From Jeff over at our fellow friends monkeyspoon.com
Swinie preparing for race day.
I know Swin has just put a report up but as I had already written this, I figure we can have two…!
So this weekend was the first race held at new downhill venue Nant Gwrtheyrn. Nant G, as I will now call it due to epic Welsh spelling complexity, is situated on the northern side of the Llyn peninsula in an old disused mining village that has been converted to the Welsh language and heritage centre, and for last weekend a downhill race venue.
A weekend of domination for thisisheffield over at Nant Gwrtheyrn! On a technically challenging track were the slightest of mistake meant a big loss in time, riders had to be precise with line choice and keep things flowing from top to bottom on a steep, rocky track. Bobby Stokez, on a rare racing appearance, dropping the bomb on Saturday with a storming run, putting 5.4 seconds into the rest of the senior field! A time of 2.27.398 put him 7th fastest of the day overall. Enter more races please with performances like that. Swinny struggled to get to grips with the steeps and rocks on Saturday but was good enough for 3rd place on the day, a time of 2.34.097 was good enough for 14th fastest overall but still plenty of improvement was needed to get up to Bobs speed and make up the 6.5 seconds gap he had put into his teammate.
Sunday rolled around and Bob had decided to take on some other Welsh tracks so Sheffields hopes rested on the shoulders of Myself. After a couple of practice runs and noticing a bolt had fallen out the bottom of my forks, letting fork oil drip onto my disk (no wonder i had no working front brake all weekend!) A quick brake swap and a clean disk and things were as good as new, all that was needed was a spot of manning up.
A first run time of 2.30.86 was a sign of definite improvement but more was needed during my second run to take the win on the Sunday and show that i had actually manned up to the track in front of me.
Second run was a massive boost again as i crossed the line with a 2.27.634, good enough for the Senior win by over a second and good enough for 10th fastest run of the day. Not quite good enough to beat Bobs time on Saturday but more than happy with the time i had posted on a track i wasn’t best suited to.
Bobby Stokez though was the performer of the weekend and his little face sure was as smiley as a Potato Smiley stood on the top step of the podium.
A great result for the team which hopefully can follow onto the next race in a weeks time.
(Photos were taken but after a hectic tidy i lost the camera, photos will be updated once the camera is found!)