Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bob Fields Grands // Crewe

I've been wanting to head up to Crewe track for a while. I'd been a couple of years ago but it was before track builders Clark & Kent worked their magic and the lips were all over the place. It still astounds me how many tracks in this country have such terrible lips.. I don't know what it is, because to many, you can just look at a lip, or failing that ride it and see that it is wrong. A smooth transition can change the way a track rides and I am not talking about building steep lips either, at speed that isn't what you need... just a smooth transition with no aggressive kick at the bottom and one that doesn't roll over half way up!

Anyway, C&K know how to do it, Crewe is rad. So fun to session, I rode as much as possible friday night even though I was tired from driving there, then on saturday it was like the old days, the track was open to ride whenever nothing official was going on. At the end of the day and just as the rain kicked in, the high jump comp was held over the pro set. There was a moment where I thought fellow French trippers little Dylan Foster and Tuffs were gonna win, but last years winner and local shredder Ash Davey snatched the money with a massive 12ft 8" !!

Sunday was race day so I left the bike alone and got the video camera out (my footage is in storage for a long term project!). There was some old faces back racing, my faves being Shaun Fry who's been off the bike for 7yrs but looked right back at home, and Alex Dick who was still pulling out the classic moves... 5th to 2nd and someone got a pimping over the 2nd turn in the process! I miss watching Alex race! He really reminds me of how the Murray boys used to race, it was never over til the finish line.

Which leads me on to the special part of this weekend, the return of Stephen Murray to the UK for the first time in 3 years. For anyone reading who doesn't know Stephen's story click here. It was awesome to see Stephen and his family all back at a uk race. He's been an inspiration from when he was a kid on a Titan pulling 360's, to winning x games gold medals, and now staying so amazingly strong since his injury. Great to see you Stephen. www.staystrong.co.uk

Check out this great edit of the weekend by Corinne Walder:

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wisley Jam


Headed back to wisley last weekend for their annual fund raising jam. It was pretty cool, a chilled affair, didn't have to queue to ride and a good mix of big wheels and little wheels. Did a little bit of riding, and a little bit of filming, collecting footage for the dvd I'll be making next year.

Stuck some new pedals on my bike last week too....odyssey finally made hot pink pedals!! My chameleon pink pedals faded so I had to have them! :o)

Finally had a lot of rain this week, the trails have been bone dry and dusty since the beginning of April, I'm so excited we can go and build something! Not to mention they'll ride a damn sight better aftr some rain.

Next week is the Bob Fields Grands at Crewe, the raddest track in the country. Can't wait, heading up friday to session the track til 10pm under floodlights!






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