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A wet weekend in June played host to the 3rd round of the Pearce cycles series, like the first round this race was at Bringewood located just outside of ludlow.
The weather played havoc at the weekend, a dry sunny Saturday was a treat and it was great to get some quaility time on the fun dry track. I soon got a good feeling on track and was prepared for race day.
Race day was a massivly different story huge rain over night caused a huge change in conditions and the track went from dry and fast to wet and rutted just in time for the race runs.
Thanks to a new fitness programme I knew I could perform, my first run was a good clean run untill about 30 seconds to the finish where I got cross rutted and just about stayed on the track but it cost me a lot of time. I was sitting in third and confidente I could move up in the second run.
After having a much better start to the second run I knew I was onto a good time but unfortunatly pushed to hard in the middle section resulting in a crash.
I ended up with 5th on the day, not what I was hoping for but I was very pleased with how the weekend went and happy with my speed. I will continue to work hard on my fitness and try to at least match if not better my result at the next race in Glencoe in a months time.
Aston Hill black run race
A beautiful weekend in march saw the opening round of the 2012 Aston hill race series. With this being the most local to the race to the team base Trek MK store it was important¬†for me¬†to get a good result,¬†I was ¬†were real happy after practice¬†and me and my bikewhere feeling good on this fast, loose and dusty track. After first runs¬†I was¬†sitting in second place, knowing¬†I could both improve on¬†my first run time¬†I was¬†keen to head to pits, grab some food and drink and get ready for the final runs of the day.¬†I had a good, smooth ¬†run improving¬†my time by just over a second but not¬†not enough to take the win but still a solid second place finish.¬† All in all a great weekend for me and the Trek store MK
The next race for me and the team is at Combe Sydenham which is the first round of the British Downhill Series. Be sure to check back for riding and race updates.
The Third weekend in March saw the opening round of the 2012 Pearce Cycles race series. The race took place at Bringewood, a venue just outside of Ludlow. The track was very fast but also very tight which made it challenging to carry speed and get a good flow to your riding. On the saturday it was lovely and dry, track conditions where perfect ! It took some time to get used to the track but by the end of the day I had the track and my bike dailed in for race day. Race day soon came around, in the morning there were some light rain showers which made the small open section slightly slick but apart from that the track was un changed and running very well. In the first run I unfortunatly had a big crash on the lower part of the track which set me well down the order and also hurt my arm quite badly. Inbetween race runs I went to get it checked out before heading up for my final run. Like the first run it didnt go to plan, I again got a good first split time (well inside the top 10) but wasnt riding great due to my arm hurting from the first run and playing in safe to stay on. I ended up 12th on the day, It really wasnt where I should or wanted to be at but I will continue to work hard and come back alot stronger, fitter and faster next race.
The final weekend in Febuary was the date for the last round of this years 661 Mini Dowhill series. For a change the weather was looking good for the w.e and the sun stayed out. Me and Sam Wakefield who was also racing headed down to the venue Saturday morning to learn the track and get some good practice runs in. At the end of the day I was fully sorted and had everthing dailed in on track, We headed back to the B&B to get some much needed rest for the race tomorrow. We were soon back on track for morning practice which also went very well. My First race run went well putting me into the lead by a small way but unfortunatly I could not improve my time in the second run due to a little mistake and got leapfroged by second place which switched the order round and left me in second spot for the weekend. It’s been a good run of races for me and hopefully I will be back up on the top step of the poduim at the first round of the Caersws cup next week.
The last weekend in January saw the second round of the Mini Downhill series return to the Forest of Dean. This was the first race of the new season and with lots of fitness and bike training going into my programme I was keen to see how I do would against a packed Junior feild. Me and my mechanic for the weekend Rob headed down to the venue early Saturday morning to check out the track and get up to speed, It was a high speed, techincal and by race day rough track which was going to make it a challenge for everyone. Saturday practice I did 5 runs down the track making sure I had all of my lines dailed and felt strong for race day. It was soon Sunday morning and I was heading back up the hill for two morning practice runs before my first race run. With a great meal and a good night sleep at a local B&B I was ready for action. My first run was good, putting me in the lead by a small margin but I knew things could change, For the second run I just had to stay focused, the track was running slightly slower but knowing someone could improve there time you still had to put a solid run in ! thats just what I did getting the quickest second run time aswell and securing the win on the day ! It was a perfect day for me and everyone that has helped me, to get a win in the first race is amazing and im so happy ! Hopefully we can continue this for the rest of the year.
I would like to dedicate this win to my great friends Millie,Charlie and Ollie who where involved in a terriable car accident ! Get well soon guys !
The BDS Winter series was a brand new series for the 2011/2012 winter. With the event being held at my local track Aston Hill it made sense to get some more race miles in before the new season. Despite the damp,cold and rainy weather it was an enjoyable event, the track being used was dh3 which was always going to be a challenge due to the vast amount of pedalling. This combined with the weather made it hard to get a good race run together. I finished up in 2nd place and 13th overall for the day which was a great result for me as I was by no means feeling good or confident on track. With two poduims in a row I hope to go one better at the next one !
The anual 661 winter downhill series came ¬†back to Forest Of Dean on December 4th. With this being good chance of seeing where I was at interms of speed for next¬†season and how my winter training plan was going, ¬†me and the Abarth mtb team where keen to race. Luckily the weather was fairly sunny all weekend and with no rain it was a great bonus for the start of Decemeber,¬†this left ¬†the track fairly dry ! I did three practice runs of the track and was feeling good for the race runs, my Saracen Myst was feeling great so I knew we could have a good race. After the first runs I was 0.1 off the leading and sitting in second place, I knew it would be hard after that good run to improve my time as track conditions where looking slower. Unfortunatly I didnt improve and droped back a postion to third as James (Third after first runs) came though to take the race win. With being on the poduim and only a second back off taking the win I was very pleased with how it went, hopefully we can repeat this preformance next weekend at the British Downhill winter series at Aston hill.
A crazy race is how to sum up Aston hill, On the Saturday the weather was amazing ! sunny and hot all day, We had a really good day of practice and where feeling good on track. Sunday came and it was the same for morning practice ! sunny and hot, after practice the weather suddenly turned for the worst with a huge amount of rain leaving the junior first runs in the hardest and slickest track conditions. My run was crazy, 2 crashes and riding no feet on lots of the way, I ended up in a solid forth which is where I would stay as the rain hammered down more and with having bigger problems in the second run I couldnt beat my first time. I felt this weekend was the first weekend I deffinatly had the speed to win and only being o.5 off second place with crashes reasured me I could do it. Also this weekend we finally found out about the issue we have been having most of year with the bike. Now¬†we are working to get this¬†sorted I hope to be Top 5 every race.
Tuesday night was the second round of the Silverstone duathlon series, the sole reason I do these events is for some fun and extra training for my racing. It was a great night and I ended up 3rd in the junior catagory which I was pleased with ! I cant wait for the next one on the 14th of July where I hope and can improve my time by a few minutes.