|Kielder RD5 North East Champ’s was well underway last weekend. I was hoping for a good result as it was possibly my last race for this year’s season and wanted to end it on a good note.
After seeing a video of the track I didn’t pack my spikes as I thought they wouldn’t be necessary after seeing the rock garden infested top section of track. Unfortunately I was wrong, the previous bad weather turned to bottom half of the track into a challenging slop fest where a spike would of helped. But not to worry I had the correct tyres for the first half of the track over the rocks.
My first practice run on Saturday went fine, I enjoyed the track and found the main rocky shoot challenging. On the other hand my second practice run didn’t go so smooth. I took a big crash on the rocky shoot which madethe medics panic and carefully help me up. I had one more run with an injured leg, back and stomach and called it a day after 3 runs. After two games of pool with James Wilson (stif cycles) me, James, ant and rich Easton had a chilled out night at the campsite pub to get ready for our race day on the Sunday.
Sunday morning came and I had one practice run carefully picking my lines to get ready for my race runs. The top section of the track went great on my first race run but all turned bad as I entered the woods, I had 5 crashes in the woods and my temper grew which made my run even worse. After fighting through the chewed up bottom half of the track I crossed the line not very happy. I tried too hard in the bottom but infact slow and steady was the way forward. I looked at my time that I thought would put me in last but infact I was in 3rd! it looked like everybody was crashing on their race so on my second run I knew exactly what I had to do.
The top section was the same as my last run, hitting all my lines and making it through the rocky shoot without any serious mistakes. The bottom section through the woods was tiring but I kept at it and kept things smooth. I had one or two stalls in the mud but I kept fighting through and was determined to cross that line without hitting the ground. I kept it all together and put in a time of 3:33:617 which kept me in 3rd place and earned me a place on the podium. I was chuffed to bits that I finished the season with a podium and was also very happy that James Wilson joined me in 2nd place, well done James and well done to ant Preston who took 4th.
Thanks to Carl and everyone that organised the weekend and also everyone who put in their hard efforts to built the new Kielder track. It was a fun weekend and a perfect ending to the season.
|Liam McDermott: Race Report.Itching to get to the track Saturday morning the weather was holding out and me and team mate conor couldn’t wait to check out the track we were racing for help for heroes at hamsterley.
We arrived at the track and signed on shortly followed by jumping on the uplift with rich molloy and rich marshall. First run down we set off in a team with me behind conor and both Richie’s following me. It was a fun run and we were all really happy with the track and couldn’t wait to get more runs in.
The day went by and unfortunately my cold was getting worse and started to affect my fitness. I called it a day after around 6 or 7 runs and we made our way upto the 4X to watch some racing action, shortly followed by the whip off comp on the legendary hamsterley tabletop. We had a few jumps to warm up and
have a laugh. We then had 3 goes each at doing pretty much anything we want and conor being conor decided to strip down to his boxers, pulling them into a thong and jump the table followed by allot of laughter from the crowd which won him a trail militia tee shirt and a mucky nutz mud guard. I wasn’t feeling taking my clothes off so I pulled a few whips and a big tuck and ended up winning the biggest whip and also won a trail militia tee shirt which look totally awesome!.
|Conar Crann: Race Report.Arrived at the track on Saturday morning for practice , signed on and jump straight on the uplift , with out looking at the track i just went for a full run , why not. so after my run i thought bloody hell this track is sick ! so as the day went on i spent my time doing more runs and picking good lines advised by little rich and liam , it got to the point of the day where i was getting tired and making mistakes on the track , so i decided to call it a day , Saturday evening the WHIP-OFF , was absolutely brilliant everyone was throwing huge whips including my team mate liam (whip-king) McDermott and i knew i wouldn’t win the whip off s oi just decided to make the crowd laugh and decided to take my clothes off , stupid but i worked.
So Sunday came around , time to get my gam
e face on , i only did the two practice runs as the track hadn’t changed much , after my practice i was feeling confident and was raring to go. sat on the start gate and i was crapping myself , i set off and everything started to fall into place i was riding faster than i ever had in practice , feeling really good coming into the rock garden , smashed it and through the bottom section came to the last corner before the final shoot , and absolutely binned it , smashed my elbow and my bike got caught in the netting , crossed the line with a terrible time . so up cam my second run , i felt even worse, i just wanted to stand back and watch everyone else , once again everything fell into place, and instead of crashing i held my line and crossed the line 12 seconds faster , so i was pritty pleased with my result and pleased with the rest of the teams results really good team weekend