Up and Under Downhill Race Team Latest
Supporting sporting teams has long been a part of what we do at Up and Under and in 2012 we will be supporting our very own downhill bike race team, the following is a report from their first outing:
The Up and Under downhill race team (Rob – Hughes, Director Up and Under Limited – , Tom and John) had an encouraging first race of the season – Pearce Cycles Downhill Series Round 1 at Bringewood near Ludlow.
After a fairly relaxed day of practice on Saturday with dry dusty conditions the mood was a bit tense come Sunday morning, as the ground was damp the sky was grey and the open section was a bit slick. However, at the end of practice the track was dry.
John sets off 5th in category and sets a solid time of 2:41.227
Tom roles down the hill 23rd off the line to provisionally take 1st in category with a 2:34.610, after pulling an ‘ET’ over the finish jump. Crowd loving it!
Rob follows him down as his 30second man to take 1st by just over half a second (Up and Under in positions 1 and 2).
A further 29 riders come down in category pushing the team to 12th, 13th and 31st but second runs remain!
John makes it down knocking almost 2 seconds off his first run, maintaining 31st position. Tom feeling the pressure collects two trees in the last section (no real harm done) but still crosses the line taking 0.23 seconds off his first run time, finishes 18th. Rob has an impressive incident free run taking just over 3 seconds off his first run time, finishing in 9th (target of a top ten result achieved).
Full results at:
and for the extra stats:
Bring on round 2! (At Hopton Woods, Nr. Craven Arms on the 21st & 22nd April)
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