Round 1 borderline events revolution bike park.
With a bad weather forecast the waterproofs were packed and the mud guards were fit. Early hours Saturday morning team manager rich rolled up in the team bus and dragged me out the house for a long drive to rainy Wales.
We shortly met up up team mates coupes and Blake. Luckily the sun was out and after a quick track walk we loaded the bike on the trailer and headed up the hill.
A couple of runs in I was feeling comfortable with the track but unfortunately the rain started shortly followed by snow! After a very cold late lunch break we washed the bikes off and decided to call it a day.
Once home I left my lovely mum a present of wet gear on the step to clean for race day and all I could think about was the poor people camping.
Early Sunday morning we was back on the road with the GT Furys clean and ready to go. The weather looked to be holding out but the mud on the track was getting thicker and thicker. 1st practice run was a shock, due to an early finish I found the track had changed allot throughout the back end of the previous day. And this made 1sr run very eventful. 2 runs later I was getting the hang of riding through the treacle and whipped on a fresh set of gear ready for my 1st race run.
On the start gate I was feeling pretty nervous and was very cold, but my blood soon got pumping once my cranks were turning pushing me down the track. I crossed the line absolutely exhausted. For run 2 I knew what I had to do to improve. As soon as I hit the first few turns I knew I was already on a better run. My aim was to ride very consistent and a little reserved which would able me to save allot of energy for the bottom section. My plan worked and I crossed the line finishing me in 11th place in experts. I was very happy with my result. I knew where I rode well and knew where I didn’t. I learnt allot from this weekend and even put my new practice regime in play.
Thanks Mike marsden for a great event and look forward to round 2.
Next stop is peatys steel city where I better get my legs ready!
First race of the 2016 season
First race on the GT aka The Fluro Flasher
First race as an elite!!
The track looked pretty challenging when I walked it on Friday afternoon, a combination of mud, ruts, roots and some big features. Though the top section looked pretty mental with a fast mud chute with some dodgy roots thrown in, this part of the track quickly became my favourite and I really enjoyed just letting the bike do its thing.
Practice day was met with a day of rain, long uplift queues and a passenger coach getting stuck in the fire road ditch. But aside from these minor issues, the day went generally ok though I did manage to puncture on the rock garden and also smash my chain guide casing the step down. Just a mental note for the future.. give a bit of space before sending a drop behind Trick Mick. We both managed to smash our chain guides, but lucky E-13 was on hand to get our bikes up and running. Good egg him. Though I was happy with how I was riding the track, I still felt apprehension about the step down drop nearing the end of the course and knew this would be on my mind the next day.
The rain was still hanging around the morning of race day, and though this is never great for motivation, I was glad that the top section would be staying wet, making it a lot easier to guide the bike through. I decided to do just one practice run before seeding, usually I’ll try and get a couple in but I felt a bit tired and the lure of a brew in a warm caravan won me over. Come seeding run I felt pretty excited, which was really refreshing as I am usually racked with nerves. Rockin my new TRG jersey I was ready to roll. My run was ok, felt a bit like hard work, my arms were hurting and I stacked in on the dreaded rooty corner coming into the lower section. I decided to not do the drop, I just wasn’t feeling it so thought I’d chicken line it. But it’s cool, I knew I could do it, and there’s no way I wasn’t going to do it. Got a time of 3 mins 5 secs, putting me into 5th place.
So my mission for my race run was to take it a bit slowly into the shite corner of roots, pedal like a bastard to get that bloomin step down. Don’t know if it’s becoming obvious, but this drop was soon becoming my thing to conquer!
Race run – went well, tried to keep it flowing and did make a couple of minor mishaps but kept the bike and myself upright so all good. Did some chanting on the lower section and sent the drop – boom… balls to my race time, I did the mutha truckin drop!! Stoked. Anyway I pottered in to 5th with a time of 2 mins 55 sec… just .2 seconds of 4th place, which was pretty darn close.
All in all I had a bloody good weekend on the bike. I came away having learnt a hell of a lot, gaining more confidence and really enjoying riding and racing.
Mick got a podium in his category which was brilliant result, and Liam forever amazes me with his talent on two wheels.