New super light bike so I couldn’t use my old Nukeproof Spring ( mind it works better as both bike are kitted up ) on such a beast, I meet Mirka and Dave Garland last year at National Champs so I thought I would get in touch and see if they could help me out, Mirka runs Super Alloy Racing and sell shock springs with pom spacers, talking with Mirka she suggested that 250lb spring should suit my fully kitted body weight, once paid for the shock spring turned up next day amazing service ( other suppliers please take note)
Dad striped the original spring off and replaced it with the new one and spacers, then it was out with the tape to set the Fox recommended 30% sag, we are going to Revs on Sunday for some testing and fettling.
You can find out a lot more of the techy stuff here at Super Alloy Racing
What a weekend at round 3 of the Pearce cycles DH series, when we arrived on Friday the pit seemed really quite but by 10pm it had really filled up, we got our selves sorted out and had some dinner, then I went for a track walk to see what I could expect it was quite a long track and very dry and dusty.
Saturday morning dawned and the weather was fantastic again so I had some breakfast and went with dad to sign on, it’s always really easy and well sorted at Pearce cycles events so all done and time to get my kit on and get on the up lift, to the get to the up lift it was a short ride down a narrow back road to where the landrovers picked us up and took to the top of the hill, the track was mint if a little dusty I did around 9 practise runs looking at different lines.
After practise dad washed and prepped the bike ready for race day and then we went to llangynog for dinner in the pub and then a stroll back in the sunshine for a chill in the sunshine, I went off with some of the other rider for a bit of a muck about but my foot slipped off a friends flat pedal and really gashed my shin so it was off to the medical centre tent and we finally went to bed around 11pm and it was still almost light.
To my surprise on Sunday morning my leg didn’t hurt I thought it would be really painful, the up lift started at 8.30am so I thought I would get 3 quick runs before it got to hot and then chill out until my race runs, practise went well the track was still mint and the bike was spot on, my first race run was at just after 11am so it was time to get kitted up again and head up the hill, as I started off the line I felt really good and was flying, as I came to the first fire road crossing my back tyre let go and that run was over I was gutted, I managed to get a lift back down on one of the up lift trailers and dad was waiting for me at the bottom and pushed the bike back to the pits and sort it out, I was gutted that the tyre let go but I would have to give it my all in my second run.
It was time for my second run and this time I was first man down, the deeps started and I was off, in the back of my mind I was worried about a dnf again , but all was going well and when I passed the place my tyre went the first time I relaxed a little and got into a rhythm and I crossed the line with a 3.40 and I was in 10th place and to my surprise when every one of the juveniles came over the line I was still in 10th which I was quite impressed with as I only had one full race run, so all in all I was stoked.
Great weekend at Llangollen racing Gravity Events DH race at One Giant Leap fantastic weather, dry and dusty tracks that were a little slick but very fast, Saturday practise went well with a good few runs and no problems, we played around with tyre pressures to see if we could get more grip but with all the dust and rocks it made little to no difference.
Race day dawned and it was still looking really good on the weather front, up lifts were supposed to start at 9am but what a complete and utter nightmare, the coaches that were supposed to take us to the top of the hill hadn’t turned up, one turned u at 10am and the other two came just as the practice had finished, I only got two practise runs and I fell off on the first one, again chaos race runs were supposed to start at 12.15, so I went to the uplift and up the hill around 11.55am, then there was a delay and we spent around 1 1/2 hours baking in the sun waiting to go, first race run went well to start with as I was in third place then people were moaning about their runs so some people had re runs and then I was fifth still not to bad.
Now for the second run, I thought I had to give it everything and go for it, it was going really well and I came into a berm with good speed then the berm jut blew out and I went down big time, no damage to me or the bike but I had blown that run which was a shame but the results said I was still fifth on the day, but when the result came out on Monday I was 6th ??
It doesn’t always go to plan
All packed and ready to go, in the picture the sun is shining but yet again we get ready to go racing this morning and the clouds come in and it’s pouring down ( make mom an dad happy setting up in the rain) I think the weather is supposed to get a bit better over the weekend, well fingers crossed for both my result and the weather.
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.
That makes a change, no rain and just dry dusty runs, I went to Henblas up lift again today I rode the freeride track quite a few times and it seems really good fun, then the Welsh a few times and then onto NPS I haven’t been able to do the first gap jump at the top, in the past I have just rolled through the gap which for a race run would add quite a lot of time, so I talked to James about it and he said I could do it no problem but to me it looked quite wide and on the far side the track builders had laid a log across the down hill ramp which looked like if you came up short and cased it, it would go wrong in a big way, James told me not to worry I could do it easy, so I had a look and thought lets do it I rode up to it but chickened out and hit the brakes, I turned around and tried again and hit the brakes again, I was so annoyed with myself I rode down the NPS and had a drink and loads of advise, as I went back up on the up lift tractor I kept telling myself I can do it and this time I came up to it and just hit it, Yes, Yes, Yes I did it.
A race weekend at Antur Stiniog, when we arrived it was raining and the forecast said it would rain until 2pm and rain it did, thinking about it now I think it might have been better to wait it out but I was on the first up lift and away up the hill, the top of the track which I’ve ridden before was no problem, but the new part on Bendy G track was horrendous wet, sloppy, snotty and like a skating ring, there was zero grip people were coming off every where including me, I had my Conti Kaiser’s on and I couldn’t stay upright, so dad put my Conti Mud King on the front which did help a lot I managed a few complete runs, then some offs again, people were complaining every where, but as dad kept saying “it’s the same for everybody ” the pic below is after one run.
It did stop raining around 2pm and things did start to dry a little but by now it was time to head for home and get the bike prepped for the race day, all evening at home it stayed dry, we got up a 6am and looking out the window it looked like it hadn’t rained, but as we got to Antur it was black and cloudy, talking to the people who stayed the night it had bucketed down most of the night, bugger.
I had a walk of the track with dad and it was a sticky, slimy mess oh no here we go again, practise wasn’t the best coming off on nearly every run the Mud King didn’t seem to be helping as much as yesterday, I did my first race run with the Mud King on and I came off twice, as soon as I came off I picked the bike up and got back on so I didn’t hold anyone up, I was very disappointed in my time but thought I would have to try harder on the second run, my second run would be at 3pm so around two hours to wait the sun was out and the wind was drying the track, so I asked dad to put my Kaiser back on to see if it would make a difference to my times, I was a little nerves on the grip front, on the top sections the wind was blowing very strongly but the Kaiser seemed to be rolling faster and then it was the super slippy section and I managed to sail straight through it and knocked 30 seconds off my first run.
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