NDH Ramsgill 23rd June

NDH Ramsgill 23rd June
Sunday 23rd June I was praying for nice weather as it was race day at ramsgill in North Yorkshire held by Carl Davidson at Northern Downhill. As i put in many weekends with a shovel all last summer to get in some lines Ramsgill is always a place I love to try do well. 
Riding a new track built by team cycopath that I had only rode once was exciting. It was interesting to see how much things have changed in the few months I spent away from there.
Practice was fun and I was enjoying the new features that had been put in. I only had around 3 practice runs as I felt confident and thought I would save my energy. There was a few riders new to downhill and they seemed to be having a good time and enjoying the sport and track.
With the rain hit and miss It was still rather warm but windy on the tops, my first run didn’t go too well for me with a few wrong lines and a slow exit out of a rock garden. Coming down over the hip jump and through the berms followed by wall ride I crossed the line in 1st place. I knew I could improve by a few seconds if I manage to put in a clean run.
2nd run I powered off the start and down the fell side, hitting the table top to shoot you into the woods. Pumping through the woods I hit my correct line but was still a little slow on the exit. Snapping through the two sharp berms I crossed the wall and got on the cranks to hit the wooden sender shortley followed by the hip jump and berms.
Crossing the line again i still wasn’t happy with my run but managed to maintain 1st place which I was super happy with.
Watching everyone get to the bottom with smiles on their faces was good to see. We all had a laugh while medals were given on the podium and must say in my eyes the day was a success.
After hearing about a lad having to be airlifted on the Saturday I wish him the best in recovery and let’s hope he’s back on a bike soon enough.
Thanks to Stef Reeves, Allison, Steve and Carl Davidson for hosting this event and the rest of the NDH crew along with marshals, medics and anyone else who offered a helping hand to make it a successful weekend

Farmer johns Rd 3 ( Northwest champs ) 17/06/2013

Farmer johns Rd 3 ( Northwest champs ) 17/06/2013
Tony kay race report from Home track Farmer johns Rd 3 ( Northwest champs ) 17/06/2013
The day started at 6am to cloudy skies but no rain as i drove to meet michael hill and michael coupe, once loaded up, food, fuel and drinks we hit the motorway. Only 2 miles into the trip my car decides it wanted to blow up and over heat, water escaping out all over the place on the hard shoulder !!!!
So we loaded all the gear and my 2 bikes from my car into micheal coupes pick up wich was already busting with gear, bikes and micheal hill. I was thinking this isn’t the best start to a day how-ever i thought chin up and get on with it. Once we hit Marple we did our normal pit-stop and loaded up on mac donalds breakfast and coffee, thats how proper athletes rollArriving on site at farmer johns we could clearly see it was the northwest champs with the amount of cars, motor homes, tents and riders packing in to the fields, going to be some fast riders here today.
Once parked up we meet Daniel,liam, Mr waud and Richard with the other team members floating about in the field. With it being only 8.15am daniel and liam took me for a nice course walk with liam practising on Saturday he was showing me some of his cheeky lines through the roots.  With the track walk done it was time to head up to the top, i was already feeling really nervous with it being my first day on the team and it being northwest champs.
Once at the top was all the normal banter and same faces all getting on and having a laugh thats the good thing about farmers johns and it being a push up venue nice and relaxed.
First run down i was behind Daniel keane and we just stayed loose no issues just cruising down, track was abit muddy and greasy but was still ok as long as stayed off the brakes. 1st practice run done myself and Daniel head up again only this time we decided to let it go abit with me having a big stack on the very last tree resulting in a snapped brake lever, again i was thinking my car now this, this isnt my day really ?
With the support of the team we headed back to cars as micheal coupe had a spare brake set that he said i could used. How-ever with my lack of bike maintenance skills all the team had a great laugh at my expense as i struggled with this simple job, what should of been one man job endend up as 5 man job, but hey thats what teams are for. With a few riders swapping kenda spikes k.O.T to the Nexcavator and Nevagal wich suited the conditions, perfect grip.
With practice done it was time for abit of pre-race banter and food. Micheal hill did the honours for us and went and got all our race start times, mine was 1.51pm. As 1.20pm approached I decided it was time to set off saying good luck to the rest off the team I set off feeling very nervous with it being my first day on the team I wanted to impress and ride like a weapon.
On the start gate with 30 seconds to go I just thought relax stay calm and just enjoy the race and try and stay clean, 5 seconds to go and boom I was off, legs spinning mega fast as the top of the track is all about being smooth,jumps,tables,berms and good legs. Once through the top and middle fast sections it was time to drop into the dreaded wood section very well known for its carnage corners and rooty sections. I made it through clean with no dabs or scary moments. Crossing the finish line and gasing so hard I just looked up to the crowd and racers all around the timer to hear shouts of Tony kay 1st , with only one rider behind me I kept the top spot was so happy and excited, with lots of friends and racers saying well done felt great how-ever still had the 2nd run.
Meeting up with the team and hearing liam had also put in a 1st in his cat spirits was high with the rest of the team in top 10.
Onto the 2nd run I knew with me being the last rider down and the top 5 riders in masters they will be chasing hard to take my spot, again the nerves crept in but had to stay focused. Off I went knowing I had to make time on the top part, then again into the woods were I made a mistake a 15ft foot step down into a berm and landed high into the berm forcing me to dab and unclip that lead to me struggling to get re-clipped in on one of the hardest parts of the track, this loosing me a few seconds once crossing the line I had been pushed to 2nd I was still very happy with this result for Team Rock Gardener and myself.
With this being a series of 3 rounds, northwest champs and on the day race we had 3 podiums!!! The podiums lasted so long but was great seeing the smiles on peoples faces and knowing how hard the riders had rode to take their spots.Myself (1:31.50) making 3 podiums, 2nd on race day, 1st northwest champs, and 3rd for the series very happy !
With liam taking a 1st  juniors – 1:27.88 (also 2nd in series)
Jamie scott 5th  experts – 1:28.38 (also 1st in series)
Michael coupe 12th seniors – 1:33.78
Daniel keane 13th seniors – 1:34.54
Michael waud 9th  vets – 1:44.51
Richard molloy 11th  vets – 1:51.26

A massive thanks to all the team and team manager-rider Richard molloy for letting me onto the team and a massive thanks to our sponsors – Kenda- Green Machine –Fibrax.

Also healing vibes to team riders Michael hill and blake who did amazing with the heckling

 All photos by: Steve Allan Photography

BDS Rd3 Innerleithen

BDS Rd3 Innerleithen
Danny Kean race report from BDS rd3 Innerleithen:The weekend of the 1st of June saw the British Downhill Series take to the Scottish Borders at the little town of Innerleithen. Waking at 5am Micheal Hill arrived to pick me up and soon to set to the m6 where we would meet team manager Richie (fox) Molloy. Approaching Innerleithen the mix of excitement and nerves were kicking in knowing what lay ahead . After the rally drive through the hills following Mick ‘McRae’ we were soon upon the course ready to do a blind run !

As we were to late to do a course walk, the line choice was somewhat wild but soon to get better after meeting mr Blakey white who soon put us right. Practice day went by getting 5 runs in which didn’t seem enough to get settled on the bike but as the uplift was off pace it was the same for everyone. Unfortunately missing Liam and Jamie all day we finally caught up with them in the afternoon. The weather was on our side this weekend which made the track run very smooth and very fast, a variety of steep shoots, grass banks, drops and rooty single track made up the course with a few technical sections which had a thousand line choices to decide upon …………or not.

After shaving a few trees the Saturdays practice went well for everybody with no major mechanicals or injury and left us all eager to get back in the morning. Arriving at the B&B was nice knowing there was food and a bed waiting rather than a van floor to sleep on, although Liam wasn’t to impressed with the company of me as his roomie! We had a little episode of move the spider in room 4 ……followed by showers in the dark before came a few cocktails which led to a hilarious night of banter and laughs with Mick and Rick on top form. we found out that Mick likes mustard lolly pops and Rich settles for sit down showers! After a key mishap we all hit the pillows ready for race day .

Sunday morning came around and after a practice run with Liam and Jamie we were ready to smash seeding. The dusty uplift bus was a squeeze sat at the back with the trg crew but was sorted by sitting on each others knees. Seeding went steady for everyone putting in competitive times, although myself not to happy with line choice knew I could do a lot better in my race run ! Everybody seemed positive about the seeding and couldn’t wait to race! So began the two mile slog down the road to the uplift where surprisingly no que meant for a brilliant up lift leaving plenty of time for the nerves to set in in the mid day sun; allowing me to get my head in the game with the view of all the elite women warming up… Showing us to shame on the turbo trainers!

Before I knew it I was in the gate, starring down the track with a quiet confidence that I could definitely improve on my seeding. I set off to encouraging cheers from Jamie and James Kidd to get my legs pumping. Sprinting out the start gate to the first corner, feeling on pace down the rocky shoot and over the road gap at the top half of the course. The sun lead to difficult visibility coming in and out the trees, but the track was brilliantly taped out and ran fast, the Kenda nevegal’s rolling at top speed putting me way head of my seeding time in the top section.

Unfortunately as I came to the second fire road I learnt the lesson every rider dreads and punctured my back tyre; I was running on low pressure, this mixed with a spot of bad luck meant my hopes of an impressive finish vanished. With the crowd behind me I didn’t give up on the pedalling and drifted across the line with a time of 3:26.

The rest of the team had a little bit more luck than me, with Jamie and Liam getting sub-3 minute times, Blake on the top 20 seniors and our two veterans Richard and Mick completing competitive runs, proving Team Rock Garderner are here to be took seriously. It was a shame Coupe’s shoulder was still haunting him from Fort Bill, but with two more rounds to go it means there’s still chance for him and the rest of us to put in another competitive race run at the BDS hopefully without a punctured tyre.

Final results for round3 BDS Innerleithen:
Jamie 2:54
Blake 3:03
Dan 3:26
Liam 2:58
Mick 3:37
Rich 4:14


All Photos: Ian Britton