Sunday’s downhill section could decide the overall winner
Consider yourself a dab hand at both downhill and cross-country? The Hamsterley Forest 1-2-1 Race Series lets you test your mettle at both.
Competitors will have to tackle both a cross-country race and Hamsterley’s legendary downhill course, although the downhill event will be staged on some of the easier sections in the forest to be fair to riders without experience.
The racing takes place over the weekend of September 25 and 26, with the cross-country event on Saturday and the downhill finale on Sunday.
And, for an added challenge, riders will have to take on both disciplines on the same bike.
Event organiser Dave Nicholson said: “Hamsterley Forest is loved and feared for its big hills but we’re really levelling the playing field here.
“A bike set up for a good downhill time is likely to struggle on the cross country event, while a bike that flies through the XC laps might be out of its depth on the downhill courses.
“The same applies to the riders. So it’s all about tactics and compromise.”
The Hamsterley Forest 1-2-1 Race Series is a new event to be held over the weekend of 25-26 September, and is unique in that competitors will have to ride both DH and XC disciplines on the same bike, harking back to the early days of the sport.
The XC event will take place on the Saturday while the DH run will take place on Hamsterley Forest’s legendary downhill course on the Sunday. The winners will be the riders who can score the best over both disciplines.
Dave Nicholson, the event organiser says: “Hamsterley Forest is loved and feared for its big hills but we’re really levelling the playing field here. A bike set up for a good downhill time is likely to struggle on the cross country event, whilst a bike that flies through the XC laps might be out of its depth on the downhill courses. The same applies to the riders! So it’s all about tactics and compromise.”
The new XC course will give riders the chance to try out some of Hamsterley Forest’s new trails built by the Hamsterley Trailblazers over the last year. Racing will begin at 11am on both days although the downhill course will be open for practice from 8am.
Entries cost £42 for the weekend and camping will be available on the Friday and Saturday nights with a BBQ on the Saturday night. The event is sponsored by RedApe Bikes of Bishop Aukland who will be on hand to provide technical support.
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