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.
Went to Revolution Bike Park on Friday for the first time with James Corbett and it was awesome, to start of with while signing on you turn around and standing there is 2 times world champion Danny Hart, go into the car park and it’s like the British Championships, Joe Smith, Matt Simmonds, Elliot Heap and Emyr Davis milling around.
The first track we rode was the Black ghetto and I think of all the ones we rode it was my favourite, loads of people said how good the freeride track was but it was ok but nothing special really, I also did Main Line which in places were quite sketchy and the red route.
Every thing went really well and I think I was riding ok until I made one slight miss calculation just before the end there is a gap double jump as I came down to it I saw Danny Hart standing by his truck and thought watch this Danny the only problem really was I wasn’t going fast enough and came up short by around 6″ to 12″ and cased big time, hit my privates on the crossbar and banged my mouth into the bars, Danny said he was amazed I stayed on so tender bits and blooded mouth it was time for a short break.
We had a chat with all the star riders and they gave me a lot of advise which mainly came down to speed is your friend, hit things with more speed but after I had got a bit bashed up I thought perhaps another day, but I do wish I had given it another try, some of the jumps did give you a heavy landing well it certainly did squash James tyre !!
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.
well the start of the season isn’t very far away and I’m feeling quite excited, just had all new rubber, set of Conti Der Kaiser’s and a pair of Conti Mud kings, Thanks Continental.
Also very excited be giving the tyres a good hammering at Revolution Bike Park a week on Friday, never been there before but one of my races is there so go and have a look to see what it’s like, so I have been told they use main line for the races, so I will be going down that track quite a few times, my friend James is coming to show me around and some good lines to try, can’t wait.
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.