September started with a bang at Revolution Bike park, the race was on a track that had been freshly rebuilt just for the race, meaning lines were hard to find and on Saturday the track was very smooth as no braking bumps were present. This resulted in extremely fast riding which got scary on many occasions.
Come Sunday and once again the heavens opened for the racing and the track turned into a slippy, rough mess. After a bad run of race runs I wanted to stay on my bike this time and put in consistent runs. I managed to do this in the rain and ended up with 12th place in a stacked expert field.
Next weekend for me was a change of scenery, an enduro race. This discipline of racing has been taking off for a while now and is pulling in more competitors that downhill at some venues, so I thought I would try and ruffle some feathers on a bike that isn’t really tough enough for going fast on. After a long day racing (tiring actually having to ride up!) I came away with 8th /57. Feathers definitely
ruffled, perhaps I will do some more enduro races in the future.
The weekend of the 16th/17th saw my brother Will return from his travels in the USA, this meant that celebrations and riding at Llangollen was on the cards! We got to try out the new track there and it was phenomenal, will be spending a lot of time there over winter I think.
Now it was time for my fundraiser that I have been planning for a while, a good turn out and some ugly shirts ensured that I raised £360 for the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
The final round of the Pearce series was at Bucknell and it was Wills first race back and he was keen to make a mark, a solid day of practice in extremely wet conditions left us feeling confident on the rooty, technical track. More rain overnight meant race runs would definitely be a lottery, I put in a storming run to take my first Pearce series top 10 in expert and Will took his first top 20 in seniors
after setting the field section alight in an incredible display of bike control. Overall a successful end to a season that has had many ups and downs.