Last Round Of The season

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Well what a weekend Saturday started a little wet with a very slick track, I started on Conti Kaisers but had to swap to a Conti Mud King on the front as I had very little grip but the forecast was to get better and drier as the weekend went on, practise went well with only one off so all was good, the night was nice and dry and Sunday dawned dry with a good breeze so the track had dried really well so it was back on with the Kaiser on the front for the morning practise, grip level was spot on so I did four practise runs and chilled while I waited for the race runs, my first run was at 12.30.30 and I was second man down, but as we got ready to go the first rider hadn’t turned up at the top.

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The first run down went well with only one near miss when I clipped a root just before the big drop, the whole run went well even the slippy off camber grass into the finish line field and after the rest of the juveniles came down I was sitting in 11th, so time to chill and watch the master coach come down James was hoping for a good result.

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As James came into view he was flying pedalling like a fool as he crossed the line he was huffing and puffing and all the effort had paid off he had done fantastic he was laying in third place, we had a talk and then it was time for me to go back up the hill for my last run.

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As I set off it all seemed to be going well I pedaled the flat section and all the way to the finish line and was gutted I was 1 second slower, I was disappointed but I had done everything I could so couldn’t do any more, time to chill and watch the rest of the boys come down fair play to James he bettered his time by 2 seconds but still left him in 3rd only half a second of second place so close.

Well I had a fantastic weekend racing big thanks to Caersws DH Racing & Gravity events for all the help and work putting on the event.

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One Day Dry, Next Rather Wet

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A fantastic weekend at Borderline Events race at Revolution Bike park, Saturday dawned dry and rather cool, we got there early to have a track walk, the race was on the poop pipe track with a few alterations thrown in, we signed on and the up lift started around 9.30am James was having a lay in by the looks of it so I went up on my own, the track was mainly dry and surprisingly slippy, I think I had done around 4 runs and James turned up so we went up on the next uplift together, I had a few slides and little incidents but nothing dramatic and as the day went on I go better and better and was quite pleased with how it was going.

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As the day went on people kept talking about the rain that was coming tomorrow, but looking at the weather you would have thought it’s never going to rain tomorrow but it is Wales so we will see, I was really hoping it wouldn’t rain as it has rained on all the race days so far this year.

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On the road for 7am on Sunday morning and yes it’s raining, as we got closer towards Revs it looked a little dryer but when we arrived at Revs it was raining quite hard and the forecast was for rain all day, we parked up by the team marque and un loaded the bike and got in the dry, the big talking point was tyres everyone thought that the Conti Der Kaisers would be a waste of time so it was down to dad to swap the tyres over to Conti Mud Kings front and rear, this would be a new one on me as I haven’t ridden on a spike front and rear and I did wonder what they would be like on the hard pack down the bottom of the track.

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So off we all went to see what the track was going to be like and to be fair it was amazing how much grip there was as the whole track was soaking which was a big relief as I thought it would be horrible, after the first run the bike and me was covered it mud I did three good runs and thought that I would just do four runs and then wait for the race runs, I should have stopped at three as a few people in different areas came off in front of me on the step stuff which in turn made me come off but me and the bike were fine so back into the dry and wait for the start time.

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My first race run was 12.30 and yet again I was the first person down, there was a bit of a surprise I actually left the start early that was a first, the rain was even heavier which was a good thing and the run went quite well with no major problems, after the first race runs it put me in 11th place, now for the worst bit a two hour of hanging about for the second run, so I watched all the others come down and the rain had slowed down to more like drizzle, so it was time to get the bike on the trailer and back up to the top, by now I was freezing, as I headed down on my run the mud had thickened and got  lot slicker as I came into a berm the front let go and I went straight off the course and down a bank, I tried to get back on track straight away but it was really hard to get my bike back up to the track and by the time I had several riders had come past so I thought I would wait for a gap and get going again making sure I wouldn’t be in any ones way, to be fair it was a disaster of a run but I was down in one piece, if a little disappointed, I came 12th and 4th in Welsh Champs.

Jumping Bean

Well at long last I have plucked up the courage to do the top road gap at Caersws DH Park, it isn’t so much the jump but the immediate right hand 90 deg corner as soon as you land, I have to admit I was totally buzzing after I had done it.

My Video Of Caersws DH Park Top Road Gap

BPW A470 Bottom Jumps

Dan On Revit Revs

Dans Birtday Bash

One Day It’s Bone Dry The Next It’s As Wet As An Otters Pocket !!

Dan Llangollen

The Saturday was cloudy and dry, as always things seemed to start quite slowly nobody in a rush to get sorted and get the track live, nobody was in a rush but I was ready and raring to go, the up lift started at 10 am and I was on the first one up the hill the track was mint if a little dusty, Martin the track owner had altered some jumps for the better.

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All day it looked like rain but came to nothing at all the track was fast and a little sketchy in places but great fun, I think One Giant Leap Llangollen is one of my favourite tracks and Martin had done a really good job of preparing it for the race, I think I had done around 5-6 runs by dinner time without any problems, so I had a drink and a quick bite to eat before round two.

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Quite few local people were riding this weekend on Saturday Rhys, Brad, Matty, Jamie and Jack were here and James and Thomas are riding on Sunday, I rode to around 3.30pm with just one small slide off, so it was home for dinner and dad could prep the bike for Sunday, up again early on Sunday and back to Llangollen, the Met Office said on Saturday that Sunday would be the best day of the weekend, but guess what it’s raining yet again on race day.

Dad was a bit worried that the rain would make the track slippery but there was plenty of grip, it seemed better than Saturday to be honest, the rain and low cloud on top of the hill kept coming and going all morning I did around 4-5 runs and then it was time to get on the uplift for my first race run and guess what the heaven opened and cloud came rolling in, fantastic.

I was first rider down which is something I always hate, the count down beeps started and off I went, the track was like a river in places and I slid off in 2 places but got straight back on and went for it, I was gutted to slide off but was amazed that on the first run I was 8th out of 16 and not that far behind the leader the bike was covered in mud, so dad washed it ready for the next run we had two hours to wait.

The rain kept coming and it was nearly time for round two everyone coming down kept saying it was like riding on ice so we thought we would change to a spike in the front, so quick change of front wheel and here we go, the tyre gripped well with no offs but my gears kept jumping every time I pedalled for a jump I cased every double going across the top section, I gave it everything I could and bugger it was 3 seconds slower than the first run I was gutted and that put me down to 12th.

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Dad washed the bike at Llangollen and it was still filthy so we washed it again and get it ready for the next outing, time to get more practise and try to get faster.

Roots & Rain Results