Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
With over a month away from racing it was time to hit the road again. This time off to south wales for the Final round at Afan which is situated in a valley just down the road from Newport.
Afan is a bike park mainly known for it’s network of xc trails aswell as having a world class 4x track which has been around for about 3 years now. The track has lot of features Including a bit rock garden,pro line and a bridge feature which makes it such a high standard of track not to mention the super loose rocky surface.
The team would be down on riders this weekend with Josh being injured after breaking his collarbone at the last round down in devon, we wish him all the best and speedy recovery for next season. Elliot our other rider competing in his final round of the Midlands Dh series as he will be competing in the Downhill Nationals next year aswell as a few selected 4x races.
Saturday morning came around and the weather was looking great for the first days racing with the track in great condition, it was time for the team head up to the track and get ready for practice,
The National at Afan wasn’t the best day’s racing for me. My gates were on form and i was got the snap in every moto, but hadn’t quite got the first corner sorted meaning i lost a few places. In the moto’s i came 3rd 4th and 3rd mostly down to a poor line in the first corner and the struggling to make any overtakes futher down the track. Luckily i still managed to secure at a spot in the B-final which i finally pulled off a good run from the start all the way to the finish taking the win taking fifth place overall. I was happy to take a podium spot despite one of my worst days racing this season. This would give me 4th overall in the series standings. It’s been a great years racing and i’d like to thanks Nukeproof and Thebikeyard for sponsorship this year and to my Parentys for getting me to all the races.
After a long drive to Afan and arriving very late Friday night i only managed to just make it up to the track in time to sign on. Once starting practice i was feeling apart from never getting the proline sorted which did bother me but the main thing was it didn’t affect my result. I managed to do ok in my moto’s getting a 1st and two 2nd places. Semi finals were tough lining up against Jordon and Jo Mallinson etc. I ended up having a poor semi final which would put me in the B final. In the B final i managed to have a good race leading from start to finish after getting the snap, i was just about happy with that result be knew i could of been in the A final. Finishing 5th and making the podium wasnt so bad. Finishing 3rd overall in the series was a good result for me and was quite consistent over the season. Looking forward to next year already.
After coming back from injury for the previous round and the Euro Championships i manged to crash practicing giving myself concussion 2 weeks before the finals at Afan. After training a few time before the event i came in feeling ok but not to sure how i would be. Coming into practice i felt quite good getting all my lines sorted quite quickly and taking it easy coming into racing due to it being quite a tough track on the legs. Coming into racing i wasn’t feeling so good . Coming out the gate in 2nd i got blocked out and back into 4th . From that point on i decided it wasn’t such a good idea me racing and took it easy finishing the next 2 moto’s but my day was done. Dissapointed i knew it was the option. I’d like to thank all my Sponsors including Thebikeyard and Nukeproof for all the support this year as family and friends. See you next year after a hard winters training.
It’s been a great overall season for the team finishing 3rd overall in the team points standings which they should be happy with dispite some injurys throughout the season.
The team would like to thanks there Sponsors who they couldn’t of done it without
Thebikeyard, Nukeproof, Ubyk, Schwable , Hotlines
Thanks and see you next season.