After the first round and the threat of flooding, we were slightly concerned this event may have to have a fresh venue, but to everyone’s surprise all had stayed dry.
Round 2 of the MaD Sunday Roast opened for riders at 8am and a new track greeted all who attended.
The beauty of this venue is the never-ending choice of features the site offers, even though the site is for all intents and purposes flat, there is barely anywhere to rest as it has constant changes in elevation and lots of great opportunities to test the best yet make it fine for beginners. The whole ethos of Mean and Dirty is to offer events for everyone and make enjoying the experience high on the list of priorities, whilst hard enough for the pro’s to get a good workout. So far it seems to be working.
With a larger turnout that the previous Sunday Roast, things got going bang on time at 11am and the field soon spread out into the first single-track; a lot of the course is quite narrow so over taking has to be planned.
For this event both myself and Andy Gardner, who run the event, decided to take part in this one: It’s really hard to stand on the sidelines when you have a racer inside you chomping to get out, So with a great support crew we joined the rest of the field and headed off. I did the honorable thing and let everyone go, but a certain person decided he was going for the win.
This event saw a larger ladies entry than before, which is fantastic to see.
Slam69 regular and long time mountain biker Sue Stirrup took the lead for the girls, with last rounds winner James Dickens heading the field for the men.
This weekends course was around 2 miles long and had some interesting sections. This included a new section of just after the start, with some hidden roots to keep everyone on their toes, then it was flowing humps and bumps before the first foray into “The Ditch”, which we used several time during the course. The first being nice and dry and boosting you up the other side before some twisty single-track sections that seem to go on forever.
The second route via the ditch was slightly more damp and caused a few to come to a cropper and didn’t smell to good but hey ho. The course then threaded its way off towards the wooded single-track, this wound its was along the brook before heading you back towards the start/finish area.
As for the race itself despite a great start James Dickens was not to have it all his way this time around as Benat Davies (Cheltenham Cycle) reeled him in to take over the lead.
Like our previous event, we saw a lot of fresh faces to the race scene, which is exactly want we want to see.
With the hour nearly up everyone had the finish on their mind and squeezing in that last lap, the top 3 guys managed 8 laps with winner Benat Davies giving it large on the finish line.
All our finishers received a cool pair of free socks for the guys X-Fusion
Whilst our podiums guys received limited edition tee shirts.
Thankfully the weather behaved and everyone enjoyed a great event yet again, which can only happen with the great support by our friends and families and of course the riders.
Big up our marshals, Emma and Pete, Ali and Kendra, Pete, Ashleigh and James.
A special mench to our lap scorers and results crew, Sheila Foot, Beth Thick and Millie Millman.
Last but not least Mr Artwork Replublic, Steve Cooke.
Our next event will be in January, the date will be posted on this site in the next few days, we plan 2 in Jan, 1 Wednesday night race and another Sunday Roast.
We also have some cool, hand designed tee shirts and hoodies available, either via this site or at the Slam69 bicycle shop near Coopers Edge, Gloucester.
Images taken by Ashleigh Theron Morris
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See you next time…