Bridgnorth Downtown - race report
Sunday, October 15, 2006 11.00pm
From Fionn Griffiths, Elite Women's winner
Bridgnorth, Shropshire didn't know what hit it today as the DH and 4X world showed up to race the 1st ever Down Town street race in the UK. The event was pretty cool for a first shot.
There were hundreds of spectators lining the tiny alleyways - some were even perched high on the walls above as the race twisted and turned through the narrow streets. Locals seemed fairly supportive too as most crowded second floor windows to watch the action below. The local shops were stoked as well recieving more business than expected on a Sunday afternoon!
Racing the track was a lot of fun, although the course was somewhat short. The organizers did a great job with the hill they had and there were plenty of smiling faces at the finish. However practice was a bit of a struggle. Most people only got in two practice runs due to the sheer number of riders (200) on the short track.
Elite racing was as exciting as ever! Gee Atherton surprised no one winning the event and setting the fastest time. I won Elite Women, only 3 seconds back from Gee. My time was good enough for 12th in Elite men and 22nd overall! Coming in quick behind me was Rachel Atherton (less than a second back) and Helen Gaskell about 1.2 sec. behind me in 3rd. All-in-all it was a great event and an awesome way to finish out a successful season!
The event was huge for media here in the UK. BBC National television was out on the streets filming and MBUK photographers were all over the place. With all the media, fan and local support we will hopefully get to race more of these exciting events!
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