Southern XC Round 1, Checkendon: 5th place Junior

Here’s Will’s race report. “The week leading up to the race had been fantastic weather, all the trails where bound to be fast, dusty and grippy, that was until Saturday, when after a week of great weather it decided to rain – the day before the race. Thankfully the weather was better on the Sunday,…

Windy again

It was difficult holding a straight line as the wind buffeted me as I pushed hard on the straight. And I hadn’t even started the race. Whatever the weather as you approach Chichester the wind picks up letting you know that its Tuesday evening and Goodwood is just around the corner. And I was driving…

Dream time – 29er

Now I own a shop so I ought to be a kit freak but anyone that knows me will know that, for me, its not about the bike. I don’t want for anything other than time. I want to ride.  Or that was until I rode the Scott Scale 29er Pro (probably the best value/performance…

The joy of racing

I’m watching the Tour of California and it has got to be the most boring TV ever. Imagine live coverage of grass growing….. The country side could not be more plain, the roads are dead straight and the bunch is just cruising along. They should have filmed us at Goodwood. .We had a great time….

Time trialing?

I’ve had a week off. Normally a rest is forced upon me by work but this time I wanted to be in on Tuesday missing the race and was pretty laid back about not riding, working instead, until the weekend. The most important part of any training plan is the rest and recovery. I still…

Unfortunately, it went as I predicted

I spent the night and a lot of the race thinking that I had a chance and I ended up finishing somewhere between 11th (a guess) and 15th maybe even worse. I got the pro treatment pre race so I should have done better. Darren called me up to say that he had got the…

Humbled in the wet – Niner Air 9 review

Have you noticed how good a rider you are? Everyone is riding the trails like true mountain bike heros. Don’t you feel proud?  I’m just the same but what happen early this morning? It rained. I’m pretty confident of my technical skills even though I don’t practice them that often so I was up for…

It went according to plan – except for the important bit

Did it go as planned? Well sort of. The race was going to be a scratchy-cap. It is supposed to be scratch as opposed to a handicap. In a scratch race all categories go off together. In a handicap race they let each category go off at intervals, There are a few minutes between each…

Prepared and excited

I ran yesterday. Apart from the sheer pleasure of going over Cissbury in the morning I had a plan. If my legs are a little tired I’ll feel them and this will help contain my enthusiasm. Tonight is the first round of the Goodwood Gallops and I normally get over excited and think that I…

Humbling but still enjoyable

It wasn’t until 5:30pm yesterday that I finally decided what today’s ride would be. I am so torn between road and off road that I usually leave the decision to some one else. If there is a race on that’ll decide, if there is a bike to test that’ll do it but yesterday my riding…