"Do they even have any mountains?". The answer is ..."Yes they do!"
Bit of a mental weekend at the UK Bikepark this weekend with Rich Thomas coming away with the win (1:23:70) from Jack Reading in second (1:24:76) and Will Soffe in third (1:26:46). Last year's winner Chris Hutchens struggled with mechanical all weekend, hurt his thumb in bulldog on Saturday night and came 5th.
Milki and Mono are out in sunny Spain with DHspain.com. They're railing dusty trails, snapping photos and shooting a tonne of video. They're under strict orders to document the whole shebang on the website and to put together a banger of a repo for Wideopen#10. Here's update #1 of the Spanish Adventure...
Well Milky has gone to bed after being up all night showing the Spanish ladies a thing or two, disappearing from the face of the Earth to get a pizza (although I wasn't aware of any pizza establishments that were open at 6am this morning) and so I thought I'd update you on what has been "going down" today in DHSpain HQ in Malaga.
Bitches. Today was what most people would call the low point of their holiday. For some, it's breaking their leg whilst sunbathing, for others it's the day of rain on an otherwise sunny week and for the really unlucky ones who have a totally shit holiday it's the point where they pass out after too much absinth and wake up with a gnarly black cock up their bum. Today was our black cock in the bum day.
Well today was our last day in Spain and didn't we make the most of it! I really don't have anything funny to say - it was just mint. We started by getting up at 11 even though we agreed to get up at 8. Then we went to pick up Scouser John from the local Cafe and ate bacon and egg butties and soon enough we were "on the road again" out towards the first track we went to: "Fonz's track" to do some filming. After 20 minutes of mangina, pubic hair and Rob getting his giblet out yet again and chasing after his brother when we were supposed to be getting some interviews done we finally got a bit of riding footage done.
The sun is poking out of the sky after a nice winter rest and that can only mean one thing, its time to go racing! With three series all having their first event this weekend it's been a busy one, with wideopen reporters and photographers scattered the length of the country, but we got there.. the full deal is in Issue 9 but I thought I'd punt a few snaps up for you guys...
I had 2 seperate emails by lunch time today singing the praises of this event - let's hope we see a few more of 'em.
Read on for a web-repo and some snaps from WO contributor Oliver Coats.
The Track down in Cornwall just held it's 1st 'Annual Invitational' competition, including King of Dirt Rd1, a BMX dirt jump comp and a slopestyle comp. You'll have to wait a bit longer for some decent snaps but here's a few results to keep you going.
It's the big day in Vallnord - DH Finals. Live coverage of runs will start here at 12:15 GMT and we'll see just who has got the minerals to take home this weekend's silverwear. Next time we update we'll have a Rd3 World Cup winner. Good luck to all the UK guys! Here's Keith's final update before it all kicks off... Anyone else just a wee bit nervous?
Foot out Flat out's Paul has been on the hill at the NPS today - here's update number 1. Oh my god. "It's been a mad day, the track is relentlessly steep, super dry and dusty. Real tech. I've never seen a race stopped so frequently, red flags and stops literally every 30 seconds. Mad crashes and riders getting off their bikes and walking down parts of the track. Seen a few veterans today say that they aint even racing tomorrow. It's going to be a mad race, some of the elite riders have been hitting mad speeds on what has to be the most mental track in Britain." Cheers Paul!
So Rd2 of the NPS went down yesterday at Llangollen and the track very, very much lived up to the hype. Steep, loose, savagely tough and a real treat for the spectators. Whilst the track was a winner with the riders - I don't think it was that alone that made this an awesome event. The weather, heaps of spectators, a packed race village, free energy drinks, great organisation and loads more all added up to a great vibe and a great day out whether you were racing or hanging out. Here's a few snaps ahead of our main repo in the mag.
Yo! It's World Cup weekend and the Wideopen team will be out in force at Fort Bill to bring you the latest action... With any luck we'll be beaming heaps of great pics, video and updates to you through the webby and our facebook..... There's a tonne of coverage available all over the web so be sure to include us on your list to check out - especially if you wanna see how the UK young guns are getting on - we like them the best... I'm currently 30 minutes into my journey and sat on a train to cardiff to hook up with paul and tim from footout flatout... Soon as we hook up we'll start the mammoth 12 hour drive north! I'm pretty sure that's longer than the flight to whistler. Shit. Proper updates start tomorrow... But if you want to see some words from the road stay tuned. The boarder I get the more i,ll update! Stay tuned! Jamie - Wideopenmag's travel sick editor
Having hooked up with Mono yesterday and the rest of the WideopenMag Media Circus this morning we've spent the day watching the downhill practice session, while Mono and Paul started filming for FootOutFlatOut 2. As expected no one was pushing it this morning but the pace picked up a bit this afternoon. There's an interesting new diverision in the woods which has cut in quite nicely but it could easily become messy if the rain comes. The rest of the track is pretty much the same with the exception of a couple of corners thanks to some wide taping.