Went to Revolution Bike Park on Friday for the first time with James Corbett and it was awesome, to start of with while signing on you turn around and standing there is 2 times world champion Danny Hart, go into the car park and it’s like the British Championships, Joe Smith, Matt Simmonds, Elliot Heap and Emyr Davis milling around.
The first track we rode was the Black ghetto and I think of all the ones we rode it was my favourite, loads of people said how good the freeride track was but it was ok but nothing special really, I also did Main Line which in places were quite sketchy and the red route.
Every thing went really well and I think I was riding ok until I made one slight miss calculation just before the end there is a gap double jump as I came down to it I saw Danny Hart standing by his truck and thought watch this Danny the only problem really was I wasn’t going fast enough and came up short by around 6″ to 12″ and cased big time, hit my privates on the crossbar and banged my mouth into the bars, Danny said he was amazed I stayed on so tender bits and blooded mouth it was time for a short break.
We had a chat with all the star riders and they gave me a lot of advise which mainly came down to speed is your friend, hit things with more speed but after I had got a bit bashed up I thought perhaps another day, but I do wish I had given it another try, some of the jumps did give you a heavy landing well it certainly did squash James tyre !!
Day at Llandegla with Dad weather was a little cool and moist on the climb to the trails, but once in the woods it was good and quite warm on the move and no rain, when we’ve been with friends there is usually a lot of chatting,hanging about and takes us around 3 – 3 1/2 hours to do the black route but as we were on our own we pushed on and did it in 1 hour 27 minutes a real nice spin round.
When we got home talking to other people about their rides they were all saying how it was a horrible day and they had got soaked to the skin, so for a change we had made the right decision on where to go for a ride, that doesn’t happen to often.
well the start of the season isn’t very far away and I’m feeling quite excited, just had all new rubber, set of Conti Der Kaiser’s and a pair of Conti Mud kings, Thanks Continental.
Also very excited be giving the tyres a good hammering at Revolution Bike Park a week on Friday, never been there before but one of my races is there so go and have a look to see what it’s like, so I have been told they use main line for the races, so I will be going down that track quite a few times, my friend James is coming to show me around and some good lines to try, can’t wait.
Rubbish pictures sorry Dads mobile wasn’t performing to it’s best, over the last few weeks just been out and about locally Nant y Arain and Coed y Brenin weather has been quite good cool with some snow and ice but nothing to worry about, had a great time at CyB last weekend we were up there for the weekend, where I learnt a good lesson my back brake packed in and I was not best pleased, went off the track in one place and thought this isn’t going to work but after around two trails I thought stuff it and lets give it a go the difference in my riding was amazing ( if a little scary at times ) I was flying down the trails and it came to me I think I do brake far more than I really need to, when we got home my mechanic changed the brake fluid and fitted new pads so I have a good brake again, all I need to get into my head now is only use my brakes when I have to.
What a shock this morning, they said it might rain but when I looked out of the curtains it had snowed, I love snow so I was super excited, as we drove over to Nant the snow started to thin a little which was a shame, but the tracks had a layer of snow and a bit of ice here and there but still seemed to have good grip, the worst place for ice was on the way to the Mark of Zorro but once we got there the track was clear all the way down and at the bottom it seemed like we had come out in a completely different place the sun was shining and it was quite warm, as we headed back up the leg burner we rode back into the snow/ice I could really feel a hot choc and beans on toast calling so we did the rest of the tracks back to the visitors centre.
Out for a night ride with lee, Sam and dad, it was a lovely clear starry night it was amazing how quick the frost came, as we got to the furthest point away from home we headed across a few fields and in the bike lights the grass was sparkling and starting to crunch so I think it will be rather chilly later on tonight.
Great day at Antur Stiniog with James and Richard weather was a little foggy, well a lot foggy to be honest, we got there by 9.30am and the up lifts started promptly at 10am, Richard and James were running late so I went up on my own and came down the blue while I was waiting, normally when I have ridden a blue route at a trail centre they are very easy, well they aren’t here quite a lot of rock and I also found it a little confusing as the tracks mingled into one and another in the fog, but down to the bottom and the others had turned up so it was straight back on the truck back to the top, this time we did a red route which is a bit harder again to the blue route more rock and bigger drops.
After doing the red run it was time for what I had come to practise the Black Powder run which I will hopefully be racing on in the Borderline Events race series, this is a lot rougher than any trail centre black I have ever done, big rock drops, really rough rock sections and more rock, first run was a bit of a sighting lap to see what the run was like, it didn’t disappoint quite techie and rough, I did a few more runs and things were getting better but there was one section that kept playing on my mind and couldn’t get it quite right, so James stopped and showed me a few ideas on lines/what to try. The up lift at Antur is fantastic as soon as your down your loading up and on your way back up in minutes which was good so I could get my head around the one tough section I was struggling with.
Dad isn’t the fastest on his bike and even slower with his mobile phone, he tried to take a pic of me talking to him out of the van window only he wasn’t quick enough ( better luck next time sucker)
I think I had around 20 runs in all and the last one was the best even if I was really tired, everything fell into place and I had a nice clean quick run, by now my whole body was aching so dad said it was time to go.