DMR DirtWars UK Round 1 – Chicksands Bike Park
The DMR DirtWars UK 2017 season kicked off at the weekend, with Chicksands Bikepark playing host for the first round.
The Bike park crew had been hard at work all day Saturday with shovels and barrels of water to get the sandy jumps ready for the competition. A couple of early morning showers on Sunday finished the job, putting the trails in prime condition for the riders to throw down their best tricks with the aim of landing a spot on the podium.
At 10:30 the registration opened, once signed in, the riders headed up the hill to start getting themselves familiar with the course. For anyone unaware, the PRO dirt course at Chicksands consists of four hits, a small wedge shaped double, leading into three doubles that head down the hill and get progressively larger.
With all riders on course brushing off the cobwebs after a long off-season and getting acquainted with each jump, it wasn’t long before the growing number of spectators were given a taster of what to expect once the competition kicked off. The riders were eager to show off what they had been working on and as bigger and bigger tricks started to get thrown (some landed, some not so much) it was time to get things started.
Due to the low entrance, the decision was made to take all 7 riders through to the finals and treat the three qualification runs as seeding, giving the new guys a chance to experience dropping in under competition conditions with a little less pressure of having to throw their best tricks to make finals.
After three runs, the judges tallied up their scores and the riders were put into reverse order to drop in for finals; Aiden McMillan, Andrew Alexander, Larn Baldwin, Josh Venamode, Vitalious, Zac Rainbow, Jack Cardy and taking the top spot Marcel Hunt.
Harry campbell came out guns blazing in his first run, throwing a huge f-bomb mid-set showing everyone that he isn’t there just to make up the numbers, the rest of his run was enough to see him qualify second.
Looking for a 3-peat, Daryl Brown proved that he was still the man to beat, taking the top qualifying spot with a clean and stylish run consisting of a 360 off the wedge, flip tuck, double truck and an oppo 360.
New comer to the scene Vatalious was keen to prove he could mix it with the best, putting down stylish, fully clicked one-foot x-ups and tuck no-handers before throwing the dice in his last run and attempting a back-flip, which is one of the most impressive bails I’ve seen in a long time.
In the end, it came down to two riders fighting it out, with both Jack Cardy and Marcel Hunt separating themselves from the field by adding a trick on the small wedge feature and pumping out combo tricks on multiple hits. With Zac Rainbow taking the last spot of the podium with a couple of solid back flip combinations.
Marcel Hunt: Bar Spin, Tuck No-Hander, 360 Table, Double Truck
Jack Cardy: Bar Spin, Suicide, Tuck No-Hander, Double Truck
Zac Rainbow: —, Flip Table, Tuck No-Hander, Flip Tuck
After the dust had settled and the course had been patched up, it was time for the 7 Pros to fight it out for the 3 podium spots and a cash prizes.
After a few years out after knee surgery, Clinton Jones was back to his old ways, wowing the crowd with his crazy slow and stretched out super whips.
Cameron Crozier was also keen to prove that he could mix it up with the pros, sending stylish 360 x-ups and finishing his 1st run with a double tail whip. Unfortunately he came up short on a midget F-bomb attempt in his second run and didn’t take his 3rd run.
Tom Isted raised the bar on what was possible on the little wedge and getting a #minflipmonday insta clip in the process. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to build on his first run score, crashing on a big F-bomb attempt on the final jump, he would have to settle for 3rd.
Tom Reynolds was keen to improve on his 6th place qualification and wasted no time in doing it, pulling out all the stops and laying down a banger first run. Rolling the dice and trying to up his score for the next two runs didn’t quite work out and he would have to settle for a well deserved second place.
So Sharky B, the man to beat manages to not be beaten for another year. With a perfect display of both flip and spin combinations he earns himself the elusive 3peat at Chicksands and takes the first round of the DMR Dirtwars series.
Daryl Brown: 360, Flip Tuck, Double Truck, 360 Tuck
Tom Reynolds: 360, Flip Table, 360 1-foot Table, Double Tail Whip
Tom Isted: Flip, Flip Tuck, Truck Driver, Superman
So with round one done and dusted, its just left to say a massive thank you to all the riders for showing up and competing and putting on an entertaining day for all the spectators.
The Chicksands Bikepark crew and especially Ali Dunn for all the hours spent preparing the jumps and making sure everything is running perfectly for the competition.
The Next round will be at the series favorite Holdshott Trails in Hampshire on the 4th June. As always spectating is free and we welcome you all down to see some of the UK’s best Dirt Jumpers fight it out in round 2 on the purpose built slope style course.
Words and images: Chris Greenwood (@cagreenwood)