Innerleithen MTB Mini DH series Rd2
While everyone in the industry/bike scene seems to either out at Eurobike and then of to Champery living the dream, back here at Inners the Innerleithen MTB crew along with Steve Deas were putting on the second round of the mini DH series for the young up and coming stars of the future. I missed out on the first round to my regret as watching some of these kids as young as ten yrs old was a great sight, some of them barely able to touch the ground with there feet but pinning it down the trails.
This weekend it was round 2 of the series, and not soon enough for the 72 racers who took part. For many it was their first taste of downhill racing, and they loved the fun track set up by Steve of i-Cycles. The track used was the hole in the wall, starting from the middle fire road. There was a few new lines put in to avoid any real tricky sections like the rock garden section before turning into the lower part of the Cresta, rather than going down the steep stuff at the end you turned left on the push up trail for 20 mtrs then right into the arena down to the right of the bombhole then over the top of the gully hard right then right again to the finish.
Riders can do as many runs as they want and Rob Waite rode an impressive 7 timed runs ! With that kind of enthusiasm and commitment the future of downhill racing is pretty safe in Innerleithen. The course was greasy and tricky to start and had some challenging twists and turns for the riders, but as the day went on, the track dried and the riders started learning their lines the times started getting faster.
There was a good turn-out in the Girls race, with a full podium. Rebecca Kennedy, current Scottish Champion in her age group, took the win with a time of 1.44. James Purvis continued his winning streak taking the 10-years male 1st place at 1.29.
Times were close at the top in the 13-14 years male, Neil Stewart taking the win in 1.28, with Brad Swinbank on the same time, and the top place awarded for consistent times through out the day.
Rory McRitchie won the 15-16 years male in 1.19 and Calum McRitchie was the fastest 17-18 year old in 1.09, the fastest run of the day.
This race series is run with the support of the Tweeddale Sports Council, Grease Monkey Cycles and i-Cycles of Innerleithen. The final round of the series is on 30th October, a special Spooky Downhill race.