So a week after passing my driving test I was questioning wether I would actually make it to Wales for the borderline race at caersws. But I did and what a track it was. Caersws has been closed for the past year so it was good to have the venue back up and running. I arrived with team mate James Gregory and friend James Fearnley around 9am Saturday morning. After a quick track walk we jumped on the uplift to soon find dust under our tires, in Wales! The track was steep, fast and dusty which suited my Gt Fury down to a T. I later met team mate Blake White who was also having a belting day. After practice me and Tj Smith went to freshen up at the worlds poshest b&b to later join Mike Marsden and Duncan Maffey in the pub for a pint ( in Duncan’s case too many) And some food.
Sunday morning bright and early I managed to get in around 4 practice runs. After a crash I decided to relax untill my race run. My 1st run went really well, a little stall in a corner cost me abit of time but when crossing the line I managed to gain 3rd place, juat 1.6 seconds off 1st. I was happy with my riding and could almost smell 1st place. I was confident on the start gate but with the rain coming in I knew certain sections would change. My run felt allot better than my 1st, I hit all my lines and thought I had it, unfortunately when coming round the last corner into the finish field the wet grass attacked. Both wheels drifted but I managed to hold it, I lost allot of speed and crossed the line in 4th place 1 second slower than my 1st run but still 1.6 back from 1st place in experts. I was gutted I narrowly missed out on the podium but I was super happy with how I rode that weekend. Well done to the lads in my category for a good race and well done to everyone else racing that weekend. Blake finished 18th in seniors followed by James Gregory also in seniors in 46th place. Thanks Mike and team for another brilliant event and see you at the next one.
Race report. Farmer johns race weekender. After many Sundays watching the rest of team race, it was good but not racing.
So I decided I was racing. But needs a bike. my nephews got a new bike So went to pick it up Friday and it was locked in his dads shed n keys was in France we both agreed it was an omen not to ride. Got home n looked at my old hard tail And wanted to race.
So I set to work on it. later that evening I was unpacked from hols n packed for racing. Saturday via the golden M. of course and a track walk with the TIlfords , a few things had change over the year and felt I could do the top section with no problems although the woods was the usual section where you need somat like a dh rig. So 6 push ups later n I had it sussed with no offs. Watching the boggy race was comical rather than a race. Night time came and the night race began. New/old team mate tony Gay had a run n got 2nd master it was a brave feet.
Then the Beer flowed till we dropped.
Race day and the sun was still shining on us. Managed to get a couple of sketchy runs wilst everybody sobered up. Forgot about the nerves until I started queuing for my run. felt like I was at fort bill. Stalled twice in the woods n got down in 1.52. Every body else had a clean run with possibility of getting a podium inc tony.
So back up the hill n thinking I could get 1.45 with a clean run. Pushed harder at the top and a cleaner run in the woods, but only knocked 2 secs off. Got me ont podium though in 3rd place. The rest of team did well. Cath 1st well done and to bens suprize 2nd. Liam 4th out of 80. Henry and tony matching Liam with 4th. Blake what happend to Blake ! James, James who ? Coopy was somewhere much more interesting ! Thanks Richard for asking me to be in team. N thanks team n everybody involved with us thanks
Race report And that’s a wrap…. 2015 season was all done and dusted this weekend at the final round of the BDS held at Antur Stiniog.. or as I like to remember it.. Stinky dog!
There was definitely something in the air because everyone seemed so relaxed and just really enjoying themselves. Maybe it was because this round would be the last race of the season for most riders or maybe it was something to do with all the legends floating about that place. Certainly made for a good atmosphere.
I was in a very fortunate position knowing I had to be within the top 5 to claim the overall series win,. With that in the back of my mind I knew I had no pressure and could really enjoy it. Not that I haven’t enjoyed the previous rounds but knowing you can just cruise down makes you feel lighter.
Mick and Liam are legends, so much fun to be around on and off the bikes. We all pushed each other to attempt things that are slightly out of a comfort zone. Well saying that we didn’t need to push Liam he was already sending it off all the tough sections. Note to self though… maybe I wont follow Mick through jumps for the first time.. I honestly thought he had decked it big time when he landed with his wheel facing the wrong way. He managed to hold on tight and ride out of it… the circuit training has really paid off! Phew Saturday was glorious sunshine with riders moaning about the heat. Track was fast and loose.
Sunday was foggy, wet and windy with riders moaning about the cold. Track was pretty slick but still good fun. Race day was interesting. The rain gradually came in as the day wore on which effected the course conditions. Most riders times were slower for their race runs by around 2 seconds. I remember hitting the slab rock section and my back wheel fishtailing all over the shop.. adding to the twitchy bum reaction. I managed a cleanish run and came across the line in 1st place with 2 seconds up on 2nd place.
Woooohoooo no way I’ve won! was my first reaction!
How amazing is that.. but it also means I’ve definitely clinched the overall series title too. What a fantastic way to end an already brilliant weekend. 2015 has taken me to some amazing riding spots, got to meet a ton of new people and top it off I can walk away saying I’m National Champ, National Series winner and Welsh Champ. No bad ey …
Thanks Team TRG Racing for all your support, it’s been a blast meeting and riding with you all. Certainly made this season much more fun. Stay loose, keep it pinned and have fun!
Hazel Wakefield 1st and overall series win.
Mick Waud 3rd and 3rd overall in the series.
Just a few words from Hazel to sum up the fantastic race we had at The Welsh Champs – LLangollen.
Chuffed to bits to come away with these two jerseys this season, its been a wild ride and I’ve enjoyed every minute. Looking forward to the final round of the BDS in a couple of weeks. Big thank you goes out to Team TRG for all the support and laughs.. good eggs those guys. Also a massive thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, I don’t think I could say thanks enough. Hella good fun riding bikes…
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