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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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tracks, Trails and a Rollapaluza

The last month or so have been amazing. I've hardly noticed winter creeping in, as apart from one weekend it's been dry sunny and warm! Every weekend I keep thinking it's gonna be the last goodun, so you gotta make it count.

I've been filming along the way with the new helmet camera, trying out different shots and seeing what it produced. It feels a bit old school with no back screen to play back the footage, fun to see how the clips turn out when I get home.

Some of my faveourite clips were with the camera mounted on the side of the helmet pointing side ways instead of forwards, then riding next to someone on the track. I haven't seen any side by side footage like this with the camera (though I am sure it's out there) it was just an experiment, so it was really cool to see the shots turned out good!

Here's the finished edit, hope you like it.


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