BDS RD4 Bala -28th June

BDS RD4 Bala -28th June

Bala rd4.
I caught up with Mick Waud, Grand veteran rider to find out what went down at Bala:
1: The track was pretty good.
2: The uplift was excellent, due to Pearce cycles.
3: The weather was nearly perfect.
4: The new jumps were not needed.
5: The main topic of discussion in the pits – boycott the bds in 2016 due to price increase etc.
6: Finished 2nd
7: Overall pretty good weekend.
8: Hazel smashed it to take 2nd
Yep Mick is a man of few words but apparently this sums the weekend up.

Mick Waud – 2nd 5:34
Hazel Wakefield – 2nd 5:31
hazel bala

NDH Chopwell 15th June 2014

NDH Chopwell 15th June 2014

Mick Waud`s race report Chopwell Woods

It was only Richie, Liam and me for this one so we all met at Rich’s to travel up in his van. After racing this venue last year on downhill bikes we knew the Kona Processes were the perfect choice. With the bikes loaded into the van and heading up north we were soon at the track.

First practice run went well, the track was smooth with tight berms at the top, a wet middle section and into the woods for the finish. After the second practice run I put the suspension into its middle setting front and rear for more peddling speed and increased the tyre pressure to improve rolling speed and reduce the chance of pinch flats already experienced by Liam and Rich. Next run seemed faster, and after a few more I was somewhere near race pace.

First race run went well with only a couple of minor mistakes. After all three of us had our first runs done it was looking good with Liam 1st in seniors me 2nd in vets. Rich was a bit disappointed in 9th but knew he had lost a lot on the first two corners, which he put right on his next run, improving by four seconds. Unfortunately Liam lost a place, finishing 2nd by only 0.087. I managed to hold on to 2nd place by going two seconds faster thanks to Liams shouts of encouragement and the awesome peddling power of the Kona Process.

Borderline UK DH Series – Round 1 Caersws 5th 6th April

Borderline UK DH Series – Round 1 Caersws 5th 6th April

Borderline UK DH Series – Round 1 Caersws
Becci Skelton

Good preparation was essential going into my first race under the wings of TRG Racing, so what better way to start a long weekend off , than a trip to Revolution Bike Park. Several trees later, I was a bit battered, had less skin on my shins, and a fat shoulder but was feeling good on my steed. I was riding well on the slippery roots and sending some technical drops so confidence was high and my wrist (which I broke 5 months previous, and now had a screw holding it together) was feeling strong. Having been told by the big South African…’Chick…you got balls man!’, I headed over to Caersws feeling positive.

Saturday practise arrived and I met up with the Tilfords. First practise runs never go well for me so why break a habit? I bottled the road gap at the top of the track, and in an attempt to regain my ‘balls’ I sent the next kicker only to ‘pirouette’ (bystanders description) off my bike into a thorn bush. I cased the small double and things didn’t get much better than that for a few runs. ‘Balls’ momentarily lost. I finally managed to get a few decent runs in and my confidence was starting to grow again. ‘Balls’ returning. Inevitably, the final run of the day resulted in an over the bars on a techy roots section and I face plant snapping, my already gaffer taped, visor off. Zip ties and more tape required. The track conditions at this point had become pretty grim; windy at the top (definitely no road gap now) and thick, slippery mud all the way down. A call out to my new team mates for some spikes and the lovely Mick Waud comes to the rescue.

Race day. Despite not feeling great in practise, I was still fairly confident I could crack on and get a decent result. First run down went ok, not fast but staying on my bike was priority at the time and becoming quite an achievement. Conditions had become even worse so Cath and I had a tyre change. I had two more runs to get used to running a spike. It felt a bit twitchy but definitely gripped more through the relentless mud. Once again, the last practise run was dire…but stylish apparently, as I cartwheeled over a berm and received an 8/10 from a spectator. Bonus.

First race run. I pulled on my brand spanking new TRG jersey and felt good to go. A team gun show was then required…obviously. As we reached the top of the hill, the wind had picked up again. I was first down out of the ladies. I felt ok through the top few berms but then got stuck in a rut at the bottom of the roller coaster section and my back end washed out. At this point, my racing Tourette’s kicked in. I got back on but lost a good 5-10 seconds. I finished the run with only a few minor mistakes and put in a time of 2.57…2nd place. It was slow and I knew I could give more. Monet Adams was 20 seconds ahead, and the lovely Mrs Tilford was sitting in 3rd. Was pretty dishearten by the time gap until I found out Monet was an Elite and had been riding with the ‘big’ girls at Stiniog the week previous. I knew top spot wasn’t really an option but if I could knock 10 seconds off, I would be happy. The lads put in good first runs with Liam sitting in 3rd and Ben, Richie and Mick all getting decent times.

Second race run. Team body warmth sharing, one handed handstands and pistol squats were the uplifts entertainment. It became apparent that the wind has once again picked up as it blew me sideways into a tree stump, after getting a bit of air off a small kicker. The red mist set in and I was desperate to make time back. Things went from bad to worse…bad lines and stupid mistakes were to follow. I cleared the double but for some reason, opted to use the embankment and my head to stop me, instead of my brakes. Then came the rooty section, which can only be described as un dignified, before washing out on a berm. I got to the bottom of the track in about 4 days, 2 hours and 27seconds. I managed to retain 2nd, with Cath closely behind in 3rd. I’m happy with the result but not pleased with my riding, I know I have a lot more to give.

Unfortunately, Liam crashed out in his second run and slipped down into 6th position leaving just the girls representing on the podiums for TRG.

Despite the mud, blood, wind and rain, I had an awesome weekend with valuable experience gained, and I’m feeling stoked about further races with TRG. Bring it!

Farmer johns Rd 3 ( Northwest champs ) 17/06/2013

Farmer johns Rd 3 ( Northwest champs ) 17/06/2013
Tony kay race report from Home track Farmer johns Rd 3 ( Northwest champs ) 17/06/2013
The day started at 6am to cloudy skies but no rain as i drove to meet michael hill and michael coupe, once loaded up, food, fuel and drinks we hit the motorway. Only 2 miles into the trip my car decides it wanted to blow up and over heat, water escaping out all over the place on the hard shoulder !!!!
So we loaded all the gear and my 2 bikes from my car into micheal coupes pick up wich was already busting with gear, bikes and micheal hill. I was thinking this isn’t the best start to a day how-ever i thought chin up and get on with it. Once we hit Marple we did our normal pit-stop and loaded up on mac donalds breakfast and coffee, thats how proper athletes rollArriving on site at farmer johns we could clearly see it was the northwest champs with the amount of cars, motor homes, tents and riders packing in to the fields, going to be some fast riders here today.
Once parked up we meet Daniel,liam, Mr waud and Richard with the other team members floating about in the field. With it being only 8.15am daniel and liam took me for a nice course walk with liam practising on Saturday he was showing me some of his cheeky lines through the roots.  With the track walk done it was time to head up to the top, i was already feeling really nervous with it being my first day on the team and it being northwest champs.
Once at the top was all the normal banter and same faces all getting on and having a laugh thats the good thing about farmers johns and it being a push up venue nice and relaxed.
First run down i was behind Daniel keane and we just stayed loose no issues just cruising down, track was abit muddy and greasy but was still ok as long as stayed off the brakes. 1st practice run done myself and Daniel head up again only this time we decided to let it go abit with me having a big stack on the very last tree resulting in a snapped brake lever, again i was thinking my car now this, this isnt my day really ?
With the support of the team we headed back to cars as micheal coupe had a spare brake set that he said i could used. How-ever with my lack of bike maintenance skills all the team had a great laugh at my expense as i struggled with this simple job, what should of been one man job endend up as 5 man job, but hey thats what teams are for. With a few riders swapping kenda spikes k.O.T to the Nexcavator and Nevagal wich suited the conditions, perfect grip.
With practice done it was time for abit of pre-race banter and food. Micheal hill did the honours for us and went and got all our race start times, mine was 1.51pm. As 1.20pm approached I decided it was time to set off saying good luck to the rest off the team I set off feeling very nervous with it being my first day on the team I wanted to impress and ride like a weapon.
On the start gate with 30 seconds to go I just thought relax stay calm and just enjoy the race and try and stay clean, 5 seconds to go and boom I was off, legs spinning mega fast as the top of the track is all about being smooth,jumps,tables,berms and good legs. Once through the top and middle fast sections it was time to drop into the dreaded wood section very well known for its carnage corners and rooty sections. I made it through clean with no dabs or scary moments. Crossing the finish line and gasing so hard I just looked up to the crowd and racers all around the timer to hear shouts of Tony kay 1st , with only one rider behind me I kept the top spot was so happy and excited, with lots of friends and racers saying well done felt great how-ever still had the 2nd run.
Meeting up with the team and hearing liam had also put in a 1st in his cat spirits was high with the rest of the team in top 10.
Onto the 2nd run I knew with me being the last rider down and the top 5 riders in masters they will be chasing hard to take my spot, again the nerves crept in but had to stay focused. Off I went knowing I had to make time on the top part, then again into the woods were I made a mistake a 15ft foot step down into a berm and landed high into the berm forcing me to dab and unclip that lead to me struggling to get re-clipped in on one of the hardest parts of the track, this loosing me a few seconds once crossing the line I had been pushed to 2nd I was still very happy with this result for Team Rock Gardener and myself.
With this being a series of 3 rounds, northwest champs and on the day race we had 3 podiums!!! The podiums lasted so long but was great seeing the smiles on peoples faces and knowing how hard the riders had rode to take their spots.Myself (1:31.50) making 3 podiums, 2nd on race day, 1st northwest champs, and 3rd for the series very happy !
With liam taking a 1st  juniors – 1:27.88 (also 2nd in series)
Jamie scott 5th  experts – 1:28.38 (also 1st in series)
Michael coupe 12th seniors – 1:33.78
Daniel keane 13th seniors – 1:34.54
Michael waud 9th  vets – 1:44.51
Richard molloy 11th  vets – 1:51.26

A massive thanks to all the team and team manager-rider Richard molloy for letting me onto the team and a massive thanks to our sponsors – Kenda- Green Machine –Fibrax.

Also healing vibes to team riders Michael hill and blake who did amazing with the heckling

 All photos by: Steve Allan Photography