Smooth = Fast in MTB Downhill racing....

25th April 2017

MTB got all technical at the weekend's MTB racing.

I was photographing Race-2 of the Guernsey Velo Club's 2017 Downhill Series on a twisting track laid out on the wooded slopes below Pleinmont headland.

This particular discipline needs a rider to be smooth and committed. It is essential to build up a flow through the corners without scrubbing off too much speed. The complete course only took around a minute so every fraction of a second lost would drop you down the order.

I enjoyed trying to get the best angles to show off the riders skill and speed. As usual this meant getting in quite close. It was only after I returned home that I realised how dusty the race track had been as everything was covered in a thick layer of dust!

The pics I managed to capture will hopefully illustrate some of the fantastic competition and skills. Follow the link to see the Gallery: