Michael Hills race report
Well after England failing in the world cup, it was up to TRG Racing to show the footballers how not to fail,
Picked up our 2013 Champ, Tony ‘Enduro’ Kay on Saturday morning, later than I wanted to (he needs all the beauty sleep he can get).
And off to farmer johns via the golden M for our race of the season with the North West Championship up for grabs.
The track was a tester, fast as hell up top and then into the fort bill inspired rock garden and into the tighter and twister than ever before woods.
Practice went well forcing us to slow down and not blow out off the berms in the woods. Skelton was doing her usual balls out, collecting soil samples from different sections of track (she’s a geologist dream girl).
Nighttime, solstice dual slalom time, to celebrate Ste Tomlinson’s 30th birthday. Won my first bout then gave the win to the birthday boy Ste. Cath came up short, Tony had to concede to Andy Cody, Ben was nowhere to be seen. What a brill way to end the day.
Woke up Sunday morning on my plywood mattress (never again) and met the rest of the team and off for some fine tuning ready for racing. Oops off i went snapping the rear mech hanger and collecting some samples for Becci, repaired and oops off again, more samples and yes pinned it on my last practice.
Race time, oops off again losing about 10 secs and being sandwiched between Mick and Richard. Tony snapped his chain. Becci 1st, Cath and Liam 3rd, Ben was nowhere to be seen.
Looking at the times I knew I could win it on my second race run and Tony could retain his crown, we both had it all to do. I set off smashed the top then into the woods, coming up to the bus stop and my chain was feeling left out and had an off of its own, game over, pumped my way to the finish to finish 6th overall and 3rd in the champs. Tony put a good run in 1/2 sec off retaining his crown, coming in 3rd overall and 2nd in the champs. Well done Becci 1st, Cath crashed but held on to 3rd and little Liam held on to 3rd only a second off fastest time of the day.
Thanks to all our sponsors for supporting us we’re having a wonderful season.
Michael Rodeo Hill
Next race Llangollen (the forest of death) love you mum, more than my sisters know, love you Tyler be good, love you cherry and don’t spoil bob to much. Its been a wonderful life.
Mick Waud`s race report Chopwell Woods
It was only Richie, Liam and me for this one so we all met at Rich’s to travel up in his van. After racing this venue last year on downhill bikes we knew the Kona Processes were the perfect choice. With the bikes loaded into the van and heading up north we were soon at the track.
First practice run went well, the track was smooth with tight berms at the top, a wet middle section and into the woods for the finish. After the second practice run I put the suspension into its middle setting front and rear for more peddling speed and increased the tyre pressure to improve rolling speed and reduce the chance of pinch flats already experienced by Liam and Rich. Next run seemed faster, and after a few more I was somewhere near race pace.
First race run went well with only a couple of minor mistakes. After all three of us had our first runs done it was looking good with Liam 1st in seniors me 2nd in vets. Rich was a bit disappointed in 9th but knew he had lost a lot on the first two corners, which he put right on his next run, improving by four seconds. Unfortunately Liam lost a place, finishing 2nd by only 0.087. I managed to hold on to 2nd place by going two seconds faster thanks to Liams shouts of encouragement and the awesome peddling power of the Kona Process.
BDS Round 3
The name almost describes where you might end up A&E! Thankfully that wasn’t the case. A new venue, great weather, great company and of course my birthday. All had the making of a fantastic weekend of racing.
Transport as usual, was of course provided by Mick “Rally” Hill and his trusty 3 wheel van, and making sure we had everything on board and to get there safe was in my hands. We convoyed up the M6 with Tony Kay and Becky Skelton before arriving at Ae Forest. We arrived at the forest to see the track and before we even got on the track the midges had taken a pint of my blood….. so we didn’t hang about and headed straight across to the finish line, were what can only be described as a grass wall with 2 lines of ‘HOPE’ tape stretched down either side of it. One good thing about that is we didn’t have to pedal to the finish line! A quick scramble up the steep hill took us up into the bottom forest section to some mega berms and a nice big step down. With all this gravity hard packed track and big corners it had fast written all over it!
Continuing up we eventually met up with the rest of the gang, which were currently eyeing up the large rock garden at the fire road, finally we broke out of the top forest section onto open hillside towards the start line.
We concluded that it was a track that we could learn pretty quick and get the lines nailed, our wish full thinking was soon to come to an end during practice.
We left the track and the monster midges behind and headed off to check ourselves into the B&B, Rich Molly organised for us all- “Thanks Rich” B&B’s don’t usual shock us but this one did, me and Mick Hill shared what can only be described as the antiques roadshow set with 2 beds in the middle and captain Kay and queen Bex slept in the cabin themed room, with its very own ships steering wheel attached to the bed! “If you see the boat rockin’, don’t come knockin’”Apart from the quirky taste in décor it was a 10/10 for everything else. A quick wash and go we hit Dumfries centre for a few pints and pub grub.
After a ridiculously long wait in the uplift queue we were ready for our first run down, the first obstacle was a slippy off camber section across the hillside, before dropping down steep into the forest, Which looked easy but let me tell you it wasn’t! Once picking up speed before dropping into the next technical section the bars were too wide, the tress to narrow but we managed to squeeze through. Once out of the mayhem, speed picked up again and we were then ready to take on the step up and dreaded big rock garden. Were we then stopped before tackling the coffin jump and massive step down. Once I made it to the finish line I waited for the others to come down to see how everyone had got on. Mick Hill was the first one down behind me, he came down the finish so fast that he had to use his extra ball sack break, in absolute agony rolling around on the floor we gave him some TRG sympathy and raced back to the uplift queue. With 6 practice runs completed it was time to head back.
We aimed to get to the track as soon as possible but only managed to get 1 practice run due to us being late! (Nothing knew there!) Once on the track we realised just how slippy it was considering it hadn’t rained. With not having as many practice runs as I would have liked I decided to take it steady and try and get all the lines pinned. We headed off to the tent to find our seeding times and chilled out until we had to go.
Right it was that time already off I go, with a good strategy in place I completed the seeding run confidently. Now time for the main run, with the threat of rain, nerves were kicking in and we were all hoping the track would stay dry. Knowing I had 8+ seconds to gain to get anywhere near a podium I had to keep my cool and concentrate on hitting the correct lines. The bleeps of the timer sounded and I was off, slipping on the off camber section disturbing my speed, instantly causing me to push harder in the next section which then caused me to make yet more mistakes- things weren’t looking good!
I managed to pull this back into shape and get down in a respectable time, finishing 9th.
Taking the podium in 3rd place for TRG was Becky Skelton not only did she win for the team again but she also made a fab birthday cake that we all tucked into at the end of the day.
Just when we thought all the fun had finished driving home Mick Hills van developed an unusual burning smell and flashing ABS warning light a few miles later we found ourselves on the hard shoulder with a knackered wheel bearing- finishing the day off on the back of a RAC van! The Joys of racing
Liam Mcdermott Race Report : English Champs
Travelling down on the Friday with team mate James Hurst we were excited to see what track was going to be used at Descent Hamsterley for the Boarderline Events English champs.
Well we soon found out and my god, it’s was a good track. After walking the track and scouting some lines we headed back to the campsite to fuel up and get some shut eye. Practice day soon rolled up and it wasn’t long untill Team TRG Reunited along with plenty of other friends.
The track was running mint all morning until the afternoon when things got a little mashed up and ruts started forming, but this didn’t stop the fun. Myself put around 7-8 runs in and rest of the team doing around the same, we then called it a day ready for race day.
Sunday morning was a standard race morning, with nerves flowing and plenty of carbs being eaten. Luckily the weather was holding off but the track was still soft and damp. After around 3 practice runs before racing commenced all the team was feeling confident.
I was disappointed with my 1st race run, it’s just didn’t seem to flow. Coming through the enterance into the bottom half of the track I was all over the place, with one foot off I managed to get through the hip jump and through the rut. Unfortunately when I reached the bottom the timing screen wasn’t working which meant I had no Idea as to what position I was sat in.
Going into the second run blind with no position to aim for I put the power down through to top section pulling a big scrub for the crowd over the table top. Jumping into the bottom section I wasn’t feeling too tired but my skills were. I tried keeping the run smooth but I ended up getting out of shape, with the spectators going mad I managed to ride out the bucking bronco and crossed the line knowing I could of done allot better. Unfortunately I had to settle for 8th place In the Expert category. But onwards and upwards I always say, with plenty of race time left this season I’m keen to crack on and put in some results.
Thankfully my Team Mate Becci Skelton had much better luck taking the English Champs title in womens with Cath Tilford not far behind in 3rd – well done ladies.