We Love Mountains DH Team and Llangollen Round 4 of the MTB Shimano Downhill Series (BDS)

July 3, 2014

Llangollen in Wales was the destination for the team last weekend, a race that will be talked about for a long time.

I could write about how the track went, but all I can say is steep, steep and steep!! World elite riders were saying the top section was even steeper than the famous Champery.

Rain on the Saturday made this, the ultimate challenge for all the riders, but for some this challenge was too much seeing 81 riders pack up and go home. Changing tyres to spikes and pedals to flats was the main bike change and in this write up instead of writing down the details I’ve added some links to some videos, to show everyone how it went on.

This video shows some of the carnage that happened…


This video shows a lot of the track…


Photos and words can’t really describe how tough this round was so hope the videos do a bit of justice.

Four of the team were on the start list for the weekend but sadly we went down to three after rider Adam Marsden tripped over during track walk and dislocated his shoulder, after getting his Dad to pop it back in, Adam did try some practice runs but couldn’t carry on. Heal well Adam.

First up rider Luke Birkett, after landing 2nd place in the previous rounds of the BDS. Luke was looking for his first win in a BDS race and started off in great form getting 2 minutes 52 seconds placing him in 1st spot after seeding. But his luck soon turned on his race run with a Over the bars in the woods section slipped back and ended with a time of 3 minutes 6 seconds placing on the podium in 3rd place. Well done Luke!

Stewart was up next. While struggling in practice with a big over the bar crash into a spectator, prepared himself to just make it down the track in one piece, Stewart started his seeding being held up in the woods with a fellow rider falling in front managed to get down the seeding run in one go in a 4 minutes 13 seconds.  His race run started just like his seeding run with a rider crashing in front, Stewart then had to make a line change sending him head first into a tree and then saved by the safety nets, with a couple of more off the track moments got down in a 4 minutes 1 second placed 17th in category.

Andy Kipling was the last team rider down, after winning the first 3 rounds needed to get the win here to secure the overall series win in masters category, like every other rider, Andy had a few off the track moments in practice so was praying for a clean run in seeding placing 2nd with a 2 minutes 38 seconds. Andy didn’t start his race run the way he wanted to after losing control in the woods fell off track and over the bars , Andy made it back up on track and sprinted to the finish line and in a time of 2 minutes 41 seconds landed him 3rd on the podium just a micro second of 2nd spot. Well Done Andy.

A massive well done to all riders that conquered Llangollen.

Next race is in 3 weeks for the UK National Champs at Innerleithen.

Words – Stewart Wood


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