June 17, 2010
You need to have pre-booked your Weekender ticket to come on the pre-rides. Please contact Ed direct at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place on a pre-ride evening. Rides are on the 23rd and 30th June and start from the parking area at Lee Quarry at 6.30pm, with riding until around 9pm.
The pre-rides are your chance to scope lines and get some inside information on the three race courses. As well as running skills courses at Lee Quarry, Ed was part of the trail building team that built the new trails. He will entertain you with stories of how he suffered through the snow with his shovel to bring you the trails that are so much fun to ride, as well as giving some inside information on the best lines to take.
The Downhill race will be on a specially marked course, which will be laid out by trail designer and top rider Rowan Sorrell. Rowan designed and built all the new trails in Lee and Cragg Quarries with his company Back on Track. The course will be challenging, but not so hard that it will be unrideable by anyone except World Cup racers. Rowan will be using a mix of built trail and marked out open ground to create a unique and classic old school downhill track. This will be just like the ‘back in the day’ courses that the Weekender takes it’s inspiration from.
Don’t be put off by the idea of the Trials competition. It’s all about being able to ride technical sections of the skills area. You won’t have to hop on the back wheel or do Danny Macaskill style stunts!
The XC race will use a specially chosen loop of red grade trails from the quarry which will test your fitness as well as bike handling skills. Or you can just spin round and enjoy the ride. The Weekender is all about having fun on bikes, whether that means racing like a greyhound or mincing round like Cinderella, so get your entry in now and get set for a weekend of bike riding fun.