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Winter Dual – Round 2 – Slideways

Winter Dual – Round 2 – Slideways

Joes's BFe vs Pole (Photo: Henry Norman)

Last Wednesday night we were back in the woods following a good week of solid rain. It did not abate for our evening of racing leaving us with little traction and wide grins on our faces. Things kicked off a little later than normal as some crack head had made off with my Charge Blender from outside decathlon. Thankfully I had another bike to ride and we set about laying out lights and poles to make a course. Timmy took charge of the white course poles while the lights were taped to last years green poles. Tim managed to find a cracking left hander around a tree in to an off camber slideways section. You could set up early and pop over a large root, perhaps employing the Peat-Plant technique, or stay wide and fast and hope to find grip.

The rain was persistent for a while but eventually gave up and the track started to bed in a little. There was still little traction to be had in sections but that’s what we were there for and separated the men from the boys. How some of these lads do it is still beyond my comprehension.

Isabel Marshall was very kindly on hand again to provide timing duties and was ably assisted by a drunk and amusing Henry Norman. He’d been on the ale all afternoon, hence not racing, but was full on banter. Issy takes no shit and sorts the results out fast, we couldn’t have raced without her.

With 30 entrants we didn’t need Qualification, and Hanna and Warren were lucky enough (or unlucky as they were stood still for a very long time) to get a by through to the second round. The first round went pretty much to form other than Craig throwing away his first run against Mallo. The battle of the Steve’s was a great one with some excellent start line banter, however Peat was victorious and moved on to the second round.

Round two saw a spectacular Bowman catastrophe which we are still trying to figure out. Up against team pinner Swinny the pressure was on. First run, Joe got too far slideways and couldn’t recover even with the trees help. Second run, in the left hand lane, Joe was up on the Swindog but clipped the last pole too hard. It somehow became entangled in to the front wheel of his BFe taking him down hard. He ended up on the floor with the spike from the pole just  few inches from his nose. Madness.

Quarters were a pretty clean affair with no major offs or upsets and all the fast lads had the root hop line nailed. This set up some great Semi’s with Swinny facing up against his soon to be team owner, Peaty. They were far too polite on the start line, bumping fists and wishing each other all the best, simply masking the true desire to win. The first round was almost too close to call and it was Peaty’s mistake on the second run which eventually put Swinny through to the final. The battle of the Pearson Twins in the other semi was too close to call with both of them putting down faultless runs, however Timothy was given the benefit of the doubt and took on Swinny in the big final. Chris went on to take the win in the small final over Peaty and a mistake in Timmy’s first run gave the big win to Swinny! Quite the night.

So this season we’re having a series of 8 dual races with the overall being decided by the best 6 results allowing a couple of chances to miss a night or not quail (er hmm). Each race has a maximum of 32 Gnar points available for the winner, with 2nd place getting 31 Gnar’s. The top placed lady will also receive 32 Gnar points. See the results below.


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