then full commitment and keep your fingers off those brakes as you hit the 30 foot table top, round a loose berm and you are over the finish.
Sub 1 mins 30 secs was thought to be a winning time however the loose dust and chunks of flinty rock were making it a tad slower than expected. Its not often we get enough dust in the UK to make it slower!
Racing started at 12.30 with matt from Dirt racing supplying the timing with his Tag Heuer equipment,. Steve Atkins of torico performance bikes posted the fastest time in the first race runs however he knew he had to go faster as some quick lads had had some problems.
Steve Atkins in the rock garden
2nd runs came around and the top 5 made some interesting reading; Will Soffe took the overall win with a 1:39.62 Steve Atkins went down and couldn’t improve on his first race run time. 3rd was Zak Hurrel ( first in the youth category) with a 1:42.99 and then Andy Payne a local lad coming in first in the hardtail category with a 1:44.76. A great ride on a hardtail that should Inspire Andy to get to some more races.
Andy Payne sending the finish table
The next race takes place on the 29th July with a practice day on the Saturday. Torico will again be available with plenty of kit to try or buy, Demo bikes will again be available. Massive thanks to all the catering staff that put on a great menu in the marquee. Big thanks go to Ali and Paul for setting up the race. Don’t forget that if you want to marshall at an event you will receive a free race entry. Overall it was great to see lots of young ones having fun on their bikes and showing that there is a new crop of racers coming through the ranks. GArass roots racing alive and kicking in Dorset