Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Go Pro!

I love making short videos. ...but a lot of the time I ride so much I don't get any film, and it's always at the coolest places, because I can't put my bike down!

So this is brilliant for me. A camera on my helmet... now I can ride and film. We had a lot of fun messing about with different shots at the weekend at the trails saturday and the track on sunday. It was a little difficult as there isn't any playback so I didn't see the footage til I got home. It was pretty good though, maybe a little tweak on the angles next time.

Heres a couple of the clips, I have a few more I'm saving for later. In the trails clip, I was trying to keep close to Scooby... nearly got a little too close over the last set, thought we were gonna land side by side! Gonna have a lot of fun with this!




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Rollapaluza Norwich

"Rollapaluza is a unique cycle sport. Two particpants battle it out on a pair of custom-built rollers connected to a huge dial, with split-second-digital timing over a simulated 500m distance at speeds in excess of 50mph, accompanied by music, MC and cheering crowds!"

Sunday saw the Rollapaluza come to Norwich for the first time. Held in the York pub, it was packed out with riders and supporters. What a great atmosphere! I didn't enter but really enjoyed the night, cheering on Scoob and hanging out with some good friends that I don't see anywhere near often enough.

There were riders from all sorts of cycling disciplines but it was the BMXers that stole the show. Earlier in the day Stiffler had been jumping over heartsease bowl on his BMX. All of it.

Scoob qualified in 1st place and was on a roll, watch the video to see what went down!


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Sunday, October 02, 2011

I love BMX

This week I got the exam done and dusted. No idea how I've done but who cares for now, I can get back to riding my bike!

Luckily this coincided with Jonny being able to ride again after a broken scaphoid. Good to have him back and it looked like he'd never been away. Except he had much longer hair and big ginger side burns!

The skies were blue the temperature was hot and there was hardly any breeze. Perfect. Every straight was a good session, somehow I managed to sail way past the landing whilst jumping all of the triple into the second turn, it scared me a bit at the time but jonny seemed to enjoy it at least.

Today I went back to the track and started off thinking it wasn't going to live up to yesterday, a little cross windy at times and I felt a bit tired. But the more we rode the better it got, the wind dropped and I didn't want to stop riding! Plus, I'd been trying to manual the last straight rollers up to the table top and got it down by the end of the day. Manuals have never been my strong point but they are really coming together on the deluxe, they've never felt so good!

Me, Scoob and Toby ended up riding til dark, I just didn't want the weekend to end! I'm not convinced we'll get another weekend where the weather is so good, but at least summer was kind enough to give us one last hurrah.




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Redhill NPS 4X


Well this report is a little late as it's a couple of weeks ago now! But I had an exam to study for so I just haven't had time to write anything til now.

Loved riding the track it was really good fun and suited my style with loads of jumps. Jumping the whole of the bigger triple down the long straight was cool and I loved the step down and the big last jump.

After a bit of over night rain saturday night the track dried out and was running fast again. Until we were waiting for our first moto and the heavens opened! Most of the riders were up there on dry tyres and hardly anyone was getting down the track without a crash as the wet clay was so slippery.

It worked out ok for me with 3 wins and a 2nd in the motos, I was into the semi finals. The first corner was a bit of a lottery and I got swallowed up by it in the semi final. I went into it in second but was to close to the guy in first and got bumped off line leaving the door open, I found myself in 3rd out the 2nd turn. I managed to pull off a good pass keeping tight over the hip and shutting the door over the step up, but in the next turn I got a move stuck right back on me. I jumped the last big jump which gained some ground and chased to the line, it was close but not enough.

A shame as that would have got me 3rd in the series but I still ended up 4th and on the podium. Chuffed with that!

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