Alasatir get Vets 3rd place at BDS

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Nukeproof Alasatir Maclennan competed in the first round of the BDS at the weekend – her’es his roundup of the event.

Nukeproof Alasatir Maclennan competed in the first round of the BDS at the weekend – her’es his roundup of the event.

I left the frrozen wastelands of Fort William and headed down to sunny Wales for Round 1 of the BDS at Nant Gwrtheyrn. 

The track wasn’t quite what I had expected and was definitely a track of 2 halves. The top section was narrow and steep with tight corners on a bed of mud and shale. The Scalp was well suited to this as it seems to be with all terrain and made for a fun days practice. 

The bottom section was a flat pedally affair with a few uphill bits thrown in and finished off with a couple of table tops and doubles that were hard work to get right.

Overall not my ideal type of track but a good test of skill and stamina.

 Uplift worked well on Saturday for practice and I managed to pile in 7 runs and felt quite comfortable with the track by the end of the day.

Race day came and along with it the wind and rain. The track didn’t alter much with the rain and was maybe slightly better up top.

I put in a good steady seeding run and missed a couple of lines on the steep section up top and could feel the strength in my legs and arms drain away as I hit the lung busting pedal to the finish to come in 2nd behind Jason Carpenter with  Adrian Bradley close behind.

Race run came round fast and I was going to have to push hard to maintain or improve my position.

I did a quick walk of the top section to sort out the bits I had messed up in seeding and was happy that I was good to go.

From the off all went well and I managed to hit all the right lines but new I was a bit sluggish out of a few corners and was ready for the big effort required on the flatter lower section. I managed to maintain speed but the tired legs buckled a bit as I made a mistake on one of the final jumps and nearly ended my race run there and then. From there on in I could feel the vital seconds drain away and I crossed the line to finish 3rd with Bradley finishing 2nd and Jason Carpenter taking the well deserved win.

At the end of the day it was always going to be hard to beat Jason and 3rd place for me was still a good solid result for this early in the season.

The weekend was another good practice session on the Nukeproof Scalp which continues to be an easy and fun bike to ride and this weekend proved just how competitive the bike is with the sheer number of Nukeproof riders on the podiums in various catagories.

Next race is round 3 Winter Series at Innerleithen.

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