Thursday, 15 September 2016

Sponsor spotlights incoming!

Now we're at the one-month-to-go stage, everything starts kicking off!

  • Registration is go!
    • New details this year include DH race signup as online only
    • 200 riders limit for the entire event, so grab your spot. we're about 20% registered, 10% paid already!
    • Remember your waivers, helmets, gloves, and camping gear!
  • Sponsors incoming!
    • Over the next couple of weeks we'll get more info on our sponsors; in the mean time, follow facebook links, or the logos on the side of the blog --->>>
    • Also watch out for pictures of prizes, and for the new teeshirts for this year: mockup here (last years sponsors shown, this year a few TBC)
    • Tees available from registration page, we sold out last year, so preorder is best! 
    • Register and pay up online before the 30th September to get your name on the back.
  • News about camping
    • there's now a Camping waiver, but that doesn't mean we're not having fun - announcements next week covering TWO bands we're hoping to get play at the campsite.
    • Please, please save the Lambourne end address, takeaway numbers and the address of the local Tesco in your phone before you leave! No-one does, and then panics when they're hungry and have no data!
    • Lambourne end is here, and you're all capable of using google maps. Most phones have an "offline maps" fucntion as well that you can utilise.
  • Schedule:
    • it's up top in a tab, but the short version reads:
      • Sliding - Saturday PM
      • Dancing/flat - Sunday AM
      • Racing - Sunday Lunch
      • Slalom
        • Dual hybrid - Sat PM & Sun AM
        • GS - Sun AM
      • Freeride - all the damn time :D
    • Racing is flexible because it depends on GS using the hill. it's normally started by 1, finished by 3-4.
  • DH racing
    • there are 3 rounds, so you get to race 3 times. This gives you a seeding number, the lowest totals (eg 1st/2nd/1st in your races = 1+2+1 =4) are selected and semis/finals run as apporpriate. 
    • Sometimes you'll race as 5's, sometimes as 4's, occasionally as 6 down at a time. This is done because the hill is relatively safe and it makes for tighter, quicker racing. racing 4 down instead of 5 increases the overall wait between heats by 25%. 
    • Racing at Hog Hill is meant to be fun, inclusive, and non-threatening to those coming into the sport. Riders are requested to be good sportspeople, and ambassadors for the sport.
    • Our races are no longer BDSL-affiliated. It was felt that the hill was not of a calibre suiting the league and that it encouraged a much stronger competitive atmosphere than the organisers were looking for.
    • We recommend going and trying a BDSL race once you're confident at Hog Hill, it's the next step up to going downhill faster! 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Build the hype 2016

Another year rolls towards completion in my organiser's brain, and although it's not even September, I've got my brain focused squarely slap bang on the middle of October.

Doing events in my spare time is always somewhat fraught with distraction and motivational challenges, but every event I'm part of reminds me why I keep putting myself through all the rigmarole.

April from Shove-it Mag has written this fantastic article on the Razorback games, which had an amazing community vibe. Doing these events allows people to have these experiences, to have these opportunities to skate that were few and far between in my early skating years. Seeing your collective enthusiasm for skating, and seeing you all get so much out of Hog Hill events is the huge reward I get for sinking time and effort into these events. And now I'm doing it all over again!

See you all in a couple of months :)


Podium shenannigans from Razorback games.
Credit to Chris Drewery photogrpahy

Signup details and full pricing in the registration tab

Signup details and full pricing in the registration tab
Signup details and full pricing in the registration tab