Not long to go now until Keith Valentine's PHOTOGRAVITY event up at Inners!
The idea is that get to ride Inners all day whilst the UK's elite mountainbike paparazzi snap photos of you - all in aid of the Ben Rogers and Tom Ineson fund.
You get to ride a great track, there's a discount on the uplifts and you'll get some sick photos of yourself to take home and plaster all over you facebook profi. You also get to support a good cause. Winners all round.
Here's a reminder of the details:
1.photoshooting starts @ 12pm - 5pm -arrive sharp please 2.riders will be marked so the photographers & uplift know who has donated. 3.donations will be taken on the day before you start. 4.all donations will go to the Ben Ineson & Tom Rodgers memorial fund. 5.so far 9 photographers confirmed covering various styles- more to follow - all welcome. 6.some portrait shots will be available at the start if requested(while your kit & bike is nice & shiney). 7.photos will be put on www.flickr.com for riders to download free. 8.copyright will stay with photographers. 9.as a fun thing we want everyone involved to vote for there fave picture of the day.(please wait a week till all photos are on).1 0.you may be flashed in the face if you take part(but i doubt it,unless you want us to).ha ha 11.this is not a race this is a chance for riders to get cool shots of themselves styling it up & for photographers to shoot those great shots. 12.David Tally has said he may do an uplift deal for riders taking part ( exact details T.B.C). 13.please ride & flash safe as there may be other riders on trails & you style it up @ your own risk. 14.remember its a fun day & for charity so please give generously. 15.if anyone wishes to shoot film footage for the riders feel free. 16.only riders that have donated will have there photos made viewable & downloadable 17.anyone wishing to help/or learn from the photographers on the day let me know. 18.this wil be updated as more info becomes available - many thanks. 19.not sure what runs will be covered by photographers yet - but probably be usual race routes. 20.can photographers limit the number of flashes you use to 10,000 21.anyone can donate but due to overwhelming response we can only shoot the first 100 riders that donate so arrive early to get tagged 22.this event is now sponsored by lowepro - prizes may be forthcoming 23.we are trying to get special race style numbers made for this event so we know who the riders are.24.arrive sharp to get as many runs or photos in as possible.we shall be there from approx 11am taking riders details & donations. 25.we may put photos on pinkbike & this facebook site, to cover all event supporters. 26.there will be a wee trophy for the winner of the best photo. 27.and we have yet another sponsor comet who are paying for a wee trophy 28.you dont need to get an uplift if you dont want to. 29.can all photographers also send there best 2 or 3 shots from the event to firstname.lastname@example.org as they are doing a piece on the event 30.the meeting place for everyone wishing to donate , will be at the innerleithen sign at the bottom of the usual race route. 31.pinkbike are designing a special forum thread & are trying to send some goodies across for the event,also they said they may pod the winning photo - youve gotta be in it to win it.
Dual Slalom Gee Atherton Dan Atherton Chris Kovarik Romain Salidini Steve Peat Greg Minnaar Brian Lopes Nathan Rennie Josh Bryceland Matt Simmonds Ruaridh Cunningham Lewis Lacey Lucas Mechura Nige Page Scott Beaumont Dylan Clayton Sam Dale Dave Wardell Marc Beaumont Neil Donoghue Martyn Ogden Steve Taylor Jordan Gould Paddy Baker James Norton
Dirt Jump Jamie Goldman Sam Pilgrim Lance McDermott Chris Smith Dan Coggan Phil Auckland Pat Campbell-Jenner Rory Backshell Jack Gear Daryl Brown Chris Mohoney Amir Kabbani
It seems like there was a hell of a lot of racing going on last weekend with at least 3 race series hosting their opening rounds. The big one was of course Rd1 of the NPS 4X down at UK Bike Park in Dorset. We negotiated some of the poshest villages and windiest countries lanes the south has to offer to check it out...
I'll get a full repo in the mag but in short it was a pretty fierce day of racing with the bone dry and loose track claiming a few victims. Patt Campbell-Jenner ate shit big time down the first straight and had a really gnarly, mid-air over the bars that saw his day end early. Get well soon fella!
I'm still not entirely sure what's going on at 4X racing but as far as I could tell Chris Roberts had everything running smoothly. Scotty Beaumont took the Elite win followed by a super pro'd up Lewis Lacey in full team CRC colours.
It was also our first time meeting Wideopen team rider Chris Mucklow and his missus Laura which was great. He did really well in his first 4 moto's getting 2 1st and 2 2nds but got kicked in the heats after a dodgy gate. Good sign though of things to come though! Here's a snap of the boy himself leading one of his motos. Yeahhh boy.
Here's the rest of the winners with a few 'worthy mentions' from Chris R:
Juvenile - Dominic BARDEN Youth - Alex METCALFE Juniors - Tom Knight Seniors - Kieron MCAVOY - Spank Prize Winner Masters - Dominic BENT - Halo Wheel Set Winner Veterans - Jason Carpenter Ladies - Charlie PHILLIPS
Juvenile Pint sized Joe BUCK taking 2nd Juvenile on a big bike.
Youth Adam Thomas rode well to take second Isaac MUNDY got push off the track but was really on it.
Juniors Mike Yard won every moto but out in the Semi Final for crossing the start line
Seniors Chris CUMMING man to watch out for in Seniors.
Masters Big old Paddy Baker racing in skin tight jeans! UCI ruling on Skin Suits will have to be enforced to stop an more complaints from spectators!
Veterans David HERMAN ripping it up on a little single speed jump bike
Ladies 16 year old Manon CARPENTER taking 2nd place! Suzanne LACEY taking a hard slam but getting back on her bike and riding to finish.
Pro Liam Phillips breaking four chains and not racing. Will Evans was on a mission and trying every move in the book to win.
Just a quick video from our week in Spain, take a look at www.dhspain.com for more info, I'm sure you can all see from the footage that it's an absolutely awesome place to go bike riding! Click HD for full quality!
The Race Season is now wheel spinning into action and the UK hosts the top domestic race series in the World. You must race at a high regional standard before you can get into the NPS which is widely seen as the stepping stone up to the World Cups. Peaty, Atherton’s, Moseley, Beaumont, Warner, Bryceland have all been through the ranks, how about you?
The MSC BIKES/DESCENT-GEAR NPS DH is supported by: British Cycling and Monster Energy.
Each event is held over a weekend with Saturday for full practise followed by a quick practise session Sunday morning then straight into seeding and one race run, do or die!
The first three rounds are UCI Category 2 which means points are available for the top ten fastest riders on the day. Accumulate enough points and you could be rubbing shoulders at the next UCI World Cup with Sam Hill and Co..
Rd 1 April 25-26th - Ae Forest - (UCI Cat 2)
Rd 2 May 30-31st - Llangollen - (UCI Cat 2)
Rd 3 June 27-28th - Fort William - (UCI Cat 2)
Rd 4 August 15-16th - Carlton Bank
Rd 5 September 26-27th - Caersws
International Rider? Race at a good standard back home and want to measure yourself against the Worlds best! Then send your entry form in and couple that up with a reference/link to your results and you are in!Parking, camping and spectating is always free at the NPS and we provide a large marquee, onsite catering, live timing, huge timing screen, live commentating, SERVICED toilets, music through out the day. Everyone is welcome to walk up the course outside of the tapes and catch all the trackside action.
Best four out of five rounds count for series overall prizes and points. Hang around for podium time as we run five man podiums giving more riders the chance to get their name up in lights and a nice custom trophy for the mantlepiece from Hope Technology.Top tip: Hang around for podiums, if a rider misses presentations then their prize and trophy goes to the little kid in the crowd!
Supporting the riders at the NPS in 2009 and sponsoring individual categories are:Descent-Gear.com - JuvenilesLizard Skins - YouthsFox - JuniorsSwiss and Swallow - WomenNo Limits - Master MenTicket2RideBC.com - Veteran MenContinental "Black Chilli" MenLeisure Lakes - Expert MenNema Clothing - Elite WomenNema Clothing - Elite Men
TF Tuned will also be on hand at each race and will be presenting a big fat cheque for £200.00 to the rider who wins by the biggest winning margin. Pete Evans from 2StageBikes in New Zealand will also be handing over £200 big ones to the rider with the fastest combined times from seeding and their race run!
Marshalling? 16 years of age or older on the day of the race then please read on:
Marshall for one day: £30 Marshall for two days that weekend: £65 Marshall for all five rounds, both days: You'll get an extra wallet busting £100 bonus at the end of the last round.
You also get fed and watered and get to see the top riders in the country and even the World! Priority entry guaranteed (as long as you have 5 BC points) for your son, daughter, cousin, mate etc... Extra Bonus: Provide a marshal for both days at the NPS DH and your rider will receive a "Queue Jump" pass! No more queuing, unlimited runs and that’s another incentive to get valued marshal’s on the hill to look after you! Training is provided along with high visibility vest, whistle, flags and radio.We back Marshals up 100% and operate a zero tolerance policy to anyone who abuses or undermines a Marshall.
Steve Parr and Si Paton welcome you trackside and promise a warm welcome to everyone.
This year's National Adventure Sports Show is GO for 10 - 12 July 09.
Latest news is that they've just added everyone's favourite UK hip hopper Lethal Bizzle to the line up. He's joining N.E.R.D, Chase and Status, High Contrast, Shy Fx, Scratch Perverts, Sub Focus. I started typing this with the intention of taking the piss but that actually all sounds pretty damn good!
Also - plans are now up for the all new street course:
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.
Pretty much we then just drove over to the track which was in Re - Focus to do some riding. The top section was the loosest thing I've ever ridden in my life, it was about a foot deep in dust all the way down the open hillside with sun beating down on us. The bottom section was really jumpy with some fast rock sections and smooth berms, was equally as fun. But one of the most interesting obstacles was the massive step up off the road which has had a new lip put on it according to main man Rob. Basically we got an "epic"/"gorgeous" (two of Milky's favourite words) tracking shot from the roof of a landrover of Harry and Tom on this section.
Basically we just pissed around on the bottom section for an hour or so and then headed back to let Milky get a shot of Baz doing a scrub on a jump behind Rob's house, it looked mint so nice one.
Flying home tomorrow so that sucks but it's been an awesome week of filming and riding. Keep an eye out for a little vid from DHSpain.com online pretty soon, get saving and get on it.