BDS round 5: Bike Park Wales

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BDS round 5: Bike Park Wales

I’d never been to BPW so was unsure what to expect and after the track walk, I wasn’t disappointed. It looked awesome!

It wasn’t overly technical or steep but with plenty of big man made jumps, step downs and swooping berms it was clearly going to be a super fast and fun track! Saturdays practise went well, no offs and I felt good on my bike. Even though I wasn’t making all of them, I was hitting all the big jumps and felt good through the majority of the track. There were some rapid girls in my category but I felt pretty confident going into race day.

We only had time for one practise run on the Sunday and obviously I couldn’t stay rubber side down for the full weekend. With confidence running high, I got a bit excited going over the big step down, nose dived and went over the bars. I was quite surprised to see my helmet and body pretty much intact. I then proceeded to fall off about four more times on my practise run!

A steady seeding run with a few small mistakes saw me place 3rd, I was pretty pleased as I knew I had a lot left in the tank for my race run. I had an hours attempted chill and got up to the start early to watch the old boys go down. I was 3rd to last down with Rona and Hazel behind me. I always get mega nervous before race runs but as soon as I was out of the gates and off the first drop, the nerves disappeared and I settled into race pace. I was cranking hard over the first jumps and felt quick going into the wood section. It wasn’t the quickest I’d been through the woods but it felt ok and was soon out in the open. I pushed hard for the next jumps but was slightly hesitant of the big step down where I stacked it in practise. I got over it, and the following jumps cleanly and was soon heading for the rock garden. I felt my bike doing her job as I tried to keep smooth and fast through the puzzle of jagged rocks. I came out puncture free and was on the home straight and crossed the line in 1st place with only Rona and Hazel behind me.

I gave the hot seat a quick hug and waited for the girls to come down. Hazel was on fire and took first place, with myself in 2nd and Rona coming in 3rd. I was pretty stoked with the result! I hadn’t really thought about overall standings until this point, I knew I was up there but had no idea on point standings. It turned out I took the overall win by a very tight 4 points from Bev Barnes. STOKED!

I know I’ve got a lot to work on but in my first year of racing, I don’t think it’s too much of a shabby result!

A huge thanks to my team mates at TRG, plus all the rad sponsors for their support over the year! Bring on next year!

Farmer Johns Rd3 & North West Champs

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Farmer Johns Rd3 & North West Champs

Conor Lee

Race report
Woke up Saturday morning bright and early feeling refreshed and ready to ride. Arrived at the track around 10:30 ,signed on and then walked the track. WOW was i shocked with the bottom section it looked steep, so spent all day Saturday practicing and feeling great on the track, picking out some really good lines and managing to stay on the bike ! , after practice had finished i was feeling very confident for race day. so sunday morning , was really tired as i could sleep for the excitement of racing , so arrived at the track around 8:30 and the first thing i did was talk a look at the bottom root section , oh my god what a mess , from all the rain that poored down the night before. so practice runs were really rubbish i think i made 1 full run with out falling off all the other i binned it somewhere.

Race time !
so my first race run , i was sat on the start line and as soon as i set off i was just thinking about that root section , all the way down it was on my mind, so the top section was going good , up came the root section and i ended up catching the lad who set off before me , and then he ended up falling off in front of me and into my line , well that was my run ruined , i did my best to stay on but there was nothing i could do.
second race run.
set off slower than my first race run , as i wanted to save as much energy as i could for the bottom section, so i got down to the roots perfectly fine then up came the scary section , and my plan worked i had enough energy and determination to stay on the bike and managed to get down without falling off , at the end of the day im proud of myself for racing that track and im really happy for my team mate liam for getting the win overall ! well done dude !!!
Liam McDermott

Race report
Getting up at 6am sunday morning hearing the heavy rain didnt hold out much hope for good track conditions. after an hour’s journey i arrived at the final round of farmer johns round 3. Practice went well with only minor crashes with nothing serious. i Still didnt feel confident about my run but had to get on with it.
After giving my bike a quick wash i pushed up for my first race run. the top section went well with consistent pedalling over the smooth table tops and berms. this then led into two switch backs followed by a steep rooty drop in into a root infested off camber section. This section took no prisoners, 80% of riders were dropping like flies in this section and unfortunatley i was in that percentage. i took a crash over the bars landing in the bushes. that put me back a fair bit and it was all down to my second run to make it count.

Second run came and i was ready with my line choice in my head. coming upto the off camber roots i had my line dialled. I was bouncing all over but just managed to hold onto the bike. i then stomped on the pedals weaving through the trees with my lungs burning. I crossed the line with a 1:47 which placed me in 4th.

I missed the podium that day but came first in the over series win! which sent me home chuffed to bits.
Thanks to everyone who organised the race it was an awesome day!