Bike Radar Live wasnt just a one day event, check out this day 2 report for all the DJ, trials and Dual action…
Sunday at Bikeradar Live was going to be sunny and hot again and I was looking forward to the final of the Dirt Jump and seeing Danny MacAskill strut his stuff. I also had the little matter of my final seminar.
I missed out on the Whyte night Enduro as it started at the same time as the Dual on Saturday night and ended at a time when I was deciding whether to have poached or scrambled eggs for breakfast at the hotel the following day. I should have had more interest after doing an Enduro event the other week, my bad. The course was rad though, it was only 5kms long with little in the way of climbing. The most laps recorded over the 12 hours was 37. I could only imagine that their saddles had razors on them preventing them from taking a break. The winning team was called Legends and it seemed that this name was the theme of the day.
More hung-over people lined the venue and I was glad I wasn’t the same way as even at 10 in the morning I had a bead on.
Watching the amateur dual Eliminator was scary, I’m not saying standards were low! The wind picked up even further and the riders had their work cut out, the first jump that was catching people out on the Saturday was given a wide berth but the skills showed through. Jake Ward was shredding down there and the conditions did not faze him, first place for that man!
A trip over to the Animal Relentless tour venue was in order. I heard over the loudspeaker that Danny MacAskill was having a day off from scaring Scottish residents and travelled down to scare us. I was walking over with my mates and noticed some nutter nose wheeling around the top of the tour bus, about 14ft up. I ran over to make sure I had a good spot.
This man needs no introduction and he seems to have touched all manner of people (not literally) with his riding and today I got to witness this first hand. I urge you to watch the recent YouTube footage of Danny at Bike Radar for the full skinny but his drop off the aforementioned bus was a huge surprise as I was quite happy for him to just drop off forwards but being pretty good on a bike he decided to 360 tyre tap the mother and pull up whilst going backwards. He added about 2 foot extra to the height. Not to nay-say but he did have blood coming out of his calves so he definitely is human. Sam Pilgrim was boosting higher than ever and must have been hanging as he was dirt jumping in between demos. Martyn Ashton was awesome and hopping stupid high, even with a knacked wrist.
After Danny I had to catch up on gnarly, Scottish legend Graham Obree, the former 1 hour record holder. His tales of riding to time trials the other side of Scotland puts me to shame especially when I drive 15mins to the trails.
After my bit was trials legend Hans Rey (minus monkey), I was actually too scared to go and get a piccie with him!
I missed out on the dirt jumping because I was required elsewhere. But the winner was announced at the next demo. The 5 grand cheque went to Sam Reynolds on his DMR, he also acquired a 4ft high trophy. I saw him going back to his car trying to carry everything all at once. I should have offered to carry the cheque. Dave was there though to get some snaps.
I forgot to mention another highlight from the Saturday which was the Dahon/ Brompton folding bikes race.
The riders had a running start to their folded bikes, assemble them, ride 4 laps of Donington race track, fold the bikes 50m before the end and run to the finish line. After bending his crank in the Dual qualifiers James Norton from Urban Air decided to enter and then ripped the legs off all who raced. Even seasoned roadies were thrashed by over 2mins at the end as Jim completed the laps without actually slowing down. He even won a £650 Dahon bike as well so came off pretty well in prize money. By the way, Dahon won overall. The Bromptons were too busy ironing their blazers and discussing gear ratios.
Credit has to go out to all the organisers and Future Publishing staff who seemed to be up at all hours to make the show run.
An extra special mention to the hard work put in by course designers and builders Will Longden and Dave Wardell. Dave constructed the monster dirt jump set. Will did the XC loop which was fun for all especially in the dust toward the end of the weekend. Full 2 wheel drifts on somebody else’s £4000 full suss bike anyone?
To summarise (eventually, sorry) BikeRadar Live was great. The weather helped but there was so much on with the best cyclists on the planet inspiring one and all. The show is as good as you make it and I’m definitely going next year, so should you.
Photos by Dave Franciosy
Words by Neil Cousins