A few good runs

A nice video compilation of some of the best club rides..

Daisybank dig weekender 2012

Big thanks to all who turned up to repair Daisybank dirt jumps this weekend. It was an epic couple of days of dirt moving and packing in. I still cannot quite believe how much we achieved and how good the summer is going to be riding up there.

Buckholt Wood riding agreement

Last Friday (March 23rd) representatives from Cheltenham & County CC and Bigfoot MBC reached what we considered as a workable riding agreement with Natural England and the forestry manager

Cheltenham & County and Bigfoot MBC hit Ribbesford

With our two clubs having recently collaborated in trying to negotiate the return of mountain biking to Buckholt Woods we furthered this partnership with a superb gravity riding day at the downhill trails near to Ribbesford

661 Mini Downhill FoD: Round 2

The second round of the 661 Mini Downhill series was again action packed with around 300 riders and a huge crowd. This time the Corkscrew trail was used for the race with only one new corner at the bottom differing it from  the standard track.

Conditions in the car park started completely frozen (though we did arrive at 8am) but quickly turned to slop as the sun thawed everything. In the woods however it was a completely different situation with the track being damp and consistently grippy all day.

Cheltenham and County Cycling Club fielded a team of 4, Roger Smith (veterans), Rich Dade, Adam Powell and Alex Hazle (all masters). This was Alex's first race in masters and largest category.

During practice Adam had a little trouble in the new last corner resulting in minor concussion. He completed the first run in a bit of a daze then decided to retire for the rest of the day leaving him in a disapointing 47th in the master field of 79. Alex and Rich had a much closer contest coming in a respectable 32nd and 40th split by just under a second and only 10 seconds off the leaders.

Most riders were slower on the second run with the track getting a bit tackier but Roger managed to get his race head in order to take time out on a slower track, never an easy task.

Again sold results for the Cheltenham and County DH riders but all still have the desire to do better in the future. Bring on the next and final round!

Words - Alex Hazle
Images - Loz Webb (Roots and Rain profile)
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