Apologises for not keeping my website updated the last few weeks... it has been a crazy since I have returned from NZ !!
PHOTO: PAUL CRAM. BDS, Llangollen
The season is well underway now and I have completed 4 rounds of the British Downhill Series including a few Pearce Cycles races and 2 Rounds of the World Cup Series.
PHOTO: MARK EVANS-PHOTOGRAPHY (WWW.PHOTO-BIKE.COM) Pearce Cycles Series, Bringewood
As much as I would love to say the races have gone amazingly well, alternatively they have been more... 'character building'. It has nothing do to with anything other than myself not performing to the standards that I have set myself. My team Unior Tools Team and my Trek Session have been phenomenal; I have recieved nothing but fantastic support from my team and the bike is a pleasure to ride, as always. I know where I should be in terms of performance and not achieving that it tough. Bouncing back from races that have not gone well is challenging and eats away at your confidence. I have spent the last few weeks analysing my performances; I have concluded that due to this lack of confidence I had lost the speed needed to race to the level I am racing at.
PHOTO: MARK EVANS-PHOTOGRAPHY (WWW.PHOTO-BIKE.COM) Pearce Cycles Series, Bucknell
The BDS RD4 at Llangollen is where I turned it around.
From the first run down I was thoroughly enjoying myself and the fantastic hot weather certainly helped ! Llangollen is the steepest Downhill track in the UK, beginning at 358m Elevation to 117m with a distance of 1315m. I completed my race run with a time of 2mins 25seconds - just to give a quick idea of this track. I felt like I was riding well all weekend and slowly getting the speed together. I finished the race in 3rd place / 5 behind Rachel Atherton 1st and Manon Carpenter 2nd; and although was a little off Rachel Atherton's time, I was happy with my performance and knowing that I have way more to give ! I came away from the race feeling confident and motivated.
MARK EVANS-PHOTOGRAPHY (WWW.PHOTO-BIKE.COM) Pearce Cycles Series, Bucknell
Next up was Pearce Cycles Series RD3 at Bucknell and I felt determined to make this weekend another good one. I rode to the track on the friday with my friend which is an hour from the track to walk it. It was incredibly dusty and fast looking, I was looking forward to riding very much. The track was fast, dusty and loose right from the onset and the uplift was running quick so by 2pm, I already had 6 runs done and stopped so to avoid the hottest part of the day. I walked the track then went for a swim in the river to cool down !!
At a Pearce Cycles race, we have two race runs, so the pressure is slightly relieved somewhat, which allows you to put a good run and time down on the first run and then push yourself to the limit for the second runs in the hope you would better your time. I had put a good first run down, 2mins 15s - 20 seconds off the elite mens winning time. In my second run, I was 1 second up on the split but unfortunately run wide on the last corner and crashed into the barriers right in the finish line ! My first run still stood and won the race ahead of Traharn Chidley.
I definitely feel like I am getting the speed back and looking forward to the next race which is the National Championships at Rhyd-y-Felin next weekend.