Well that’s Conquer The Cliff done again, it started off a little stress full the gravel on the tracks was like riding on ball bearings, my brand new Mountain Kings seemed to have no grip at all and then to make it even worse as I was coming off the tram at the top of the hill my front tyre hit something on the steeps and blew a hole straight through the side wall, sealant went everywhere and I had to push the bike all the way back down the hill, dad got the remaining fluid out popped a tube in and off I went back to the top, I managed another two practise runs and then it was race time.
When I arrived at the top for my race run you could see the rain rolling up cardigan bay, oh no last year when it rained a few of the corners became skating rings, I think I was lucky as I got to the bottom without any problems the rain got heavier but didn’t affect my run and I was 10 seconds faster than last year, I had another hour and a half to wait until my next run so time for a chat and a chill, by the time my next run came the track had dried out but still had a little moisture which seemed to help with grip and knocked another second and half off my time which left me in seventh in my class, not to bad with the class of rider that was in it.
Went for a ride up at Hopton Castle today, the sun was out and it was HOT, hot and sweaty, quite a few riders up there but once out on the trails you hardly saw a soul, the trails were bone dry and very dusty.
I’ve seen the castle a few times as we drove by and from the trails on the lower side of the woods so we thought we would have a look to see what it’s like.
Fantastic day at Llandegla with James,Richard and dad on Saturday weather was good no rain, no wind the trails were a little damp and looked slippery but seemed to have plenty of grip ( well until I tried to over take James Richard in one corner and came off )
Really helped push up the pace which is really helpful and a lot of fun, we did the black route and then had a play in the skills park and freeride park.
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.
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.
Day at Coed Y Brenin yesterday with Dad, Lee and Sam, Lee was showing us some of his detours to link some of the best bits of the trail centre all together, there was a lot of climbing which I did really well, dad wasn’t feeling it and did some pushing up some of the worst hills but it was faster than actually biking up them !
We did a big climb to get to the top of MBR then went down Adam & Eve, Serpents Tail, Abel, False Teeth and then Uncle Fester, then we started to climb to Pink Heifer and took a detour through the forest and ended up at the top of the Adams Family which is a fantastic series of trails, then Pink Heifer again and back for a drink in the visitors centre and a quick play in the skills park.
Me and dad, Sam and his dad went for a 20k ride tonight it hadn’t been a bad day, but when we left at 6.30pm it started to rain and rained the whole way round our loop, but it was great and dirty fun if a little hard on some of the bridleways, really make the legs scream at times.
Just as we got back to a tarmac road a car came screaming up to us with Mr Trow a local farmer in it, shouting at us “what are you doing here” to which dad replied “riding our bikes along the bridle way” which was rather obvious as four people were sitting on mountain bikes ! Once he realised he knew us he calmed down and said when he saw our lights he thought we were sheep rustlers good job were not in the USA he might of shot us.
As soon as we got back it was clothes in the washing machine, us in the shower, we don’t know what happened to Sam as his face and all of his gear was plastered in mud, not that the rest of us was spotless.