|After a long 3 hour journey listening to some of rocks greatest hits me and Richard Molloy rolled up at round 2 borderline events at caersws. First job was to replace my forks with team mates Michael wauds as mine exploded the day before…… Luckily he wasn’t racing!!
Practice was underway and no other words could describe it apart from awesome!! Even the slop and ‘slut’ ruts couldn’t dampen our fun. We soon changed our tyres from our trusty kenda nevagals to our kenda kot’s spikes, with me and mick running and open tread nexcavator on the back with spike on front. They were perfect! After a day of smashing in run after run at the end of the day came the snow and rain. We all stood shivering on the uplift getting piss wet through and thurther up the hill came the heavy snow. Must say even though we couldn’t feel our hands or arms we had a cracking run down with me and coupesy leading the pack. Later taken over by Richard ‘erosion’ Molloy and Micheal Hill, a little like the hare and tortoise due to me and coupes unable to stay on from the poor visibility and urge to go faster down the rut infested shoot. Mick was eager for one more so went back up, but the rest of us descided to call it a day, get changed, book into the b&b, get a shower and go to the pub. What a plan!
After seeing Rich in a pair of underwear a man should never ever wear(lucky pants!) we had a few drinks followed buy an indian meal and a few very competitive games of pool. Me and coupes called it a night and went back to the b&b to get our race heads ready. And mick and rich….. Well they went back out and smashed in the jagerbombs. Thank god he’s not my mentor.
Race day took off and we arrived at the track with a full belly of good old English grub and hit in a few practice runs to warm the legs and refresh out minds.
Race time came and I was in the complete mind set and felt good about my run. I smashed it of the start with all my power in my legs. I hit the step down jump with plenty of speed squashing the jump. I hit the left hand berm and dropped into the rooty off camber section. I hit all my lines and rode like I never rode all weekend. I came to the steep shoot and let off the brakes picking up speed but unfortunately too much speed and ended up hitting a tree stump sending me riding through the tape down the hillside totally off track. I decided not to finish my race run as I would of been too far behind and put all hope into my second run.
All pressure was on as I sat on the start ramp waiting for the countdown. My tactics for this run was to keep a slower more steady pace as my team said it would be still plenty fast for the podium. I nailed the top again but as I dropped onto the fire road too far to the right I made a stupid amateur mistake and let the front end slide off the edge of the drop which sent me over the bars down the hill side tumbling through branches and brambles and used my head to stop me on a log. That was it, I felt sick I was that gutted! …… It was over. I took the fire road back down with my head held low and was given a DNF for both runs…. Disaster! For me racing isn’t just about having fun it’s about doing well and getting the podium aswell as having fun. Call me nieve but….Comeon!! That’s what racing is about!
But all in all we all had and excellent weekend and had such a laugh. Can’t wait for the next race there. We will be definitely coming back.
Well one to all my team mates who all did great especially Michael hill who took 5th spot in the vets. Rich came 8th in vets and coupes managed a strong 15th in seniors no thanks to him crashing on his first and getting stuck in tape on his second. Well done guys!!
Thanks to mike Marsden (event organiser) for doing his stuff and everyone else who was involved. Made it an awesome weekend
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