Cardiff Urban Dual Report
With a first place prize of £1000 pounds up for grabs, it wasn’t surprising that riders were making the effort to drive 4+ hours to Cardiff on a Sunday afternoon to race down a car park. There isn’t much us £400-into-our-overdraft mountain bikers WOULDN’T do for that kind of money. The turnout at the Evans Cycles Urban Dual Event in the centre of Cardiff city was impressive. There were nearly 100 participants many of which are big names from both downhill and 4X racing who race on a World Cup Level. I also spotted some keen cross country riders who had turned up refusing to drop their seat for the event.
Not quite knowing what to expect, the bikes brought to the event varied from full downhill rigs to racing bmxs. The course turned out to be amazing fun and quite wild. Turning up with a dirt-jump lid was a mistake as you were hitting the corners and ramps at quite a speed. Not to mention the narrowing of the course following a high speed section sending you straight into a set of stairs. With sharp concrete edges and pillars exposed on every corner I felt slightly more relaxed once I managed to borrow a full face helmet thanks to Seb from RootsandRain.
The race format consisted of single run qualifying, requiring a top 16 result to get into the elimination heats. For each heat, two riders would race against each other twice, each taking their turn in both starting gates in the 4X style start gate. The rider who progressed to the next heat was the one who had the fastest time on both race runs combined. This meant that it was an advantage to get the snap out of the gate because once you got out in front of the other rider, it was very difficult to get overtaken due to the tight and twisty nature of the track.
With plenty of spectators heckling and shouting encouragement there was an exciting atmosphere in the multi-story car park and the racing reflected that with daring attempts at overtaking and last minute braking. It was good racing to say the least.
The top three positions were dominated by the 4X boys who had obviously been practicing their gates. Taking the win on the day and bringing home a check for £1000 was Lewis Lacey knocking out Scott Beaumont in the quarter final and Nathon Parsons in the finals. A well-deserved win!
Second place went to Nathon Parsons who had to battle his way up through the ranks and took home £750.
In third place was Cardiff local Alex Metchalf taking home £500.
Women’s category was dominated by Katy Curd who won by a comfortable 10 seconds.
Thanks to Evans Cycles for an awesome event.
For the rest of the results see:
Words – Guy Gibbs
Images – Adam (www.ams-photography.com) & Tim Jenkins