Friday, March 30th, 2012
Alastair MacLennan travelled to Ireland to take part in the first IDMS of 2012. Here’s his round up of the weekend.
I was really looking forward to this race as I had reports that the tracks at Rostrevor were pretty good and also I hadn’t been in this part of the world for quite some time. I used to frequent the North of Ireland back in the 80’s when I did motorcycle trials and have many great memories of time spent at events and the people I met along the way. They were all well organised events but with a casual feel and were extremely sociable.
And so, 20+ years later I rolled off the ferry in sunny Belfast and made the short drive to Rostrevor to see if anything had changed.
We walked the track in the evening sun and every section of it was spot on. It started off dropping down a loose muddy shoot and accross a fire road into a root strewn gully with a left turn at the bottom followed by a traverse and then a turn down a rooty drop onto rocks and more roots. The upper half was fairly steep with loose loamy turns and drops leading into flat out sketchy corners with the odd rock popping up. Towards the end there was a jump out into an open field with a flat out pedal through a few corners to the finish.
Saturday practice started fairly slowly with tractor and trailer uplift and long queues building and we only got in 2 runs before lunch, but at the end of the day I managed 5 runs which is pretty average so all was good. I needed all of these runs to get into the track as there was quite a bit of line choice to try and also I found it a bit awekward to ride the first couple of runs with new slippy roots appearing all over the place. By the end of the day i was happy with all my lines and was riding fairly well.
I was eager to get in 2 practice runs on race day so was in the uplift queue early. The main oposition today were going to be Ian McIntyre ( Chain reaction Cycles/Nukeproof) and Joe ward (Plush) both determined to take the victory on home soil.
Seeding run went well hitting most of the lines good but didn’t quite get the flow going and then I washed out on a corner near the bottom after being thrown off line by a rock and came into the finish on 2min 18secs with Ian McIntyre on a 2.28 and Joe Ward on 2.30 . A comfortable lead but I knew both of them hadn’t had the best of runs and would be on full charge come the race run.
Riding a bit more relaxed in my race run I felt quite comfortable for most of the track and it felt a good solid run helped on by the many spectators and supporters that had turned out and taken advantage of the Chain Reaction Cycles Cow Bells that had been handed out. I crossed the line to take my first win of the season with Joe Ward 2nd and Eric Ryan taking a well deserved 3rd.
Overall it was a great weekend of sunny weather, good banter and great racing. Well done to Dave Morgan and the team for putting on a great event with an awesome track, I’ll be back for more.
Great to see so many Nukeproof Scalps at the race as well.
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