Pearce Cycles 2010 – Round 2 – Hopton

Hopton Castle located north of Ludlow was the venue for the second round of the Pearce cycles downhill series. After a dry week leading into the weekend the track was extremely dry. The track used started from the none trig point start, heading straight into a fresh tech wood section. Before hitting the open section, which had the speed trap on it during race runs. The track took the left hand fork towards the bottom of the open section, twisting down passing over two fire roads before the step down to high speed berm.

[10'04'24 Pearce Race Rnd2 Hopton 6049]

The uplift queue was kept short all weekend, meaning most riders could get 10+ runs in on Saturday and 3 on Sunday morning before race runs began.

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The open section of the track which covers a large part of the hill was running extremely quickly, making it an ideal spot for a speed trap, and Jeff to film! Pearce said that they didn’t use the speed trap at the first round as there wasn’t anywhere suitable on the bringewood track. It made for a great addition to the timing ending the age old argument between riders of who was going to fastest (on that section anyway). With a prize available for the quickest time through the trap on race day everyone was pushing hard. After the result of round one I was looking to build on it but come race day I record what felt like two of the slowest runs I had ridden all weekend. I blame it on the long wait it in the sun between end of practice and my first race run!!

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After the star studded first round the elites were a little bit thinner of the ground. With Matt Simmonds taking the first place in Elites, he also recored the fastest speed trap of the day at 44.40 KH.
Round three is less than a week away, see you there.

Our pictures from the race (& practise) are now available on RootsandRain and some of the best and mates are in the Image Gallery.
[RootsandRain Link]Day 1 & 2 Pictures on RootsandRain – 827 Pictures
[Gallery Link] 10-04-24 Pearce Rnd2 Hopton Best – 42 Pictures


  1. aron roberts said,

    Wrote on April 27, 2010 @ 10:15 am


  2. Nat H said,

    Wrote on May 3, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    Excellent video and photos once again Jeff! Nice one.

  3. Eamo said,

    Wrote on May 4, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    Once again the Monkeyspoon crew have turned out quality footage (& photos). Keep up the good work boys! Will see ya at bringewood.