Podium for Alastair at Round 3

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Apres Race Monday mornings can be a dull mundane affair. Energy sapped and brain on standby mode after a hard weekend of riding and body beating crashes. 

Apres Race Monday mornings can be a dull mundane affair. Energy sapped and brain on standby mode after a hard weekend of riding and body beating crashes.

A  bowl of muesli, toast and honey and a large glass of ice cold Scottish Water straight from the tap is all it takes to reverse this process for me and the thought of what race is next is all that is on my mind for the rest of the day in between cleaning out the van , hosing down kit and fettling the bike to a race ready state once more.

I have just returned from Round 3 of the Alpine Bikes Winter Series superbly organised by the good folk at Innerleithen MTB Racing .


The track was most definitely one of the better ones Inners has to offer with plenty of slippery roots and steep sharp corners that showed no mercy to the unwary. A steep rock strewn section with a couple of drop offs and tight corners soon became my favourite bit of track and I managed to get it pretty dialled during practice. There was also an section of holes, roots and narrow lines between trees that just felt plain awkward for me all weekend and I never really got it sorted. It was here I slithered off rather pathetically in my first race run and then could not get either of my feet clipped in again after what seemed like eternity. The rest of the run before and after this point went pretty well and overall I should have been happy to finish a distant third after the first run .

I decided for race run two I would just ride steadily and smooth and would be capable of posting a good time as I think I probably was trying too hard in the first race run and it got me into a bit of trouble. Its pretty hard to stick to that plan when the beeps go and you launch off the start like a scalded cat. Its fair to say I did a text book lesson in trying too hard and stumbled, crashed and lost lines all the way to the finish to retain 3rd place for the weekend.

Over the weekend I managed to put in 10 runs and and was loving the track. It was great practice and I rode a fair bit with the younger and faster Fort William Crew which pushed me on. 

I’ve had my muesli, toast and honey and large glass of ice cold Scottish Water straight from the tap already this morning. It might just now need a cup of coffee to complete the process and Im off out to power wash all my kit and give the Nukeproof Scalp a touch of loving. I’ve got that feeling of excitement and nerves thinking about the next race, the Red Bull 50/50, "The ultimate biathlon for skiers and mountainbikers". Not sure whether to use the Scalp or the Mega for this one and could do with a pair of Nukeproof Skis!

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