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NDH funduro: Kielder

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Early mornings really don't get better than this Early mornings really don’t get better than this

Northern Downhill’s final race of the season saw Carl and his team running an enduro at Kielder, under the guise of a funduro. These races are aimed at the more novice rider or better still, tempting new racers to the scene. With a relatively short loop and only 3 stages, the stage was set for another great race.

The weather leading up to the event had been mostly dry but cold. This was also the scene for this Sundays race, cold but dry. Can anyone remember last years Funduro….biblical rain all day long?? Kielder is a massive forest spanning as far as the eye can see, but it is tucked away quite far from civilisation and therefore is not on every mountain bikers radar. Having said that, people who do not venture out this far are missing a real treat, with superb single track trails, man made trails and stunning views from the tops.

The top of stage 2, not a bad place to spend the day, looking down towards Kielder village

The top of stage 2, not a bad place to spend the day, looking down towards Kielder village

The race consisted of the Deadwater loop with 3 gravity stages along the way. The trail itself is a red graded forestry commission trail, so not too taxing, but enough for novice or new racers.

Tom Lloyd attacking the top of stage 2 through some man made trails

Tom Lloyd attacking the top of stage 2 through some man made trails

One of the best things about these funduro races is they bring out newer and novice riders as well as some seasoned racers as pictured above. Tom Lloyd took the overall fastest time of the day with a stunning 5:28.600. For full race results head over to Roots here. In complete contrast, the fastest woman on the day was Amanda Crossman who looked to be racing for the first time and winning in 6:33.130

Amanda Crossman racing her first NDH and taking the middle spot on the podium. Not bad

Amanda Crossman racing her first NDH and taking the middle spot on the podium. Not bad

Stage 1 was a short stage with sharp berms and turns and included a bit of peddling and good gear selection to ensure you maintained speed and flow. Stage 2 was much higher up in the forest and had lots of built up berms, some small jumps and a couple of rocky sections (see above). Stage 3 again was a well made trail centre stage with berms, turns and small jumps and finished just by the race headquarters.

Russell Stephenson showing some great pace in the open area of stage 2. Russell took the win in the men's grand Vets

Russell Stephenson showing some great pace in the open area of stage 2. Russell took the win in the men’s grand Vets

Amelia Taylor not racing today but sweeping the course

Amelia Taylor not racing today but sweeping the course

So that’s it for Northern Downhill’s 2016 series. With some sell out races in 2016, 2017 looks set to continue with some great races. Carl has Time Trial (TT) races, funduros and some full on technical enduro races line up for you all. With a TT race at the awesome Ae forest on the 15th January 2017, the series starts off with a real bang. Why not head over here and sign up to some races, prices start at a superb £29 for an amazing days racing!

Philip Marshal sending it at the top of stage 2.

Philip Marshal sending it at the top of stage 2.

Richard Cantillon opting for the high line and high risk line. Narrowly missed out on the podium.

Richard Cantillon opting for the high line and high risk line. Narrowly missed out on the podium.

A big shout out to the marshals who regularly show up and help these races go ahead, to Carl for organising another great years racing and to Start Cycles who continually support NDH and provide prizes.

Don’t forget to head over to roots and rain for the full race results and more photos here.

Heading down into the woods, it was a long climb to the top, but all smiles aiming downwards

Heading down into the woods, it was a long climb to the top, but all smiles aiming downwards

Tom Mellows powering through the rocks in an attack position. Tom took second place

Tom Mellows powering through the rocks in an attack position. Tom took second place


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