Sunday, 25 September 2011
With the weather having being so good in the last few months I have been able to get some good training done with some mint views and only a few magpies attacking me so far,
I had a good first two laps in the JAMIS day/nighter putting two of the fastest laps of the day, riding with current NZ Nat champ Carl Jones who had just returned from racing in Europe and the World Champs (I think he was a little bit shocked with my speed considering I have spent the winter at home training and not racing). The spring fling today was more of a fun race with only 33 racers and my VERY last minute decision to go, I grabbed the wheels off the single speed on the way out the door and some mud tyres and tried to change them when I arrived as the rain was coming down by the bucket full, Two pinched tubes latter I decided to flag that idea and just ride the GEAX AKAs that were on my bike already. The track was Jumps track and Corrners then down the road to Nat DH finish, about 11min30 for the fastest time. It was rather wet and muddy so riding my Carbon JAMIS hardtail (as per xc race set up) with the AKA tyres was always going to be fun! My first run went ok just trying to find my way down finishing that run in 7th, the second run I new where we were going and felt better on the top part but messed up a few corners towards the bottom loosing speed and time. With the two times combined I finished 5th over all, Not to bad considering no practice my bike set up and some of the guys that were there.
Well I better go get some gear packed as Im off to Hamilton for another fun week doing tests at trade school