Grand Veteran Men 50yrs Plus
Putting the youngsters to shame there were as many Grand Vets as there were juniors racing. To be a Grand Veteran you have to be over 50 and it was great to be able to run their own category. Paul Jacobs just edged out Richard Abbott from category sponsors Ridgeline. Paul stopped the clock on 1.02.13 and Richard clocked a 1.04.10. Karl Woodman who kept everyone one amused all day racing dressed as a Gnome proved that aerodynamics mean nothing if your racing in fancy dress clocking a time of 1.02.55.
Veteran Men 40 – 49yrs
Giles Austing (Mulebar) category winning time was quick enough for 3rd place overall on the day so it was down to the rest of the Vets to fight it out. Mountain Bike legend Steve Geall lead the charge with a time of 0.59.65 and Shane Maciak (Woodsman) rounded out the top three with a run time of 1.02.85.
Master Men 30 – 39yrs
After a less than stella first run Tidworth local Aaron Budden put together a second run that saw him just sneak the top step by just 0.10 of a second from Guy Chandler. Guy was pushed all the way too by Andrew Gardiner (Gravity Project) who rounded out the top three with a time of 1.01.40 just 0.23 of a second behind separating the top three riders by just 0.33 of a second.
The shorter course and the fast sprint at the bottom of the track probably suited the Hardtail riders but the steep middle section was enough of a challenge on a Hardtail. It was Stephen Jones (Malvern Cycle Sport) who set the pace with a run time of 0.57.43 fast enough for 5th place overall. Simon Nash (MB Swindon) came home in second and Dan Hart (Rides on Air) rounded out the top three.
Warren Field (The Nomads) set the pace with a run time of 0.57.57, Zak Hurrell (Mudhugger/Ducksmart) took second just 0.77 off Stephen’s time and Matt Colins (Team Mitchells Cycles) took 3rd place on 0.58.65 just 0.21 of a second behind Matt continuing the trend for tight times at the top of the time sheets.
It’s been a strange old season for Ben ‘the Deakinator’ Deakin (Santa Cruz/Muc-Off). An injury at the start of the season meant he was sidelined for most of it. So it was great to see Ben back on form and flying down the track. He stopped the clock on 0.55.25 on his first run to set the fastest time of the day and then showed his consistency with two near identical times. Darren Evans (B1KE) wasn’t far off Ben’s time though with a time of 0.56.53 and Sam Marzetti rounded out the category just 1.54 seconds behind Ben with a run time of 0.56.79.
The Hooper Hooner Championship
Having rapped up the win in the Expert Men’s category Ben Deakin (Santa Cruz/Muc Off) was elated to retain his Hooper Hooner Championship Title for a 2nd year. Darren Evans was just 1.28 seconds behind Ben and Veteran racer Giles Austing rounded out the top three with the fastest riders on the day separated by just 1.31 of a second showing how close times had been on the short but feature packed trail.
Thanks to everyone that came and raced, the supporters who made the atmosphere in the woods more like a World Cup than a local race, all the Marshals, First Aid, and Mikrotime on timing duties.
Pothead and Panface for keeping everyone fed and watered and of course our sponsors. TF Tuned, Raw Sports, Clive Mitchel Cycles/TCM, Kona, Stonehenge Cycles and Ridgeline.
Look out for more races and events coming to you from Tidworth Freeride in 2016.