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Reportage 2005
Dragon DH Abercarn
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Midland Champs
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Dragon Downhill Rounds 10 & 11 Abercarn

It was dark when my alarm went crazy at 6.30am Saturday morning. Winter's almost here but the Dragons weren't quite done yet. Last time I raced at Abercarn was at the National a few years back. A pretty short track that people think is easy just cos there’s nothing super gnarly on it. Yeah, easy to ride pretty fast and have fun on, but not so easy to win on cos everyone else is doing the same. The times were super close with 5 of the top six overall on Saturday on the same second!

The short uplift to the top dropped us a mere 100yds from the start, a nice easy push just to get you a little warmed up ready to ride. Sprint down the fire road into the first bus stop, cross the road and hit the loose rocks. Since I rode here last winter at an uplift day it's smoothed out a lot. Still rocky but not quite so rough. The sweeping left hander by the big tree's nicely bermed up too and you can hit the whole section at warp speed, keeping it smooth round the grassy section and into the woods where you'll find some proper bermed and fast corners. Then the track traverses across the hill back and forth, keeping you going with minimal effort. About halfway down is a real steep section, but where have all the rocks gone? It swept you round right, an inside line which had my front wheel moto-styling in my first run, or an outside line with a small berm developing to spit you out away from a big tree waiting to steal your front wheel.

Arron Jones
Duncan Ferris

I puzzled over the lack of rocks for the whole of Saturday till I was walking down the track late in the afternoon and found the rocky line I'd been expecting was off further to the right again. Hit the original track again, twisting down the hill and into a tricky left hander onto the fire road. Sprint finish, well almost. Hit the bus stop fast enough and you'll take off and land maybe as far as the roots just before a little drop into right hander. A short straight led into a sharp left which had a deep trench of a berm for an inside line, and a smooth curve of a berm for an outside line. A new bus stop taking you left and high around a small tree made the outside berm the line of choice as you could get a pedal in and cut up round the small tree, hang a right immediately to go straight down. No good running wide here else you just wouldn't get the left hander without parking your front wheel behind a big tree right in my way on run 1. Final section, watch out for the roots, slippery when wet and throw in some pedals to cross the line.

Saw Rob Cooksley aka Box in the uplift queue, donned up in full waterproofs from the word go. He knew something we all didn't, it's not gonna rain I said, oh yes it is, this is Wales. Damn right, it did. Solid and persistent rain from 10.30 til about 2 had the track running wet and plenty of slip sliding action. Which member of the women's category realised she didn't have any mud tyres, any waterproofs or anything else useful for racing in the rain… I forgot this was Wales! Fortunately the weather held off for Sunday leaving us with a much faster drier track, not even a spot of mud on my race kit all day, and no racing with wet cold arms after getting drenched waiting for your run.

Dan Critchlow
Ashley Mullane

Matt Simmonds was on fire this weekend, he set fastest time both days and was the proud owner of a brand new pair of Marzocchi 888s by the end of Sunday afternoon. Expert Tom Deacon set the 2nd fastest time overall and went home with a pair of Marzocchi DJ3s. Fergus Lamb was after a new hardtail so he made the trip down from Scotland, smoked the competition in Hardtail category and got a Tank hardtail frame for his efforts.

Calamaty-Jayne Cann did her first two Dragons of the year, and made it count by beating me both days. I reckon she had extra energy to beat me on Sunday - which senior said no! on Saturday night?!

After wrecking herself at Caersws national, youth rider Monet Adams made an appearance sans cast to take home her series trophy. She has a fractured ankle but she cut her cast off anyway. Now living next door to Cwmcarn, watch out for the crazy girl to be ripping it up next season.

I heard Ash Mullane's been a little disappointed with his results lately, but was obviously feeling a bit more like his usual self and after 4th place on Saturday, went two better to make the second step of the podium on Sunday, beating Rowan by just 2/1000th of a second! Stanny took the win, but he was still only 3rd fastest overall - watch out the Elites, the Juniors are keeping you on your toes!

There was a chainless race on Saturday, Lynette wanted me to make it clear to you all that it was against her better judgement, but 42 riders took up the challenge, with Dan Stanbridge setting the fastest time, just three seconds slower than his “with chain” run. See the Chainless Race rankings on the Dragon website, Dan Critchlow is the King of Smooth and Stanny a close second, Rob Francis in third.

Another great race at the end of another great year for the Dragon Downhill series, its been a good'un. For full results, news about uplift days and racing in 2006 go to www.dragondownhill.co.uk

Calamaty-Jayne Cann
Tom Braithwaite
Scott Beaumont
 
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