Enduro Rider Tony Kay rounds up the season so far….
First race of the season was at Ae forest NDH TT 28th feb taking home 4th, super-fast fun short track with hardly any pedals needed.
Next race was at Gisburn forest my local for round 1 PMBA- 20th march, I was expecting a great result here. However, was a big eye opener, fitness was just not there my fault really as didn’t really commit over winter, so after this race said to myself need to knuckle down.
Onto the next race steel city- 16th april, great atmosphere and as always great race, took home 9th. Happy with the result as only 1.60 seconds separated the top 10, very close racing. 2 mistakes cost me a podium, but that’s racing for you.
Onto race number 4 at hammers NDH TT- 17th april, A long 3.30 none stop pedal fast flowy track! Again fitness played a big part here, was confident as the previous year I took home 2nd, could only manage 5th on the day. Didn’t help that my first run didn’t record on the timing system.
Race 5 was PMBA round 3 lee quarry- 8th may. This was a big day on the bike a nice 23-mile loop, a proper day out on the bike! Took home 7th my best result in PMBA’s so was happy, only 15seconds off 5th. A few mistakes let me down but it’s almost impossible to have perfect runs in endure, that podium is getting closer.
Race 6 was round 4 PMBA – south lakes- 5th june.
This was a strange one hardly any pedalling in-between stages was all hike a bike but was worth it for the downs. Took home 14th for this, not so great. Stage 1 let me down with 2 crashed along with stage 2 one crash! Pesky crashes costing me time for this round.
Race 7 PMBA round 5 – Kirroughtree- 3rd july.
This was a good mix of tech, fitness and flow a really good all round event. Took home another 14th not the best result was hoping for a top 10 here again but made to many mistakes trying too hard, but had a fun weekend of racing.
Race 8 – stile cop summer series- 24 july.
This was a mini DH event on a great little fun track, 53 seconds to get down. Really had to think about lines on this one. 1st race run made 2 mistakes so knew I could defiantly improve my 2nd run time and push for that podium! Once again got carried away made more mistakes and went 2 seconds slower???, think the lesson I’m learning this season is to focus more on control and smoothness.
Next race will see me at NDT TT august 21st!
Currently sitting in 9th for PMBA series with 2 more rounds to go. Going to give it my all in the remaining stages and get as many points as I can!
Loving the GT Sanction what a do it all bike, rock gardens, roots and jumps so balanced by far the best enduro bike I have had the pleasure to ride.
Lessons learnt so far, think more, focus and work on the bloody fitness. Thanks to all my great sponsors!!!
Plenty more races to still come this season……………
Revolution Bike park is great venue and the weather had decided to play ball too and unbelievably it wasn’t raining in the Nog!
The track was still wet in places and very very greasy! the rooty shoot down into the first fire road crossing would see Mick crash hard! Game over for the old boy with a dead leg. Nearly as old Rich would also suffer leg injuries but just about managed to carry on, but by the time race runs came around it was a case of just free wheeling down the track to at least finish the race.
Liam as always was loving Revs and was on it all weekend. Heres his account:
“When I heard the national champs would be held at Revolution bike park I was quite excited to say the least and after a recent fork and shock service my Gt fury was running spot on. With a little rain Friday the track was damp but along came the sun and conditions couldn’t of been better. Along with rolling on my Kenda honey badgers the grip was fantastic. Practice went well along with allot of banter track side and I couldn’t of been happier with the track. Sunday soon came and I was cooking in the sun waiting for my race run. With a brilliant uplift run by the revolution bike park team themselves I was straight up and sat on the start waiting for the beeps. Due to been mixed in with the elites I wasn’t expecting miracles but I guess this took a few of my nerves away. My run was good, a little shakey but I crossed the line in a respectable time. My 2nd run however was allot smoother with very few mistakes. Overall it was a brilliant weekend and a very organised event with thanks to Mike Marsden and his team. Next stop Germany and Switzerland for the ixs! I will be keeping you updated.”
Big shout out to Farmer John and his crew for prepairing a great track and Mike Marsden for running another excellent National Champs.
Liam McDermot 58th senior champs
Richie Molloy 11th 45-50 vets
Mick Waud DNS
BDS Rd4 was the perfect weekend, the sun shone, the uplift was fast, the atmosphere was relaxed – Oh yeah! and then it all went wrong for race runs – the heavens opened and for the first time in 2 days of riding the track was now wet. Well thats racing and these are the results:
Liam Mcdermott 25th Experts
Mick Waud 4th Grand Vets
Richie Molloy 14th Vets
Round 3 of the Bds was fast and dusty!
The report on pinkbike summed it up nicely “Track conditions got increasingly dry and loose throughout the day, leaving most corner blown out. Despite the blazing sun the main wooded section stayed tacky. Coming out the woods and into the open stump section, the combination of exposed roots and loose, sandy dirt had riders on edge, especially the stump gaps.”
Thankfully the team held its nerve and 2 out of the 3 came away with the results they wanted. Liam unfortunately crashed early on his run.
Hazel Wakefield 5th Elite Ladies
Mick Waud 3rd Grand Vets
Liam McDermott 38th Experts