Haibike Welsh Gravity Enduro #1, BPW Race Report - Carl Jennings

Despite the Beast from the East blowing high, freezing winds and -4 degree temps, over 300 riders turned up for the combined Rnd.1 of the Mini Enduro & Welsh Gravity Enduro Series at the famous Bike Park Wales venue.

Three timed stages run in the Mash up format consisting of Stg1 Dia Hard, stg2 Hot Stepper, stg3 Root Manoeuvres, Practice in the morning and live timed racing from 1-5pm. 
After a steady practice sighting lap to check conditions and how the course was taped, tyre choice correct, etc. I headed up for a first run. Stage 1 Dai Hard went ok with only a small mistake before dropping out of the woods into open section.
Stage 2 Hot Stepper, run on the top section only which was very short at just over a minute long, so decided to do two runs as the transition back to the start was very close. 
Stage 3 Root Manoeuvres, This was very greasy and muddy in practice but with the freezing winds was starting to firm up and carry much more speed. I fluffed a corner mid section and had to dab to keep me upright so another would be needed later.

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After a short break back at the van for food, a warm up and a “de-scale” of the frozen mud which had built up on my G-170 works, we headed back up to Stage 1. Hit it clean this time and pulled 1.5seconds back against my first run effort. A final run of stage 3 also allowed me to pull a couple of seconds back, which unknown to me at the time, elevated me up from 4th to 3rd and a podium position to kick the new race season off....... which was nice.

Carl Jennings, Whyte Enduro Team.

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