|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