The track was quite different to one that I had ridden there before at Ae but I really enjoyed it.
Saturday was dry and the course was fast and flowed well. I came off a few times trying to find the limit; all the usual stuff that goes on.
Unfortunately Dad was not about to take any pic’s this weekend but thanks to David Dower I have a couple to put up;
Saturday night the heavens opened and it rained for most of the night leaving the course really wet for Sunday.
Seeding was going well until I came off. This didn’t worry me much so I just jumped back on and cruised down to the bottom to finish 14th.
My race run started out very well at the top and I finally felt relaxed at a national... not a feeling I am used to I must say. It was until probably about 4 corners before the finish line I got a slightly more inside line than practised and wiped out. It took way too long for me to grab my bike and miss the bars a good 4 times to get it facing the right way again. After what felt like forever I managed to get on the bike and I rode like you do after an off, trying to make up for lost time. It never works and feels like you’re in a pin ball machine. Managed a poor 11th place; bad times. Not the best start to the nationals. Well done to James Dower for getting top 10.
I have been out training on the Last every night with Olie Burton (Well done for your first win at a national, and by such a good margin!) I wanted to put some time in on the Last before leaving for France, La Bresse and Andorra the following weekend for 2 back-to-back world cups.
Finally I must say sorry to my cousin Bobs, he was in the London St Thomas Hospital recovering from major Heart surgery, while I did my race run. I said I would dedicate my race weekend to him, you deserved a better result than that Bob and from what Dad tells me you had it! Great news to find your out of the danger zone and on the road to recovery. If I can draw on just some of the courage it must have taken, to go for the opp in first place and find just some of the strength, you had to pull through it. I too will be winning.
Thanks to Last, DMR, Rezurgence, Lifestyle Ford, 2026 distribution, Funn, Bell, Thor, KMC, Nike 6.0, Mojo suspension, and Shimano.
A special thank you to Mr & Mrs Grant who called into Lifestyle Tonbridge and made my Dads day. They had read the local news paper article about myself being in the GB team. Realizing my Dads Mum use to work for them many years ago. They tracked him down to help in his hour of need. Generosity kind words and fond memories. Dad said it felt like his mum was helping him, although she is no longer with us, a very comforting thought. Thank you again to you both, my dad very much appreciated it and so do I.