Winter Dual 11 – Series Final
62 people have raced this Dual season but it is finally over for another year and we went out in style. Employing the fast grass at Jacks we rendezvoused in day light! I do love BST. It makes for an unusual atmosphere at the race but also makes for some great practice. To say conditions were prime would be a bare faced lie. We had thick fog which meant that even in day light you could not see one end of the track from the other. Steph was once again kind enough to time the race but the only sign of her was her whistles and hollas. When racers dropped of the edge of the steep hill they disappeared in to oblivion. At times it got so bad, you couldn’t really see the next post. As ever, this did not dampen spirits.
Considering that any of the top three in the overall could have taken the win, stakes were high and the determination palpable. The course was fast bar one killer left before the lip of the hill. Watching everyone overshoot it while they got its measure was most amusing. Once over the lip, it was nearly a straight line down the steepest part of the hill bar a sneaky chicane which got some tanks slapping later on. Watching the lads pedal as hard as they could down this section was unreal, seeing who could carry the speed in to the final right hander was even more impressive. D.R.I.F.T.
Racing began as the light disappeared and we fired up what lights we had. It wasn’t quite enough which just added to the atmosphere and difficultly. I’m out with with a broken elbow at the moment but the top 10 overall was so tight that I needed to race to ensure that Baybutt didn’t overtake me. I therefore lined up in the gate against Cheggers in my walking boots. The irony is I was only a second off the slowest two wheeled time!
The results really speak for themselves. Bowman was acting all nonchalant, pretending it didnt matter as he’d lost his chance of taking the overall after skiving off too many races. However, on the night, it was he that walked away with the win. Gordan Jould turned up for his 4th dual of the season and cracked out a second place, his best ever result. Will and Timmy were both looking fast all night but could only do enough to make the small final (we wont mention Tim’s first round antics). However, this made for a fascinating overall especially as Bowman out Chrissy P out in the quarters.
So to the overall. This is a bit of a first in a couple of ways. Chris and Will split the top honours. They both accumulated a massive 242 points out of a possible 256. Timmy was only 1 point off them with 241, after 11 rounds of racing, could it get any closer? It seems almost impossible. All three of them a brilliant to watch race and with differing styles. Chris and Tim apply their innate trials skills and can find grip where no one else can. They both always appear to be completely in control but always look so fast but so calculated. Will on the other hand is fast and loose, pedalling hard, braking late and cornering like demon.
Making up the remainder of the top 5 was myself and Baybutt, another draw! Those last 15 points proving critical for me. I couldn’t be happier drawing with Rich who has improved almost our of recognition this season. We could attribute it to his bike sponsor, Cotic, or perhaps to his new found #BlueSteel strength and mobility. However, the truth is that he tasted victory and wanted more. He was driven to his 4th place and deserved it. Had he not been drawn against Chris Pearson 5 times, things may have ended up rather different!
Finally a massive thanks to everyone who’s raced this season and particularly those fools who came out and raced whatever the weather; snow, rain, wind… we’ve had the lot. The fact that you keep showing up, week in week out, loving it just as much as me, makes it all worth while. Thank you.
Special thanks to Steph Anderson for her dedication and fast fingers all season long. We could’t run the races without her so she deserves a big thank you from everyone who has raced. Thank you also to anyone who picked up a post, put a light up, helped with the timing, taken a photo or video or just generally thought and made themselves useful. You make it much easier!
A big thank you to Farmer Jack for letting us race on his land every month and especiialy for celebrating his 40th with a dual race! Loved it.
Thank you for reading… we’ll see you in a few weeks for the spring series special…