Sunday 4th March sees the start of the 2012 Fully Sussed South west series, kicking off at Woodbury Common in Devon. Here is a little preview from the organisers:
"In the space of three years the Fully Sussed series has gone from having doors routinely slammed in our faces to getting more sponsors than a European roadie.
From xcracer and Shred, who have been believers from the start to Fat Spanner, Specialized and LoveVelo.tv, this year's prize sponsors will add a touch of credibility to an otherwise typically chaotic xc race fest.
For the first race of 2012 we again descend on Woodbury Common. An all-weather venue, the well-draining pebble beds make for a lively under tyre experience where our principle of continually changing courses has seen us scouring the woods looking for increasingly interesting ways to challenge riders.
So what can you expect? A lot of riding crammed into a small area! Similar start to last year, but there the similarity ends. We're using plantation fire roads, loads of new singletrack, some magnificent man-made downhill sections and some downright dirty, nasty, rooty drops. Look out for the 'Nod Off' in particular.
Totnes' Hot Pursuit Cycles will be on hand to assist the unfortunate, with St. Johns helping the even more unfortunate.
As well publicised, the under 16s will be facing a full day of racing, starting at 10-00 with timed speed skills tests and then an xc race on a shorter course at 13-00. Combination of the two scores will decide their overall position. Fantastic pizza box prizes are provided by Shred with a prize per round for the most improved rider coming courtesy of, and judged by, LoveVelo.tv.
All senior categories will kick off at 10-00, apart from the Grand Vets who will inevitably be gossiping at the back, not hear the instructions and miss their start time. Specialized are heavily involved with this year's series and are supplying all the women's prizes for the year as well as providing some Fate Comp 29er demo bikes for the events. We also have a special women's prize each round provided by Fine Fettle - jewellery made from recycled bike bits. This will be for an outstanding performance on the day, and will again be judged by the Fine Fettle crew.
We didn't aim to stereotype quite as much as we have, but the blokes prizes are 1) tools from Fat Spanner and 2) beer from Skinner's Brewery. I guess all we needed to do was get hold of some Top Gear DVDs and it would be all the ingredients for a good night in!