On June 10th, the 2018GDL Downhill Race the second stage was held in Guangzhou's Huadu Yanying Lake. In the past few days, Guangzhou experienced typhoon and torrential rain. Raceday turned out to be bright and sunny. The track was surprisingly fast on the sandy soil. In the morning, there was no muddy condition as in the seeding day. The first two training days the riders need it to put rain tires on, only to change it for dry tires on raceday! Today, nobody had to worry about rain!
There are a total of nearly 100 riders from all over the country and Hong Kong to participate in this downhill race. Of course, most of them are from Guangdong. The competition is divided into 6 groups, youth group, master group 40+, open group (U39), and open group (U29), the women's group and the elite group. The track is 1000 meters long and a elevation of 178 meters. Half of the trail is rocky, steep and has berms, the middle is relativly flat and almost in the finish, there are two jumps some small drops, which is the photographers favourite spot to take pictures.
Almost all fast riders where here, except some where on a race in Dali. Liu Shusen, Su Yuliang, Zhao Zhenjie, Zhao Yi, Pan Yi, they where at least here for getting points in the GDL Downhill Tournament. The U29 Open Group is the most popular one, which has a relatively large number of participants. Eventually, China’s Fei Rui’s Zeng Jincheng and Deng Chiwei are the runner-up in the U29 category.
The first down in the elite category is Liao Yanxiang from the free speeding team in Zhongshan, he was sitting in the hot chair with 02:00.49, until Liu Shusen came down and his results with 01:47.65, there are still two top riders on the top, and it was not sure, who will take the hot seat finally. Su Yiliang of the POLYGON Wildcats team came down with 01:46.11and took the hot seat. Zhao Zhenjie of the SLH team had a bad crash here two years ago which brought him to the hospital, and it effects his riding, he was going more conservative down, then attacking, which resulted he got only third.