The Brand New 2007 Nationals!

2008 Alpine Bikes Winter Downhill Series - Inners

By: Si on 14th November, 2007

Confirmed 2008 dates:
January 26th & 27th
February 23rd & 24th
March 22nd & 23rd

Proposed schedule
Saturday - Practise all day
Sunday a.m - Practise
Sunday p.m - One Race Run

Entry forms will be available from any of the eight Alpine Bike Stores throughout Scotland from December 1st 2007.
Full details of the events will be posted on www.npsdh.com

Bryan Shedden on SPS Events.
The &quo;Alpine Bikes Winter Series&quo; will be managed by Steve Parr and Si Paton of SPS Events, the team that have turned around trading experience the NPS Series in 2007. Working with the SPS Events Team guarantees a successful race series that will be enjoyed by the riders and spectators alike.

Si Paton on Alpine Bikes.

This is fantastic news for all the racers out there as having Alpine Bikes onboard as the main sponsor means we can run a race series for the riders and spectators in Scotland!

Alpine Bikes are Scotlandís largest independent cycle retailer and offer exceptional quality and value from the best bicycle brands including IronHorse, Trek, Gary Fisher, Lemond, Santa Cruz, Cannondale and Ridgeback.

Alpine Bikes is now in its 18th year with the following eight stores..
Aberdeen 1989
Glasgow (Gt Western Rd) 1995
Edinburgh 1997
Glasgow - Outdoor Experience 2000
Stirling 2002
Inverness - Outdoor Experience 2007
Aberdeen - Transition Extreme 2007
Innerleithen - 2007

Please checkout: www.alpinebikes.co.uk

Animal Commencal Podcast

By: Alan on 11th November, 2007

The latest Animal Commencal podcast is available to download at www.animalcommencal.com Featuring footage from the British National series, the World Champs and the World Cup finals from Maribor the third podcast sees Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton finish the season on a high!

2008 Qualification.

By: Si on 11th November, 2007

Were looking at making the qualification based on your BC rankings from 2007.
You would need 5 points to race the NPS in 2008. Ranking points are the points awarded in UCI and BC events. Standings relate to a particular series and may differ in the number of points awarded by BC. For Regional Championship races, the event will carry the same points as an NPS event.

Riders competing in UCI events outside of the UK, not a World Cup, can still have their results count towards their end of season ranking. BC will not seek your foreign results, you must inform BC membership services of the result and provide the event date and classification.

The ranking points are input at BC HQ by Julie Barrett. Julie can be contacted at: juliebarrett@britishcycling.org.uk or by calling 0161 274 2012. A rider's database will display all their results in the current year. The year runs from December 1st until November 30th.

The database writes back to the web site and shows the ranking points for each category. The database is updated on a daily basis and this will be reflected on the website. The "End of Year Rankings" is calculated using the rider's best 8 results. The remaining results stay on record and will show on the website. Category changes for riders are decided from the "End of Year Rankings".

All is explained here:
http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/BC/mtb/mtb_rankings_explained.asp

The cut off date for the 2007 ranking is the end of November (this month). Looking at 2007 rankings, this is how many would qualify (I based this on the 10 points which we were originally thinking of).

Male

  • Juvenille - 38
  • Youth - 97
  • Junior - 83
  • Senior - 101
  • Master - 91
  • Veteran - 41
  • Grand Vet - 10
  • Expert - 60
  • Elite - 34
  • 555 Male riders
Female
  • Juvenille - 1
  • Youth - 3
  • Junior - 1
  • Senior - 6
  • Master - 9
  • Veteran - 1
  • Elite - 10
31 Female riders
586 Riders in total can qualify.

2009 qualification will also be in place again using the BC points system, not determined yet though guessing 10 points may be needed? Now thats over a years notice for you!

Still want to race the NPS in 2008? If you score points between December 1st 2007 and the first National then of course you can enter.

Please note that we expect the first round (April 27th) to be fully booked at least a month in advance so don't leave your points chasing till March/April time.

Cheers.
Si..

2008 Dates

By: Alan on 11th November, 2007

Provisional dates for the 2008 season are as follows

  1. April 27th - Ae Forest
  2. May 25th - Innerleithen
  3. July 6th - Fort William
  4. August 10th - Moelfre
  5. September 21st Carlton Bank

keep it locked to npsdh.com for more info as it comes, details of locations will be more detailed than last year especially for the new venues.

CwmDown has a new website

By: Alan on 1st November, 2007

If your bored over the winter and want to get out on your bike, check out Cwmcarn.

All the info is on cwmdown's new website.

www.cwmdown.co.uk

Wide Open Issue 4 out now!

By: Alan on 31st October, 2007

The long awaited issue four is now available for download from the chaps at wideopenmag.co.uk

This issue includes coverage of the World Champs in Fort Bill and an excelent report about NPS rd5 Caersws.

NWD 8 Premier

By: Alan on 27th October, 2007

It's that time of year again! The crew at Freeride Entertainment have finished shooting and editing New Wold Disorder VIII "SMACKDOWN". If you want to see some awesome cinematography and crazy ass footage then this isn't one to be missed.

Sick

The U.K film premier will go down on Saturday the 17th of November at the Walkabout on Broad Street Birmingham. Huge cinema screen, plasma screens throughout the venue, even in the toilets whilst your splashing your shoes.

19:00 to 22:00 Film will start at 20:00 sharp! You can even get your dinner in there. £2.00 Entry on the door. Strictly over 18's - Everyone to bring I.D: Passport or current driving license. Dress Code - It's Saturday night! Best trainers and tee-shirt (Ironed by your Mom), probably best not to wear a cap/beanie etc.. Gel your hair!
You can then stay in the club till 03:00 if you can still stand!

The Final!

By: Alan on 27th October, 2007

Innerleithen, Scotland on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of October 2007.

Innerleithen, normally a quiet Scottish Borders town, is often rudely awakened each year by the downhill circus making a visit. This year, due to the slightly damp weather that we got around the time there should have been some sunbathing being done, Rugog was unfortunately postponed. If Wales is wet at the best of times, then in October you would need a snorkel to find the track. With that in mind, using Innerleithen as a replacement was definitely a sensible choice. We may have already dropped in for Round 1 but with so many tracks on offer, creating something with a different feel wasn’t going to be a problem. If you’re reading this from a computer screen several thousand kilometres away then detailed track descriptions aren’t really going to mean anything but suffice to say, it was a mixture of old technical classics and wide open, flat out new era, all with a few little twists to keep the locals on their toes.

Rubarb

Late in the year it may be but the weather proved to be superb all weekend. A little mid week rain left the top section of trees nice and greasy to keep your skills in check and helped the newly cut middle section hold together as it was ridden in on Saturday. A few light showers on Saturday didn’t affect things much and the track went from looking a little thrown together when walked on Friday night to a track which rode with a really good flow. Innerleithen in the UK is, to many people, the holy grail of British downhill. Tracks have been evolving here for over 15 years and top riders from all over the world have made a visit at some point in their careers. The latest chapter in it's history is that a chairlift is being considered to boost it's facilities and increase the potential for more tracks and more riders and remove the one and a half mile ride along the road to the awaiting trucks and coaches for uplift. Now note: Will this be the only chairlift in the World where mountain bikers can ride all year round without snow on the hill? Maybe..

Tracy

After a leisurely ride to the top in a coach and a slightly less leisurely push through the forest to the start of the track, you are met with the clearing from which virtually all the tracks start. This one started off fast, down through a break in the trees before firing you into the tight, greasy and rooty woods to the side. This was sideways fun although many overcooked the first left hander in their races and ended up pointing the wrong way. Survive that, you dive through a gap between two trees, get on the gas and launch into oblivion down the quarry wall before launching into darkness from the road jump. This is now into traditional Innerleithen territory with the 39 steps. Damp, dark, rooty and tight to the trees with your shoulders grazing them on more than one occasion each run. This then cuts into a new link section, full of tight yet carvable turns on the loose gravely surface that makes this hill so special. Drop across the bridleway after turning across the camber on the roots and you get the smallest of rest bites before plunging back into the trees and into more flat out, tight lines cutting through the trees and across the furrows. Don't crash here for you will hit more than one tree before your body falls to the ground, the bike invariably on top. From the mini-whoops that the furrows provide you are then into one of the newer Innerleithen tracks and with it, a different character. This is wide and man made. Straight into a double, a step down and then a 100m long chute into a fly off that most went around, most that is except for Youth rider, Danny Hart who was just about making terra firma before the next take off. Landing a little on the short side then. Hit two doubles short and steep enough to be dirt jumps and back into the trees but mercifully not as tight as those further up. The speed is increasing now and your heart rate with it as you now begin to regret having that last pint the night before. Full of small drops, flowing single-track with multiple lines and bus stops galore, you are constantly diving from the wide trail back into the trees at the side for some more technical fun. Keep the three jumps low to the ground as again, the landings are a little short when you're hitting them at flat out race pace and then launch into the tight finish arena. This screamed at you to overcook things. Coming in from an 8ft wide smooth trail to a rough, rutted and rooty straight 30ft long with a loose but bermed ninety degree corner at the end you approach with your wheels seriously unweighted. Sketchy? Yup. Fun? A whole load. The rest of the arena broke from the norm and instead took the less used natural line which cut it's way across all the roots it could find to get down to the road and then the finish. Timewise, the very top guys were putting in low 2.50's. The average was somewhere from 3.25-3.40. Virtually double the length of the round 5 at Caersws!

Saturday, without it's seeding run due to the poor light conditions October brings, was a lot more relaxed and laid back than has been normal this year. 10 runs were had by some with most getting 6-7 runs which has never been heard of before at an NPS.

Mark

Saturday night caravans, motor homes and the Corner House Pub was rammed full of English riders watching England pull the pants down of French in the Rugby. You see every proper mountain biker here in the U.K hates footballers. All over paid and a proper bunch of nancy boys who receive a small tap and go down like a ton of bricks.. Rugby’s different, a real mans game, we can associate with that, there might be some proper big scraps going off yet at the end of the game it’s handshakes and not handbags like the tossers we read about everyday in our press! Many thanks to Dave English who explained articulately the rules as to be honest, most of us didn’t have a clue..

Ben Reid

This time last year we were saying goodbye to Dave Morgan who, being diplomatic, got some mixed reactions from riders for his running of the series over previous seasons. At that time we already knew that this year and next was to be run under the partnership of Steve Parr and Si Paton aka SPS Events, both seasoned racers and riders who were well known for their connections to Ancilotti and Descent-World/Gear.com respectively. The question on everybody's minds at the time was whether or not they had bitten off more than they could chew. For years, the NPS has always had a reputation for never giving all it could, for having shoddy organisation plagued with problems, awful transport and just a plain poor value for money series, “Flogging a dead horse” as we say here in Great Britain.

Affy

 It's always easier to follow in the footsteps of someone who has done a bad job but was Mr Morgan really that bad or the victim of circumstance? Well this year, SPS put on a fantastic show from the off. Granted, there have been problems and thing which could have been done differently. The important difference over previous years? That they listened intently to riders. If someone had a suggestion to improve things then it was actually taken on board and considered. Problems like the transport at the first round were quickly pinpointed and rectified at the event. The atmosphere has returned to the NPS and for that we must give our heartfelt thanks to these guys for taking on the unenviable task and creating something to be so proud of. Well done guys, it’s not often that riders are already looking forward to the following season before the last one is even over.

Racing in the UK is as good as it has ever been, and the top times of each category are getting much closer to each other. I mean, just look at Danny Hart in Youth who managed a time only 8s shy of Gee Atherton and less than 2s shy of the current Junior World Champion two years his senior. Take note, Danny has both the skill and determination to go a long way in this sport. Despite only moving up to Junior next year, he has already been racing downhill for 5 years and regularly embarrasses riders many years his senior who are at the thick end of their own categories. Gee Atherton’s performance itself was another to behold. He looked like a man in control as he rolled through the arena. Never ragged, nor on edge and just oozing skill, he made it through much cleaner than Marc and as the clock stopped with a 2.7s lead, that was just confirmation of what the spectators already knew.

Juvenile
1 Mark Scott Ecosse DH Racing
2 Lewis Buchanan Dust-till-dawn/Last Bikes
3 Fraser McGlone

Youth
1 Danny Hart Balfa UK
2 Alastair Wilson Ancillotti UK
3 Bernard Kerr Extreme Medical

Junior
1 Ruaridh Cunningham Bike Love Glasgow
2 Chris Hutchens
3 Ben Ineson

Senior
1 Timothy Williams Alpine Bikes
2 Jack Reading
3 Tom Rodgers All Terrain Cycles

Masters
1 David Tallontire Biking Heaven/Uplift Scotland
2 Chris Whitfield Leisure Lakes
3 Sion Jones Electric/Santa Cruz

Veterans
1 Paul French Ancillotti UK
2 Martin Crocket
3 Alastair MacLennan Off Beat Bikes

Non-Elite Women
1 Katy Curd Giant
2 Aimee Dix Team Skene
3 Monet Adams Descent-Gear.com


Expert Men
1 Billy Cheetham Syncros Electric
2 Nikki Whiles Team Skene
3 Rich Thomas Ancillotti UK

Elite Women
1 Tracy Moseley Kona Les Gets
2 Rachel Atherton Animal/Commencal
3 Helen Gaskell Halfords Bike Hut

Elite Men
1 Gee Atherton Animal/Commencal
2 Marc Beaumont MBUK/Santa Cruz
3 Ben Reid Iron Horse

With this now being October and most riders now wanting to partake in their other hobby of winter drinking and partying we reluctantly close this chapter on the Brand New Chain Reaction Cycles NPS.
Next year is promised to be bigger and better so keep your mince pies looking here and on NPSDH.com.

Axle Rose.
Team Rotec.

Series points

By: Alan on 17th October, 2007

The series points and final positions are now available.

Series Points

We are working on a new system for results and series points for 08, as soon as that is complete the 07 results will become part of the archive, so you will always be able to find your NPS racing history here on npsdh.com

AW

Inners Results

By: Alan on 15th October, 2007

Mike at www.mikrotime.com has done another super job at processing yesterdays results and has them live on his site already.

Inners Results

Thanks again to Mike and his team from all at SPS and npsdh.com

Enquiries

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