My epic weekend of racing up at 10 under the Ben and Scottish DH champs was somewhat thwarted by a pulled neck (I should know better at my age sleeping in my car!!) so no racing but lots of fun supporting friends. If you can’t ride yourself there is nothing more satisfying than supporting your friends and watching them doing well in their race.
Fortunately this weekend the neck had improved sufficiently to let me get out on the bike and race. Hilarious weekend with so many good people, not the midges they were as anticipated awful :0( Another really great course layout from the guys at No Fuss Events and Innerleithen MTB racing meant a great mix of natural stages and trail centre stuff. It was a physical couple of stages to start with, Stage 1 was a combo of the main climb reversed and the red, stage 2 was straight down the black, with some big pedals in there it got the heart thumping. Stages 4 and 5 were steep natural and mercifully dry, I have no idea how you could have ridden them if it had been wet! Stage 5 was straight down the freeride section at Laggan.
Here I am realising that none of my lottery numbers had come up again, damn it!!!!
Unfortunately I dropped my chain on stage 1 and spent the rest of the day trying to make up for a couple of minutes lost, this possibly made me a little rash in places and a few more mistakes added more time to my total. In the end I finished in 10th place with some very close racing between 6th and 11th places its great to see the womens field expanding. In total we had 22 women in the race this weekend which is fantastic, well done all the girls :0)
Next stop for me Scottish Enduro Series Round 4 down at Ae then some downhill racing back at Innerleithen.
Have fun riding your bikes.
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