On the 27th March commenced the first round of the WDMBA Series was held at Rheola.
The weather was fantastic and the track was running extremely fast. Saturday practice had already seen a number of casualties including Mojo’s Tom Wheeler who had a very serious crash on the fastest part of the course and is still in hospital with a damaged shoulder – Get well soon Tom!
Callum Harvard – Mojo/Team Skene
Uplift was efficient with 3 busses ferrying the 150 riders up the course with few delays. On the Saturday, one of the busses broke down and caused a small hold up but credit to the drivers and organisers they had it fixed within an hour – Impressive stuff!
The Drop-off Café bus was in attendance keeping everyone fed and watered and also providing some quality dubstep and reggae for the pit area.
Will Soffe – Southerndownhill Race Team
The track was the standard Rheola layout that many of us know and love; starting from the top fire-road, through many fast rocky turns, then across the second fire-road into the bumpy woods section. After going off the rock drop, the course turned right into the same large bus-stop used in the BDS 2010 track, then through Star Wars, across the fire-road and on to the fast and jump strewn bottom section.
These guys were smaller than some of the braking bumps but were looking super quick in track. Laurie Greenland completely dominated this category, winning by a whopping 45 seconds and finishing 33rd overall!
Laurie Greenland 3:23.570
Obi Eichhorn 4:08.420
Jack Jenkins Lodge Cycles/ WDMBA 4:18.450
Thomas Owens – C.T.S/Lodge Cycles
The juveniles were incredibly fast with the top boys taking 7th, 10th and 12th fastest times overall!
Taylor Vernon Fox Racing, Bike It, Maxxis, Juice lubes 3:08.660
Mike Jones Team Bicycle Doctor 3:09.610
Thomas Owens C.T.S./ Lodge Cycles 3:10.240
Jay Williamson’s win was hard fought, beating local boy Grant Boyce and fellow southerner Moss Macriner.
Jay Williamson Certini Bicycle Co/ Mojo/ www.drift-mtb.com 3:08.600
Grant Boyce Team Bicycle Doctor 3:09.300
Moss Macriner Kustom Bikes 3:09.990
Getting a hardtail down Rheola looked like hard work this weekend, but these guys were on fire posting very respectable times despite a lack of rear suspension.
Lewis Bateman 3:34.130
Sam Fowler 3:36.110
Ash Brown Curtis Bikes/ Live2ride.co.uk 3:42.870
James Baker – Zumbi
Of the 45 Senior Men, it was Welshman Adam Page who took the honours ahead of Eddie Chaffe and Swansea University’s Max Robinson who posted an impressive time despite having lost his rear mech on the bottom section.
Adam Page Cwmdown/ PS Cycles 3:12.960
Eddie Chaffe Red Mist Racing 3:13.970
Max Robinson 3:14.680
Dan Haines took the win in Masters just edging out Steve Jones and Shaun Bevan brought up 3rd despite having no chain!
Dan Haines Red Mist Racing 3:11.020
Steve Jones Team Bicycle Doctor 3:18.260
Shaun Bevan Extreme Culture Cycles 3:18.640
The Vets category ended up incredibly close with John Cobb just seeing off Red Mist Raing’s Niall Ingram.
John Cobb 3:24.290
Niall Ingram Red Mist Racing 3:24.800
Dylan Jenkins 3:25.150
The appearance of Elite racers Emiline Ragot and Fionn Griffiths of Griffiths racing caused a stir but didn’t put off the only other female racer Esther Sands from posting a solid time of 4:25.630.
Emiline Ragot 3:12.090
Fionn Griffiths 3:27.840
Will Soffe Southern Downhill 2:59.120
Joel Moore 3:02.360
Duncan Porter Continental/ Orange 3:08.810
Dan Stanbridge Dirt Norco 2:58.370
Leon Rosser MMA Sports 3:05.960
Rowan Sorrel Mojo/ Orange 3:07.760
I spent the Saturday getting used to my new Morewood Makulu and setting up the suspension. I was feeling fast and confident on track and managed to go into the hot-seat after my first run. Second run I pushed harder but got more ragged, going a second slower. In the end I won Expert and finished 2nd overall behind Dan Stanbridge by just 0.8 seconds. Stoked!
Big shout out to Helen Harvard and her team of marshals. This is a difficult track to manage and without the marshals, there is no racing.
Thanks to Daniel Garland at Michelin (www.stendecworks.com) for their support and sponsorship, to Mike Hayward for the coaches and drivers, Speedy Hire (www.speedyhire.com) for their support, and to Ian ‘Luffy’ Luff at The DropOff Cafe for cooking up some superb grub from his silver bullet bus!
The WDMBA are currently looking for sponsorship of the series and categories. There is loads of publicity available here so if you’re interested please get in contact with the WDMBA.
A well organised event and great weekends racing – the guys at the WBMBA did a great job and I for one will be at the next round!
For full results visit www.rootsandrain.co.uk
Words – Will Soffe (Southerndownhill Race Team)
Images – Richard Cook (richardcookmedia.co.uk)
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