Went for an uplift day at Revs again today with the man who is James Corbett and Ash Stockton, lovely weather, warm sunshine, no wind and bone dry, the tracks were running fast with plenty of grip.
I had a couple of things I really wanted to get dialled so it was time to give them a try, first was the gap jump at the bottom which leads on to a step up jump, James had been telling me I could do it no problem but it was playing on my mind a little, all I needed was speed around the berm to get me over it.
Keep the speed up was on my mind all the way down the run and yes I did it and without even thinking did the step up jump straight after it and guess what all the James told me was right it was quite easy and I did it every run afterwards, so I was buzzing now and we did loads of runs and also did loads of different tracks it was a fantastic Saturday with a Henblas uplift on the Sunday to look forward to as well.
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.
Went to Revs again with James on good Friday, it was quite windy, cool but dry, we did a run on freeride and then a couple of goes on Ghetto, then James said shall we have a go at The Far Side, this track is graded purple and for pro’s only but what the hell lets give it a go it’s steep full of roots and drops but I have to admit one of the best tracks I have ever ridden so we rode it over and over again, suspension was getting hot with all the work and the brakes even hotter, back brake need the fluid changing after a full day of riding the far side will have to give 50 : 01 a go next time.
I also managed to do a few things that I didn’t manage to do the last time, I also had another go at the big gap jump got over it but not as good as I would have liked, that’s one for next time.
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 !!
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.