Cracking day at Pearce Cycles Brindgewood with James, weather wasn’t to bad but there was a lot of rain in the night so by looking at the car park it was going to be muddy, we got kitted up and had a roll down the track and boy was it slippery for the second run we let some air out of the tyres to see if it will help with a bit of grip and no it didn’t.
we tried a few different tracks to see if they were any better and again no they weren’t the track we raced last year was like it was covered in ice it was that slippery, we did run after run and the more we did the better it seemed to get, I don’t think the tracks were any less slippery just we were getting more in tune with the bike.
We stopped for lunch and dad had cooked us cheese burgers and after all the runs they tasted real good, there’s set of jumps just above the car park which seemed really weird I had been doing them in the morning but so many people were getting wrong, dad said he had watched one fella try them and go straight over the bars in a big way, looking at them the main problem was you went down a big ish drop onto a bomb hole which was full of mud and you had to the line spot on where the mud was compressed or you would slide or lose momentum, the other thing was not go down the drop with too much speed or on the jump out it would buck the backend up, by around 3.30pm the heavens opened and we called it a day all in all it was a good day learning to slip and slide one thing was really noticeable compared to many other people bikes was the amount of mud build up on the down tube but with the Rapid Racing Products mudguard the difference is amazing.
Pearce Cycles Brindgewood Ludlow
What a weekend at Gravity Events Caersws DH weather was mixed with cloud and occasional rain, the track looked mint bar for the grass off camber corner just before the finish line, looking at it your race run could be won or lost on this corner.
On Saturday I think I did around 12 runs but didn’t really realise that there was live timing if you did full runs and it also gave you your start position on Sunday race runs, I only did 3 full runs to the finish line so I hadn’t got to do the horrible push back to the up lift tractors, I did think on Sunday morning I would try to do some better runs but on the first run to the bottom the timing wasn’t on so I did another two runs but cut off short into the quarry to save pushing back up the hill.
First race runs started at 12.15 and I was 4th man down I had an ok run coming in with a 2.07.99 which put me in 4th and around a second of 3rd so I thought I would have to push on my second run and see if I could go faster, second race runs started at 2.15 while we waited at the start area there was a delay, little did I know but my mate Rhys had lost his front end and gone down hard and banged himself up big time and had a lot of attention off the ambulance first aiders, so we had to wait around three quarters of an hour until the ambulance was back on station.
Second race runs began as I left the line I was buzzing giving it my all, I had two near misses and nearly lost the front end going up round the bus stop after the table top which had most probably lost me a couple of seconds, but the rest of the run was ok and I beat my first race run time but only by a fraction I got a 2.07.78 which put me into 5th place, but I had a great weekend with no major problems so was quite pleased.
I would also like to thank Lucie Byrne for the fantastic pictures.
Well it’s on it’s way full on mega beast, full carbon factory Saracen Myst DH Bike, can’t wait for it to arrive so we can set it up and get shredding.
We set off for Moelfre DH race on the Friday and it was pouring down just what we didn’t want, when we arrived the track up to the parking field was really slippery the van was wheel spinning all the way up, we managed to find a good parking space and set up camp, as we watched other people trying to get onto the field they would spin to a stop and that’s where they stopped all weekend.
On Saturday as we got ready for Practise Mr Mason turned up I didn’t know he was coming so it was a nice surprise, so we headed up the hill for our first practise run down the track, it was a little greasy but running fast they had changed the track from last weeks up lift so we had plenty to learn.
I think by the end of the day I had done 10 runs and for a pleasant surprise the rain had kept away, so it was back to the van for dinner and get the bike checked over, it was a bit of a shame as the front wheel bearing had quite a lot of play in them, so dad put my spare wheel in ready for race day.
Race day dawned and it looked like it had rained quite a lot over night and it was really cold, I had 4 practise runs then a break before my first race run which was supposed to be at 12.15 but as usual there was a delay, I was first man down so it was time to go, the run went well without any major problems by the time the other 12 juveniles had come down I was in 4th position which I was well pleased with, now we had to wait for around 2 hours for my second run, I had something to eat and watched some of the others coming down, poor old Richard had a burp his tyre and had to ride it flat.
I was around 3-4 seconds behind 3rd place and I was hoping I could make up the time, it was time to go again but instead of being first man down now I was fourth to last, I had a real good run and managed to knock 5 seconds off my first time, I was still fourth but missed out by half a second, half a second I couldn’t believe it, a great result but I was gutted.
Well I have to admit that I’ve been waiting for this moment to come for sometime, I’ve been riding Antor, Rev’s, One Giant Leap and raced at the FOD on my Mega and enjoyed it a lot, but I’ve always wanted a full on DH bike and now the beast is here.
Fox 40’s, Fox DHX 4RC rear shock, Team Issue Frame, Saint cranks, Saint brakes and my favorite Conti Kaisers, the fella we got it off said that all new bearings have been fitted, new freehub and luckily he had a soft spring for the front forks, so we just need to get a softer spring for the rear.
One spot of luck is I’m off to Antor with James and Richard this Sunday for some practise for my race there the end of May so hopefully the bike will fit me like a glove and everything will fall into place, fingers crossed.