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.

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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

Nice Suprise

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Bit of a surprise last night James gave us a call and asked if we fancied going to Hopton for an evening spin, it was really surprising how many people were there, we got sorted and headed out down the red XC red, then James suggested we had a play on the bottom of the DH black route so we tried a few of the jumps and mucked around for a while, then we decided to go up to the top of the DH tracks and have a ride down one of the tracks, I think dad had wondered what he had let himself in for, but he seemed to enjoy it without too much problem.20883102_1507539029327311_9019010078647166983_n

Dads photographic/camera phone skills weren’t at their best either but we got a couple of pics on some of the jumps, when we got back down the bottom of the hill we decided to have a spin around the rest of the XC route with a little detour and back to the van just before dark.

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A Very Hot Ride Around The Dyfi

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Had a ride up around the Dyfi with James and dad, I must admit the couple of times I’ve ridden there I wasn’t impressed as a lot of the trails are up hill and there is a lot of up hill to get to them, but James said he would show us some of the better tracks, so we headed up the enduro climb which was long but not to steep, I can’t remember the names of the trails but they were brill, steep some rocky and some loamy but great fun.

Shouldn’t moan about nice weather but it was really hot and sweaty we did around 25km and over 800m of climbing, when we got back to the van James said we would go and have a look at Dyfi Bike Park which isn’t open to the public yet, so we drove to the bottom and walked up to the top, we came across Ollie Davey doing some work on one of the bridges, we asked if it was OK to have a nose about which he said would be alright if we kept out of the way, as we walked back down we looked up some of the trails they had built, Ollie said there would be a few graded black and one red, well there certainly not trail centre blacks and reds, they make every DH centre I’ve been to look like a  walk in the park.

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Huge jumps massive step downs and also mega steep, no good looking for a line you can roll on this track, don’t know if the other ones would be as techie, James was very excited by the track, the picture below really doesn’t show how steep it is the top was around 10 foot rough rocky near vertical slab, it was that steep you couldn’t walk down it.

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All Reved Again

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Went for an uplift day at Revs again today with the man who is James Corbett and Ash Stockton, lovely weather, warm sunshine, no wind and bone dry, the tracks were running fast with plenty of grip.

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I had a couple of things I really wanted to get dialled so it was time to give them a try, first was the gap jump at the bottom which leads on to a step up jump, James had been telling me I could do it no problem but it was playing on my mind a little, all I needed was speed around the berm to get me over it.

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Keep the speed up was on my mind all the way down the run and yes I did it and without even thinking did the step up jump straight after it and guess what all the James told me was right it was quite easy and I did it every run afterwards, so I was buzzing now and we did loads of runs and also did loads of different tracks it was a fantastic Saturday with a Henblas uplift on the Sunday to look forward to as well.

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

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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

 

 

Great Day

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Cracking day at One Giant Leap Llangollen, I managed to get onto the up lift before my Borderline race on the 24th & 25th of June, the track was spot on after all the rain my Kaiser had plenty of grip and were running fast, the track the race will be on is Son Of Squirrel so that’s the one I needed to practice.

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First run down was more of a sighting run so I took my time to see what it was like, a little wet and slippy in places but mainly good and steep, towards the end of the track before the finish in the field is a big step down drop, to start with I took the slightly lower side.

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Before we stopped for lunch I think I had done 4-5 runs and was really liking the track, fair play to Martin the owner of the place he put on a good bit of food for us all to have for lunch, as we all got ready for round two dad said I should try the higher drop which is quite high, so I told him if he wants to take a picture to go there now as I’m going to do it on my next run.

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The run down to the drop went well and now it was time to give it a go, it all went well on take off the landing went a little wrong but I stayed on, to be fair when you come to the top of the drop it looks really high but I had done it, on the next run I tried it again and it went a lot better so I was well pleased, all in all it was a fantastic day.

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