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King of the Sand Castle: Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

Another year done, the race scene is pretty much over and it’s the off-season, winter, wet weather and cold days are drawing in on us all. That only means one thing; It’s Rogate Downhill’s annual race. Each year it gets better and better for sure! When this series first started back in 2012 mother nature thought otherwise. It snowed big time, the event was called off as it was just too icy in places and bitterly cold. Five years or so on and now look at it, 25 degrees more or less, times are changing as they say.

The brain saver of the legend that is Brendan Fairclough

We all had the pleasure of having Deathgrip movie star/Rampage legend and World Cup racer Brendan Fairclough and his crew of fast humans, we also had the pleasure of having Mr Deaks gracing the sandpit of Rogate with his friendly warm and happy to be out the house attitude, this was going to be a good day!

These guys kept everyone fed and watered all day and it s great food

It’s amazing having all these great people come out to these races, good food, teas and coffees all day thanks to these epic humans.

Pop up TRG

The Riders’ Guild.com providing support and pop up shop on the day.

TRG

TRG it’s a family!

Aaron making things work .

Aaron on the spanners working on Az’s DH rig ready for his first run.

Deaks chatting to Ex mob member about old times once a Commando always a Commando.

Deaks chatting with our friend Ex Mob Rob, once a Commando always a Commando.

TheRiders Guild team rider Thomas Davies making his way to join the crew .

TeamTRG Thomas Davies making his way to the crew.

Simo needing to water the track....BLOODY CHEAT

Rich Simpson watering the track……bloody cheat ūüėČ

Big old thumbs up

Boys are pumped for the track and conditions.

TRG Boys popping up the banners Audury keeping guard

TRG Banners are going up.

Practice saw some shapes being thrown down and everyone was lit, fast this track and it’s getting cut up fast.

Ben Horne getting his scandy flick on

Ben Horne on the Scandy flick.

Dave from Bigmacphotography was on the hill top man top shooter

Big Mac Photography was on the hill….love this man!

Az Grant....need i say more Legend busting out some style

Az Grant on Steeze duty.

Bren and Bean coming in very hot That style is just exceptional

Bren and Bean practicing in style!

Race run time: 

Hardtail Men:

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

In 3rd place was Sushant Lama super fast and smooth.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place was Finn Chapman again super smooth.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

Taking the top step was Will Easy, super smooth and such a relaxed style this is one to watch out for.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

Hardtail Podium

12 and Under Boys: 

These are the future of the sport and it’s so rad to see them shredding like this.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd place goes to George Madley awesome little ripper!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place shedder Nathan Diwell-Willson.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

And your 1st place shredder is Dominic Platt.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

12 and under Boy’s Podium:

13-14 Boys:

These lads step it up again and the pace is a fair amount faster for these young rippers!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd place goes to Fatcreation’s Travis Hopkins

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place goes to ripper Patrick Ridge.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place goes to shredder Travis Diwell-Willson

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

13-14 Boy’s Podium

15-16 Boys:

Turn the page again and things get faster and it’s amazing to watch as most these lads race at a high level.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd on the day is Luc Roux

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place goes out to Jeremy Coe.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place no other than Luke Williamson….Watch out for this one.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

15-16 Boy’s Podium

17-18 Boys:

These guys shred, a combination of full-on DH racers, Enduro, and full on freeride, these boys are epic to watch!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd place goes to loose as goose Sam Walsh, be sure to check him out on Instagram as their edits are full of whips, berm bashing, and all things epic!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place goes out to fast as hell Ben Townsend on his Enduro whip keep an eye out for this one out on the Enduro scene, strong contender.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place goes out to Team Aston hill’s Josh Mead, effortless style, with speed and great bike skills, he will go far.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

17-18 boy’s Podiums.

19-29 Men.

Now, this is where things heat up a bit. We all know one thing, and that’s being fans of such riders on the World Cup circuit, having spent some time out on the battlefront across Europe, and seeing these lads race at that level is just mind-blowing, but having them on the doorstep of a local race is just exceptional to see and brings back why we all ride! Fun and supporting grassroots racing, let’s face it Rogate has taught me a thing or two over the years!

3rd place in this tough category and well earned is Jack Noy and I’m ever so sorry not grab a photo of him. Must have been changing lenses or having a watering break.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place goes to TeamTRG’s Thomas Davies on his DH rig and being off the bike for some time with other commitments he’s no slouch and coming second with a blistering time of 39.739 he had a very fast human in front of him.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place goes out to a rider that has so much style it’s ridiculous and so fricking amazing to watch, none other than Brendan Fairclough!! His line choice on this track was insane and that’s why he’s on that level of riding finding the fastest and most difficult lines that leave us standing there in amazement, Bren coming across the line in 39.059 that’s fast! Good on Thomas being that close!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

19-29 Men’s Podium

This made us all laugh…Brendog won some……Deathgrips, haha well he gave them away to a young lad and the look on his face was a picture to say the least!! Plus all the young shredders got a set of Scott goggles delivered by the main man himself, what a great man!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

30-39 Men

Onto the old-ish lads well my age haha, this is a great Cat, with ex-racers from all sorts BMX, DH, MX etc. so a great mix of great people and a mix of skills even a Commando.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd place goes out to Liam Mason (Bean known to the crew)

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd Place goes to the mobile media/racing squid and around top lad Ben Deakin, OiOi matey.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place goes out to a very well ridden Nick Platt, he was smooth and fast all day hats off man awesome!

40+Men 

It’s over the older boys now, they still hold their own and very fast these gents!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd place goes out to TeamTRG’s Jonny Broughton, with his chest infection, and driven from Gatwick that morning after dropping his misses off at the airport, that’s a hats off moment for sure.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place goes out to Rich Simpson, I wonder if he works in sector 7G? Great riding on the day Rich.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place for ex-Elite DH racer Adam Bishop and he was pinned!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

40+ Men’s Podium

Open Women.

These ladies are fast!

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

3rd place goes out to lady ripper and Gosport BMX’s Ren√©e Diwell.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

2nd place is Miss shredder and all round Enduro dominator riding for Morvelo clothing, Francie Arthur.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

1st place goes to Team Aston Hill’s up-and-coming and fast Ellen Flewitt, keep an eye open for this one soon to be on the world cup scene and soon to be on a big team methinks.

Rogate Downhill Annual Race 2017

Open women’s podium.

That’s that and it’s the end of a mighty fine day on the legendary hillside of Rogate Downhill’s annual race series, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all that were involved on the day and putting this awesome event on.

Rogate Downhill -Sam Bowell and the crew.
The Riders Guild РFor the pop-up shop and sponsoring the event.
Spoilt 4 Choice catering for the epic food.
Brendan Fairclough
All the marshals for being awesome and letting me climb all over the place.
Check out Ben Deakin edit here.

Big thanks to our Team Sponsors for their amazing support:

Muc-Off
E-Thirteen
EVOC
Silverfish-UK
Fiveten-UK
SRAM-MTB
Alpinestars
BellHelmets-UK
SDG-components

That’s a wrap from us…..next year….I’ll see ya there!!.

Photos and words Brett Shelfer Check my Instagram here.


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