Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rob Barker Photography

Thank you for this awesome photo Rob!

Danny Macaskill Imaginate - Riding video

Watch Danny Macaskills new video and prepare to be amazed. I watch it before I go out training to get me in the mood!

Juice Lubes South West Series Round 3 - Woodbury Common

Sat 15th June - Sunday 16th June

The last of the Juice Lubes South West Series has finished, and Maddie and Jay are giving up their position as race organisers so it's time for others to take over their job. They have been fantastic organisers ever since I started racing and it's a shame to see them step down seeing as they do such a good job. However, this race was a perfect finish for them, running perfectly!

Rob Smith Photography
On Saturday, we had the hot laps which were in fancy dress and the 2 minute course had lots of different routes and turnings to take, making it like a maze! Rich Hobbs did the fastest hot lap, whilst I shared the podium with him for being fastest female. People had awesome fancy dress, which I couldn't stop laughing at...

On Sunday, we arrived for a short warm up before being gridded and whistled off racing. It was a tight race for me, with Ellite rider Jane Cumming right on my tale. Having a few crashes on the nod off and various bushes around the course I've come away with lots of scratches but happy to grab my 1st place in the womens race and one out of one in my junior category. All 3 Maverick Juvenille girls got on the podium, so did my dad John Allan, and Finley Clay from Fully Sussed, I was very proud of them all!

Woodbury lived up to its' expectations of being a muddy course but really exciting, it has lots of technical downs like the nod off where you just have to slide down and hope for the best! But it had lots of little jumps and berms and was a very flowing course. Hopefully we will be back there soon!

As always, thank you to Maddie and Jay for organising the event and to everyone else who helped out.

Over and out!

Monday, 17 June 2013

BC Nationals at Hopton Woods Round 3

Sat, 1st Jun 2013 - Sun, 2nd Jun 2013

Unfortunately I had a puncture at this race, which was quite annoying as I was sitting in third place when it happened. (It would have been my thirst National Podium!). However, these things happen and now I am even more motivated to getting on that podium. Also, I have learnt to do the "M" check on my bike (starting at the front wheel, you check your bike components in the shape of an "M" to the back wheel), because the reason I got the puncture was because I left my tyre pressure too low - lesson learnt.

Despite this, I still had an amazing weekend with The Mavericks. Maddie and Jay were great at giving us skills tasks to do on our bikes around the campsite, also leading us around the course to practise and leading our pre-race warm up. Thank you!

The race consisted of a long, long up-hill, which seemed to go on for a long, long time. However, in the race it goes much quicker than expected, probably because all the adrenaline kicks in! It is definitely worth the long hills for the downhill though. It is smooth flowing dusty trails with jumps and roots at all angles making a really exciting.

Maddie Horton got a fantastic result and grabbed third place in the Ellite race, even in her baggies! Patsy Caines also got a podium place, it is getting a great habbit for her now!

Well done to you both and thank you to everyone else for another great weekend.