Grab a brew and enjoy the tale of BDS Rd1 – Liam McDermotts race report:
Well the winter is coming to an end and it’s time to get the gloves out and battle with the big boy’s. BDS round 1 had us in the welsh hills at Antur Stiniog for the first round out of 5.
From seeing videos of the track we was racing I imagined it to be a pedal fest and wasn’t looking forward to it too much, but I was wrong. Infact the only major pedally bit was a long stretch to the finish, the rest of the track was, well rather steep an rocky. The slippery welsh slate claimed many victims aswell as both rock drops did. This is a track you really didn’t want to crash on.
I pulled the Kona out of the van and went hillside for practice. The 1st and 2nd run was very stop start with red flags and line checking. Run 3 on the other hand wasn’t so easy going. I took a huge crash over the bars from and amateur mistake on the big boulder drop at the bottom. After a trip to see the medics with a swollen elbow, hand and head ache I was told not to ride again and to rest untill race day. But I wasn’t the only one to stack it, Rich, Michael Coupes and James hurst had a tumble too which resulted in Rich being patched up by the medics. Infact the only person still going strong was Mick Waud!
Feeling fresh but rather achey Sunday morning the team only put in one run for practice, James hurst looked super smooth and I had a good feeling he would do well on his 1st race on the new Kona. Unfortunately Michael Coupes had to miss out on race day due to an injured shoulder. But the rest of us were ready to race.
My seeding was a steady run just to get another feel of the track but on my race run I knew I had to step things up. Due to my crash the day before I felt like I hadn’t practiced the track enough and descided to miss out the boulder drop at the bottom. This probably cost me around 2 seconds but I wasn’t feeling too confident physically or mentally to hit it again.
On my race run I felt quick through the top but in the middle I got a few wrong lines and along the bottom I couldn’t get clipped in. I jumped into the finish arena a little dis heartened knowing that I hadn’t done enough.
I finished 35th out of 50 in the experts category with 9 seconds off a podium spot.
James came 22nd in juniors, who also felt he could of done better. Rich placed 22nd in the veteran category along side Micheal Waud in 21st
Michael Rodeo Hill Crash report, Moelfre.
After a successful come back from injury with my first ever 1st place at farmer johns last week end. I set off to Moelfre with my new side kick James, with the usual macky D stop on the way. An hour later we was there walking the crass scenes, little did I know! Not much had changed from the previous races I’d done there before.
First run down went ok and steady. 2nd wanted to come out of a berm n my bike didn’t so off I went sliding down the grass looking for and finding rocks with hip n little finger
3rd run followed my bike of the track picking some thorny bushes and track tape up on the way, eventually stopping at the side of a nice man who help to untangle me and get me on the way.
Decided to soften my front a little and boom, pinned my 4th and 5th run, the confidence was there, sliding into berms and hooking into them (very nice).
On the up lift for my 6th run I got talking to some nice men from the Army Downhill Team, I asked if I could follow them as they weren’t using there loser levers(brakes) in a few places and would help me to carry more speed. Off we went and just managing to stay with them until I smash my self into a berm. Winding me like I’ve never been winded before it felt like id dislocated half my ribs, the army guys stopped and helped me to get going again. Then hitting the big jump, landing flat and bouncing me of the track, for another trip through some more thorny bushes for a good hundred yards, re joining the track momentarily only to get bucked off.
The army guys then took over the reins as one had crashed just after where I landed, so off we went again over the road gap. One had gone off the track and an other crashed watching his mate go off. So we though it best just to cruise down and call it a day and just for good measure off I went again!
After cleaning the bikes we were off to the b n b with my confidence and body bruised. Cleaned my self up and then off for a few ciders and give James a good frashing at pool, then back to the b n b and on to their massage chair(you don’t get that at every b n b) for 12 mins of pleasure/pain !
Sunday morning came to fast and was time to meet the rest of the team. We all put a good few practice runs in with out any offs and feeling confident.
1st race run, Richard got down with no incidents. Mr Waud lost the back end over the big jump losing time. My turn, got down to the straight section and off I went again got going pretty quick only to come off again(I forgot to pick some thorny bushes up). Tony boom rooky Kay tried riding down with steamed up goggles and little Liam not quit smashing a berm half way down.
All of the team felt they could do better, the only problem was the heavens and opened and the track got a little bit wet. I got a clean run until I caught a rider up losing me a little time but still improved my time. Tony knocked about 5 secs off his time.
Crash results:- Michael Hill 7
Michael Waud 1
Liam McDermott 1
Tony Boom Rooky Kay 0
Richard Molloy 0
Glad to be keeping the winning streak going!
I’d like to say a big thank you to Richard and all our sponsors for a brilliant 2013 session and really looking forward to the support in 2014, Michael Rodeo Hill
Blake Senior-White Race report llangollen. Race weekends tend to start on Fridays this one was to be no different. as we neared llangollen on Friday evening the weekend started off by pretending to be Michael Schumacher and giving tony okay a run for his money in the transit turbo we arrived and managed to get a track walk in before the sunset. i was feeling pretty confident as the track had a quick sprint along the top then it was all about smashing the turns to the bottom. Saturday was good the weather and uplift included we all managed to get plenty of runs in and I think I’m safe to say we were all fairly confident ready for racing Sunday. I decided to stick with the Kenda nexcavators as i thought they would dig in better than other tyres. after a stroll into town with a few of the others i decided to head back to the van and the local police were kind enough to give me a lift… bonus we all gathered for a quick ‘prep talk’ Sunday and practice seemed to go smooth enough. Team coach mick turned up and was giving us encouragement which is always nice. Next thing I’m setting off from the start gate I powered across the top before dropping in to the steep stuff it was all going to plan until I got to the final corner where I slipped out and lost a pedal I got it back on just before the first drop but obviously it wasn’t good enough as I then slipped a pedal and had most probably the biggest crash I’ve ever had and my weekend was just about over. I was hurting a bit but I gave the second race run a go and it was nowhere near as good as it should have been. The good news is however Coupe and Liam both got under 2 minutes and Tony and Rich both got down the hill safe and did well in their respective categories. next week Fort William awaits us