SDA Racing with the boys…

September 3, 2014

Round 4 of the SDA race series was on the 16th & 17th August at Innerlie then, with only two of the team making the journey up to Bonnie Scotland, Marc and Luke.

With a track walk completed on Friday night, it was evident that the course designers/markers have had some inspiration from a Enduro mtb track, with the many flat or uphill off chamber parts and the many flat corners.
Race day soon came around, with young Luke being first off for the team. He managed to get a 2nd place only missing out by 2 seconds in a time of 3 minutes 37 seconds – still managing to keep hold of the series lead with only one round left of the series to go up at fort William.

Next was Marc, having a miss daisy moment on his first run leaving him mid table after his first run. On his second run struggling to keep the bike rubber side down, and the remaining part of the run been faster ended the day in 19th with a time of 4 minutes 20 seconds.

Words from Marc Purkiss: “On the 24th August a few miles away rider Andy Kipling was over Hafjell in Norway competing in the World master Champs. Here’s a bit of info from Wikipedia of the Hafjell bike park.”

”Since its early inception in 2001, Hafjell Bike Park has exploded into a world class Bike Park. It started with the “Wednesday Club”, a group of local riders doing shuttle runs in the area that soon became tired of blasting down the Hafjell fire-roads and craved more demanding trails. In February, 2002 a meeting between Snorre Pedersen and the manager of Hafjell Alpine Centre, Geir Olsen occurred, resulting in support from Hafjell Alpine Centre, ending the Illegal trail building.
Snorre Pedersen is the architect of the Park, and is described as a magician with bike trails, and back in 2003 he started as a pioneer, digging and constructing the NC-trail, together with the help of volunteers putting in hundreds of hours of manual labour. Hafjell hosted a National downhill race in 2004. This was the start of the designing and transforming of the hills of Hafjell, and this turned it into a true paradise for the downhill enthusiasts.
Altogether 14 trails are now carved into the alpine wooden landscape. Whether you prefer downhill, cross-country or trail riding, Hafjell can make your biking better through its gondola and lift accessed mountain biking experience. 
A total of 154 riders from the ages of 30 upwards, they call this the “World Masters Champs”, these riders come from all over the world.”

Andy started his training and track walk with typical English weather ‘rain’ this made the track a bit more challenging with the big gaps, table tops and drops. Seeding run was on the Saturday, with the rain. Andy took it with caution and put in a safe run but didn’t realise how well he did when he crossed the line – 4 minutes 16 seconds placed him 4th in category. 
Going into race day, the weather stayed wet. Andy was set and ready and put in an outstanding run of 4 minutes 8 seconds, placing him on the podium in 3rd place but also landed him 4th faster overall, just missing out being the fastest British rider by 1 second which went to ex world cup rider Tim Ponting.

Well done again this has been an unbelievable season and still more races to go.

Next up is round 5 of the BDS at bike park Wales and then back up to Fort William for round 5 of the SDA.


Words – Stewart Wood


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