Saturday Morning – round one of the UK DH series at Revolution Bike Park – started with a fairly cold and wet track walk, but the weather was soon overshadowed by the track which looked awesome. It had everything from steep and technical slate shoots to fast and flowing jumps and turns.
The first couple of practice runs were great, I had a few mishaps but was I feeling great on the bike. Then the weather decided to go from overcast to heavy rain at the bottom and snowing at the top. But this just made the track run even better with the slatey ground becoming more and more slippery and technically demanding. Eventually the weather eased just in time for a few quick runs before practice finished.
Sunday, I got on one of the fist uplifts and managed to get an early practice run in luckily, because when I went back up for a second practice run before race runs there was a big que at the top of the hill. I think there was a red flag that caused the big que but once the track was clear I was at the front in no time.
Then race runs started, the track was continuing to dry but in the woods it was still as wet as ever. My first race run wet really well, it felt like a pretty damn good run, other than catching up to someone on the last part of the track, but with no real mistakes, I was happy. When I went to look at the times though it appeared that there was an issue with the timing and none of the first run times would be posted until the end of the day, which meant no one had any idea what position they were in. So I went into my second race run hoping to have another good run much like the first. But it didn’t really go that way, the track had dried up a lot since the first run, much more than expected. I had the top section nailed but from then on it just got messy all the way to the bottom. Surprisingly once the times had been posted I found out that I was first after run one but as the track dried up a lot for the second run almost everyone went faster and even though I beat my first run time by a second I got pushed back to second position.
All in all it was a really good race weekend riding the Giant Glory which performed flawlessly all weekend.
Big Thanks to Tredz Bikes and Giant Store Swansea.
Roll on the next one!!