Discipline: Downhill, Enduro
Competition Level: Open Women/ Female Veteran
DH Bike - Saracen Myst, Enduro Bike - Specialised Enduro
DH Bike Saracen Myst custom build set up with Marzocchi 380 forks, Rockshox vivid shock, Sram Guide brakes, 9 speed with road cassette and 790mm bars. Preferred tyres Magic Mary and Dirty Dans subject to track and conditions. Enduro Bike Specialized Enduro modified with offset shock bush, shorter stem and taller bars to be slacker and more suited to steeper trails and reduced to single ring 10 speed.
Proving age is just a number i didn't really pick a bike up till I was 42 and this was only because I was given it for Christmas by my other half to help rehabilitate my knees from a total of 6 operations/reconstructions spanning the past 6 years from playing around and racing motocross.
After a couple of months of riding forestry roads and a couple of trips up Afan I was bored so entered my first downhill race in March 2013 at the Forest of Dean 4 years and 72 races later I have gone from strength to strength.
I have never really owned a trail bike as my first bike happened to be a Carerra Banshee X with Rochshock boxer downhill forks I went straight into downhill racing this was soon replaced with a Giant Glory and more recently the Saracen Myst. December 2015 I bought a Specialised Enduro and started to play around on the local trails then entered and won my first enduro and then the series.
19 races, 19 podiums and 3 championship titles
1st in 2016 British Downhill Championships
1st in 2016 Pearce Cycles Championships
2nd in 2016 Welsh Gravity Enduro Championships
Finish in the top 3 of the British Downhill Championships
2018 World Masters Championships
Finish in the top 3 of the Pearce Cycles Championships
Aberystwyth Cliff race always promises to be a great event and part of the Aber Cycle Fest, its great for spectators and the short 'different' semi urban track makes for fun racing. The day started with a track walk to scope out the track and look at what lines I would use, the track was very similar to when I raced there a couple of years ago although the foot path seemed much deeper under gravel.
Having raced this track 3 times previously I pretty much thought I knew what to expect, but knowing the weekend was going to be a wet one, a track walk was a priority. Even though the sun was shining there was still a stream running down the top section of the track, with alot of the water ending up in the new 'Fort William' section.