Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge 2019

Sunday 10th November
Aston Hill Bike Park
Supported by Lovelo Cycleworks

The annual Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge supported by Lovelo Cycleworks took place on Sunday 10th November. It’s a fund raising event raising money to support the Firecrest MTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo. The monies raise are used to support the DeVo Programmes and pay for spares and accessories to keep the young riders on the trials on the Skills Courses run throughout the year.

The racing takes place in the Bomb Holes on Aston Hill (using the one you ride through on the way to the 4X). These are the perfect stage for the Bomb Hole Challenge and the format of the racing is simple. There are two events, the first is the Sprint Lap, individual riders race two laps of the Bomb Hole circuit, one long and one short to set the fastest time. That’s followed by the Team Relay where teams of 4 race head to head over the best of 3 races to take the win.

Senior Male

In the Senior Category Chris Cockrill (Firecrest MTB/Lovelo) set the pace with a time of 24.4 seconds. Lovelo’s own Josh Scott chased him home with a time of 25.7 seconds and Tom Walton rounded out the top 3 seniors with a time of 28.1 seconds.


Kirsty Twelftree (Scott) and Annette Bath lined up to battle for the title of Women’s Champion. Kirsty took the win with a time of 32.7 seconds and Annette came in just over a second behind with a time of 34.4 seconds.

Under 16 Male

George Davis set the pace in the Under 16 Male category with a  time of 26.2 which was fast enough for 3rd overall on the day. Joe Prashner took second with a time of 27.7 and the prize for crash of the day! Lewis Wilkinson rounded out the top 3.

Under 14 Male

Times were super tight in the Under 14 Male category. Alex Benger took the win with a time of 26.5 seconds setting the fourth fastest time of the day. Luke Madley just got the better of his brother George for a change setting times of 27.1 and 27.7 respectively.

Under 12 Male

Josh Benger set the pace with a time of 33.9 meaning that both he and Alex went home with category wins on the day!

Team Racing

The Team Racing is always close and with 4 Teams they raced head to head in a knockout format. The final was Team George vs Team Firecrest with Firecrest taking the win 2-0. Team Firecrest then faced the Women’s Team of Kirsty and Annette who took the win!

Thanks to Lovelo Cycleworks in Berkhamsted for their support and the prizes for the category winners and Team winners.

You can download a PDF of the full results here:- Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge 2019 – Results

DeVo Level2 Saturday Morning Courses – Winter 2019

1. Saturday 9th November – 10am – 1pm
2. Saturday 23rd November – 10am – 1pm
3. Saturday 7th December – 10am – 1pm
4. Saturday 14th December – 10am – 1pm


The DeVo2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence and speed. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding. From getting faster on the trails on Aston Hill through to racing at Local, Regional and National Competitions.

For young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses they build on the skills taught on the Level1 Courses. All the Training Courses Firecrest run provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses will be using all the trails on Aston Hill from the Pumptrack to the tight and technical Black Run through to the big jumps and drops on Surface to Air!

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition. If you’re looking to develop your Mountain Bike Skills these are the courses for you!

Firecrest’s Mountain Bike Skills Courses are structured to provide a progressive programme of Mountain Bike Skills Training so you can come on them all or just come along on the days you can make to suit.

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