saw the final round (4) of the BikeArt Winter Series 2013/14. Organised by Thetford MTB racing.
In association with Torq Fitness, Chelmer Cycles and P. Tuckwell Ltd. With the help of all manner of groups to ensure a safe well run event.
It showed the drainage abilities of Thetford Forest, which had soaked up the mega rains from the last couple of months, leaving dry tracks on Sunday and none of the deep puddles that us photographers like to get shots from. That's not to say this was a tame track. it's never going to match the likes of Hadleigh but the race organisers know how to incorporate the best that the forest has to offer. It had enough interesting technical sections to shoot, with the added bonus, a lot were close together.
A few of the race categories were sewn-up before the fourth round but the leader's of these, Paul Ashby in the 4-Hour Male 40+ & Laura Sampson, 2-Hour Female 18-39, are not the kind of riders to rest on their laurels. They were both riding in Rnd 4, giving the kind of performance that see's them both on the podium year after year. Laura finishing 00:11:51 in front of second placed Melanie Paddington - Ehf Racing. Paul 00:09:04 in front of Chris Hunter.
In the 2hr Junior Male class, Paddy Atkinson - XCRacer.com/Scimitar, was also not about to relinquish his unbeaten position, finishing a lap in front of Second placed Ross Marriott - Nakedbikes/Haibike/Impsport Rt.
Fun Ride Female Leader, Harley Pell was not present for the fourth round but had already done enough to secure the title.
The 2-Hour Solo Male 18-39 category along with the 2-Hour Solo Male 40+, 2-Hour Solo Female 40+, 4-Hour Solo Male 16-39, Fun Ride Male were all still there for the winning.
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BikeArt Winter Series Rnd 4 course map
2hr Female: Outright Series Winner, Laura Sampson - Gipping Race Team
2hr Female: 2nd placed in Rnds 1,2 & 4. Melanie Paddington - Ehf Racing
2hr Female: 3rd placed in Rnds 2, 3 & 4.Vanessa Holmes - Arrow Cycles
2hr Female Jnr: Rnd 4 Winner. Molly Williams - Wxc World Racing.
2hr Male Jnr: Outright Series Winner, Paddy Atkinson -XCracer/Scimitar
2hr Male Jnr: 2nd place in Series, Ross Marriott - Nakedbikes/Haibike/Impsport Rt
2hr Male Jnr: 2nd place in Rnd 1, 3rd place in Rnd's 2 & 4, Michael Shuldham - Arrow Cycles
2hr Male: 2nd place in Rnd's 3 & 4 but no points in Rnd's 1 & 2,
Jon Pybus - Torq Performance Racing
2hr Male: 2nd place in Rnd's 2 & 4, 3rd place in Rnd 3, Chris Lever - Cookson Cycles
2hr Male: 3rd place in Rnd 4, Glenn Stanford - Team Ccn/Torq/Chain Reaction/Streetlife
2hr Vet Male: Series Winner, Anthony White - Xcracer/Scimitar Mt Zoom
2hr Vet Male: 2nd place in Rnd's 1 & 4, Darren Evans - Team Ccn / Torq / Chain Reaction / Streetlife
2hr Vets Mens: Rnd 4 3rd, Dan Howe - Gipping Race Team
4hr Womens: Rnd 4 Winner, Alexis Barnes
4hr Female: Series Winner, Anita Buxton - Thetford Mtb Racing / Bikeart
4-Hour Female 16+: 3rd in Rnds 3 & 4, Lorna Rider - Team Bike Pedlars Jacrabbit
4hr Male: Series Winner, Stephen James - Renvale Rt/Revel Outdoors/Cannondale
4hr Male: Rnd 4 2nd, Josh Ibbett - I-Ride.Co.Uk
4hr Male: 2nd Rnd 2, 3rd Rnds1 & 4, Richard Dunnett - Team Ccn / Torq / Chain Reaction / Nuflex
4hr Vet Men's: Series Outright Winner, Paul Ashby - Mtzoom.Com
4hr Vet Men's: 3rd Rnd 2, 2nd Rnd 4, Chris Hunter
4hr Vet Men's: 3rd place in Rnd 4, Mark Wellsted - Amisvelo Rt - Solo Scaffolding
Fun Femail: Winner Rnd 4, Rhea Cox - Arrow Cycles
Fun Female: 3rd place in Rnd 4, Cara Ainsworth - Aerocycles
Fun Male: Winner Rnd 4, Matthew Mantle - Mildenhall CC
Fun Male: 3rd place in Rnd 4, Carlton Ainsworth - Aerocycles
2hr Men's 40+: No. 366 Lee Alexander suffers bike problems
2hr Male: Chris Lawrence - Harrold Mtb Club,
Chris fails in his forest fly catching record attempt.
4hr Men's 40+:
No. 724, Robert Lee - Essex Herts Mtb.
Well deserved rest.