Last round of Gravity Event DH Series at Rheola south Wales, we got there on Friday and the weather was quite good but by the time Saturday arrived it was rain and more rain so it was time to get the waterproofs out and give the track a few slow runs to see what it’s like and it was very wet and slippery, roots and rocks everywhere also one of the longest tracks I have ever ridden.
After two runs I felt a little more confident on the bike and started pushing a bit harder and things felt good even in all the rain, I had to stop on one of the fire roads for a break this track is really physically demanding, after a few seconds I carried on down the track my main problem was a section called Star Wars rocks, roots and ruts every where I stopped a couple of times to look and see if I could find the best line through this section.
Down at the bottom of a track one of the local riders told be the best line to go through Star Wars which was straight through the middle, I had already been using this line but it was a hard ish line to take so back up to the top and practise practise and more practise, it was really frustrating as I would get it right and then the next run it would all go wrong, it was getting late in the day and I was getting frustrated and dad said call it a day, but no one more go, think I should have listened as over the bars I went and grazed all my shoulder and it really hurt, mid nearly every muscle in my body was hurting.
I couldn’t stop thinking of how hard it was to get through Star Wars clean and mom said I was even talking about it in my sleep !
Sunday dawned and yes it was still raining, I kited up and had two practise runs one was clean and the other not so good but there was nothing I could do know as it was time for race runs, two things kept going on in my mind Star Wars and I still hadn’t done a full run, it was time to get on the uplift and head up to the top for first race runs.
As I started of the start line my heart was in my mouth, the run was going well and here comes Star Wars it was going well and then the bike stopped dead I nearly went over the bars but saved it and kept going my feet didn’t even come off the pedals, as I got near the bottom of the track I caught up a slower rider but he didn’t really slow me down and my body was aching so much I wouldn’t have even wanted a re run, I was really pleased to get to the bottom, but then a red flag had come out and the race was stopped I then heard it was Toby and he had come off really badly and had to be rushed to hospital, really hope you get better soon dude, It was a super hard track and after Toby’s accident I didn’t want to do my second run so I handed my transponder in and called it a day.
But I was really pleased when the race finished as I had come third in welsh Champs and also 3rd overall in Juvinile for the season, so not to bad.