Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The French Roadtrip 2012

This trip never get's old! Here's my edit from the week.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Escaping the snow



The bad weather had to arrive soon I suppose! The track is under an inch or 2 of snow, so my team mate Jordan and I took a trip to Manchester yesterday to get some indoor riding in and ride with our more northerly counterparts.

We hit some pretty low temperatures on the journey up there! The roads were fine though, apart from getting stuck behind a gritter on the A17, we got there without much trouble. Castle Moonbeque kindly put us up for the night, it was good to catch up with Paddy & Moonbay, watching a few BMX videos with a couple of beers before getting some sleep.

We got up early to make the rest of the journey and hit up an early private session. I was thinking about having a go at the Supercross race at one of the Manchester nationals so it was good to be able to get on on the big hill for the first time in around 4 years! It felt so fast at first, but it wasn't long before it all came back to me and I was really enjoying it again.

We grabbed a well deserved full English breakfast over the road and quickly headed back so Jordan could do his ride around cones and brake down the start hill test, before meeting up with Paddy, Moonbay, Dom and Goose for the afternoon session.

We were pretty tired already but we were making the most of it and hardly stopped til we were kicked off at 2pm!

Both Jordan and I took some footage with my helmet camera, so I made an short edit of the day. Check it out!



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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Manchester National Rd 1

Last weekend was the first BMX national of 2012 and my first national in about 4 years!

I felt a little bit like a fish out of water, a bit wierd having to ride a few laps on demand rather than just sessioning, lots of waiting around that I wasn't used to. I decided to run my flat pedals this weekend as I hadn't had my clips on much so doubt it would have made much difference!

A few dutch riders were over for the racing along with GB's finest, and lucky me I drew them all in my first moto! Not what I'd hoped for. I was 5th going into the first turn when a big gap appeared so I stayed low and shot into 1st much to my surprise. I expected to be passed again, but it didn't happen til the last straight, I finished 2nd so I was really happy with that!

I got a 3rd and a 4th in the next motos so comfortably made the final. I had a really bad gate in the final. Going into the first turn there was a gap again.... I went for it and pulled up close to 2nd, but just ran out of space, lost loadsa of speed and then collided with another rider.... that was the end of that!

I didn't feel at my best all weekend, so I was happy to just find my feet and make the final! It was great to see loads of friendly faces and lots of people coming back to racing, particularly Alex Dick showing the talent he has, 2nd in the super tough Masters on his first race back. Won't be long before he wins one!

Looking forward to the next race in a months time!

Here's the Identiti Team edit from the weekend, congrats to Team mate Jake Power on his first National win!!


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Identiti Bikes announce BMX Race Team



It's official, I'm back on the BMX race scene!

It's been a long time... I needed the break, but now I can't wait to have fun racing again! I'm not expecting huge things - I'm certainly no full time athlete anymore. I just love riding my BMX and loving the buzz of going fast again. I'll be back on the 4X bike in the summer, but for now I'll be doing my best to rep Identiti on the national scene enjoy it and see what happens... Exciting times!

My Team mates are Martin Ogden, Jake Power and Michael Cummins, with Jordan Lunn, Pete Power and Josh Matthews on the Development Team.

I'll be on board the new Identiti Krisis MX frame with support from
Gusset
Halo
ODI
TSG
Renthal
Time
Foxhead Europe
Drift Innovation
Answer
Dia Comp
One Industries
Monster Energy
Maxxis
Vans
Hardcore Hobbies

Check out the press realease and follow the team on the Identiti Facebook page




















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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Manchester Indoor BMX track

Last week I headed up to Manchester to check out the new indoor BMX track. There's been a lot of comments about the track, particularly about the first jump so I was intregued to see what it was really like. The set up is like a Worlds track with an SX 8m start hill and a 5m amateur hill next to it. I have obviously ridden an SX hill before but never the 5m one. It's still pretty fast! I have to be honest though, I couldn't really see too much problem with the first jump... yeh, I can jump it, but that's irrelevant. What I did see was someone worse than 50/50 case it twice, and not look anywhere near crashing, and someone roll it fast next to someone jumping it and they didn't lose much ground. A jump that's a little bit quicker to jump than roll seems about right to me. Of course, if you do crash on it, it's gonna hurt....but it's not a bad jump, it's because of the speed you are going off that hill, the risks are gonna be higher whatever you are taking off at that speed. If you don't want to take those risks it can be rolled fast from what I saw, this may not be the case straight away but everything takes practice, you can always build up yor speed gradually. I can tell you I certainly didn't pedal 100% down a SX hill on my first few goes! I know some people won't necessarily agree or like my opinion, but everyone else has openly expressed theirs, so there you go, that's mine!

Anyway, after passing my BMX proficiency test, I had a good time sessioning the track, particularly the 2nd straight, it's fast and flowy! I didn't think I'd go back quite so soon, but when Jools invited a few of us to join Braintrees club session the following weekend and the temperature was in minus figures outside, I thought why the hell not! This time I started to have a little ride down the pro side of the 3rd straight, but left it a bit too late in the session. I jumped the first two and two on my last couple of goes, but didn't have time to work out what to do next as it was home time! I remembered the SD card for my Go Pro this week and took a few clips in the last half hour. Check it out...




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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Braintree BMX

After the fun we had at the winter regional the other week, Jonny and me headed back to Braintree for their club race yesterday. They have a great set up there and so a good turn out for racing. There was only 6 in our "Formula 1" race, but it turned out that there was also a 25+ race which most riders our age seemed to be in! Didn't matter though, good fun racing and it made us do some full laps. We were pretty tired by the end of the day as we rode non stop for a coupla hours before racing, then had a bit of a big double session in the gap between motos and finals too.

Was good to see Ross Tricker's BMX getting ridden for a change too, it's been neglected of late with all the Cyclocross he's been doing..... Only thing was, he wasn't riding it, he'd lent it to Kyle Evans for the day! Who by the way, was looking super smooth after only just getting back on the bike from a bad wrist break at the Brits.

After racing the club had their end of season presentation under floodlights, so we stuck around for a cup of tea (me) and a beer (Jonny) before heading home. Love the guys at Braintree, thanks for a great day again, we'll be back. If we weren't "Flyers" we'd definately be "Bullets"!

I took a few clips on the Go Pro and made a quick edit, check it out:


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Sun

So were nearly at the end of November and still the sun is shining on the weekends for us.

Last weekend Jonny and me were up for a bit of racing, so we headed over to Braintree regional for the EA Winter series race. We were a little concerned we wouldn't be able to see the first turn from the gate as we drove through some terrible fog on the way there.

When we got there we were right, you couldn't see the other side of the track! But by the time we faffed about registering, catching up with Jools and co and getting kitted up, the sun was beginning to shine and we were treated to clear blue skies and no wind, it wasn't even very cold.

There was a good rider count with 150 entries. I was racing in 30+ men and it was a good line up with some close racing. I won a couple of motos and was really enjoying it. During one of the breaks in racing Jonny and me took a walk around the track with a cuppa to take a couple of pics. There was some graffiti in the first turn that had been making me giggle every lap. Jonny hadn't noticed it til now, but very much enjoyed it too and felt the need to photograph it. We also discussed 360ing over the last turn and watched some nasty you tube crash videos along with some crazy Frenchy manual vids....we were psyched to get back on the track after that!

Jonny was on a mellow one after not racing for so long due to injuries, but he was just happy to be back racing and he made the A main in 17+. I had a good chance of doing well in my A main, but it was going to be tough! I didn't get as good a gate as I had been and was stuck on the outside of the first turn. Suddenly I looked down and there were loads of riders in a very small amount of space. I thought to myself, this could end badly... and with that, Jools slid sideways over the table and we all piled into him one by one! I think everyone was ok though.

After racing we were pretty done but managed to find just enough energy to jump the big double which we hadn't bothered to do earlier. Neither jonny nor me went anywhere near fast enough really but we just managed to survive haha. Jonny called it a day but I managed to jump it one more time and much cleaner than the first so I went home happy with that!

We had an ace day and I reckon we'll be back soon. We just have to remember we aren't there just to sit and chat to Jools, cause we all kept nearly missing our races, oops.

This weekend I stayed local at Norwich, it's been stupidly windy and blustery but the sun was still shining and there wasn't too many gusts of cross wind... so it was all good. I took a few snaps before the sun went down. Photos are of Jonny, Scooby, Ady and Ferg.







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