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Published on February 16th, 2018 | by Brad Illingworth

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Start Fitness Team Race Report – Ae Forest TT Northern Downhill

This past weekend saw Northern Downhill host their Start Fitness supported winter TT at Ae Forest. Conditions were bitterly cold all day with short snow showers and some welcomed sunny spells! With limited parking availability at Ae, NDH restricts the number of entries and each year this event sells out! The TT format is very similar to the way that a downhill race is run, but the courses are usually less steep and technical which opens the event up to a wider selection of riders. Top riders enjoy the high speed nature of these tracks and novices enjoy the less challenging nature of a TT – it’s a win for everyone!

We had three of our staff representing Start Fitness on the day and all three had really good results!

Firstly, in the senior category, we had Christopher Philogene aboard our Yeti SB6. Chris struggled all day, he punctured three times during his various practice runs and had a small crash in his first race run. It wasn’t looking very good, but Chris put it altogether when it counted and in his second race run he nailed it! This final run of the day was his only full run with no issues and posted the fastest time of the day. This was Chris’ second win at Ae Forest in as many outings there, great job Chris!

Yeti SB6

Chris aboard his Yeti SB6

Brad Illingworth had a steady day aboard his new SCOTT Genius and had no issues all day. He posted a competitive first run and was sitting about half a second off the lead at that time. For the final run, he pushed a bit harder and found another 1.62 seconds on a near-perfect run. In the end it wasn’t quite good enough as Tony Kay took the masters category win by a very close 0.08 seconds – great racing!

Scot Genius

Brad Illingworth aboard his SCOTT Genius

Lastly, our in-store mountain bike guru, Brad Dobbing had a mixed day. He wasn’t quite ‘feeling it’, but that didn’t stop him from riding his Yeti SB55 to victory in the 50+ category by nearly 5 seconds, not a bad result considering how he felt during the day.

Yeti SB55

Brad Dobbing leaning in his Yeti SB55

Northern Downhill are hosting four more events this years at Kielder Forest, Chopwell Woods and Hamsterley Forest. More information can be found here.

For a full list of race results please click here.

Brad Dobbing 1st in the 50+ Category

Brad Illingworth 2nd in the Masters category

Chris 1st in the Senior Category


Written By Brad Illingworth


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