SDA Round 5 Glencoe

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Glencoe hasn’t had much luck with downhill races this season with both the British Series Race and the previous SDA race being cancelled due to severe weather.

Glencoe hasn’t had much luck with downhill races this season with both the British Series Race and the previous SDA race being cancelled due to severe weather.

This weekend we were greeted with low mist and drizzle all day Saturday for practice.

The Glencoe track has developed nicely over the last couple of years and it now feels like a proper track that rides well and can take the pounding it gets from a couple of hundred racers over a weekend.

 

After all the riding I’ve been doing over the season I thought my arms could cope with anything, but first run down in practice I could feel the punishment my arms were getting from the constant big hits and constant braking on the steep rugged track.

In a lot of sections it was a case of just trying to let go the brakes and let the bike do the work it was made for. The back end of the Nukeproof Scalp worked superbly with the Cane Creek Shock keeping the back wheel tracking well over the slippy and boulder strewn hillside making for a very enjoyable day of practice with 7 runs being done.

 

Sunday morning practice was done in pouring rain with no wind. The track actually improved with the rain and was riding well with the only problems being that of vision with the constant spray and splashes.

After putting on a front mudgard and crud catcher I took the risk of doing my first race run without goggles and I thankfully got away with it.
I went hard off the start and got up to good speed quickly with the first few corners being nailed before the fast pedal along the straight section. After this the track dropped steeply into a series of loose drops and turns before getting into the gnarlier steep sections of bedrock and loose boulders. I managed to keep the rhythm going all the way down to the lower section of the track and had put in a good run to here but the hands were begining to feel a bit strained by this point. After a few more drops and turns it was time to hit the big jump and hang on as I got spat out over the bridge and sprinted into the finish. Once the whole category was down the positions were me taking the fastest time with the ever present Neil wilson (Glentress Riders) 2nd and Pete Hoggan 3rd on his new Nukeproof Scalp

Second race run I put in another good one to go a couple of seconds faster and take the win not only for this race but also for the series as I won 5 out of 5 races. Neil Wilson 2nd and Pete Hoggan 3rd.

 

Great Race, great track and overall a great weekend.

Pictures by Ian Linton

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