Orange Dirt World Team: BRS Round 1
March 31 2014
The first round of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog was also the first official race for the Orange Dirt World Team.
The team had met up a few days before the race for the official team launch (read about it here) and to wrap their heads around the track. Antur Stiniog is a fascinating place, nestled amongst the remains of what used to be hills and mountains that have had their slate guts ripped out. With slate not being known to be a whole heap of fun in the wet there were a lot of fingers crossed for a dry weekend, and by and large that was the case.
With fresh kit, bikes, components and livery on the van the team were looking good and looking forward to going up against a stacked field, with a start list that read like it was a World Cup, a testament to the talent in this country and to the race series itself. The team are running stock 322s for DH races with Harry running a Long frame and Ben and Jacob on Shorts.
Practice on Saturday went well, with lines getting dialled in, bikes tuned and tea and biscuits consumed. This being the first race of the season there was a lot of enthusiasm for getting out and riding as much as possible, tempered with the knowledge that energy needed to be saved for Sunday.
Sunday came and things got a bit more serious. Jacob seeded fifth in the Junior category and went on to take 6th place, a terrific placing for a first year junior on a new bike. We know that Jacob has more to give and we're looking forward to seeing him develop over the season with guidance from both Ben and Harry.
Despite claiming to have done little training and be being more of a manager rather than a racer, Ben still managed to finish 25th and look stylish in the process. Some riders have just got it, Ben is one of those riders.
Harry finished in 9th place in the Elite category having qualified in 4th, showing he is definitely going to be troubling the podium a lot this season. Harry came away pleased with his start to the season and with some good pointers on what needs to be done to edge further up the rankings. Harry's next race is the first World Cup round in South Africa and we're confident he can show his pedigree on a world stage.
The Orange Dirt World Team weren't the only Orange riders racing this weekend. Rowan Sorrell from the Bike Park Wales team finished in 7th place in the Expert category and Drew Carters riding for Cut Media came 12th in Juniors.
For the full race report head over to the Dirt website.
Harry's Orange 322 Race Bike
Frame: Orange 322
Fork: Fox 40 Float FIT RC2
Wheels: DT Swiss Spline EX1750
Shock: Fox DHX RC4
Chain Guide: Gamut P30
Bars: Renthal Fat Bar
Stem: Renthal Integra
Grips: Renthal Lock-On Grip, Kevlar
Saddle: Dirty Zero Team
Headset: Works Components
Front Tyre: Schwalbe Magic Mary DH, 2.35
Rear Tyre: Schwalbe Magic Mary DH, 2.35
Mudguard: Mucky Nutz
Brakes: SRAM X0 levers, Code calipers
Cranks: SRAM X0 Carbon
Rear Mech: SRAM X0 10 speed
Shifter: SRAM X0 10spd
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP