We went for a ride at llandegla on Saturday the weather at home was cold and damp, as we got closer to Degla there wasn’t any real signs of snow but as we went to turn into the entrance one of the One Planet Adventure on of the fellas was stopping all the cars and telling them they couldn’t go up the car park because of the snow, snow what snow there was next to nothing so we parked in a lay by and rode up to the trails.
As we headed up the start of trails it was unbelievable from no snow to around 4″-5″ in under an hour, but as it was fresh snow there seemed to be loads of grip and loads of fun dad had fitted a Conti Der Kaiser on the front which really helped out on the grip on front, we decided to do the black run as usual in the open there was loads of snow but in the trees next to nothing, but on some of the tree covered trails you would get up a load of speed and then there would be an opening in the trees and you would hit a pile of snow on the trail.
One of the main problems while riding was any time you got a good pace up snow flakes would batter your eyes and you could hardly see where you are going making it quite interesting at times, we kept moving and stayed really warm and had real fun ride.
Cracking ride with the boys today even though it as cold and hard work in the snow, nearly 900 mtr of climbing and over 30km in all, when we did get onto tarmac roads in the odd place it still didn’t make life easy as they were covered in ice, but by the end I was feeling quite tired and my hand were freezing.
Day at Revs with the Caersws DH Team on Friday, James, Malc, Ryan and Dean, weather was good tracks a little tacky/slick after over night rain, it was a bit of a chilled start with lots of talking in the car park I was kitted up and ready to go and we all finally got on the up lift for some fun.
Only me and James did the bottom jumps as the others didn’t want to push up the little hill, we did a few different tracks trying different lines and joining different tracks up to make it all a little new, by now James and dad were working on his suspension settings to try to improve the feel of the “Beast”
So the rest of us rode together, Dean and Ryan had an off so me and Malc did a few run together, after a run we were chatting by the cars I noticed Thanee Seagrave and Kaos down below us and also Adam Brayton going to see good ridding from this three.
We had a cracking day and will be back in two weeks for my birthday bash, can’t wait, mind I’ve got Henblas up lift in between so a couple of weeks good ridding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Rockguardz and Caersws DH Race Team/Gravety Events UK for the freebe front mudguard hopefully keep some of the crap out of my eyes next weekend at the Borderline Rd 5 at Henblas Caersws.
Well we have a new addition to the DH race team, dads going to do some basic campervan stuff inside so we can stay at the races next year and hopefully go further a field to some new exciting races.
Went to Nant Yr Arian on Tuesday with Henk, Ash, James, James and Dad they decided to ride the summit trail, I’ve ridden bridalways in the dark but never a trail centre so this was going to be something new, dad charged our lights up and James picked us up around 5pm and off we went, when we got there Henk was already there so we went and had a play in the skills area, I really wanted to get better at pumping so we had a few spins on the pump track and by the end it was all starting to come together.
By now Ahs & James turned up so off we went, it was twilight and getting darker we managed The Italian job in day light and then over to Hippty Hop by now when you went into the trees it was getting very dark, we carried up and over the moors to the Mark of Zorro it was definitely time to switch the lights on, this was a whole new ball game but fantastic fun with all the tight twists and turns, then the bit I wasn’t looking forward to the drag up the leg burner, but once at the top it was all down hill to the car park, back at the van it was time to head home for tea and toasties.