Saturday 29 March 2014

Downhill Championship

Blaenau is hosting the first round of the Shimano British Cycling Downhill Series this weekend and I went along to watch the competitors doing their practice rides on the Saturday. It was very impressive. A succession of minibuses with trailers was delivering a never ending supply of bikes and bikers to the top; 320 have entered the competition. Marshalls were everywhere and each time a biker went past they peeped on a whistle making it sound a bit like a carnival.

White tape marked either side of the course making it easy to see the route from across the valley. Free entry for spectators and a £2 charge for car parking which is (appropriately) being donated to the Wales Air Ambulance. It’s an hour by road from Blaenau to the nearest A&E!

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