Alastair’s round up of BDS at Moelfre

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Blue Skies, sunshine and dust were the main ingredients for a great weekend of racing at Moelfre for Round 2 of the Halo British Downhill series. 

Blue Skies, sunshine and dust were the main ingredients for a great weekend of racing at Moelfre for Round 2 of the Halo British Downhill series.

Not one of my favourite tracks, but fun to ride and super fast, Moelfre consisted of a mix of tricky grass turns, super fast berms, tricky step downs and long sections of rock strewn sheep track. It finished of with a set of 3 jumps which proved to be the main sticking point for many riders, the most unfortunate of these were air ambulanced to hospital.

Practice went fairly well but at the end of the day I still hadn’t managed the awkward step down near the start of the course. After rolling through it on the first run the wind had picked up and it proved a bit dangerous to launch off it. Mentally wise its never good to end practice having not fully achieved all goals of the day.

Race day again was a scorcher with not a breath of wind so first practice run down the dreaded step down was nailed along with the rest of the track.

My seeding run was done at around 85% effort and I was confident with all my lines and felt I had plenty energy left in the tank for my race run. After crossing the line I seeded 4th some 5.5 seconds off the pace of darren Howarth who had put in a cracking run.

I was going to have to push as hard as possible to get on the podium and set of as hard as possible  from the start on my race run. The wind had picked up a bit which made it a bit awkward in places and slowed the pace down a bit. Turning out of one of the fast berms a bit early to get a high line I blew out with the front wheel a bit which lost me a bit of pace, but I soon got on it again and gave it all I could all the way to the finish line to go into 2nd place with three riders still to come down. Howarth again put in a good solid run as did Rich Simpson and Adrian Bradley with me finishing 4th. Not an ideal result but its still early season and Im getting stronger and fitter with every race and looking forward to the next round which is a bit nearer home in Glencoe and should be a cracker.

Low point of the event apart from the Air Ambulance making 3 trips with injured riders had to be all the damage done to bikes in the uplift trailers which is really annoying. The Scalp now sports a few scars!  High point of the event had to be the Ice Cream Van Im afraid.

With that we now move onto the first round of the SDA Series at Ae Forest which will agian be very competative and enjoyable. Hope there is an Ice cream van there as well !

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