Sunday, April 24, 2011

MTB May!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that the MTB bug may have bitten me. Well, I think that's confirmed, I plan to go to Fort William World Cup this year and my 4X bike now looks like this:

















Thanks to some help from Ison Distrubution, I've turned my tank into a worthy race machine, and definately the brightest bike I've ever owned.

I never thought I'd race 4X again, as I love the smooth flowy feel of BMX so much. But after giving it a go again, it seems different somehow. Although I raced World Cups before, I never really put much time into learning the MTB skills I needed. Racing BMX at the same time, living in Norfolk and not knowing many people into 4X who lived anywhere near me just meant I would head to a 4X race and just give it my best shot! This time I've got riders like Tricker and Goose to show me how it's done and I feel like a novice learning new things again... but that's why it's fun!

So on the calendar for next month are NPS 4x rounds at my old playground Penshurst, then another NPS in Afan followed by Fort William World Cup. I got really fed up with racing World Cups before as my buddies raced DH and I was bored hanging around allday waiting to ride while they practiced. In Fort William I'm staying in a static caravan with 5 other 4Xers so I'm looking forward to having a great week of bikes and laughs!
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stunt Double

You may have seen the Olympic Visa Advert on the TV recently featuring Shanaze Reade. Well at the time of filming Shanaze was out of action with a wrist injury, so she phoned me up and asked if I would be her stunt double!

It was a long day, riding round impossible corners in the wet, getting chased by camera's on railtracks and quad bikes over and over again, with over 70 people working on the shoot. It was a really good experience, I met lots of cool people and Shanaze and I had a right old giggle all day!

Here's the latest episode of the Shanaze Reade Series, featuring me looking very odd in a wig and make up at the Visa shoot. It's like we were seperated at birth...or maybe not! Below that I have posted the finished advert, in case you haven't caught it on TV.

SHANAZE READE SERIES : EPISODE 7 from Shanaze Reade Series on Vimeo.





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Thursday, April 07, 2011

4X racing... I'm back!



In the winter when the weather was terrible, I decided to build up my old 4X frame that I still had kicking about. It took me a while to get it finished, and then, I never rode it. Ross Tricker had been planning a 4X comeback for some time, and built a bike at a simialr time to me. NPS rd 1 at Leamington was just around the corner, Ross was going and well, one conversation later and I'd signed myself up!

I hadn't ridden my 4X bike yet so a few tweaks were needed after a test run. It's not exactly a light race machine either, I built it up as a razz about bike, with parts on it that I could swap to a full suss frame and take to the the Alps someday. So a bit of a tank really.

But it did the job, it felt alien to me to begin with at Leamington, so big! But by the end of saturday I felt pretty good and had loads of fun riding with good friends. This is what I like about 4X, it's really chilled and fun. While it's great that BMX is getting more professional, it's just not really what I want out of a weekend away anymore, 1 day riding and having fun with friends followed by 1 day racing suits me just fine.

Once I got the hang of the bike again, the leamington first straight suited me well. I jump straight out the gate to pedal through then doubles all the way to the first turn. There was a split jump into the first turn, the inside had a deeper middle, it put a lot of people off hitting the inside line so I used this to my advantage all day, hitting the jump and taking them up the first berm!



I decided to race the Masters men's class now that I am 30. The girls class doesn't have many in it and I didn't care less about standing on the podium, I just wanted to have some good racing and in masters I knew there were riders to push me. I spent years racing BMX when I was little with only a few riders in my class, jealous of my brother racing semi finals all the time - he saw things differently though, wishing he could win a trophy so easy as me!

I thought I'd be able to get in the mix in this class but I did better than I thought, winning all my heats and then the semi final. My gates weren't terrific (though still better than my old 4x racing days!) but I was pulling riders on the first straight jumps. In the final I picked gate 1 again to take the inside jump advantage, I was behind, but followed the leader over thinside jump and went from 4th to 2nd in the turn! Unfortuantely I rode the second last turn pretty badly and got passed, but held on for 3rd and a spot on the podium!

This was just a one of 4X race for fun, but the bug may have bitten me, I really enjoyed the weekend. Good riding, good racing, good atmosphere and good friends :o) The only bad thing about the weekend was that Ross crashed only 2 & 1/2 races into his comeback and broke his collarbone. So gutted for him, he was riding so well too. He's been to see Dr Laser though, and plans to be back on it soon. get well soon Ross!

I'll keep you posted....



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