Llangollen Borderline Race – racing revival! - 1 Sept 2013
After a disappointing racing trip to Canada I really wanted to get racing before the next world cups and really start attacking tracks again. My aim for this one was to push as hard as I could in the race runs. Get ragged and loose if necessary, but stop this ‘smooth’ business because isn’t proving to be very fast! I had a great time in practice and although the steep track at Llangollen is basically the main line all the way down, I found some cool commitment lines and was having fun! Great to be back riding with my best bud Will Jones as well, who was also in need of a good racing weekend to boost his confidence! World cup rider Harry Heath was also racing, which was good because we’ve been neck and neck all season so it meant I had some very good competition for racing! You could guarantee it would be close, as we’ve been within a second of each other at so many races this season!
I did what I was there to do in my first run and pushed as hard as I could. I got scruffy in a few places throwing feet and running wide, but that was ok, I wanted to push it, ride with some urgency again! I came through the finish with a 1.48.04, to find out Harry had done a 1.47.07. We were 0.9 apart, and irritatingly in the wrong order from my perspective, again. I was pretty fired up for the next run, as I knew I’d had an awesome first run, and that I’d really have to do something special to beat the first run time Harry had thrown down! My second run was awesome, and I left nothing on the hill. I’ve not had that feeling on the bike in a race run since my qualifying run at Val Di Sole when I placed 14th – riding like I’m being chased by something, or more simply, riding like I’m racing. I was hitting everything faster than in practice, so committed, so aggressive, and it felt mint! I came through and saw the clock stop at 1.46.67 and I was buzzing! Thirty seconds later I turned to see Harry steaming into the finish field with the clock ticking past 1.41 – again it was going to be close. He did another 1.47 so it was mine. I was mainly happy with how I’d stepped up for that race run and produced a fast aggressive run, but also happy to be on the better side of Harry – he’s a great young rider having an awesome season and I can assure you beating the lad at the moment is not easy! I feel revived going into these last two world cups, hungry as hell to hunt some big results!! I certainly won’t be holding back!
Trip to Canada - August 2013
It all started with the Mont Saint Anne World Cup. I was going in to this race with an aggressive outlook on the hunt for a top 20. Unfortunately I had a couple of big crashes throughout the weekend, the biggest being in my final practice run before the race on the Sunday. I put a smooth qualifying run together and placed 46th with lots of time left on the hill. However my injuries by Sunday meant I struggled to push it and left with a disappointing 63rd place.
It was straight to Whistler for Crankworx with no time to dwell on the disappointment. After a Sunday night flight I was back on the bike Monday afternoon practising for the Garbanzo DH. I was feeling very confident for this one. 3rd in 2011, 6th in 2012 with two crashes – I was convinced this was my year to get nearer to the win. I was having the run of my life until a third of the way down, where I got a puncture and that was the end of that. So far the trip was falling on its face, hard to stomach after all the expectations!
By the time the Canadian Open came around I was simply expecting something to go wrong. I felt great in practice and was loving the track. My injuries from Mont Saint Anne had started to settle down as well. I had a great race run until I got into the bottom wooded section, and then I remember just backing right off. I think I was so relieved I’d got that far down riding well with nothing going wrong, I didn’t want to push my luck. That ended up being the difference between the 13th position I finished in and the top 10 I wanted. However 13th wasn’t bad, nothing went wrong and knowing that I had a lot of time left on the hill I can feel positive about the run.
UCI World Cup, ValNord , Andorra - 28 July 2013
After disasters at the first two world cups this year it really was time to get some points on the board at Vallnord, Andorra. I’ve had a great season at the British events and now need to get myself some good world cup results. The track was new for this race and we were all expecting something special! When we arrived there had been a period of rain in the valley and the track was wet when we walked it. There were some very steep sections that were going to be interesting at the start of practise. It was also very long, so was going to be a real test of rider fitness. I had a good first day of practise, feeling good on the track and enjoying it. It proved to be very physical and by the end of the session my arms were feeling the effort! I hoped it would stay dry because at the start of the day, when the track was wet, I had to hover over the brakes a lot and that really made my arms ache! Qualifying wasn’t as straightforward as I would have liked. I crashed half way down, luckily in a slow section so when I flipped over the bars I landed next to my bike and could get back on quickly and carried on. I stayed calm and linked the rest of the run together nicely to slot into 30th place so I was happy. I approached my race run really well and felt confident in the start gate. I made no mistakes and finally put a good world cup race run together. I’ve not done that since Fort William last season!! I found myself riding a bit steadier than I may have liked, but I think in the back of my mind I wanted to put a safe, smooth run together to get some points on the board after the disasters of rounds 1 and 2. I finished in 38th place, going 8 seconds faster than qualifying and only 2 seconds off 30th which was my aim for the weekend. So my world cup campaign is finally up and running – role on Mont Saint Anne in 2 weeks!
UK National Champs, Bala, Wales - 20/21 June 2013
I was 7th at National Champs last year and as I’m running very low on UCI points I needed something similar this year! Not an easy task though with a stacked elite field and everyone going for glory. The track at Bala was new and looked awesome when we walked it. Long with lots of variation including jumps, fast loose sections, tight twisty tree sections, dusty narrow ruts and a fast field finish. The weather was glorious all weekend so we had a great time enjoying the sun and the riding. The track was so fun it is probably my favourite UK race track of the season. I was feeling confident when seeding came around and I put a good run together putting me 3rd behind Steve Peat and Gee Atherton, and in front of a lot of great team riders. Hopefully I could replicate for the race run! I new it would be tough for me to go much quicker as my seeding run had been great, but I really wanted to cope well with the pressure of being in the last 3 riders left on the hill and put a good run together! Much to my delight I had my first ever, perfect race run. By perfect I mean I rode exactly how I’d planned with no mistakes, not that I couldn’t ever go quicker. I got to the bottom and went into 6th place. Instantly I was disappointed, but then I remembered there were only 2 riders left and at worst I’d be 8th. I ended up 7th again, going 2 seconds quicker than my seeding run, only 0.8 off 4th and 1.8 off 2nd racing was so close. I was happy with how I rode, and happy with the result, but slightly irritated that again I was on the wrong side of some very tight times! Some good UCI points in the bag and feeling fast and confident ready for the Vallnord world cup next weekend!
BDS Round 4, LLangollen, Wales - 29/30 June 2013
This weekend was my first race back after my frustrating race run at the Val Di Sole world cup and I was hungry for it. Round 4 of the BDS was the occasion and going into it I was sitting 6th in the series overall. We had a great weather forecast for the weekend, but with rain on Friday it meant that the track was very greasy and slippery for the first few practice runs on Saturday morning. Therefore I took it easy throughout the morning and waited for the track to really dry out before I started pushing it. For the first time at this venue the uplift was running smoothly so I got 8 practice runs done on Saturday and by the end of the day I was feeling great on the track and had my lines dialed. Sunday started well for me in practice doing 4 runs to really get comfortable on the track. The morning was fairly uneventful apart from when I rode past a wasp nest on my final practice run, and obviously disturbed them ending up with two stings on my neck. Try riding the steep Llangollen track with a wasp chewing your neck!! I decided it was time for some fresh pedals before seeding but it turned out to be a mistake as they were very on/off, and I had feet ejection issues in both seeding and race runs. In seeding I was 9th with a good run, other than having to run round a corner thanks to both feet popping out and resulting in me having to jump off the bike. My race run was strong and fast, but again with pedal issues as my left foot flew out going into a tight left hander. This left me riding around the next two corners with my left leg flying out behind the bike and costing me time. I still placed 7th, which was a very good result, and only 0.6 seconds off 4th place, and about 2 seconds off second place. So a good recovery after Italy, and I’ve learnt never to change pedals before a race run without wearing them in a bit first! This was my first weekend using the new 2014 Fox 40 float air fork, and they proved to be very impressive indeed.
UCI World Cup, Val Di Sole, Italy - 16 June 2013
I had a very disappointing trip to Fort William for the first round of the world cup series because of a puncture in qualifying. I then had 4 days before round 2 kicked off in Val Di Sole, Italy. I love this world cup track and couldn’t wait for riding to start. The course builder had made a couple of changes to the track and added in some really fun new sections. The weather was awesome for the entire weekend so the track was dry, dusty, fast and loose! I felt strong in practice and was feeling confident for my race run. I was really nervous before qualifying because of the bad luck I’d had the week before. Due to this I rode very cautiously in my qualifying run, over braking and holding quite a lot back in an attempt to prevent anything going wrong. So when I crossed the line and qualified 14th I was very surprised. I was now even more excited for Sunday as I knew I had a lot left in the tank. The rest of practice went well and by the time Sunday afternoon came around I knew the track like the back of my hand. Practice finished at 11am and my race run wasn’t until 5.30 so I had a very long wait. I did well to control the nerves before my run and felt good setting off. Unfortunately I had a little crash in the top section and this upset my rhythm. I pushed too hard after the crash in an attempt to make up time and didn’t keep control of my breathing. As a result I got arm pump and struggled to control the bike as I got further and further down. I was making up time as I’d moved from 74th at the first split to 54th at the second split, but then I hit a big hole that threw me the wrong way and I went straight through the tape and missed a corner completely. That means disqualification. I’m really pleased that I’m now up to speed with the top guys, but I just need to get used to riding under pressure in that all-important race run!
BDS Round 3 @ Innerleithen - 1/2 June 2013
Having three weeks off racing after the Fort William BDS, I was fired up and ready to get back at it when the Innerleithen BDS arrived at the weekend. With this being the final race before the world cup season starts I was keen to have another consistent weekend and be in with the top boys on the results sheet. There was again a stacked field with lots of top world cup riders. The track was fast and fun with some awesome new sections. The weather was fantastic as well, which is a rare for Scotland. The only problem was a truly horrendous uplift system that resulted in riders spending most of the day standing in a queue. Frustrating to say the least! I qualified really well in 5th place sandwiched in the middle of four previous world cup winners, which was cool. I then had a great race run going over a second quicker than my seeding run which placed me 11th, and only 2.5 seconds off first place, racing was that tight! Everyone who placed in front of me is an established top 20 world cup rider, with quite a few behind as well, so I’m full of confidence heading to Fort William for world cup round 1 this weekend, knowing that I’ve been consistently on pace with the top riders in the world over the past couple of months!
BDS Round 2 @ Fort William - 11/12 May 2013
The Fort William BDS race is a perfect warm up for the world cup that is always a few weeks after. Therefore I headed up early so that I could spend Friday riding the track to get the most out of the weekend in preparation for the world cup. In previous years this has always been a track I’ve struggled with physically, however as soon as I started practicing on Friday I realized this was no longer going to be an issue. I felt so strong and composed on the track, and with a few extra clicks of my compression damping on my Fox 40s to make them a bit stiffer I was off! The weather didn’t play the game for us, so we were subjected to wind and rain for the entire weekend. Qualifying, or seeding, was shifted to Saturday because of this, and we were all briefed that because of the unpredictable weather Sunday’s race may be cancelled, so to make qualifying count as it could end up being the race result. I didn’t have any specific expectations going into the run, but me and Dad had discussed that considering the stacked Elite field (practically a world cup attendance) a top 20 result would be great. I had a good run and I finished 6th one place behind Greg Minnarr who frequently wins the Fort William world cup, and one place in front of Joe Smith who placed 7th there last year. I’ve done it, my training has worked, I’m on pace with the top 20 this year after all my hard work, maybe even the top 10! However I then had to perform again on Sunday and replicate that result to get a similar race result. I’ve had good qualifiers twice in the past and both times crashed in the race run putting too much pressure on myself and also lacking in fitness by the end of the weekend. The fitness definitely isn’t an issue anymore. I didn’t crash in my race run on Sunday which is great progress and I feel a big step forward – I’m starting to feel like I belong when I’m sat at the start with the best in the world now. However my run was scrappy, with a number of costly mistakes all of which stemmed from being a bit stiff and tense because of the pressure I was putting myself under. I’d also spent the hour before going up for my run fixing my bike after snapping a bash guard on my last practice run which really didn’t help (all the team riders have their mechanics to look after this stuff for them). I still however got a top 20, finishing 18th which is a good result, especially with a very poor run. All in all a good weekend in preparation for the Fort William world cup and I’m excited to keep learning, having fun and moving forward!
Northern Downhill Series Round 1 - Kidland, 5 May 2013
The Northern Downhill Series guys always organise great events so I headed up to Kidland in Northumberland this weekend for Round 1. Before travelling up I heard that the 2011 World Champ Danny Hart was racing, so there was certainly some competition! I was excited to race, as after doing all this training and with the world cups just around the corner, I was keen to know how my pace was compared one of the world’s top riders. Saturday was a great day, riding the steep, tight, technical and dry track with racing buddy Pete Williams. I’m tall and ride an XL bike, so I didn’t feel that the track suited me as well as some of the smaller riders, such as Scott Mears and Danny Hart. However by the end of Saturday I was feeling fast and had all my lines dialed. Sunday morning was good, but with the uplift system running perfectly I got four practice runs done before racing. My aim was as it has been and will be all season – ride well and have fun. I was excited to see how close to Danny I could get. My first race run was good, with two small mistakes I knew I could go a few seconds quicker but that was it. I came across the line with a 1.27 and went into first by 3 seconds. I watched the time screen with everyone else nervously, wondering how much time Danny would put into me. Then to my surprise he came through 0.6 slower than me. Awesome, I’m on pace for the season I thought!! Run two was picture perfect until very close to the bottom. I lost the front wheel in a loose left hander right in front of my Dad and some other friends, who incidently got the crash on video – I lost about 3 seconds. I pushed hard to the bottom getting the final 20 seconds or so really well. I thought I’d thrown it away, especially when I discovered that I’d only gone 0.5 seconds slower than my first time! Without the crash I’d have been on a 1.25! We weren’t reseeded for second runs, so Danny was last rider down. Again I nervously watched the screen waiting to see him destroy my time. But not today, he did a 1.29. Both my times, even with the crash in the second run were the two fastest times of the day and I took the win! Yes the race was only a small event, but to have final confirmation that my winter training has been a success and that I’m on pace with the country’s top riders is really exciting. Bring on the World Cups. Full race report here.
UK National - Combe Sydenham, 13/14 April 2013
This weekend I was down at the first round of the British Downhill Series at Combe Sydenham. I arrived on the Friday and following a course walk discovered a relatively easy track that was also quite flat. The weather forecast was for rain all weekend and this would turn the track into a flat bog… brilliant. I was first rider down on Saturday morning at the start of practice as I wanted to get a good feel of the course before everyone started to destroy it with the help of the rain. I enjoyed that first run but an hour or so later the track was completely different. Ruts were starting to form in the trees and it became impossible to carry speed because of the thick mud. The rain continued throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning, and to add to this annoyance, the uplift for the morning practice session was so poor riders were lucky to get one run done never mind two – typical BDS style! Thankfully the rain stopped mid morning and the track started to dry up. For seeding runs it was in a really sticky-mud stage and it was difficult to carry speed, but the ruts had improved from the morning and had become more predictable. I seeded in 8th place with a good smooth run and was really pleased with how I rode and the result. I wanted to stay in the top 10 come race runs, but most importantly wanted to ride well again. Consistency is a big aim for me this year. I had a wicked race run right until the last rutted corner only yards from the finish where I over steered and went straight into a tree after it. I was 8th at the first split but this momentary lapse of concentration cost me that top 10 and dropped me to 12th place, only 2 seconds behind 7th. I’m still really pleased with the result, and especially excited by how well I’m riding, and that lesson has been learnt!
New Video of pre-season training
When young videographer Sam Gladstone contacted me a few weeks back about getting together to shoot a video it very much reminded me of when I first worked with Gee Milner 3 long years ago. And now look at Gee... filming all round the world for his film 'Boundless'. Going off the edit, 16 year old Sam and his filming buddy Euan have put together following our day's shooting at Farmer John's on Friday, I think they can go far! Excellent camera angles and great editing skills, have resulted in one of my favourite edits out of all the ones I've done. It's always good to help out people who are excited about the sport and looking to make something of themselves within it, whether it be on or off a bike. So I'm really pleased the day was such a success in terms of the quality of the video they've produced, I've even put it at the top of my home page. Have a watch and I hope you agree!
North West Series 1st Round - 31 March 2013
Racing at Farmer John’s is always something I look forward to. It’s close to home so I see and ride with lots of mates, as well as having a good laugh at a more relaxed event. This time it was for the North West Series first round and the competition was a bit more challenging than usual in the form of world top 10 world cup rider Josh Bryceland. Not one to turn down a challenge, and on board my enduro bike against Josh’s V10 race bike, I gave it my all. My second race run was a real good one and I finished in 2nd place only 3 seconds behind Josh and 4 seconds ahead of the other elites, a result which I was very happy with. The weather was good for a change, so we had a wicked day relaxing in the sun between racing. I have taken some more positives from the event as I move forwards towards the first British Downhill series event next weekend. See the full report here.
Portugal National DH Race - Gouviea, 24 March 2013
A new track had been prepared for this year so it was very fresh and loamy, whereas in previous years I’d been told it was rocky and fast. Unfortunately the weather forecast wasn’t great and the track didn’t look like it would ride well in the rain. We walked the track on Friday morning before an afternoon of practice. Luckily the rain held off and we got 4 good runs done and really enjoyed the track, even though when we walked it we thought it was too flat. Throughout Saturday I worked on my lines and was feeling good by the end of the day and confident that I would ride well come race runs the following day. Unfortunately the weather for race day was horrendous. Torrential rain came down relentlessly all day and ruined the track. It became so boggy and you simply had to pedal the whole way down to keep moving. I’d not packed any Schwalbe Dirty Dan’s, and I really needed them in the very wet conditions, so I definitely lost time in my race run using the Muddy Mary (which is my chosen dry tyre). However, I managed to ride well and finished in the top 10 with a 9th place. I was really happy with the result as I was only 5 seconds off third place and feel that with the right tyres I wouldn’t have been far off this. So a great weekend of racing, feeling good on my bike and coming home with a great result in very difficult conditions.
Back to RoostDH - March 2013
Malaga for my third time this winter! I can’t get enough of the place! I was with my training/racing buddy Will Jones and our girlfriends this trip. We had three days training planned before a national race in Portugal. The first day was awesome with an afternoon doing some timed training on some typical race-track-style descents We then finished the day with a run down the natural Antenna descent, which is very long and a personal favourite. We headed to a new venue near Granada on the second day which was much smoother and had some great jumps to play on. A nice venue for a more relaxed middle day. Our final day of training was at the beach venue of Torrox. This track is about 2 minutes long and starts off fast, rocky and off-camber before a very steep bottom section. The track is very loose, because the ground is so dry, which makes for challenging riding conditions. This video shows this well. We were feeling great after the three days training and ready for some racing! Catch the video on this link: https://vimeo.com/62494663
Jerseys printed-up for the seasonBig thanks to all my sponsors for supporting me this year! Just had my race jerseys printed up with all their logos by the guys at www.FusionMX.co.uk who have done an awesome job! Thanks guys I'm really happy with them. I'm heading off to Spain and Portugal next Monday for 3 days training with the guys at RoostDH in Malaga before heading to Gouveia to compete in the UCI event there. 2013 is bubbling away nicely! Wish me luck :-)
Day/Night Enduro, Innerleithen - Saturday 2 March 2013
Enduro racing is something I haven’t tried my hand at before, but the general concept seemed pretty simple to me. Save as much energy as you can on the way to the top, as this part isn’t timed, then ride hard to the bottom as if it’s a downhill race track - simples. However, I hadn’t spent the week leading up to this event preparing for it, like I normally would for a DH event, so I was already feeling pretty beat up when I got out of bed on the Saturday morning. After walking both tracks and pedalling to the top of the hill twice, for practice runs, my legs were feeling it even more. Unfortunately the event wasn’t seeded, and my main competitor Joe Barnes, who is experienced in the enduro racing scene, made sure he was first rider down the first stage and got a clean run without any other riders in his way. I however set off in the middle of the pack and had a very entertaining run, passing between 10 to 15 people on the way down which cost me lots of time! I felt strong throughout the day, which consisted of racing each of two stages twice, each in the day and then each in the dark with bike lights attached. To my surprise and despite having to pass lots of people in both my first and third stage runs I finished in 2nd place overall with a time of 22 minutes in total. Not bad for a downhiller using the event as a training day, and that’s 3 out of 3 podiums since the 2013 race season started.
Friday 1 March 2013 - on the way to Innerleithen
This weekend I went back up to Scotland for a 3 day training trip. Friday started well with a fantastic highland adventure! I’ve always looked up the valley off the Moffat road where the ‘Grey Mare’s Tail’ trail leads into the wilderness thinking, I have to head up there sometime! I wasn’t meeting buddy, Pete Williams, in Innerleithen until 1.30, so I left home at 7.30am and was setting off up this beautiful valley by 11, after the 3 hour drive. I didn’t realise how much of a treat I was in for! Firstly I didn’t know there was a beautiful waterfall right there, and secondly I didn’t know there is an even more beautiful highland loch at the top of the climb. There is nothing better than being out in the middle of nowhere with beautiful scenery and not a sound to be heard. Of course I took my bike up and enjoyed the ride back down afterwards!! The whole thing was topped off when a fighter jet came screaming through the valley just metres above my head when I arrived back at the van! I love that sort of stuff. I then added a great finish to the day with a 15 mile XC ride around the great Innerleithen trails with my buddy Pete. Training day one was complete and I was absolutely knackered… not great considering my next day of training was to be the day/night enduro event at Innerleithen.
24 February 2013, Borderline Downhill @ Innerleithen
2013 racing started well last weekend at the Hamsterley enduro, so I was excited to get the DH racing started this weekend at Innerleithen. The weather was due to be cold and possibly snowy so that would spice things up! The track was awesome, fast, flowing and great fun to ride. I was feeling confident on the track by the end of practice and ready to race. All the winter training I’ve been doing had me feeling strong and powerful on the bike. It was snowing on us at the top while we waited for our first race runs! The top of the track proved to be a challenge due to the snow and frozen ground so I took it carefully. Then I really got into it lower down where the grip improved. I crossed the line and went into 1st by about 5 seconds with a 2.57, with only local Lewis Buchanan who’d taped the track, and Hope’s new factory rider Adam Brayton left on the hill. Lewis went a second quicker than me to take 1st but Adam slotted into 3rd with a 3.01. Second race runs were again subject to heavy snow at the top and difficult riding conditions, so the running order didn’t change. I am very happy to have finished my first race of the season in 2nd place and so close to Lewis on his home track! I also have massive respect for Adam as a racer, and to start the season beating him is great. Training will continue as we move into the race season and hopefully some good performances as well! Full race report here.
17 February 2013, The Hamsterley Transmission Trail
The 2013 race season is GO! Things got going for me at the Hamsterley Transmission Trail race event this weekend. A slightly unorthodox start to the season, as I was racing my 6” travel Trek Slash instead of my DH bike and there was no uplift. But it was nice to get racing again and it proved to be a great training day as well! After doing a few practice runs in the morning I had a couple of hours to wait before my first race run. Luckily for me it was a two run event, fastest run counting, because I snapped my chain attempting to blast out of the start gate for my first run. At the time I was thinking what a start to my race season!! I was hoping that was all the bad luck out of the way. Hanging around before my second run meant I hadn’t been on the track for about 5 hours and I couldn’t remember much after the first corner. Although I didn’t snap my chain off the start this time, I made a couple of mistakes hitting some corners too fast because I forgot how tight they were. I was also pretty tired after all the pedalling around I’d done all day. However, I worked hard on the pedals and managed to save 2nd place in behind the 2011 World Champion and Hamsterley local Danny Hart. So in the end a good start to my racing season, and I’m feeling great on my bikes going into the first downhill race next weekend at Innerleithen!! Full report.
Loving Living Life!
I’m having a great time at the moment. All the hard work finishing my masters degree has paid off and I’m reaping the rewards! Now I’m a qualified optometrist my timetable is very relaxed, giving me the flexibility to train for the 2013 race season.
I’m working around 8 days a month, which is enough to pay for general life, as well as put money aside to pay for the coming season. This is giving me the necessary time to train and ride. And it’s awesome!! I’m loving life at the moment, and it makes all the hard times at Uni worthwhile! All my efforts between September and June, that I’ve had to focus on my degree, I can now channeling into my riding and strength training.
I’m currently riding my Trek Slash on the local all-mountain trails in the hills of the Peak District 4 or 5 times a week, and going in my upstairs gym 3 or 4 times a week. The physical benefits have been excellent since I started this timetable in October and my fitness is right where I want it. The main thing though is that life is great fun at the moment with no stress! And fun is good!
I’ve got a couple of foreign training trips planned on the DH bike in the next two months, one involving a race in Portugal. At the start of February I’m heading out to Malaga to the camp of the RoostDH guys for 4 days DH riding in the sun, because I’m sick of the snow and rain at home (check out the headcam of the recent snow biking!). Then in the middle of March I’m heading back to Malaga and RoostDH for 3 days with Will Jones and our girls Sarah and Annie, before hiring a van and driving up to Gouveia in Portugal for the UCI DH event on the 23/24th of March. Then when we get home the UK races kick off in April.
Training is going well, I’m having fun, loving riding bikes, and am getting ready for 2013!