Cycopath Summer Series Rd1

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First round of the cycopath downhill summer sires on Pinkbike

Cycopath Downhill Series Winter RD1 10th Feb

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Cycopath Downhill Series Winter RD1 10th Feb

Michael Coupe: 1st Seniors

Race report:
Cycopath Downhill Series Winter RD1 10th MarchA very cold, bleak yorkshire hill, covered in fresh snow, alternating between sleet, rain then back to good old fashioned snow was where TRG Racing found themselves for the first race of 2013.Looking the part in our new team kit didn’t make us any warmer and the pristine white of the now familiar TRG kit stayed clean for as long as it took to hike ourselves and our bikes up the hill.quite a bit of improvement work had been untaken by Stef Reeves and his team since our last visit (a bedding in day) which was great to see as we ambled our way up the course only really stopping to ride the big field booter, just because it great fun! As well as the armouring of the course in key areas the addition of jump/step down greeted us as we approached the end of the wooded section. A quick discussion later and everyone agreed the jump for fun but the rock garden for racing.Leaving the cover of the woods and plodding over the open moors the weather was noticeably nastier, and by the time the top was in sight, well it wasn’t in sight anymore!First practice run down was a steady affair with only Team rider Mick Wauds tumble and following trouser malfunction the only real concerns – the course was as before but better because of the work carried out since the bedding in day, namely benny the berms work on the flowing bermed start to the track and the armouring of the muddy sections. Having said that due to the severity of the weather the track in places was still a mud fest – but this is to be expected, it’s winter after all.

After a bite to eat and a cuppa at the tracks excellent cafe facilities it was time for Race runs, the organisation on the top of the hill was superb and my hat is taken off to the guys that stood up there for over an hour to get us away in the correct order and all on time. My own run was nothing to write home about, it was clean but I didn’t have the legs, conserving on the top half hadn’t helped and I was truly knackered by the time I crossed the line. Next down was Mick Waud who had smashed the track – his first race since a broken collar bone which took him out all but most of last season(a big thanks to Malcom Whitaker for sorting Micks rear wheel). Liam & Coupes also had fantastic runs, but Mick Hill and Danny like me knew they had to do much better.

A look at the vets results showed that Mick Waud was only 4 tenths of top spot so had to have another run – we had been considering just the one run due to the weather deteriorating further! coupes was already carrying a hand injury before he turned up, so a crash in practice had only aggravated it further so he decided to call it a day after one run. Myself Mick H and Danny wanted to prove we could improve.

Second Run: this time I gave it everything I had and I knew I was faster, but by the time I teached the woods I was cursing not putting a front mud guard on! I had to pull over and take my goggles off, race over! but I still ploughed on and crossed the line only a couple of seconds slower than my first run, which actually cheered me up as the track had become slower with most riders unable to beat there first times. I finished 4th Vets.

Mick Waud gave it his best shot but couldn’t improve on his first run and would have to settle for 2nd in Vets
Mick Hill had a better run taking a good chunk of time off and securing his 3rd spot in vets.
Danny appeared to have more mud on him then his bike but he was still smiling which is what it’s really all about. Danny finished 7th Seniors
Liam couldn’t improve his first time either but that didn’t mater as his first run was more than good enough for 1st in Juniors
Man of the match goes to Micheal Coupes with is awesome one run and a gobsmacking time of 2:18 to take 1st Seniors.

A big thanks goes out to Cycopath Downhill for putting on a great event in the worst of conditions.

 

Liam McDermott: 1st Juniors

 

Michael Waud: 2nd Vets & Michael Hill 3rd vets