2011 SDA Rd1 Ae Forest
The 2011 SDA Downhill Series kicked of at Ae Forest at the weekend in glorious sunny, dusty conditions, let’s hope that sets the precedence for the rest of the season. Not much you can say about track selections at Ae being that there’s pretty much only one track to choose from. Drop down from the top into the off camber left across the side of the hill and into the tree line. Just after the left-hand berm over the wee jump and hard right into the tight trees over all the small exposed roots, hang left up onto the old track over the stream crossing and hit the big table. From there it was left into the old mine field which looks a bit less of a mine field these days, over the double’s and down into the tricky step’s down to the right, hard left down to the road crossing and into the rock garden which was taped to the left which is just a flat out faster you go the smoother it is line. Round the berm to the left and hard to right into the tight trees again for a bit which led you into a newer section that brought you out over a load of small exposed roots hang to the right along a past a few tricky stumps and roots then down through a few switchbacks towards the big step-down, round the big berms and down the usual drop down to the finish. Job done in about 2.30 for good time and if you’re Fergus Lamb and the likes 2.05 would be the fast time.
Practice ran smoothly on Sunday morning with most who wanted getting a couple of runs in before there race run. The lorries and buses were kicking the dust up as well as the riders; it was looking like a great day for the first round of the series.
As always the young Juveniles were the first off come race time and it was Frazer McCubbing riding for Ae Bakeshop took the first round win over Scott Tupper, 3rd spot on the podium went to Next Level’s little ripper Adam Hughes on his Orange 5.
George Gannicott done enough in his first race run to take the win this weekend in the youths over Morgan Gulland in second with Innes Graham pushing hard for third place.
Joe Connell continued his winning ways again this weekend taking the Junior win for his Sunn Montgenevre WC team over Maxxis/Rockymountain’s Mark Scott with Lapierre’s Sam Flockhart getting the 3rd spot on the podium.
With over 100 riders in the senior class these days it’s getting a bit competitive and this weekend showed how tight it was with Simon Cheung taking the win from Orange/Cycle Jersey’s James Shirley, 3rd place going to Ae Bike-Shop’s Callum McCubbing
Masters win this weekend went to Ticket 2 ride’s John Young by a blade of grass over the charging Whitefield brothers Jed and Chris, Chris getting second this weekend and Jed 3rd.
Alastair Maclennan took his Nukeproof Scalp to another win this weekend over Glentress riders Neil Wilson in second place, good to see Pete Hoggan making it onto the 3rd step on the podium.
Onto the ladies this weekend and it was Rachel Walker who took the win from Uplift Scotlands Bex Reilly in 2nd with Emma McRobb in 3rd.
All Terrain Cycles had a good day in the Experts with Joe Flanagan taking the win and Andy Phillips getting 3rd place. Monsterbike/Inverness rider Ronan Taylor split them by taking 2nd place.
Last but not least the Elites had a good show this weekend with Perth City Cycles Fergus Lamb taking the win by a half a second over Orange/MTB cut’s Joe Barnes, 3rd place on the podium went to Adam Brayton
All in all a fantastic weekend to kick of the SDA series and a big shout out to all the guy’s and girls marshals committee members who put on this race series as the atmosphere over the weekend is second to none.
All the best photo’s can be found here on RootsandRain along with the full results and info you need about the series here on the SDA website.