Round 3 of the UK Gravity Enduro Series went down at Hamsterley.
Ollie Hooper was trackside with his Gopro to capture the action. He also raced and got a decent result, good job sir!
The mid-way point of the UK Gravity Enduro season meant a long trek up north to Hamsterley Forest in Durham. At this point in the season people are starting to see where they are placing themselves on the overall and looking to make up some places.
A short 20km loop took in 5 Stages with a huge variety of terrain. The first 2 Stages included very awkward roots and rocks which made it very difficult as there wasn’t much elevation lost from the top to the bottom. This made it very important to try and keep yourself on line and carry as much speed as possible.
Stages 3 and 4 saw riders take on Descend Hamsterley. These two Stages suited the downhill riders as they both were very technical and didn’t include much pedaling. Stage 3 was very rocky and rooty the whole may down and with rain expected for Saturday night and Sunday morning this was going to make it even more difficult. Stage 4 was a fresh cut loamy track with lots of exposed roots to catch riders out and throw them off course.
Saturday saw riders getting in as much practice as possible on Stage 5 before seeding kicked off in the afternoon. Stage 5 was a red route trail centre finished off in a wooded section cut out for the race. It might have been one of the less tame stages of the weekend but with the speeds that riders were going times were very tight.
In the Pro category it seemed that Sam Shucksmith kept his form through out the day putting 15 seconds into second place. In the elite female category Helen Gaskell smashed everyone putting 43 second into second place Carrie Poole. The biggest winning margin was Elliot Heap in the Under 18 category just coming back from breaking his collar bone putting 52 seconds into Mason Pritchard.