day dawned bright and warm for yesterday’s racing at Ramsgill in Yorkshire.
The second round of the RAV4 NPS series was blessed with weather almost
as hot as the competition. The course had changed little since the NAMBS
the previous weekend, with the top of the course starting on the open moorland,
before crossing the boulder field. The 90 degree right hander through the
gate led into the woods, where a couple of new line options had been created
to allow riders to avoid the parts of the trail which had been worst damaged
after last weekends racing. Out of the gate and riders were fired down the
grassy hill towards the finish arena, where the blood thirsty hoardes had
gathered near the road jump for some serious air-action.
Times had tumbled from last week, with the dry track allowing quicker progression
through the woods. To be a contender this time round you really needed to
complete 196 metre drop in under 2 mins. In the mens Elite, Team MBUK Jamis
rider Dave Wardell, riding his new Jam-tense placed third, just behind a
new rider to the British Scene, last years South-African Junior champion,
Greg Minaar (apologies if I’ve spelt the surname wrong). He held onto first
place for most of the Elite runs, only to be pipped at the post by the people’s
favourite, Steve Peat, on the final run of the day. Steve retaining his
yellow Jersey for the time being.
In the women’s event Tracy Mosely (Team Kona Ford Focus) pulled out all
the stops to ensure her first place, ahead of Helen Gaskell (Hope) in second,
and Fyonne Griffiths (now riding for GT) in third place. This result means
that Helen gets to keep hold of the yellow jersey for another month as she
stays just ahead of Tracy in the series standings.
Unfortunately I couldnt be there for the slalom, so I cant confirm what
was happening, but I will post the results ASAP. I can however confirm the
the course didnt look that impressive, and that Scott Beaumont has the men’s
slalom yellow jersey at the moment.
A full report, with pictures will be posted on
www.ukdownhill.org.uk later today.